If you are using Blogger as your blogging platform and post adult content - Romance/Erotica authors and reviewers - you may find your blog set to private come March 23. We have seen in the past romance/erotica author blogs disappearing. Now Blogger is updating its adult content policy officially to prohibit explicit content.
According to Blogger's announcement, "as of March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and videos that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity..."
The announcement goes on to state, "we’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit. For example, in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts."
Most romance/erotica authors and reviewers that I know have their blog listed as 'adult', but will that be enough for Blogger?
My opinion, for what it is worth, is that book covers with nudity or sexually explicit images will be allowed because of its artistic nature. So if the only images you are using on your blog are book covers and your blog is marked 'adult', then things will continue as normal for you. Book trailers will probably be okay, too as long as they clearly support the book and are not just sexually explicit to be sexually explicit.
You may be getting into a gray area with images that inspired your characters. This practice has always been risky do to copyright issues and lack of permission to use a person's image. I would recommend if you are currently doing this (regardless of the sexual nature of the image) to discontinue this practice for legal issues it could cause.
If you think your blog may run up against this policy, there are a few options.
- Remove the images
- Mark your blog as private (if your blog does violate the policy, Blogger will automatically set your blog to private on March 23). Private blogs can only be viewed by the owner, admins, and those the owner shares the blog with.
- Shut down your Blogger blog. It is relatively easy to make a backup of your blog.
- Look into a self-hosted WordPress blog, though I suspect they have some rules on sexually explicit content as well.
- Wait and see.