In time, I came up with the PERFECT solution! It has worked incredibly well for me and I hope you decide to try it if you have ever worried about the same thing.
IT WAS SIMPLE! :)
In Blogger, I changed my original blog to "Private" by going to the "Settings" tab, then to "Permissions" and selected the option... "Only People I Choose"
I then added readers by emailing the invitation to close friends and family. You can see my "real" blog is now private (HERE).
I continuted posting on my "private" blog like normal.
Then, I created a second blog. I used the same background and the same header when I created it so it looks identical! But... it's essentially a "dummy" blog; you can take a peek HERE if you want. Can you see how I am only putting in my post titles - no pictures, no journalling?
YAY!!! Problem solved! :)
I now maintain tip-top privacy on my real blog... but on my "dummy" blog (that even looks the same)... I only publish the TITLES of any new post I do. And, by maintaing both, I am able to keep our life private... yet my friends don't loose updates on their blog rolls and know when to check in to read a new post. I love it and it only takes a few seconds to post a title once I've finished publishing the actual post on my "real" blog.
Several friends thought I had hacked into the blogger code and somehow did some fancy-shmancy html thing to make the journalling and pictures "disappear"... nope. It's actually 2 seperate blogs that look the same and now... I am one happy mommy blogger!
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Kit Used for Blog Design: Pocket Full of Posies by Just so Scrappy.