Tumblr tells crawlers to bug off
NSFW Tumblrs Hidden
Late last month, I found out (via ErosBlog.com) that Tumblr has blocked web-crawlers from its blogs with sexual content.
To be honest, I’m not surprised. It seems to follow a general trend on the web these days.
The current business atmosphere has become less and less friendly to sexuality and adult content.
Now, the Internet itself is beginning to turn a cold shoulder on folks who create and/or share images with nudity and sexual content.
It’s actually my thinking that the real problems for sex bloggers etc. aren’t truly coming from service providers like Tumblr. Although those providers are certainly being forced giving in to outside pressures.
it’s the bankers
I’m no expert on the business side of the adult-entertainment industry. However, I do know that finding institutions to process credit cards has been a long-term problem.
A few years ago, I heard a lot about BDSM toy vendors having issues with PayPal. It was a hit and miss thing.
Obviously, there are kinky vendors still successfully using PayPal for payment. I never understood (and I’m sure many vendors didn’t either) what did or didn’t cause problems in such widely scattered cases.
I know of a pair of toy makers that simply closed up shop. Some vendors migrated from PayPal to FourSquare.
That may mitigate their problems for now. But it’s no guarantee the problem won’t simply rear it’s head again.
FetLife’s Financial Follies
Several months ago, FetLife began having issues with their merchant accounts. Big trouble.
Suddenly credit card contributions to the site weren’t being processed. This created panic, (at least for a day.) Then, it elicited changes in the Fetlife’s rules of conduct. It was necessary to comply with their bank’s requirements.
That crisis elicited changes in the Fetlife’s rules of conduct. We were all told it was necessary to comply with their bank’s requirements. If I’m remembering correctly, another round of changes to Fet’s rules followed a short while later.
And still, the bankers weren’t satisfied. The demands eventually became too much to bear. Now, FetLife no longer accepts contributions via credit card.
Q. Why doesn’t FetLife accept Credit Cards or Paypal?
We understand that it’s a major inconvenience for many of you. But due to the number of content restrictions that come with accepting credit cards, the community as a whole has decided it’s best for our long-term health and viability not to accept them.
If we wanted to accept credit cards we couldn’t allow kinksters on FetLife to discuss watersports, hypnosis, period sex, blood play, edge play, consensual non-consent, and many other kinks commonly accepted by the kinky community.FetLife.com
Ummm, by period sex, does John Baku mean roleplaying the 1700’s?
wave buh-bye to search engines
The summation is simple. Search engines will no longer index NSFW Tumblr blogs. There’s a giant note on the service entrance where web-crawlers would enter – No Bots Welcome!
Blogger.com and WordPress.com may be somewhat more friendly to web crawlers. However, there are a number of features available to most bloggers, that are unavailable to sex bloggers.
That’s growing more and more common everywhere it seems.
For instance, there’s Google AdSense. It can be a nice source of supplementary income for some folks with a web presence. It is, however, no longer available for blogs with sexual content.
Google+ has been notorious for taking down the profiles of sex bloggers. I think that’s also true with individuals involved with the adult entertainment industry.
For that matter, Google Play has never really been open to any sort of adult content apps. I’m told the same is true for the Apple store.
Facebook seems permissive sometimes. Other times, not so much. Enforcement of their unseen rules seems arbitrary at best. At worst, it looks completely random.
With the current political climate in the United States, it’s quite possible these trends will only get worse.
Sadly, the culture we live in is not sex-positive.
Society says “Don’t talk about sex, just do it.”Bangambiki Habyarimana
This news about Tumblr blogs isn’t likely life changing for anyone. Some folks will need to adapt. For others, it probably doesn’t matter at all.
These changes could even provide some peace of mind for individuals with an exhibitionistic streak. They are now free to post on Tumblr knowing they won’t show up among a friend’s Google search results.
I found myself pondering the changes over at Tumblr. And, I decided I may as well share everything here…
Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.Charles Baudelaire
power exchange is my ultimate aphrodisiac
the exchange of power
It’s said that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Nothing is absolutely universal when it comes to human sexuality. The diversity of desire is amazing. One size certainly does not fit all.
And, it is certainly true that playing with power is a potent turn on for many. It certainly speaks to me. My particular sensibilities are keenly wired to react to power and authority exchange.
Is the exchange of power an aphrodisiac for you too?
