Sunday, March 15, 2015

The New World

Hi Everyone!

With Google's latest censorship edict and subsequent retraction, there has been a lot of discussion about the future of blogging and the direction of our community. These are topics of great importance to me.

No one can know the future, but we can certainly speculate based upon what we do know. I last peered into my crystal ball back in 2011. Now, it seems like a good time to revisit and reconsider that analysis.

I identified seven possible future scenarios:

  1. Blogs lessen in importance as other media take part of their audience (25%).
  2. Spanking blogs become so numerous that their audiences and the community in general become fragmented (15%).
  3. Spanking blogs continue to grow in number and diversity, but at a rate that is close to the growth of overall readership (15%).
  4. The population of blogs continues to grow until readership reaches a saturation point (20%).
  5. A relatively small number of very popular (possibly commercial) blogs will capture the majority of the readers (10%).
  6. Rampant censorship, both corporate and government-sponsored, drives away many of the best spanking blogs and bloggers (10%).
  7. Adult spanking gains mainstream acceptance to the point where blogs are no longer as necessary (5%).

As I review these predictions almost half a decade later, here's what I see:

#1 - Remains a possibility as Twitter and other media grow, but blogs continue to fill a niche not otherwise addressed.

#2 - Has largely come to pass, but I consider some fragmentation to be inevitable given the growth we've seen. This isn't a serious threat to our community today.

#3 - Best describes the past five years.

#4 and #5 - Have not happened, and we have no evidence they will.

#6 - Remains a legitimate concern, but I have more faith today in our community's resilience.

#7 - Could happen someday, but probably not in the next decade.

So what can our recent past tell us about the direction of our spanko blogging community?

I foresee a bright future. That is not to suggest that there won't be bumps in the road. But in the long run, those little bumps won't matter.

I am more convinced than ever of the strength and permanence of our community. There is no conceivable scenario where we turn back the clock to 1980s when we lived our lives unaware of like-minded neighbors. Corporate censorship can inconvenience us, and probably will, but we will survive. We've been kicked out of places like Delphi, AOL, Geocities, Yahoo, MySpace, and Facebook. Today, Tumblr and Google delete blogs and harass kinky bloggers seemly at random. None of that has stopped us. We dislike having to move, but we've certainly done it before.

A community is a collection of people committed to a common vision. We associate because we are stronger together. The friendship, support, understanding and love we share bind us into a greater whole. I don't see that changing anytime soon.


Terpsichore said...

What a wonderful outlook and vision of our community. I love "the friendship, support, understanding and love we share bind us into a greater whole." That is why I am here and will continue to be so... Take care! Hugs, Terps

abby said...

What a wonderfully thought out, and written entry. Your last paragraph pretty much sums up what i hope will happen.....
hugs abby

Anonymous said...

It's so great reading you again Bonnie and I really like how well you projected many of the things we as a community are facing today. I have been 'off the spanking grid' for the last 2 years and a lot of changes have occurred both in my life and clearly in the online community. I'm starting back blogging and socializing a bit and have noticed some blogs on blogger and some off on wordpress or their own .com's and I'm sure that's due to the censorship you mentioned. Glad to see they are still staying around though, even if in different locations. Nice seeing you too Bonnie, hope all is well and drop me a line sometime.. names have changed but the email is still the same LOL :)

little said...

Well said!

Enzo said...

Excellent well written post and great analysis of what is and what may become. I do hope your speculations about the future are accurate. It would be horrible if we would end up going back to the ways things were. Here's to forever moving forward.

Alyssa Hart said...

Agreed!!! Nicely said.

Leigh Smith said...

Your crystal ball is pretty accurate.

Minelle Labraun said...

I'm glad you were correct. I hope we continue to grow in popularity'

Meredith Malloy said...

You stated things well and bullseyed the topic at hand.

Roz said...

Hi Bonnie, great to see you posting here. What a wonderful analysis and I love your last paragraph. Exactly!


Hermione said...

Bonnie, you summed it up so well. We are a strong community and nothing Big Brother does can stop us.

Power to the spankos!


SheandHim said...

This community encourages lurkers to transition into bloggers because of people like you.

Erica said...

Bonnie -- you are always the voice of reason. Thank you. We have things to say and we need to keep saying them.

I moved from Blogger too quickly, I'm afraid. My readership has plunged since I moved to Wordpress in a panic, thinking we were going to be shut down. I'm hoping people will rediscover me and the numbers will go back up again. But who knows. I do worry about #4 sometimes.

Rich Person said...

I love your blog and hope it never goes away!

Kenzie said...

Great observations and predictions. I hope blog land continues to be a great place. :)

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