A few months ago I created KinkyElephant.com, a social media “instance” on a network of Federated social media sites called Mastodon. My intention was to provide a space for fetish producers, models, amateur photographers and fans to meet and post which would be safe from shut-down by corporate social media operators like Tumblr and Twitter.
Well, this week Tumblr dropped the news that they were banning all non-work-safe postings. And in the two days since that happened, membership at Kinky Elephant has exploded.
In one way this is great. But I’m paying for KinkyElephant’s hosting out of my own pocket, and the numbers risk overwhelming the server. I don’t mind paying some of what is effectively YOUR money from RestrainedElegance.com and SilkSoles.com purchases to provide a social space for us, but I can’t afford to take over the whole of sexual Tumblr as a public service.
I’m upgrading the hosting plan for the instance, but I’ve had to temporarily suspend public sign-ups for the service whilst we decide what to do.
What I would like to do is to revert to the original plan of providing a space for bondage and kinky people to post. Everyone can follow what we post from other instances – for example, from Mastodon.social or Switter.at which are bigger, publicly-funded instances.
But for the actual membership of KinkyElephant.com I may restrict it to Bondage industry types, models, amateur bondage photographers, and fans who are customers of RestrainedElegance.com, SilkSoles.com, or have bought from our eStores etc..
If you would like to join in, please contact me and I will issue you an invitation so you can join while public signups are closed!
All the best, a still very-post-viral Hywel
Hi just thought id chip in and say that the reported death of Dave “Simpson” made me smile..not because i enjoy people dieing but because i know having spoken to him online recently he is in fact alive and kicking! Maybe if you know him well you do know this as it could all be a smokescreen for his new life in Merseyside Uk..I know that he had lost interest in working in the industry since 2008 and stopped updating his site since 2013 and so possibly lost the few customers he had after that.I know his business partner had gone down the pornhub link routes but that didnt pay off either and in Sept this year the company was dissolved I could say loads of bad things about him having worked with him for many many years but i wont speak ill of the “dead”..anyways good luck with your work it sure is hard out there but since i went on my own in the last 15 years ive managed to keep my head above water..just..ps Dave started in 1999 in his shed so thats 19 years ago not 15 as mentioned in the blog All the best Anon
It seems by multiple accounts that Dave Simpson didn’t die- just told people he had. Which is a pretty crappy way to conduct oneself if true.
The post you refer to (15 years ago vs 19) was made in 2013, hence the discrepancy.