Monday, February 23, 2015

Google's (Blogger's) New Content Policy

I recently received an email from Google, explaining that, according to their new content policy, blogs containing  sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video will no longer be permitted (effective March 23, 2015).  Obviously, this site being what it is, the new policy will adversely impact its viability. 

I'm obviously extremely disappointed that they've decided to censor what they deem "adult" content, not because it is going to be a hassle to relocate, but because of how slippery that slope can be.  Today it's adult content, but tomorrow, it might be homosexual content.  And the next day, it might be political blogs with a conservative agenda.  Where does it stop? 

Now, I'm not going to claim that they don't have every right to do this.  They do.  In fact, it was expected after they prevented adult blogs from monetizing their content.  It took a couple of years, but I think we all expected it sooner or later.   But that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

It's even more frustrating for me, because I've spent quite a bit of time building up my search engine footprint.  I won't be starting over from scratch, certainly, but it will impact my audience's size significantly.  Nearly half of my pageviews come from search engines, after all.

However, I don't see any other choice but to move on.  I'll continue to post up until the 23rd (with reminders about the new site once it's up).  

I'm not sure what service I'm going to use - I'm not exactly up-to-date on blog services.  I was quite happy with the ease of use of Blogger, so I didn't really expect to need to know any other options.  I have a Tumblr Page built, but I'm not sure if it's the easiest to use (or if it will do what I need it to do). 

I'm open to suggestions, if anyone wants to comment below.


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    1. I'd prefer Tumblr, but I'm not sold on the interactivity of its blogging tools.

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  2. Nooo!!! My day isn't complete without seeing the new caption, whatever happens I will continue to follow this blog! DAMN GOOGLE!!!!!

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    1. I'll continue to post my work somewhere - just not sure where.

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  3. I got the same e-mail. I have a Tumblr blog, but it's not great for comments....please let us know what you decide because your work is fantastic.

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    1. I'm not sold on Tumblr, but if it's all that's there, that's what I'll use.

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  4. I'm not sure what exactly to do, except continue on at the Rachel's Haven.

    I am not sure about Tumblr, mostly because my blog is about expanding upon the caption, the behind the scenes of creation, etc ..

    There are some "free" hosts out there, but I really don't want to create a new page, etc ./ perhaps exporting my blogger page would be enough, but honestly, this is coming at the worst time.

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    1. I'm in the process of uploading all of my content to a Wordpress blog. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out, but it seems to be the best fit. Tumblr is too limited (in terms of comments and text), in my opinion.

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  5. I just setup a WordPress sit in literally three minutes just to see how easy it would be, I also have a tumblr page I use to grab pictures from sites that restrict right click for whatever reason and it's pretty easy to use.

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    1. I'm setting up a WordPress blog as well. Hope it turns out the way I like it. I'll provide a link as soon as I get it finished.

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  6. Oh lame, i just got my blog up and going.
    The TG community can never find a home on the web for long before censorship rears its ugly head.

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    1. It's not just the TG community, though. It's anything they consider "Adult" content. Basically, Google is playing morality police again.

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  7. Where are you going to HOST the blog though? You getting your own domain? Please do a follow up!

    I am going through options right now. One might be to keep the blog and put a filler caption that would contain a link to the REAL caption on Deviantart. Luckily I think only 100 or so of my 750 posts contain nudity.

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    1. https://thefeminizationstation.wordpress.com/ is the web address of the new blog, though I'm not finished with the content. I've got a lot done, but there's still a good bit left to do. I didn't realize how much content I'd created for this blog - over 1500 captions, and that's not including the 50+ caption stories I've made.

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  8. Just some suggestions (I've used Wordpress for a few years now):
    Wordpress.com restricts your abilitys to use wordpress to its full size very hard.
    On the other hand there is no reliable free hoster for wordpress blogs.

    To the current design (even if it's just testeing):
    The full page start picture is a nice idea, but I think a half screen thing would look better (even if the free wordpress.com themes are very restricted in their customization).
    Additionally it has other web depencies to adobe which are blocked on some systems (I'm not sure how they work out on mobile).
    Furthermore I'm not sure wether wordpress.com will offer enough space for all captions (maybe you have to pay for more free space) At this point you might consider getting an own domain with own webspace and integrated wordpress support. Here you have many options of themes to use. There are many free ones on the web.
    I wish you luck and don't give up.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried to make the picture half screen, but I can't find a (free) theme that will do it. The only other option is to have a small banner, which isn't what I want. As to the adobe dependencies, I don't really know what that means. I'm not terribly familiar with most of this stuff; I can figure out how to use most of the tools, but if you ask me to understand it, you're probably asking too much. Either way, I'd be open to suggestions on how to optimize the site.

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  9. I just got the e-mail as well. Luckily for me I'm still safe for now since all my dirty stuff is in words and not pictures. I'm glad that you're going to just move you content to the Wordpress page since I just found your blog and have been going through your back log of categories and loving your stuff. I've already added your new url to my follow list for any readers I may still have. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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    1. Judging by the steps they've taken thus far, I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future, they further restricted content. I'd be looking for another site if I were you, because it's only a matter of time before they take it a step further - that's the way censorship works.

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  10. What will happen to the archive material? :/

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    1. That's what I'm asking myself too... There are so many nice blogs like this in Blogger, that I'm fan of, but some of them don't got actualized anymore...
      Lets see where all this drives of...
      I've even have thought closing my Google account.
      I hope Nikky could publish all Her work avían.

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    2. I've already started to transfer all of my archives over to the new blog - something like 1500 captions and 50+ stories. It might take me a week or so to get everything over there, but it'll be preserved.

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    3. Excellent. I'll follow you there =)
      Thanks for your great work.
      Take care =D

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    4. Excellent. I'll follow you there =)
      Thanks for your great work.
      Take care =D

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  11. For what it's worth, the policy has since been reversed.

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    1. I'm glad they came to their senses, but the core issue remains the same: they WANT censorship. So they've realized that quite a bit of revenue comes from adult content, and didn't want to lose that revenue stream? Okay...for now. But how long will it be until they start charging a fee to post an adult blog? Or some other kind of backdoor censorship? Sure, it's great that they're not completely deaf to the complaints of quite a few of their customers, but I'm not sure how long this warm, fuzzy feeling will last. So I'm not sure if I'm going to stick to the plan to move to WordPress or not.

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  12. http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/27/google-reverses-blogger-porn-ban/

    It isn't happening anymore loves ;)

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