A couple weeks ago I found an email in my spam file from Blogger. I read it quickly and didn't give it much thought. It sort of said something about taking down blogs what had links to porn sites. I think.
Then I got on Facebook and saw many others were concerned. I looked at my blog and the only thing that I think would qualify as monetizing my blog are the links to my books since I am also enrolled in Amazon Associates. That means that if you click on one of my books and either buy that book or buy something else on Amazon I get a few cents.
I was bugged about Blogger saying I couldn't do that since I don't think that my books are porn. I also don't think that if you also buy a box of diapers or a frying pan while you're on Amazon and I get fifty cents that I am somehow doing something wrong.
I don't much care for being told what to do.
On the other hand, Blogger is a free service and they can set their own rules.
Plus, my monthly earnings from Amazon Associates is usually about $2, hardly worth getting worked up over.
So, I made a couple changes. My books are still available and I hope you'll click on the covers and go buy them. But, if you also buy a couple other books or a pair of shoes, no kick back for me. Frankly, I can probably make as much picking up loose change in a parking lot.
Should I stand up against censorship? Yes. Is what Blogger is doing (or threatening to do) censorship? I don't necessarily think so. Blogger is a privately owned for profit enterprise. I can choose to participate or not. At this point, I am not planning to go anywhere, more because I am too lazy to bother, but also because I don't think it will affect me.
FYI---in case anyone is wondering. This is not a free speech issue. Freedom of speech has to do with government actions, not the actions of private enterprise.
So, if you can read this, I'm still here. If you can't... well...