Explicit posts

It seems an appropriate time to write this post as I’ve just received an email from Blogger about their new content guidelines.  (I post on both sites, Blogger and WordPress.  As far as I know, WP policies aren’t changing.)

Blogger:

In the coming weeks, we’ll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We’ll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content.

The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we’ve made private.

Our records indicate that your account may be affected by this policy change. Please refrain from creating new content that would violate this policy. Also, we ask that you make any necessary changes to your existing blog to comply as soon as possible, so that you won’t experience any interruptions in service.

According to the new policy they will no longer allow posts that contain graphic images of nudity or sex without artistic value.  Who makes those distinctions I’m not sure, but I have a feeling they’ll block any questionable posts, then only unblock them if the blogger makes an issue of it and the content is suitably artistic according to those that make the decisions.  Some bribery might be necessary.

I got the email because according to their algorithms the new policy might affect me.

Huh?  I don’t post graphic imagery.  I draw silly doodles and write about whatever comes to mind.  Hell, even my sexy stories usually aren’t written graphically.  How are these new guidelines going to affect me?  And why would they think it would?  It’s a mystery to me.  I mean, is Naked Thursday a threat to the fabric of society?  Somehow I don’t think that’s what they’re worried about.

Naked Thursday

(Okay, in searching for an appropriate doodle I realized I actually have quite a few with sex and nudity but even those aren’t graphic.  Silly, yes, but probably wouldn’t even deserve a PG-13 rating.  I added a bunch to the bottom of this post so you can decide for yourself.)

However, this does lead to a topic that has been bouncing around my head for a while.

For a guy who writes frequently about sex, I don’t write about the actual physical act very often.  I tend to use euphemistic phrases like “We played for a while”.  You can find a few hardcore posts here and there but they’re an exception.  This style wasn’t a conscious decision, it’s just the way I’ve been writing.  But why?

Before I go any further, I’d like to say that I have nothing against any other writers, bloggers, or styles, the topic just sparked some internal questions that I wanted to explore.  Get on with your naughty selves, I was just curious why I write the way that I do.

I think there are a few reasons I’m not a more graphic blogger:

1) Writing about the act of sex doesn’t really interest me.  I might read a post like that as something to masturbate to but generally it doesn’t hook my mind.  On it’s own, a post like that wouldn’t be all that different than posting a pornographic video or photo.  That can be fun once and a while but what does it mean?  I suppose that’s the biggest thing for me, it needs a purpose.

2)  It’s actually difficult to write a good, graphic sex scene.  Sex is ultimately a physical act, how many times can you write about the same basic actions and keep it interesting?  Peg A is inserted into Slot B, repeat?  A good erotica writer deserves a lot of credit because there’s only so many ways to write a sex scene before they get repetitive, lots of thrusting, moaning, and wetness. And word choice can either make or break the scene.  If you read many explicit posts or erotica I’m sure you’ve had a few WTF moments.  I read a piece the other day where the guy wrote “BAM!” when he came.  Seriously?

3) What does interest me is the human interactions, which is usually before and after the sex.  I want the whole story, not just a small slice of it, because often the most interesting parts aren’t between the sheets… and if the most important part IS between the sheets than I still want the bigger picture.  Was this awkward?  Was this an impromptu rendezvous?  Is this bragging?  There are seven billion people on Earth and a large percentage of them are having sex, why am I reading (or writing) about this specific scene?  What makes this unique?  Why do I care that these two people are fucking?   The people and the relationships are really the center of the story and that’s what hooks my mind.  That’s why my posts tend to focus so much on the bigger story and the people rather than a specific action most of the time.

If you read between the lines here you might come to the same realization I have: I’m not an erotica writer or even much of a sex blogger, I’m a romance writer.  Yup, I’m just a big softy.  I can write erotica but it just doesn’t interest me as much as the relationships and interactions.  Another distinction is probably that I am a writer, not just a blogger.  That might seem like an arbitrary distinction to some, but I think it makes a difference.  I don’t just write posts, I write stories and have several novel-length projects in the works.  I study language, I pay attention, I dig into what I’m reading a bit deeper than some.  Whether I’m writing or reading, the language and story really matter to me.

So, why does Google think I’m going to be affected by their new guidelines?  I don’t know and don’t particularly care, if something of mine gets blocked I’ll jump that hurdle when it happens.  Until then, stay tuned for more less-than-graphic stories and doodles.  I write what I want, if anyone (or any company) has an issue with that, too bad.

And for your entertainment, here is a selection of the dirty doodles and pics I’ve posted.  Enjoy them now in case Google decides to block them next month.  I laughed a lot going through all of these, hopefully you do too.

