I’m not a great one for personal online statistics, although I do mention them sometimes and most certainly keep an eye on my own – especially when a professional SEO with a ranking of over five million offers me better rankings! – but certain statistics are important. Trying to find people willing to pay to have you write about them on your blog means your statistics, your ranking, your reach have to be good. And having a good number of visitors each day does make blogging much more fun, even if your audience is only on your site for a few seconds. They were there, they have seen, that is enough sometimes.
This week, however, I suffered a severe blow to my visitor statistics. Many came here from my Tumblr blog, a collection of over forty-five thousand erotic photographs with seventeen thousand four hundred followers. Came here: past tense. This week, without any warning, Tumblr terminated my account.
Naturally I sent them a mail asking why; asking them to explain themselves; asking them to reinstate my blog on Tumblr or, at the very least, let me have my collection back.
But Tumblr is a big company now. It belongs to Yahoo and, as such, has no need to worry about individual users. Tumblr has become another Facebook, smaller but with the same total lack of customer interest.
My mail remains unanswered, my collection – which is still available through the many thousands of other blogs which shared – is no more. Nearly four years of collecting, of pure erotic enjoyment, gone. I wonder whether the employee who received my mail at Tumblr doesn’t care, or whether they are unable to correct what has happened. I wonder whether they didn’t reply to my mail because they don’t know what happened, but don’t have the courage to admit it. I wonder whether there are humans working for Tumblr Customer Service at all.
In the end it makes no difference. No reply, no collection. How do you make up for the loss of forty-five thousand photographs? How do you find the seventeen thousand four hundred followers again? The answer is simple: you start from scratch with photograph number one of a new collection. So vmichaelis isn’t there any more, but the erotic blog – revised – begins again as vikimfan.
Love & Kisses, Viki.