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  • Caradoc

    That should of been your interest

     

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  • FckMe2Dad

    You are not the first one to reference empty blogs and take offense to them, but frankly I'm as perplexed by people who so object to empty blogs, as you seem to be to the empty blogs. I'm sure many folks come here (and elsewhere) and register, and enjoy looking at whatever they can find, and get their enjoyment that way. Frankly I'd rather have someone have an empty blog, then have them create or repost some junky stuff, and you must know (from Tumblr etc.) that some folks just don't have the creativity or talent, or sophistication to make interesting stuff. I know some people have this follow me/follow you mantra, but I see no problem with being a follower of many blogs, and not having followers, or vice versa, having many followers and not following back. If you like to create, then you do it for yourself, and maybe you share it, and maybe others appreciate what you create and maybe some of them comment/like which obviously meant they enjoyed it too.

    I'm truly curious what the reason or meaning is with the objection of having a follower who has an empty blog?

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  • Caradoc

    Well firstly I just don't understand why a blog needs to be empty, if you join a porn site it is rather obvious your into porn, unlike on a general site like tumblr, but also I make a lot of gifs and much of my tumblr archive has been downloaded and posted in other peoples names, so I'm possibly a bit over cautious about that. As for reciprocal following I don't do that, I just like genuine blogs to either follow or not, like or not, but definitely reblog if they want stuff, not download, I suspect some people who used several blogs to hoover up other peoples work on tumblr, do the same here.

    I am not taking offence at empty blogs but I don't understand it, and don't totally trust it either.

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  • Marvin

    I don't have any issue with people wanting to browse my site but not want to make their own blog.

    I rather hope my blog is so good they have their hands too busy to repost...

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  • TiYNM

    Over on Tumblr I used to block between 40 and 50 blank blogs per day. I used to do it for one reason, and one reason only. If I can't get a sense of the blogger who is following me, I have no way of ascertaining if they are underage, or not, and underage followers is one thing I will not accept, and I don't think that any other responsible adult would either.

    Having said that I also had followers who wanted to follow me but had reasons as to why their blog was blank. Often they would reach out and ask me why I did what I did. Once I explained it, they were fine. Also If they gave me a commitment that they were of age (And lets be honest, it doesn't take much of a chat to work out if you are dealing with an underage blogger or not), I would them follow them, and then know not to block them.

    It's just about protecting the kids, and to be honest, me as well.

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  • Niece Taste

    I do not get why people think empty blog means underage. Nothing stops an underage user to post/reblog a few posts here or there, and nothing forces a legal adult to post something. A horny underage can post tons of content, and an adult can choose not to post anything due to personal reason, and the reason is usually age-unrelated.

    Though, I would consider empty blog to hurt the community because they are not contributing anything in return. They are leeching the content that we contribute, without doing their part of duty. While posting new resource is nice, even reblogging things you like can help implement a pseudo-filter. Empty blogs does nothing in return of the good content that everyone else is posting.

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  • Caradoc

    I actually find it a bit like silent phone calls, it also feels like there is a porn blogging community, but surrounding that there is a mass of non porn blogging ghosts. I don't care where they reblog from or what their tastes are ( within limits) but post something, even an few words or description saying to shy to post or something.

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  • Marvin

    By this rationale reblogging the 2 first posts I see will make this site a better community, add value to the content and prove I'm an adult...

    I just can't get my head behind any of those arguments...

    I'd rather find a hundred blogs with no content follow me than 1 blog with content I find disturbing/distasteful.

    Blank blogs have nothing to prove or justify, they're just people that don't want to have a footprint. Could be any number of reasons but hiding sexual preferences from a spouse or avoiding an internet trail would be two obvious reasons.

    The more likely is they find the effort vs. reward unbalanced which is something I struggle with regularly... why put effort into finding and reposting great content, there is no reward at the end of it (there is no high score table and followers do not mean prizes)

    Best case scenario you surf one handed and have a nice session in the site... that does not require you to reblog or like anything, but it does require you to follow some blogs.

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  • Felm Cyber

    @Caradoc - to be able to view posts on bsmblr you need to have an ID, i.e. a blog, even if it is empty.

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  • Caradoc

    Yes Marvin you make your point well, I understand the voyeur element, and people have the right to be as involved or not as they want, but it was mostly the number that concerned me, and people I block still being able to nick my material.

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  • Some of all things

    So glad to find this thread - hope it's still active.  I also have been perplexed by people saying they would block me if I had an empty blog.  None of the explanations above make any sense to me - they really don't hold up to careful thought.  I get why someone wants others to contribute to the community - but as others have already said, mindless reblogging doesn't seem like much of a contribution.  

    I was one of those empty blogs for quite a long time - first on tumblr and now here. I've recently started reblogging mostly as a way to show my partner what I liked and give her an easy way to comment back.  And I do feel good that I'm now contributing something to the community - not because I'm just reblogging but also making comments when I have time.  

    I started this because it felt like the right thing to do FOR ME.  However, I couldn't care less if empty blogs follow me - and I'd rather not get a dozen reblogs of the exact same post appearing again and again with nothing added.  To me, empty reblogs actually degrade the content rather than improve it. 

    What's wrong with people simply wanting to observe and enjoy?  It would be like an author saying "don't read my books unless you're publishing you're own".  Some people are good at creating content or ideas - and some just appreciate it. Maybe those same people are contributing something wonderful somewhere else that you don't.  

    Frankly, a big part of the reason I didn't contribute for a long time is I simply didn't have the time. 

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  • Michael Gorup

    I have several empty blogs following me.  I reached out to a few.  Some are lawyers, representing big corporations.  Some are doctors, some actors.  I look at what they like, and then decide if I want to follow them, or not.  Everyone has a reason for what they do or don't do.  To each their own.

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  • Slutbane

    On a similar note - I resent private blogs being able to view, and reblog, my material, but you can see NOTHING of theirs. Not even their likes, their followers or followees

    I find the whole concept of a private blog insidious, and running counter to the blogging ethos

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