Dear WordPress

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,

Lady Pandorah

Post Script:

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.

23 comments on “Dear WordPress

  1. clivechip says:

    With you all the way on this. Whatever happened to free speech, human rights etc? I follow your blog because I enjoy your writing, not because I’m looking for pornography – which it definitely is not!

  2. Kayla Lords says:

    How did I not know you were here until this very moment? You have managed to say quite succinctly that which I have been thinking for about 48 hours…thank you. I am also looking into self-hosting and wondered if I would wake up to find my blog gone, too…thank you for saying what some of us have been thinking…

  3. Kayla Lords says:

    Reblogged this on A Sexual Being and commented:
    This…this right HERE…

  4. SouthernSir says:

    Reblogged this on Southern Sirs Place and commented:
    She hits the nail on the head!

  5. Reblogged this on paddledhusband and commented:
    I don’t know what’s up with all the censorship lately but it’s getting ridiculous. Our blogs are our personal creations and should be sacrosanct unless they are doing harm. Erotic and/or BDSM related blogs are not harmful, for the most part are not pornographic, and often informand even help people who are looking to learn and understand about human sexuality. I hope WordPress reverse this distressing trend.

  6. Wordwytch says:

    I am sorry to hear that WP has suddenly gotten a case of moral indignation. I hope it is a momentary glitch.

  7. Wordwytch says:

    PS… Go to Tools then Export. Download a copy of your blog. It will be an XML file. If nothing else, you can save your content in case of takedown.

  8. Well this is the first I have heard of this. I Knew blogger was removing ads but not about whole blogs. I have mine through Godaddy but WP is my platform. I have to wonder does that apply to me as well. I would think if I pay for the service I should be allowed to post what I want. Period. My blog has appropriate age warnings and such. Like you I don’t know where I would go if I had to switch platforms. Grrr

  9. cAt says:

    Hey Lady P, I was one of “those” blogs that was suspended. I told my tale on a comment in Kayla Lord’s post http://kaylalords.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/are-we-a-community-erotica-bdsm/. The whole thing left such a bad taste in my mouth and smacked of Big Brother. Your post / letter is spot on.

  10. Mia Lee says:

    Thank you for the mention Lady P, means a lot :)
    Hopefully blog is back now, and sorted soon. Was going to write a letter of my own, although I dont think I would have been so polite!
    Mia xx

    • ladypandorah says:

      You know I’m always and forever a fan of yours, Mia! I shall wave my pom poms for you at any chance if needed.

      Are you considering writing about your experience? I’m sure many would be interested to hear your reaction and process of getting your blog back.

      xo

  11. ladypandorah says:

    It’s an interesting debate – the line between pornography, erotica.

    Thank you for your words of support.

  12. ladypandorah says:

    The feeling is mutual! I shall be wandering over to your site to have a nose around in the very near future.

    Thanks for commenting xo

  13. ladypandorah says:

    Thanks for the reblog xo

  14. ladypandorah says:

    Thank you for the reblog xo

  15. ladypandorah says:

    Thank you for the reblog.

    I fear that there is such a knee-jerk political reaction lately with the Powers that Currently Be surfing the popularist wave of the last few years.

    You’re quite correct to reference the educational nature that these blogs can offer to their readers – I for one have benefitted from my reading and viewing habits.

  16. ladypandorah says:

    Thanks for both of your comments above. I have indeed exported and this current version of my blog was installed doing just that for different personal reasons due to a security scare under the old url.

    Let’s all continue to hope – but words of encouragement such as my poilite missive here may also be required as well as making ourselves known through our actions

    xo

  17. ladypandorah says:

    I’m so very saddened to hear that your blog has suffered – Have you been able to get any feedback or contact from WordPress on the matter? The blog I link to here (Little Girl Lost) managed to get hers back online.

    Thanks for the comment and I hope that you have a back up/are able to re-install your content xo

  18. Ms Mahler says:

    I’ll second Wordwytch on getting an export file NOW before they shut you down. Also, check out kinky-blogging.com for a wordpress-based site that you can import your XML file to and start blogging again immediately. I’m migrating there now rather than risking being shut down.

    I do wish it had something like the wordpress community, but its free and sex-friendly. And easy to relocate too, and without the hassle of self hosting. (I have nothing against self-hosting. Done it for years, but it’s not always worth it.)

  19. Hyacinth says:

    I’m on my way off WP, too. It’s my goal for September, actually. I fear all the time that one day all my work will be gone. Sucks. Meh.

  20. ladypandorah says:

    I heard of it a day before I wrote this open letter, well, the WordPress version at any rate. I watched on Twitter as people discussed the Blogger issue a week or so earlier and with this new development I had to do something, so I wrote this post. For what it’s worth.

    I have heard not so great things about GoDaddy and their T&Cs RE: adult content, and Molly’s Daily Kiss which I link to at the end of the post here mentions it I think. HostGator is apparently more adult-content friendly so if I transfer my blog I may end up using them.

    Thanks for the comment xo

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