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I know that WordPress features private blogs, but people whom you want to share it with need to have a WordPress account.

Is there a blog hosting site that requires only an e-mail address for access to private blogs? For example, I want to write a blog to give updates to friends and family. All I should do is invite them to my blog, create a user account for them, then all they have to do is log in with their e-mail address (and their own chosen password, of course) to be able to view my blog.

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If your family and friends have gmail accounts, in Blogger.com I think you can configurate it as you say, go to Settings -> Permissions , set "Who can view this blog?" to "Only people I choose". And add the gmails. You can setup many other things, blogger admin gives quite some options. They wont need to setup a new blogger account.

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S.gfx is right. Except that anyone who has a gmail account actually has a Blogger account - most of them just don't know it.

I'm not sure if any product will be able to give Kit what s/he's looking for though: the aim is to let anyone log on using the existing email account details (name and password) that they have. This would mean that the blogging platform would have to authenticate visitors via ANY existing email provider, be it yahoo.com, mybusiness.net or obscureISPinOuterMongolia.mo

I think (but am not 100% sure) that this would be a pretty big ask.

(To explain my thinking here: In the Blogger Help Forums, there are regular help-requests from confused folks who have Google accounts that use other email names (eg fred@yahoo.com) - and it's a struggle to get them to understand that their Google account name just happens to look like their email address, and that their Google password doesn't automatically stay in synch with their email-account password.)

I don't understand OpenID enough to know if it's the sort of thing that gets around this - meaning that the original question could be phrases as "is there a Blogging platform that allows blog membership via OpenID". But it may be.

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+1 for the OpenIDea :) –  Kit Nov 28 '10 at 2:09
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