UPDATE, 29 June, 2021: Thanks to all of you who have reached out in the comments or by email over the past few days. Since I published this post, I have made an appeal to the "Twitter gods," but was flatly denied on the basis of "hateful and sensitive content." About a dozen posts in all had been tagged, each as innocuous as the last: resort reviews, commentary on naturist living, and the like. The language was particularly adamant in stating that if I attempted to create another account linked to the same identity, I would be shut down at once! I'm particularly grateful to those of you who have expressed appreciation for the actual blog, and especially that you took a moment to write to share your kind words. Still thinking through the path forward, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't involve Twitter.
So ironic, on so many levels. I woke yesterday to find my Twitter account suspended. This may well be a game changer for this naturist blogger.
The Psychology of Blogging
Most ironically, my most recent post on this platform was about naturists willing to utilize social media in an effort to promote or campaign for naturism and nude recreation. (Which of course, is also a significant vehicle for drawing traffic to the actual blog.) Yesterday, without warning, my Twitter account was shut-down, and an appeal was denied for the violation of rules regarding “hateful or sensitive content in [my] profile.” That represents the loss of 26,000 followers. A similar episode with Instagram a few months ago accounts for an additional 14,000 followers. A facebook page before that was a mere 1,200 followers.
I think it’s time to take a break. I love writing. I’m deeply passionate about advocacy for family-oriented, holistic naturism, but with this latest development, my audience has been reduced by 98%. That’s quite a a lot.
I am most grateful to our “organic” followers, (as well as those who have made donations to this project over the past year,) and I have particularly enjoyed the interaction through comments here on the blog, as well as those on social media threads, as that is when one actually knows whether he is contributing to a greater and more meaningful discussion, or simply airing his laundry aloud.
It will be a few months until the hefty fees associated with publishing and maintaining this blog (hosted on WordPress – also subject to similar censorship actions) reach their renewal date, by which time, perhaps I’ll have new wind in my sails and be ready for another go at it. But for the moment, I think it’s time for a breather. Time will tell.
Once again, you can find a list of the naturist places we’ve visited on the Google map below. Should you be considering a future naturist adventure and would find a first-hand account about a particular naturist destination to be of use, we invite you to reach out to “Naturist Dan,” and as time allows, I’ll reply to your inquiry and tell you about our experiences.
Be well naturists… and clothing-optional curious friends.