What is not clear to me, and perhaps to others, is that the privacy settinjgs for the blog itself and for the pages are two SEPARATE things - or are they?
Yes, I am 'farting around' to use raincoaster's joyous term but I would rather do that under cover of privacy and learn how WordPress.com works than publish material which is wrong, inaccurate, unchecked.
WordPress.com offers me the option of keeping my material published or private. I choose private but when editing pages, I must keep switching between published and private in order to see layout.
If I were merely blogging, then I take on board Raincoasters comments wholeheartedly and just publish it. Nobody has yet explained why there are two separate privacy settings though.
Let me put it another way. I go into Settings and set my blog as Private (having also changed the Settings for Reading it as a website not a blog). I create Static Webpages such as Home, About Us, FAQ and What we Do plus a Main menu in Appearances and a sub-menu of other stuff. So why do I (and should I?0 have to keep making those pages private if they are ALREADY private?
I repeat an earlier comment that by making pages PRIVATE, they disappear from the options when editing the MENUS for layout and design etc, so must make them PUBLISHED first, go in and edit on the MENU, then go back in and make them PRIVATE. Why should I have to do that if the Blog was ticked as PRIVATE in the dashboard Settings?