Not that long ago I requested written consent from my blog followers regarding my blog posts so that I would make sure that I was being GDPR compliant.
GDPR is an EU regulation that makes it illegal to send unsolicited marketing/sales emails to EU citizens/residents. It means in short that if you’ve been building up an email list over several years then you have to stop using it if you are unaware of people’s location and/or request official consent from your email followers so that you ensure that you aren’t breaking any laws.
In short: it is horrendous for any small business owner and even more nefarious if one takes into account the current gentrification of social media and the internet as a whole.
For those who still don’t get it: if you have to pay a social media site in order to reach an already existing fanbase while you are being prevented from using an email list or contacting followers one by one (which is how grassroots campaigns are done) then it goes without saying that you will struggle to get the word out there regardless of whatever product or service you are selling.
Marred in big government legislation and corporate greed the internet can be said to be unrecognisable from how it was like 10 years ago. This is not a positive development unless you are connected to a major player or have tons of money in the bank. Connecting to people online has now become a pay-for-play business that inevitably will squeeze out non-approved-government-players and non-corporate-affiliated-individuals.
This post is not intended at all towards “the market,” since most people have no clue what the GDPR is and probably have very little interest in it. Most people aren’t artists and most are certainly not entrepreneurs. This topic is of relevance if you keep a blog or if you are self-promoting on the internet.
So, the GDPR issue being out of the way I saw a decrease in traffic here on my blog, this traffic was further reduced when I removed a great deal of the tags that I had on my posts in order to not be labeled as “spam.” This action was undertaken after conversing briefly with costumer support (which is very good here on WordPress) where I was notified that it is recommended to use a maximum of 15 tags per post.
Obviously I’m not interested in either getting flagged as spam nor am I interested in dealing with some moronic bureaucrat so I made whatever changes and the glorious result is: even less traffic to my blog.
In short: complying with the system is a terrible idea.
Political correctness will kill your blog.