I guess we've all seen the sanitisation of Blogger coming for quite a while. And now it is official:
"As of 23rd March 2015, we will no longer allow the public sharing of adult content on Blogger, including images and video that are sexually explicit or contain graphic nudity."
Like many other 'Adult' bloggers, I've been emailed by Google today to say that they will be updating their Blogger Content Guidelines from 23rd of March, removing the ability to post Adult content on their Servers. They identify this blog as one that contains sexually explicit materials, and warn that if I do not remove this content by the 23rd March, they will remove it from public view (although, kindly, leave it as a private blog accessible only by myself and specifically invited guests. For now).
Which leaves me in a quandary.
I've been keeping this blog for nearly 8 years now - so that's quite a lot of content I've got to review and remove. Not that I post a great deal of images here (that's why I have a tumblr feed), but that is still a great deal of content to review in just over a month. I am not even too sure what I need to be removing, since Google are very sketchy as to what might constitute 'explicit nudity' (does that include images of me in full rubber, or puppy-play events?! - they're not nude or sexual, but they could be considered explicit...); they haven't even said whether the content is specific to my own posts, of if it also includes any posted in the comments, or provided via a side-bar feed.
For now, we've been warned that it is only 'sexually explicit or graphic nude images/videos' that must be removed - however the guidelines mention 'sharing of adult content including images', so I'm not sure how long it will be before they are removing all Adult content, including words and descriptions - which is just about everything on this blog (and every other kinky blog here).
So - what to do? This blog has been a major focus for the process of discovering myself as a pup - and of discovering others in the community; it has been a board through which to develop my writing skills and stories, and a way to get those stories out into the world. It has become an identity and a brand - known and recognised in many of the places were I've met other pups and BDSM brothers. So what do I do now? Do I simply weed out all pictures and hope that Google allows descriptive Adult content to fly under the radar of the spreading Censorship of the 'net? Or do I abandon my readership here and jump ship to another blogging platform in the hope that they don't simply follow Google's lead over the next few months (assuming that they haven't already)?
What do you guys think?