I was recently notified that I had a new follower on WordPress. As is my habit, I checked out the site. He seems to be a pleasant young man, and is studying in his last year at university. His site seemed to mainly consist of photos of attractive women, some well-known apparently, (though not to me) in various states of undress. From the comments, I deduced that many of the photos were possibly ‘Internet fakes’, shots of popular women, with the naked attributes of someone else manipulated onto the original. In amongst all this, I found other posts scattered, on very different subjects.
I replied to one of his posts, thanking him for following my blog, and indicating surprise that he had done so, as his style of blogging, and featured content, was so remarkably different to my own. I wished him well, and left it at that. However, he replied soon after, informing me that the reason he featured so many naked ladies, was to attract traffic to his blog, so that the more serious content might find an audience. He added that he had achieved over 250,000 views in less than two years, and was currently experiencing a daily view rate of 500+, so would soon reach the magic figure of 1,000,000. He asked me how many views I had received on my own blog, after more than three years. I replied again. If he had that many daily views, surely he could make a good income from advertising, if he left the WordPress platform, and converted it to his own site? I also told him how many views I have accumulated, less than 40,000.
He soon commented on this, telling me that he did not have enough money to start his own website, but as soon as he graduated, he would do just that, and start to earn a very good income from the increasing number of visitors admiring the naked ladies on his blog. I will refrain from naming him, or posting a link to his blog, but I do wish him well with his future. It would appear that he has a good future to look forward to.
This got me thinking about the world of blogging once again.
We all blog for different reasons of course. These have been discussed previously, here and elsewhere, so do not need further elaboration. But I was struck by the success, in terms of visitors, of the young man I mention. Almost a third of a million people, all wanting to see photographs of naked, and near-naked women. This on a web already overwhelmed by images of nudity, and sexual content. I am not a prude, and do not judge anyone who wishes to look at legal images. Censorship is a slippery slope, and is a scalpel to be wielded with some precision. But I could not help feeling apart from this. In a community of bloggers trying their best to be heard, expressing their innermost thoughts and desires, or artistic aspirations, the success of an intelligent young man is measured on how many people want to look at naked women. We can choose not to look of course.
I was reminded of an incident from some years back. I entered a restaurant toilet, and had a feeling something wasn’t quite right. It looked familiar, but somehow different. It slowly dawned on me that I had gone into the Ladies by mistake, and I hurriedly left. It was an easy mistake to make.
I had opened the wrong door.