And the always present danger of the site being hacked
When you ask to join the blog, the only person reading your information will be me. You don’t necessarily have to tell your name to me, either, if I get an idea of your life situation and status otherwise. For celebrities, I will treat you as a regular member if you want me to, but you’ll miss out on the celeb-specific posts because I have them hidden from the normies. It’s up to you how much you choose to tell me, but the more I know, the more I can help you (however, I dooo prefer an infosheet that is not quite a novel, if you catch my drift, although I know that Twin Flames in particular want to become novelists, fast ;)). Nobody else than me personally has an access to the information you provide when joining. You can choose your nickname/username freely, and it doesn’t have to refer to your actual name or have anything to do with who you are or what you’re known for or as. You can also change the display name later as many times as you like on your profile, even though your username stays the same, but all your comments will be changed to the new name, too. You do not need to provide any identifiable information on your profile, and you do not need to take part in discussions if you don’t have to, therefore making your experience completely invisible to other users.
I am also the only person with an access to the member list. Currently, I might have all your friends on here and you wouldn’t know about it, and I intend to keep it that way. You will choose what you share on this blog, if anything.
You will also have an option to speak to me privately on your own, password protected page, that only I know the address of in addition to yourself. What you write in the comments is another matter, and the one thing you might want to keep an eye on is the category .public, that is visible to the public, and the comments should there be any, will be public as well. The rest of the posts are visible to members only, along with the comment section.
Also, I ask you to use an unidentifiable (preferably disposable) email address on this site (if it matters to you) as other users may see it in case you comment on the posts, either on the member area or in the public posts. I keep a paper record of who is who on a hand-written paper next to my computer so it will not be hacked no matter what. In the worst case scenario, the website may be hacked and the member list (with unidentifiable names and email addresses) may wind up in the wrong hands, hence I urge you to take care not to speak too much about anything publically. Unfortunately, should the master password be hacked, the private pages will be accessible to the hacker as well so you may want to, for instance, delete any sensitive questions you may have asked on the private area as a precaution. The possibility of being hacked is always there, and considering my target audience it is a tempting site to try and hack so… Caution is advised. However, there is no need to take any risks at all, if you choose to play it safe. I do make every precaution, of course, to keep the site secure, but… Humans, and all. I do have a monitor that alerts me of any admin logins from unusual places or devices, so I should know quite fast if the site has been compromised. (It alerts me of my own logins, too, if I use another device, tried and tested. :) )
I use a platform that is VERY largely used, and that is a bag of good and evil. A lot of hackers would know the site through and through, but on the other hand, a world full of VERY talented coders are continually on alert on any new found vulnerabilities on the site and are working constantly to remove them, because the majority of world’s websites currently use the same system. The drawback there is, that, as I said… A lot of hackers would know the site structure through and through, increasing the risk of them finding a vulnerability on one site, and then using on this one. However, given my target audience, my site is a particularly tempting target, and should I use custom code, it would take the hackers slightly longer to get familiar with the site structure, but at the end of the day, it would be one man and his skills with a slower update schedule against tons of interested hackers who like the challenge and the reward. I like my odds the other way around; one hacker against tons of coders literally working round the clock everywhere in the world to keep the world’s favorite site platform secure. The most common reason for a site being hacked is an outdated site version, and I do keep my sites fresh as daisies.
I will also give my phone number to select members (when I feel like it… I’m a bit funny about my phone number, so it’s not going to be a member benefit, I give it out when I want to, to be used anytime my phone is not on silent. I’m like super accommodating here, right? :D) So that’s an option in some cases. I wouldn’t know which is safer, given those phone hacking things… Kind of a draw of luck, I’d say.