One of the neat functions of WordPress.com is the ability to have private, password-protected blogs for only those people you invite.
I have developed a couple of these private blogs, so this post on my public blog is intended to give a step-by-step guide to getting a WordPress.com account so I can add you as a user. If you want to create your own private blog, you can go to the WordPress.com documentation to learn about that.
One way to get access is to go to WordPress.com and sign up for a new blog, as described here. If you get a blog, all you need to do is send me an email telling me you now have a WordPress.com username, and I can add you to the private blog, too.
Another option is to click on the private blog URL I sent you via email, which will bring up a screen like this:
Click the link on the left that says “you can get one in seconds” and you will see a screen like this:
Use your own email address and pick a different username, of course…and if you don’t want a blog of your own, but only want a username, check the boxes as above and then hit the Next button.
Then you will get an email message with a link to click to validate your account (which makes sure you didn’t enter a fake address.) Once you have clicked that link, you will be presented a screen with your wordpress.com password. I would suggest you then log in to wordpress.com and proceed to immediately change the password to something you will remember.
Then you need to send a message to me (or the administrator of whatever other private WordPress.com blog you’re wanting to join), asking to be added.
If you’re one of the chosen blog members, you’ll get an email back saying you have been added and that you will now enjoy the bliss of blogging.
I hope this visual tour is helpful.