How does power affect your sexuality?
The picture used to create the artistic images in this post was sourced from a Training of O shoot filmed for kink.com.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.Henry Kissinger
Sinful Sunday Week 332
My St. Andrew’s Cross was a gift from a friend. Covered with something like 10 coats of hand rubbed black lacquer, the cross is massive. It’s built into an elevated base, about 5’x5′. It’s arms reach upward almost to the height of my ceiling.
Of course, the cross isn’t what you likely notice about this Sinful Sunday’s image. I’m sure your eyes were drawn to the lovely submissive who is on the cross.
Her scene name is Dee. I have played with her off and on since 2012. I’ve become more than a bit of a hermit of late, so it’s been ages since I’ve seen her. But she certainly remains a valued and dear friend.
I hope you find her as lovely as I do…
Click on Molly’s lips to see who else is being Sinful this Sunday.
Click this ~ link ~ to see all my Sinful Sunday contributions.
simply spectacular suspension ~ Sky Shibari
Sexually suggestive. Yet, redolent with potential religious connotations.
To be honest, further attempts to describe, more of my words, would only distract.
A picture created by Lew Rubens is the image my “transformative art” is based upon. An artist with both rope and camera, Rubens is a self-described…
Lewbari Master – Lew Rubens
I’ve titled my image “sky shibari”. But, Lew’s inventive fusion of Shibari and Western Bondage styles is more properly known as “Lewbari“.
I probably don’t need to tell you, I am a great admirer of his work. I first followed Mr Rubens back during his time producing episodes of Water Bondage for kink.com.
Sex is like an atom bomb. A potent weapon which fascinates and frightens. We’re afraid to let it loose, yet we all have our finger on the button.Zeena Schreck
The Kneeling Cruisequeen
I call her the Cruisequeen.
She’s in your cabin. On her knees. Waiting.
Dressed in only panties. Just as you instructed.
She’s awaiting your next command…
How would you enjoy a ship bound adventure with the “Cruisequeen”?
Do you spend the entire cruise locked in your cabin, enjoying her charms?
Or, do you dress her up and take her out, to better show off your prize?
transforming images into "art"
I have a hobby where I use a variety of image processing programs to transform photos. It’s my attempt to create erotic art.
I don’t really consider myself to be an “artist”, per se. But I do find artistic qualities in the final images I’ve created. If that makes any sense…
I sometimes use the same process to transform photographs of the authors I quote. Often, when I have an image I wish to share someplace like Sinful Sunday, there’s one of my artistic interpretations accompanying the main picture.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.Friedrich Nietzsche
I’ve been on Tumblr, as well as having a self-hosted WordPress (or Blogger.com) site, since 2011.
For me, Tumblr was always just a venue where I just perved and reposted other’s pictures.
Over time, it evolved into a place where I also shared some of my own art and pictures.
It’s a relaxing change of pace from writing here.
Someplace I can go if I’m tired, under the weather, or generally unhappy with the world.
There are days after work when my mind is not in any shape to write.
That’s probably true for everyone. Writing well is not simple.
My transformative art is another relaxing pastime.
I have a lot of fun exploring different programs, trying all their various settings.
Sometimes all my fiddling creates magic.
Perhaps the effort doesn’t make anything special at all. It happens.
If that’s the case, at least my unproductive time was passed doing something I find relaxing.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.Ralph Waldo Emerson
About My Attempt to Create Erotic Art
Wherever possible, I will credit the photograph’s source. However, when I attempt to create erotic art the images are often sourced from Tumblr. That can make it nigh on impossible to find the image’s real author.
For instance, I only know the original source for one of the artistic creations featured in this post. The “painting” at the top of this post was transformed from a video shoot for Bound Gang Bangs (kink.com #11527). The actress is Emma Haize.
It’s my belief that the majority of the images I use are essentially public domain. It could also be argued that the transformative artworks I share are now originals in their own right.
However, I have absolutely no intent to violate anyone’s copyright. Should the copyright holder for any of the images I’ve transformed object to their use here, please feel free to contact me.
Under that circumstance, I’ll gladly remove your work.
“As a matter of fact,” the other voice went on, “if you do tie her up from time to time, or whip her just a little, and she begins to like it, that’s no good either. You have to get past the pleasure stage, until you reach the stage of tears.”Pauline Réage
There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior
The dose makes the poison.Paracelsus