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2/25/15
Original Poster
Derren Grathy

Adult Content to be Censored

Note to Moderators: I intended this post to be a Discussion Thread rather than a Question, and would greatly appreciate it if fellow user responses were not moved to different topics. Their concerns about the new Adult Policy Update are valid in this thread. Thank you.

My name is Derren Grathy, a writer and webmaster of an adult content blog entitled Impregnation Erotica. Years ago, I had a vision for a site that would be the sort I myself wished had existed. After searching for many years for just such a service, I decided to make it myself. So I began my blog more than four years ago on January 18th, 2011.

Since that time, my blog has grown to over 230 unique posts, pulling in an average of 5,000 viewers a day, with well over 3.4 million views in its lifetime. I created Impregnation Erotica as a central hub for people interested in the erotic topic to congregate, enjoy excellent content, and find more sources of this uncommon and even rare material. Since then Impregnation Erotica has also become the platform for my adult writing, allowing readers to find, enjoy, and purchase the works I write to support myself.

My blog has become a passion of mine, allowing me to share and connect with others as any blog does. The nature of my content has been historically protected on Blogger whilst the policy maintained a free and non-censoring outlook, and that attracted me to the service in the first place. Thanks to it, many rule-abiding Blogger webmasters and viewers alike have enjoyed the fruits of their labors.

Just today, I received a notice in my email from the Blogger Team that will effectively destroy my blog by imposing a privacy requirement. No longer will the general public, interested in the topics I cover, be able to find my blog according to this new policy: https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/6170671?p=policy_update&rd=1

I, like many other adult content creators and collectors, have always followed the rules and regulations set out by Blogger, no matter how unfair or targeting they were. Years ago, interstitial warnings of adult content for our sites became required, and we consented. A fair warning is fair enough, so we agreed without incident and set them up ourselves. Then, Blogger changed its policy to disallow pay-advertisements of an adult nature on its user's blogs, harming many webmasters' abilities to support themselves with their content. Yet we adjusted, abandoned hopes for such an income, and consented to these changes as well. As more changes came creeping along we held our tongues and let them be, because though we might not be able to make a living on Blogger itself, perhaps we could still create something for others to experience and enjoy as we have.

But now, the Blogger Team is going to take even that away from us. Set to private and by 'invitation only', our websites will be all but destroyed. The fact that you haven't deleted our content is of grim consolation when you kill off our entire userbase! We cannot possibly invite hundreds of thousands of people one by one. With no public access, our sites will wither from inattention and lack of new insight and comment. What will be left in mere months will be a collection of dead domains, dessicated corpses of once vibrant and wholesome adult communities laid waste by this policy decision. And I have no doubt that next year or the year after that the plan would be to quietly delete it all once the brow-beaten webmasters were too few in number to put up any sort of resistance.

Why? Why are you taking this away from hard-working people who simply want to share their interests? Adult content is more than just the porn industry shadowing blogs to support their already massive wealth. There are artists creating wonderful images and films striving to find an audience for their work. There are explorers that create repositories from scouring the internet to find common and rare erotica alike. There are authors and writers that use Blogger to advertise their work and provide excellent literature to many. These are not the spammers, the trash shadow-sites, or the perverted monsters that are as far as I can tell the targets of this policy change. Yet while the latter nasty sorts will shrug and move on to new pastures, the honest and enthusiastic webmasters will be the ones to suffer grievously.

The whole 'make your own blog' concept arose from the desire of everyday people, with little to no website building experience, to be able to sit down and create content to share with the world about any topic they so desired. And for so long, the Blogger Team has protected the often derided and hated subject of adult content as part of free speech and in defense of peoples' passions, whatever they may be. But a policy of censorship appears to have become the trend in recent years...

I have spent hundreds of hours building and promoting my blog, just one of thousands who have done so. I have grown to love the layout, the ease of use, the viewers who have freely enjoyed my efforts, all under the understanding that I would be free to post to my heart's content my entirely legal and rule-abiding material. We have accepted every decision made, every policy change, no matter how unfair or damaging, and now the Blogger Team will punish us further. A slow but steady crusade has marched to rid Blogger of any who dare to explore the many fascinating corridors of human sexuality.

You force me and the thousands of honest webmasters like me to take my efforts elsewhere, or to simply give up our passionate endeavors. Perhaps some of the Blogger Team cheers at such a notion, to see gone the 'smut-makers' and 'perverted sorts' that have supposedly stained the name of Blogger. But I would like to say, on behalf of the honest hard-working adult content creators of all stripes and interests, that Blogger is ruining itself with this. In this decision the Blogger Team is destroying a wealth of talent, enthusiasm, and drive of the sort that made Blogger a relevant service in the first place. Once tarnished with policies of censorship and silencing, a reputation rarely recovers.

In the faint chance that the Blogger Team is willing to rescind its decision from popular outcry, I write this letter. But more than that, I write to give voice to those who have given their words and deeds to this service, which has allowed me to begin my writing career and connect with thousands of likeminded people. I have enjoyed Blogger above every other option, but because my interest is adult in nature, I and others like me will be punished. We are users of Blogger like any other. We are not trash to be swept under the rug. And we should be allowed to create and publish our adult content blogs freely without censorship.

Sincerely,

Derren Grathy
Webmaster of Impregnation Erotica
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2/24/15
Original Poster
Derren Grathy
This policy change is blatant censorship and completely unwarranted against honest webmasters. My letter of discontent is here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/5Pe-IWJTBeI
2/24/15
Original Poster
Derren Grathy
This is simply one more step in the gradual crusade the Blogger Team has launched against adult-oriented sites over the past few years. If you enjoy freedom of expression and honest adult content makers, please share this alarm to others.
 
My letter of discontent can be found here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/5Pe-IWJTBeI
2/24/15
Original Poster
Derren Grathy
These blanket policies will only destroy the honest efforts of enthusiastic webmasters and ruin the experience of millions of Blogger viewers. Please reconsider this policy change and instead rely on a case-by-case system to remove blatant spammer and shadow-site creators - they are the real enemy here, not naked breasts.
 
My letter of discontent is here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/5Pe-IWJTBeI
2/24/15
Original Poster
Derren Grathy
This artist should not be censored by ill-thought policies, nor be forced to remove any content from his site to maintain its public functionality. There are thousands more like him and others who eagerly maintain fully adult-themed blogs that will be ruined by this new policy. Please, retract this puritanical policy change.
 
My fully letter of discontent can be found here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/blogger/5Pe-IWJTBeI
Soraya Lambrechts [fr-BE]
2/24/15
Soraya Lambrechts [fr-BE]
@Garret Eat,

I understand your discontent, but, your work is not lost.
Download your blog with GoogleTakeout. https://www.google.com/settings/takeout

After, you can find an alternative. :)
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Uswine
3/1/15
Uswine
Unlike public entities funded by taxpayers... Google is a a for profit corporation that defines the use of their product in the t&c that you agree to. There is no such thing as invasion of privacy or censorship persay as that implies some accountability... They are accountable only to themselves and the t&c you signed up for Which allows them to reveiew any thing you upload or send through their service without telling youthey are doing so and may terminate your account without warning or explanation
 
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