Still suffering from shock at our departure from the EU, I rather liked being a European, and dislike Brexit and it supporters intensely. That aside I am pondering the future of this blog, for unrelated reasons.
I have been running this site for nearly 5 years, and its sworn purpose was to assist in completing my Paris Olympia Press collection, which it did in a limited way, but I am very much aware that there is very little interest in the actual books, and even less in the Paris Olympia Press.
The secondary purpose of the site was to provide free access to information about rare erotica, and give full access to all the illustrations, working on the principle that the vast majority of people will never have access to such art, because it is in the main hard to find and expensive and book-dealers seldom give access to the full set of illustrations prior to purchase, some even deliberately neglect to give the number of illustrations, which is usually an indicator that some are missing.
All of the books listed on this site are or have been in my possession, they are all real books, that I have purchased with my own money, I do not keep many books other than my Paris Olympia collection, which may soon be sold. Every thing I sell I use the income to buy more books, or I have been doing this so far. I love running this blog and it has kept me amused and interested since I launched it despite having long absences due to, originally work, and subsequently ill health.
I have become aware that significant numbers of visitors are using my images for commercial purposes, which I do not have a particular problem with, other than the fact that they are not crediting this site for the images. I am pondering about how to make the site pay for itself, and considering, a number of options, including restricting access to members, charging a download fee, or even watermarking my images. Other options could be to offer advertising space, possibly to book dealers or book search engines.
All of the above, have little appeal to me,I rather like the idea of being an outsider and I enjoy sharing my passion. Going mainstream is something I am reluctant to do, but the alternative may be to give up completely and shut down the site. In the 5 years I have been running, I have had 97,800 visitors and 1,017,000, views, I have only 68 followers.
Not such great figures for 5 years, but this is without any other social media links, largely created by word of mouth. This site comes up on a large number of searches, and I like to think, provides more real information, about the books and their contents than pretty much anyone else out there. Mostly without a lot of waffle, although I do have my moments.
I have probably exceeded the attention span of most of my visitors with this missive,(no pictures), but I want your input, and invite you to complete the contact form below.
Should I remain an outsider and keep blowing my pension on books for everyone to see for free? should I go commercial? open up to restricted access or members? should I try allowing advertising? or should I just quit?