Can You Be Too Honest On Your Blog?
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I never thought I’d actually lose readers (or a reader) for being honest. I’ve always believed having integrity and being honest is an important practice for any business including blogs, at least in my opinion. I’ve been honest so far, why stop now?
On Thursday Blog about your Blog suffered a short outage, from 10 am to about noon. I spent most of that time trying to get the hosting set-up again. Not only did this site go down, but also many of my others.
Be Careful with Adult Images
That led to writing an article about being careful with adult images. I thought it was an eye opener to anyone really with hosting. Your hosting company could deem one image “adult” and then shut down your entire hosting account until it is removed.
Having that problem could not only affect your website, but also earnings and other factors that involve your website having too much downtime. What if I couldn’t access my network for a day? A week? An entire month?
Some readers understood it was a bit harsh, some didn’t. It was my fault of course, but I didn’t believe in shutting down all of my sites. I was in violation of their terms by having an adult blog. I still felt that it was a bit harsh.
On the other side, one reader said “Wow. I really wish you hadn’t have admitted that you had a site like this on BAYB.” Then promptly unsubscribed from this blog.
I value all of the readers here and their opinions. I’ve done my best to keep the language, content, and images to a general audience. We don’t allow cursing or anything abusive whatsoever. I’ve also never tried to cross promote that site from here or mention really anything else “adult”.
Has being honest actually hurt your business, practice, or blog?