Sunday, February 4, 2018

OPP ~ #SoSS - Blogs I love

'High Line' by Exhibit A © source 

The #SoSS meme is a roundup of favourite blogs I’ve visited this week. In order not to duplicate what others have done for #SoSS (Share Our Shit Saturday) (or Sunday if you forget/run out of time - as is the case today) I’m going to give you links to some of their older stuff - because I think their complete blogs are worth reading. Click the links for the full stories, because these are just excerpts.

So here we go, in no particular order:

Hannah - 'Confess Hannah' ~ "10 Things I Took From Eroticon 2017"

With just over a month top go until Eroticon 2018 I thought this post would be timely. Hannah has a great blog but you'll note there is no exclamation mark in 'Confess, Hannah!' so keep your fantasies of Hannah on a rack being whipped to yourself :

A fair few laughs

Eroticon is definitely food for the mind, but also medicine for the soul. I laughed so much over the course of the weekend, especially Saturday evening. This was in part due to me drinking wine and listening and sharing stories and attempting to sing with others, but mostly due to the wonderful entertainment organised by the Eroticon team. The Saturday social was unique as a conference networking opportunity, as it was a fantastic way to break the ice in person to handfuls of people who could have already seen my whole anatomy online.
The sessions/speakers 
I love history, especially social history. I love learning about the people, not just the Kings, Queens, the powerful and the rich. I also love sex, the human form, and finding out what makes others tick. Therefore when two sessions run by Dr. Kate Lister (Whores of Yore) were announced, I was beside myself with excitement. The first session talked about obscenity and literature, and delved into perspectives on what was too filthy or outlandish for public consumption and the processes taken to restrict readership of such materials. The session introduced many fantastic works of literature and art...
The books 

After a wonderful session by Meg-John I felt compelled to buy her book [Enjoy Sex: Meg-John Barker and Justin Hancock]. The session itself focused on putting yourself at the centre of your experiences, desires and journey in discovering your sexuality. This seems simple, but often we think about the desire and needs of others without or before trying to understand ourselves. This is definitely a book I’ll come back to again and again [more]

Exhibit A ~ 'Exhibit A (Unadorned)' "Introducing Exhibit A"

Exhibit A writes essays on sex, as well as publishing erotic images, and erotic fiction. He's a triple threat to all other male bloggers! And his dick pics are better than mine, which is why I haven't published any. Since this is February Photo Fest month I've chosen this particular excerpt from his very popular blog:
If you want to read some of my fiction, the ‘Erotica’ menu tab will take you to a list of everything I’ve written and posted. Some stories are better than others, but I guess your own kinks and preferences will probably have a bearing one which you enjoy most. These are a few of my favourites:
The Promise ~ Night Visions ~ Habla con ella ~ Read To MeSmudge ~ Woken

For photos, you could go straight to the #dickpics tab, where I’d definitely advise kicking off with some of the later stuff – maybe the posts I did for February Photo Fest, or some of the Sinful Sunday shots from 2016-17. If you want to go back a bit further, I think this, this, and this are all pretty decent.

However, if it’s more suggestive or softcore photography you’re after, there’s plenty of that to check out too. Some of these were taken by other people, some involved a timer and clever use of props, but here are half-a-dozen of the ones I like best:
Balance ~ Sweat ~ Scottish Tourist Board ~ Ladder ~ HighLine ~ Books 
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The Pigeon Letters ~ "New Instagram Algorithm Changes in January 2018"

This is not a sex blog but it gives advice applicable to all bloggers. This one might explain why you have been shadow banned on your social media accounts. As I was this week, which I knew because there was no engagement with any of my Twitter posts (or maybe people saw it but thought 'Meh'?). This post refers specifically to Instagram but I'm pretty sure the same BS is being done by all social media platforms. These are just excerpts so follow link to entire post.

Algorithm / Post Exposure

When you post something on Social, it may only be exposed to 10% of your audience. I believe this would mean that it gauges the interest of your audience to determine whether or not it should be shown to the rest of your followers. If your brand new post gets enough engagement right off the bat, it would then be released and shown to the remaining 90%. So if you've been wondering why one post gets 1/10 of the engagement of another post, this could be why.

You know last year when people started forming "pods?" These pods are groups of people who have agreed to boost engagement for the group by liking and commenting when a member of the group announces that they have a new post. Well guess what? This might not be a loophole. This could actually be one of the reasons so many people were getting shadow banned. 

Instagram is now thought to be restricting exposure based off of YOUR engagement. Now, you might want to respond to comments left on your posts within 60 minutes. Otherwise, your post's visibility might gradually decrease.

You know those comments from bots? The emojis or comments like "Great pic!" "Love it!" and "Nice!" supposedly now do not count as engagement. The plus is that they'd be filtering out these pesty accounts and increase genuine comments. This is good to know for us as well, because too often, we're also the ones that comment with "Love this!" Here's a good new practice: In order to count as engagement, comment with 4 words or more.

Ohhh hashtags. These are incredibly convenient, but also a little tricky. Although you can use up to 30 hashtags in a post, this can now be picked up as spam. Spam = shadow banning. It's been up in the air for a while about what the sweet spot with hashtags are, but people say that they seem to have better luck with about 5 unique hashtags.

Don't use the same hashtags over and over! Switch these up or it will look like you're a bot, which means spam, which means shadow banning.

Here's the big one: Hashtags that you post in the comments of your post will no longer display under search results. You must now include hashtags in the body of your caption.

Another big one: Do NOT edit your caption for 24 hours after posting. This will significantly lower your chances for it to be seen.

Piggybacking that last one: Do NOT delete your post and then repost it. Same reason as above.
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I am probably guilty on all counts vis a vis captions on Instagram! And since my IG pics crosspost (via an app) to Twitter that might explain why I get shadow banned? It's only a guess but perhaps one needs to do as many 'real' posts on Twitter as the ones generated by cross-posting via an app?


  1. Great post! I love ExhibitA and your piece by Pigeon Letters is useful, I'm off to read more! xx

  2. Fantastic Blog Choices! You have excellent taste.


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