Violet Blue, a blogger known for her expertise in the realm of sex education discovered today that all of her posts with the exception of one had been deleted from BoingBoing, a big name blog. Violet has no idea why her posts were removed and neither does anyone else, considering BoingBoing has published controversial content before. Some are speculating that the deletion was caused by a software upgrade. So far, BoingBoing has not commented on the allegations.
Why do I bring this up? Because for those of us trying to make it to the top of the (mobosphere) as an author, an event like this can be crushing in terms of the future career of a blogger. Since BoingBoing is one of those top tier blogs, being removed from their system virtually takes away the opportunity to put them on a resume. Also, think of the nice Google juice and the expanded audience that disappears along with the content.
If what happened to Violet was a mistake, I really hope BoingBoing takes the proper actions of restoring her content. If it’s not an accident, then I hope Violet receives a clear and concise reason as to why they decided to delete her off of the blog.
Now it’s question time. Would you ever delete an author from your blog? For instance, Performancing has gone through a ton of authors over the years, with all of their content pretty much in tact. Does what happened to Violet over at BoingBoing worry you as a blog author, trying to make a living?