Birds and Bees pt 1.1

Birds and the bees.Julie fucks

Sexy time on chatNaked TV Nake tree sex ed 3.1 long comic 3 69 calories sm Asleep after letters s bad ass 2 s mojojojo s duck sex 2 s horny smiley 12 horny smiley 13 horny smiley 14 apologies penis s worst sex 2 s man slut s sex love s mile high s my favorite s

Yes, that’s my ass.  Again.  Too graphic for you?cock shot 2 AOS pt 5 s about sex s car sex s failed threesome s sex puzzle 2 s

Well, if they decide to block these I’ll just have to argue they have “artistic” merit.

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19 thoughts on “Explicit posts

    • Thanks. It was a lot of fun to go through and pick them out. I hadn’t realized how many dirty drawings I’ve done, it was quite an amusing trip down memory lane.

  1. I think it has something to do with complying with laws to protect children from accessing adult websites, which is becoming a big problem. It’s too late for that now though. Hell my 7 year old grands floor me with how much they know…which is way too damn much.. In order to get to most websites you have to google search but through blogger you hit that next blog and they allow you to scroll through various websites with no apparent rhyme or reason as to which blog comes up next. If I am looking at a craft site and I hit next blog I don’t want to see a political blog. I believe with wordpress you can place a rating on your site but maybe this is not an option through Blogger and they are putting the responsibility on you?? I am guessing at what is going on here…. read this and see if you agree. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/protecting-children-objectionable-content-wireless-devices. Personally I don’t agree with giving kids cell phones and private access to Internet connected computers. But apparently I am in the minority on that.

    • As a father of a daughter I have absolutely no problem with protecting children from adult sites (I’m pretending she doesn’t know what the internet is, I don’t want to know what she has already seen). Blogger has an option to put a warning banner in front of your site advising that there is adult content on the page but you can just click “continue” to continue. I have that on my blog, it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to having a parental control/block. As far as I’ve seen, WP does not have a similar option. Were there settings to actually limit a blog “18 or older only” I would happily use them, I’m not interested in underage readers and, honestly, most probably aren’t interested in what I’m writing about anyway. There are plenty of blogs that would be more interesting to them and plenty of graphic sites if that’s what they’re looking for (unfortunately).

      What amused me was that for some reason they felt their ban on graphic images would affect me. Other than the cartoons above, which were spread out over the last year of blogging, I don’t see how I even get close to violating the policies. And there’s, what, two cartoons that might be considered “graphic”? Even the sexy ones don’t show anything more than a PG movie. But then my opinion about them is probably skewed.

      The other thing about the policy that bothered me was that they’re just going to “block” those posts. Wouldn’t it be better to change the settings so there’s an age verification process? I would have no problem with that even though I don’t consider my blog pornographic. But instead they’re basically forcing the bloggers to self censor their posts.

      • I agree with you 100% on all points. In addition I find the whole methodology strange and questionable as to whether they will be able to enforce their own policy. How will you know if they blocked your posts? LOL its all crazy.

      • It’s Google, they probably have a pretty good system set up for searching and sorting posts. If it’s questionable I’m sure it’ll get tagged and reviewed pretty quick. Whether the blogger will know if it’s blocked is an excellent question.

        I’ve been thinking about it since your comment and there’s only one motivation for this that makes sense. They want “adult” bloggers to move to a different site. They aren’t going to modify their site to make it adult-child friendly, they’re going to impose on the questionable bloggers until they move to a different site. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me.

  2. Google actually employs people who do nothing but go thorough searches and reviewing websites that come up in the results. That made me wonder how they actually tagged you so I inspected the photos and you have names that are explicit that is how they were tagged (julie-fucks, naked tv, duck sex, horney smiley, man slut etc). They are probably tagged not for content but on the file names. You will have to watch how you name the photos in the future so you don’t get tagged. You are right though they do want adult stuff on its own Internet. They have not been able to get any support on it so its only an idea that has floated around.

    • Oh, definitely. If they were going to file names or a word search I’m not surprised that I’d end up on a list somewhere. In writing I don’t shy away from adult topics, which is why I put the content warning on Blogger and have the disclaimer here. It just seems like anyone who actually looked at my site would realize that the images aren’t graphic. I don’t even really write graphic stories.

      Oh well, it is what it is. If I have a problem I’ll have to decide whether to modify my content (probably not) or just keep anything questionable on WP instead of on blogger.

      • Just watch how you name the photos and i think you will be fine. You know after blogger does this wordpress will be next. They all copy each orher. Let us know what happens

      • Hopefully if WP does adjust their guidelines they do it in a better way. I’ll definitely keep everyone updated as things change.

  3. I think their algorithms just search for certain words. At one point my blog got deemed “nsfw” on WordPress. This affected my ability to pick up new readers, as my posts were no longer displayed in the Reader by tags.

    • That’s interesting. I’m a little surprised that I haven’t had any issues with WP so far. The images on my blog aren’t necessarily NSFW but if they use word searches I probably hit all the wrong points. I don’t censor myself much when I’m writing. Unfortunately, this is a difficult line for blogging sites to establish, between being available to readers but also having protections for “adult” content. I don’t envy that task and I can only hope that it doesn’t affect us too much.

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