When you make a mistake, especially a public one, for heaven's sake don't be a politician and try to hide it. Admit it, say sorry and move on. Plenty more to make.
I misread a Blogger notice and thought it applied to the current situation, but instead it was a notice that cancelled an earlier notice, but maybe it still means that look actually perhaps ...
I do know that notoriety that I thought was mine at last? Not. Drat.
I missed a huge brouhaha last month when Google announced, in an email to NSFW bloggers, that it would ban blogs with explicit content. Life is what happens while you're
porn planning a new academic writing syllabus.
That notice says/said:
In the coming weeks, we’ll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We’ll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we’ve made private.
I write about Edo's history. It wasn't exactly a city of genteel ladies sipping tea, composing haiku and swooning delicately under cherry blossoms. Well, that, too, but not only that. It was also about beheadings and prostitution and fertility festivals.
Google's first announcement was met with such outrage that they've decided to maintain the status quo. Various other bloggers and experts have advised me that no action is necessary for my specific blog, despite a few dickpeditions, grin, so it remains up for now.
I would like to migrate to my own domain name, but I'll have to do my research first.
Special thanks to A.V.Flox (excellent writer; read her), Brian Kemper, Meg L, J. Helmi, Dmitri Popov, Hinomaple, Toby Oxborrow and many others (yell if I've left you out!) for their suggestions, ideas and virtual cuppa tea to calm down a snarling Ru.
I don't know how active I'll be in the next few months, because I'll be teaching at an eikaiwa as well as two universities, but at least I'll still do a few cherry blossom posts and … if all goes according to plan … perhaps I can do a post about the Festival of the Steel Phallus after all. More to follow.
Sorry, Google, and thanks for being a sport. Oops.