At least she can see it coming! Image source: DeviceBondage.com.
In case any of you were wondering where I've been, I've had major computer issues the past few days. A lightning storm fried my motherboard on my main computer. I have a backup, but it had a virus on it. I cleared the virus from it, but then it crashed -- total black screen of death, didn't even have a blinking cursor. It wasn't fried motherboard, it was a software issue. Days of work cleared that up, I had it working and THEN it wouldn't connect with the internet. More days of work. Yesterday I had it up and running and was all set to begin work again, when my Internet connectivity allowed me to visit my mailbox and find this missive that Google had freshly sent out:
Important Update to Adult Content Policy on Blogger
You are receiving this message because you are the admin of a blog hosted on Blogger which is identified to have Adult content.
Please be advised that on June 30th 2013, we will be updating our Content Policy to strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th 2013, we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites.
If your adult blog currently has advertisements which are adult in nature, you should remove them as soon as possible as to avoid any potential Terms of Service violation and/or content removals.
The Blogger Team
Well I can summarize this message for you very neatly: "Fuck You, Adult Blogger." Basically, they are giving me four days ... no, three days, as of today ... to scrub all the affiliate links from my blog, or they'll shut it down. Many long hours of tedious work for me, a flip of the switch for them, if I don't comply.
Or even if I DO comply, because really ... why should Blogger give a shit about whether or not its adult blogs make money? They don't. They're just trying to clean up their corporate image even though as everyone knows, when searching for porn, "Google is you friend." (Let's see how long that lasts.) Google has already forced us behind an adults-only wall, they penalize adult blog links in their search engine, and they are generally assholes when it comes to adult content. I think this is another step toward cleaning out their adult blogs entirely. Clearly, they are going down the same corporate road that Yahoo and Apple have, shitting all over the porn content that makes new innovators successful, once they have other sources of revenue streaming in.
Well, I am currently mirroring my site, and to be honest, I never trusted Google ... all my images are mirrored on my own domain, and I've been saving the text of my posts for a while now. So even if Google finds some affiliate link I've missed and uses that as an excuse to switch this blog off, I've got plenty of resources to get it back up.
And frankly, at this point, any adult blogger who doesn't believe that Google has him or her in their crosshairs is playing the fool.
I saw this coming. Just didn't know how fast it was coming.