I’d like to write you an open letter. A letter that is free and open to all who choose to click on my blog. A decision that they took for themselves because they are capable of doing such a thing of their own volition. They may have discovered me through a wide variety of creative outlets. Websites, other bloggers’ blogrolls, social media or they may even have met me in person and I gave them my card with this url address on it. They may have used a search engine by typing in words and phrases that they find arousing, alluring or a turn on and have stumbled upon ‘Lady Pandorah’ amongst the search results. By whatever means, they found me and I am honoured to say that they even come back to read more or I receive the Holy Grail of blogging and get a comment from someone who enjoyed what I write enough to put fingers to keyboard and tell me just that.
Five years ago, I chose to start a sex blog. With you, WordPress, and was welcomed.
This is my Sanctuary and I named it that for a reason. It is my place to explore who I am in the written and sometimes visual form. An escape, a solace and an outlet. What I write is of an adult nature and I am not ashamed of it. In fact, I have invested a good portion of my heart and soul over these five years in which I have kept this corner of the Internet – using your services.
I am proud to call myself part of a community of sex bloggers, kink bloggers, sex toy reviewers, photographers, creatives and the voyeurs who feel under threat by your recent, worrying decision to pull blogs that you deem violate your Terms of Service for being ‘pornographic’. These are blogs I have read and enjoyed and got off on – last time I checked, that wasn’t illegal or harming anyone, so what made you change your mind? Was it Blogger? Their decision to take down blogs that had adult affiliate links? At least they had a courtesy to send an email giving a 4-day warning of their intended actions. You, WordPress, you took the decision to suspend a number of blogs without such notice, one of which I was personally inspired by and in awe of her talent as a writer. I dare say others were as shocked as she may have been upon hearing via another on Twitter that her blog no longer exists.
Amongst the blogging community you, WordPress, were fondly thought of. Your platform for blogging is a delight to use and you even gave me that chance to buy my domain name so I am ladypandorahDOTCOM. Another proud moment for me last year. But now I am confronted with the information that even in having my own domain name hosted by yourself I am not safe.
Now I am scared. I no longer am a confident blogger. I spent time last night thinking about whether or not my blog would still be in place when I logged in this morning. That time I was worrying about something I felt previously secure about and at ease with using. Time I could have been mentally preparing for my day’s work ahead of me.
Blogging may be a hobby for me but that does not mean I will simply shrug my shoulders and sigh before turning away should you choose to take the scythe to this living, breathing creation of mine.
I have begun investigating into how to transfer my blog content and become self-hosted, that step in itself speaks volumes as I am a delicate individual when it comes to technical wizardry of blogging platforms. If I, a relatively stubborn and routine-enjoying person, am looking into taking my entire five-year content self-hosted, you should be thinking carefully about the number of other more clued-in writers are actively doing or have already done this. Your reputation, WordPress, will falter and you will incur the wrath of those for whom the pen is mighty. This is my incision. It may be a small paper cut, but 1000 more will be one hell of a wound.
I type this letter as your fair warning in place of the missing emails you did not send out to other bloggers out there. This is my missive stating my intent to continue writing my adult content. Yes, at times you may see it as pornographic, but that little red ‘X’ at the top of the page you see? That is the choice for those who may be offended to click and shut down my blog from their eyes.
Please don’t shut down my blog from the eyes of everyone – including my own. Don’t take that choice away from us.
Yours in good faith,
Should you, or any other readers of this open letter like to consider others’ views on this, please click on Ruby Goodnight’s post, Molly’s Daily Kiss, Dangerous Lilly and the It Girl Rag Doll podcast.