A Family Blog

You may have seen this notice on my last post. A family member requested that I post all of the family photos that I have on file.

Of course, a general audience would have no interest in seeing these so the challenge was to compile all the photos and make them accessible to family only.

Wouldn’t Facebook work? Yes, the family already has a private ancestry page on FB. However, I despise FB ever since they compromised my data security. It took months to fix all that.

So I have no social media accounts at all — Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and whatever happens to be trending — with the exception of my YouTube channel.

The solution? WordPress allows you the option to password protect your post. Simply click Edit next to Visibility and a dropdown menu appears.

Setting the post as Private requires each family member to have a WordPress account. Most of the family is on Facebook and there was very little interest in signing up for yet another account.

If the people you want to share with do have an account, then you would send them an invitation via WordPress to view the private post. In this case, I chose password protected so that anyone with whom I shared the password would be able to view the images.

This spurred a family conversation about starting a family blog. Again, everyone would need a WordPress account, and be registered as a User on the new account. It’s doable but not practical in this case.

It was suggested that images and such could be emailed to me and I could post them here, but I don’t want this blog to be a repository for password protected posts.

Do you have a family blog? Please share your tips in the comment section below.


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