In a short while "Collected Submissions" is going to be a limited access blog. I am going to keep it public for a bit so that my regular readers can ask any questions regarding this new status.
If you are a regular reader/participant with a Blogger account, there is not much you need to do. You will have to log on initially I believe but I have never encountered any extra steps in going onto the private blogs of others.
1: If you do not have a Blogger profile and log on as "anonymous" I don't think you will be able to be given access. I am sorry if this affects anyone. (I know it will affect my dear Ana, but I've already broken the news to her.)
2: I am permitted up to 100 'private guests'......WAY more than I'll need. So odds are if you are on my reader list and have participated even moderately, you will very likely be given access. Whether you choose to act on that is totally up to you. Membership will not be determined by whether you've always agreed with me. That's not my style. However, guests who have consistently flouted the rules may find themselves blocked.
3: If there is a problem, I am an active participant on several other blogs you may also be a part of. All you have to do to contact me is click my avatar and use the contact feature provided. Once contacted I will make sure any 'regular' with an issue is taken care of.
4: It is probably a good idea to save "Collected Submissions" in your favorites, or somewhere. I understand that it may not be easy to get to the blog without a ready avenue.
5: This is not a bad thing. I am hopeful that private access may encourage even more dialog, and I myself may restore some images I have removed since the core group of participants are also trusted by me. I may even feel a bit more emboldened to share even more if this works out.
6: If you have any questions NOW is the time to ask. Once I reset the access, if you are not a Blogger account person who has been given access by me, it may be difficult to resolve anything.
7: If you are someone I "know" from another blog, but haven't participated here but would want to be a part of the new blog, post something soon so you are in the reader base. If I DON'T know you already, access will probably not be granted. (You had 4 years, and plenty of warning.)
Over the 4 years here I think a lot of great friendships and associations have been made. Hopefully the decision to go private will not affect any of that.
To old friendships and new beginnings!