For a while now we’ve enabled privacy options for your blog because we understand that not everyone wants everything out there. Tonight, we’ve decided to take that a step further.
If you go to your Dashboard, click Options and then Privacy, you will see a new set of options. You used to just be able request for your blog to be unlisted in search engines and such. Now you can also choose to protect your blog so only WordPress.com members you choose can have access to it.
All you have to do is choose the protected blog option, then add the usernames of the folks you want to have access to your blog. Everyone else who tries to visit your blog will get a message saying they need to be a member to have access. We currently are limiting protected blogs to 5 members while we test out the system.
Give it a go and let us know what you think. Also remember, you don’t have to do this to your main blog, you can always create another for the more sensitive or private topics. (You can have as many blogs as you fancy.)