So as the impending doom is among us, I think it’s worthwhile to really sit back and take a look at what Tumblr meant to so many people, what its new direction is, and just try and make sense of this whole thing.
Normally my readers follow me along a journey of a very unique style of erotica, which I’ve become proud of in some ways over time. I will continue to write and I will continue to have an audience – that part I’m not worried about.
What worries me is what is not being said.
So instead of some erotica, I’m asking my readers here is to just follow me on a different kind of journey, for just one post, and then we will get back to the fun stuff.
Tumblr. For years since it’s inception in 2007 and it’s peak of blog activity in 2012, and the transformation into what we know now through the introduction of messaging in 2015, Tumblr has become a place for legal, adult content and responsible free speech.
Specifically, it has become a safe haven for women to explore a side of themselves not provided and protected elsewhere. Whether you are Christian housewife, a bi-curious person, or just someone who realizes masturbation is a normal part of life, Tumblr enabled people to find a community of like-minded people to allow you to be a person you may not otherwise be allowed to be in your real life.
The executives at Tumblr, whose parent companies are Yahoo, Oath, and ultimately Verizon, are well-aware that Tumblr is above all – a site that caters to patrons of an adult-oriented nature.
People know it as an adult site and their viewers, even the SFW blogs, are losing in this Tumblr transformation because they too like to click the NSFW links to look around and explore the most intimate sides of themselves.
Trust me – I see the people that follow me and thousands of them are not NSFW blogs.
It’s really sad what is happening here.
Tumblr executives understand that the majority of its subscribers are women. Blogs exist all over the place that enable people to become part of a community which allow them to take part in a niche that enables them to feel connected, whether it be women who are thick and curvy, thin and dealing with eating disorders, religious women, battered housewives, all while recognizing those attributes do not define them as people, and they can find a home in their sexuality among their peers.
Why would Tumblr do this?
I can’t imagine that they want to make less money. As their user community flocks to other platforms and in time renders one of the largest social media platforms non-existent, the advertising base will abandon them as page views drastically drop, and eventually, they will be sold off to another company as a fraction of what they are worth today. MySpace was at one time bought for $580 million, having more viewers than even Google, yet was sold off at a mere $35 million years later, all because they didn’t understand how to capitalize on advertising and maintaining their user base.
Tumblr surely could have changed their advertising model. I wouldn’t have given a shit if every 5th post was an ad for car insurance. This whole thing makes no sense from a business standpoint. Why the fuck would you let millions of people using your platform slip away? Was it too hard to filter out sensitive material from Safe Mode users? Up your advertising and hire more interns. One day the real story will surface, I suspect.
Either way, it’s not my place other than to sit and see how sad this whole thing is. Women all over the place are the biggest losers to Verizon’s one-sided fight against your right to express yourself.
What I’ve Gained From Tumblr. I personally am just one of many people here, but Tumblr, in the 1 ½ years that I have interacted with the community, has shown me so much. I’ve learned that my own internal passions are not unorthodox, wrong, or bad, but rather desirable by thousands of women and in no way something I will ever try and shut down again. I have learned that women are just as sexual as I am. I’ve had conversations with people, mostly women, about some of the most personal things in their lives, like having to live in a home with an abusive husband they cannot leave because of money, or how it is to be the wife of a pastor, or what it is like to lead a bible study but still have a desire to be bruised during sex, and hand over a submissive side of yourself to the right kind of man.
Above all, I have fallen in love. I have fallen in the most beautiful kind of love, of which I didn’t know was possible to visit me in this lifetime. I’ve shed tears. I’ve smiled some of the biggest smiles.
I Will Not Leave. So I will never look back on the time here on Tumblr with disdain. I will continue my blog here and do so within the confines of their new rules. But the community, those people who do not write erotica, by and large, will start to wilt away and they will have a hard time finding a safe haven for their innermost personal thoughts as a result of this. I will stay put for those people who are happy reading my thoughts and continue to post here. I will convert all my existing posts, in time, to SFW images, but it just will not be the same after December 17th.
Do Something. Don’t kid yourself; Verizon, Oath, and Yahoo are taking something very, very personal from you. This is not like boycotting Pepsi because they treat their workers bad in South America. This is your personal expression, for millions of people. This shit is not being talked about in the news because nobody wants to run a spot in prime time advocating for porn, but the fact remains that human sexuality is a large part of who we are and there is nothing to be ashamed of when you embrace yours. I’ve sent 50K to Verizon over the years. That shit ends now.
Hello T-Mobile, Sprint, or AT&T. Fuck off, Verizon.