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I'm so happy you're here! And if you are, you're probably wondering why I decided to make the blog private in the first place. I definitely feel I owe everyone an explanation, so here it goes!:
The best and most simplest answer I can give everyone is: my privacy. I'd been in so much debate for so long whether I wanted to continue blogging or not. It may just be a hobby of mine, but it's still a part of myself that I'm sharing on the internet, and that thought alone has always been a little terrifying for me. The thing is: I love blogging! I love sharing my journey with others, posting my favourite photographs, and maybe sharing a few craft projects or baking disasters I messed up. And in turn, I love catching up with my other favourite bloggers.
The funny thing is - I totally don't mind sharing my blog with complete strangers! Maybe because there's no real judgement to pass? But when it comes to people I know personally in real life, all of a sudden, I get extremely shy and almost embarrassed to say I have a blog! Does anyone else share the same thoughts? For the most part, people I know who do read the blog are great: they'll tell me they liked a certain post and enjoyed seeing the pictures. When I first started blogging about 2 years ago, I was always very open with it. I had the link listed in my Instagram bio and posted my latest updates on Twitter. I knew there were people reading it, even if they never mentioned it to me. And I do also recognize that there were probably some judgements being made. That's just the way it is with the internet these days, isn't it? I never let it get to me, as I always had too much fun posting.
Over time though, I found I slowly became more and more closed off when it came to what I was sharing on the blog and even social media. In fact, I got rid of Instagram recently and my Facebook's been deactivated for almost 3 months now (although I still have Facebook Messenger, which is very handy! It reminds me of old-school MSN).
So the question I've been asking myself lately: is this all just a phase in my life I'm going through, or is this the "new me?" Am I slowly just becoming a more private person? To answer the question, I can't say! I really have no idea what "this" all is. But all I can say is: I'm really enjoying my privacy. In a lot of ways, it makes me feel that much cozier ;)
Another big thing for me and the blog going private was work. I've been working in school administration for the past two years and that means, I'm working mostly with students, parents, and school staff. The thought of any one of those people coming across my blog and reading it, made me extremely uncomfortable - especially any potential students. In fact, in one school I was at, there was a case with a teacher and her Instagram profile, that had either been "hacked" or exploited by a few of her fellow students. It was such a big thing: the cops were involved, these students were suspended, and I recall this teacher coming into the office on more than one occasion and just bursting into tears. That whole situation definitely stayed with me, and made me realize that these days, you really have to be careful with what you put out there. Especially if you're working with kids, as they all live on social media these days and know the ins and outs of it.
I realize I may lose some followers for putting a password on, or other potential readers. I will do whatever I can to encourage others to come on by the blog and I will be more than happy to send them a password! All I will ask in return is not to go spreading the password to others. I really would like to give people the pass-code myself. And I hope those that are reading this, can understand on some level my reasonings for doing this in the meantime :) Who knows, maybe one day, the blog will be public again.
Let me know your thoughts on all this! I'd love to hear. And I hope everyone's having a great weekend! Can you believe that it's already December next week?? I can't wait to start sharing some Christmas posts!