Some of you may have noticed that my blog does not follow a traditional niche.
Nor do I write to a specific target audience.
So it is probably not surprising that this blog has attracted, and welcomed, a global and culturally diverse following. And, most importantly, many of you feel comfortable coming here from across all the continents to express and share your own views and perspectives on whatever topic I blab on about.
How fabulous is that? 🙂
I’ve been thinking about diversifying my content a little bit. 😲
Here’s the preamble of my brain’s inner workings:
I follow a few bloggers who combine an assorted variety of material on their blog. They may post the standard “empty your head into the blog” type of writing several times a week, and then supplement, or inject, a few creative pieces every now and again.
Most of them are fictional pieces. Maybe it’s a short story, or flash fiction, or some poetry, or just an illustrated fantasy, with pictures, about whatever preoccupies the blogger’s brain that day.
I love that. ❤
But not everyone does. And here’s why:
In some cases, their creative stories are what some people might classify as Not Safe For Work (NSFW).
What this usually means is that there is mention of sexually explicit content in that piece, possibly illustrated with pictures.
Here’s my take (because of course I have an opinion on that):
- I am not offended by NSFW content, but
- I do appreciate a disclaimer at the top of the post so I can choose my time when to click to read (or not).
For instance: not while the whole family is pestering me and disrespecting familial social distancing protocol. Ha. 🙄
Some people classify their whole blog as NSFW, or restricted, or 18+ because the main focus of their subject matter is of topics not generally considered appropriate for all audiences. One example is blogs by single/divorced moms of a certain age (aka cougars) who are on a dating journey and discuss in abundant detail their adventures including their sexual escapades. In those cases, you know what you’re getting into when you click on any post, or their about page, because they tell you there what the blog is about.
But if you mix it up, say with regular chit chat most of the time but the odd anecdote of some erotic dream you had of a past lover, it is pretty safe to say that not everyone wants to be surprised by such sexual content without warning. Especially if you use porn-y lingo, and/or include pictures with varying degrees of nudity.
I personally have nothing against nudity, but I respect that it’s not a given that this type of content is everyone’s cup of tea.
I feel it is decent and respectable to give our readers, our followers, the choice to read, or not read, NSFW content.
This is especially important if sexually explicit pictures are included.
(I once opened my WP reader and saw a selfie of a naked woman splayed open on a blog that typically doesn’t use pictures like that. Almost spit out my coffee.)
It is important that people are given the opportunity to CONSENT to being ‘flashed’ (for a lack of better term) with erotic or sexually explicit stories or pictures.
Sound fair? I think so. I would feel awkward to push that sort of content on everyone who reads my blog. I can’t, and won’t, presume that all readers, regular and new, are of the same mindset.
So that’s the preamble.
Which leads me to a question.
How can you encompass sensitive topics in a blog like mine without alienating loyal readers who have little to no interest reading stories of that nature?
Side note: I am not offering to post nude selfies, people. 🙃 I’m just talking about romantic stories that may have some heat (!) and passion (!!) detailed in some of the chapters. Maybe use some lingo that would cause some people to spit out their coffee. 🙄
I have been thinking about this for some time. Which leads me to another question:
How do you feel about password protected posts?
The way it would work is like this:
The post would be published on the blog but it would not display the story. To read it, you would need to know the password and type it in.
If you use WordPress you may be aware that this is a functionality available to you. Did you know this?
I did. And I have considered using this function at times.
Here’s an example (I made one of my posts password protected to illustrate in this example):
This previously published post is no longer password protected, but if it were, you’d have to email me to ask me what the password is, then type it in to see the post.
It’s a nifty little idea, isn’t it.
I do have a tab on my blog (which you can see in the actual website but not in WP reader) where I display some of my fiction. None of it is classified as NSFW or 18+.
If I were to write, and publish, a few stories that contain content which some people would choose not to be exposed to, I could post them as password protected.
I could also compile them in a separate page (tab) with the disclaimer.
What do you think? Have you done this? Is this something worth exploring?
There are a couple of stories I’ve been working on that I would love to get some feedback on. BUT, they are not everyone’s cup of tea.
Hence, I thought I’d put it out there to you. Let me know what you think.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
TGIF. See you in the comments.