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.