I just sent out a message to people designated as my friend on this board. My message invited them to read and comment on my journal entries marked for friends only. In doing so, I hope to gain insight into my MS symptoms, understand the perspectives of others and pick up advice where I can.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that our passwords were not sent over an encrypted line, hence the ability of anyone with the know-how of obtaining your password without your consent to read your journal entries.
So, I thought to myself, OK, no privacy here, I might as well learn more from my comrades. I have journal entries marked for just me, for friends only, and everyone. The everyone category has helpful advice from other posters. Information on nutrition, drugs, etc. The entries for my friends only generally gives a glimpse into how my day is going... or how it went... or what is plaguing me at the moment. I have attempted to delete the entries marked for me only. At the very least they are empty. I thought this prudent given the password issue.
In any case, I wrote this so others will understand my motivation and the seemingly about-face on the journal issue. Yes, I invited a slew of folks to read and comment on my journal. No, I am not inviting the world into my head... just a few friends. Yes, privacy is still an issue, and I hoped my work-around was successful.