Stampy Pants Rant: Blogger pressure to get naked & amateur porn

Official Stampy Pants RantI have noticed a worrying trend in the blogosphere. There’s an increasing pressure to get your kit off, get as naked as possible or as you dare and the more naked you are, the more traffic you get. Hooray! Right? Well, not quite.

The pressure on bloggers, be it from themselves, other bloggers, internet trends or otherwise, to get more naked is diluting the quality of these blogs, in my opinion. Blogs and amateur porn are very different things.

Women are already under tremendous pressure in society to conform to the ideals of beauty, to become the stereotypical sex object to attain value in the eyes of all around them and to become more and more porn star -esque, fake, nipped tucked and squeezed beyond anything nature intended. Let’s keep it out of the blogging arena too.

Blogs were once places where thoughts and journals were shared, not vaginas.

I personally choose to show what I feel are artistic shots, that’s my choice. However, I won’t put my vagina on the internet. Sorry folks!

After speaking to a few of my blogger friends, they have admitted to being quite intimidated by the fact that many successful bloggers include pictures of anything from topless to full nudity on their sites. They worry that they will never hit successful traffic levels unless they do the same.

That’s why I am writing this post. I am greatly disturbed about this pressure on bloggers and writers. Raised traffic due to partial or total nudity does not equal good blogging in my opinion, it equals more free porn on the internet. Of course free pornography will always get great traffic. It’s free porn!

So here is my message to you bloggers: it’s your blog, you do what you want with your web space.

If you want to take your clothes off, good luck to you.

If you want to keep your clothes on, great.

If you want to write great blogs and articles, the very best of success to you.

It’s your blog, so write, review, photograph as YOU want – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!*

 

 

*Apart from Google, apparently.

11 COMMENTS

  1. You said that this was going to be controversial on Twitter but I dunno if I agree with you there. I think everything you said was thought-out and logical and you don’t try to force your opinions or ideals; just saying what you think.

    For the record, I somewhat agree with you. The pictures of me I have put up anywhere are generally ones I feel okay with posting but there is a vague feeling that I should be putting up more. When I did my pussy pride post, I did feel as though I had to add pictures to prove that I was happy with my vagina because if I didn’t, people might assume I wasn’t! I thought about it for a while and asked Daddy his opinion but in the end I put them up because I personally wanted to. The idea of a lot of strangers looking at photographs of it got me excited and embarrassed in a good way so that’s how I made my decision.

    I do think that this post is important. You do not need to post naughty pictures to be a good sex blogger at all. You just need to blog about interesting things! Sharing what you feel comfortable with is always best and always the path I will take.

    • Hiya πŸ™‚

      Thank you for your comment, I am pleased it came across well. I don’t mean to upset anyone, but after all – a blog is for one’s thoughts and opinions! I have in the past considered putting up more revealing pictures, but it feels like selling out. My skill is in writing. Words are their very own magic. I want to relish the fact that I can make people wet or hard with my words, I can make them think deeply, I can affect them mentally – without the need to post pictures. I am aware that words are not everyone’s strength and there’s no reason these otherwise very talented people shouldn’t have a blog or webspace either. But after speaking with people who felt intimidated and pressured, I did feel that this post was important, like you say.

      It’s everyone’s own choice how they use their space (as it were!) on the web. I’m a great advocate of knowing your personal path then sticking to it, not falling into someone else’s rut (once more, excuse any pun!)

      xxx

  2. I don’t feel intimidated as such but do agree with you that the pressure to build traffic and affiliate click throughs is high. There is one picture naked shower shot on mine, taken from the other side of a steamed up shower door, it is as far as I feel comfortable going.

    Having the picture taken and publishing it was a confidence building exercise for me. I don’t do swimsuits on the beach because of body confidence issues. The blogerosphere would be a less interesting place to lurk if we were all the same or if people with interesting things to say felt unable to blog because of the perceived pressure to bare all.

  3. Brilliant post! I have to admit I feel the pressure when I see yet another blogger/reviewer posting revealing pictures, but although that doesn’t make me think any less of them that’s just not something I’m comfortable doing myself, and it’s not what I want my site to be about.

  4. I also feel that people who post even revealing pictures seem to get more comments and traffic than people who don’t. It seems the more naked you are the more traffic you get. Also when people have episodes from their sex life or erotica and photos then they really get lots of traffic. As some one who is not comfortable to post episodes from my sex or photos I feel that it is hard to get traffic. I am not good at erotica either. I think of dozens upon dozens of sites which have erotica, episodes of their sex life, photos or sometimes all three. However for people who don’t post that then I can only think of a handful. It seems that if you don’t have any of those then it’s almost as though your blog isn’t adult.

    For the record, I have no problem with people who post any of the above, after all that is their decision. What I object to is the almost ‘must’ for it on adult blogs. Most memes also have one or more of the above too. For photos it seems to be get as naked as possible. For sex life episodes it seems to be as detailed as possible. Often the photos or posts aren’t even that talented or artistic.

  5. This is a major reason I’m taking it slow (or, at least trying to!) with blogging and such. Because I’m still in the process of finding my voice.

    I have this kind of knee-jerk resistance to social pressure that makes me want to pause and check to make sure I’m only doing what I personally want to and am comfortable with. That’s also one reason I decided to begin with monetization out of the picture entirely.

    Like everyone else, I’m perfectly cool with people doing what they want. I just find it most enjoyable to read blogs when the author is doing exactly as they wish without being unduly influenced by outside pressures to do it a certain way. There’s a certain quality that comes through their posts that just can’t be duplicated.

  6. Great post. There are a lot of things I don’t do on my blog that a lot of other bloggers do – things I know would give me higher ratings. I think there are a lot of assumptions that all sex bloggers are the same, and that assumption can come with pressure. There are so many different ways to have a blog about sex or sexuality and I think there’s room for everyone to do it just the way they want to.

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