Friday, February 27, 2015

Feminization Caption - Hiding in a New Life

Apparently, the decision to censor adult content hosted on Blogger has been rescinded.  I'm happy that they've come to their senses, but I'm still uneasy about the implications of the events of the last week.  I wonder if the core philosophy has changed, or if Google simply recognized the loss of revenue.  Do they still look at us as undesirable?  Is our content any less legitimate than some sports fan?  Or a political nutjob spouting conspiracy theories?  I think it's clear that Google thinks so. 

So what follows is a simple question:  how long will it be until they try this sort of thing again?

Moreover, do we want to associate with such a bigoted, closed-minded company?  I've already stopped using Google as my search engine of choice.  Sure, it's not terribly impactful, but that's my version of taking a stand.

So I'm torn.  Do I keep this blog going?  Or do I migrate to WordPress as planned, and give up the search engine optimization, the links, and the ease of use to make a point?  My knee jerk reaction is to say, "Fuck Google!" and move on.  But knee jerk reactions don't always result in the most prudent course of action.

Anyway - what do you guys think?  I'll put up a poll, but feel free to let me know in the comments section.

In the meantime, here's today's caption:


Also, remember that the other blog is still being updated (in case I decided to go with my gut instinct).  You can find it at The Feminization Station WordPress .

13 comments:

  1. I have a conspiracy theory here: the only reason google did this whole scare is to get more people to use tumblr, who they have a secret deal with, but their plan backfired when everyone went to WordPress instead... Sometimes I think too much lol

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  2. it seems like (from my perspective) some people complained that there were pornographic pictures on blogger (the same type of people who most likely complain about any sort of porn being show anywhere). google reacted by blocking it, but the backlash from it caused them to re-consider.

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  3. Great story as always Nikki, that said, I understand the conflicting feelings about having any
    more to do with blogger. I was struggling with my attempts to set up a site elsewhere and I'm
    still going to do so but for now I'll keep posting on blogger. The ease and familiarity with using
    it along with a 4 plus year presence out weigh my gut reaction to just say fuck them. What ever you do I'm sure your audience will find you and follow.

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  4. I'm going to keep the Blogger going, but focus on the Tumblr account primarily. Google just doesn't want us around. Cum visit though... http://lisaannspantyplace.tumblr.com/

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  5. I'm going to stick with blogger, myself. WordPress seemed okay, but it didn't feel like home.

    Anyway, AWESOME caption, Nikki. Right up my alley. :)

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  6. The problem with WordPress is I'm not sure how much you can count on them to be better than Google regarding Adult Content. With Tumblr, you can be pretty sure you won't see much censorship, but it lacks a lot of features you're used to here.

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  7. First off, lovely "witness relocation" story and I can only imagine the many ways Sean will continue to help Stephanie stay Stephanie (and I have a dirty mind, so it's a lot).
    Speaking of "explicit content", my feeling is I've created a new "refuge" at Wordpress that I can use in case things change but Blogger's much easier and I've already have an established presence. So I'll be over at http://captioncandycounter.blogspot.com/ for the foreseeable future.

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  8. Actually..the real true reason which I found on Facebook, is that there was a bill that was just recently passed for freedom of Internet. Basically I didn't read the whole thing but the key point here is that over a quarter million people we're wanting to have Internet freedom as in unlimited ability to view and post what they felt. Well it passed but it is still uncertain if it is going to be fought against by the censorship bureau.

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  9. I say stay with Blogger to make a point. Anyone who flees fearing censorship makes things easier for Google. Stay until they make you leave. Fight the tide of censorship as long as you can simply by being present here. That is my opinion anyway.

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    1. I agree that standing up to censorship is preferable; however, that's not really what I'm talking about. I'm wondering if, as a PAYING customer (yes, I pay for the amount of storage necessary to keep this blog and its archives current), do I want to do business with someone who looks at me (and my hobby) as second class? That's the moral conundrum. Does the fact that it's admittedly easier to use make up for their business practices? I don't know, so I'll probably end up just keeping them both active.

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  10. Hey Nikki,

    My first reaction to your question is to just stay at Blogger. Moving away from Blogger because of this aborted action is like not buying cars from Japan because of WWII. Unless there is a mass exodus with a large explanation, I doubt they'd notice you leaving.

    But my second reaction is to actually take advantage of the situation. Like you said, you pay for this service but are barred from directly monetizing it. So far as I know (and I haven't researched it, so take the advice with a healthy grain of salt) Wordpress doesn't have that type of restriction. Maybe you can take this time where everyone is paying attention to what happens to their favorite blogs and use it so that the majority of your fans/followers follow you over to a blog platform that will allow you to maximize the potential of your blog.

    Just a thought.

    C

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  11. Why do you need to give up the SEO and links with Wordpress? There are plenty of great SEO plugins for Wordpress that do automatic linking, etc.

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    1. It's less to do with giving them up, and more to do with the fact that I've spent three years building this, I suppose.

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