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