Procedural Update

I’ve begun migrating Acetylene Eyes to WordPress. (I will post relevant details once things are fully up and running.)

This is a nowhere near ideal stop gap to keep the archive up and publicly available without interruption.

As best as I can tell there is no good option w/r/t keeping the project running long term on any available platform.

At this point, the best option appears to be for me to host images on Mastodon and then link to text posts on WordPress.

I’m still at a loss as to how I’m supposed to continue to find new content to post but that’s not something I can do anything about if the blog doesn’t live on somewhere other than Tumblr first.

I’ll keep everyone posted.

And on an unrelated, more personal note: I finished my first semester of grad school. Unless I’m mistaken, I’ll have earned straight A-s for the first time in my life. I’ve made some of the best work in my life… some of which I’m considering sharing in a more public fashion.

I’m also so far beyond exhausted I can hardly see straight.

Which is all to say: bear with me, please; I’m doing my best to address things in a timely manner but I also have next to nothing left after everything I’ve been juggling in the last 45 days.

The Future (Cont’d)

First–I want to thank everyone who has reached out about how much this project has meant to them. (I’ve only not responded because I am in the midst of finals and am only just barely keeping my head above water with school stuff.)

Second–I have exported all my data from this project. Both via Tumblr and someone I got to know through here was a real mensch and sent me an external (what I presume is a python web archive). So everything prior to the announcement last week is backed up.

Third–I am going to port to another platform. I’m not sure which one just yet. (Of those who have reached out it seems most folks I’ve actually interacted semi-regularly seem to be favoring Ello, most of the smut blogs seem to be favoring Pillowfort–unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to onboard there until after the 17th, due to their setup protocol.)

The 500 character limit with Mastodon is a non-starter for me–though they would be my first choice without it.

The other sites people keep mentioning I’m hearing super problematic things about.

Fourth–at this point my goal is to keep this project open and public. Unfortunately, my content mining strategy is entirely based upon Tumblr’s functionality (the chronological dashboard and the base of folks I follow have made this possible) Without it, the already tremendous amount of work that goes into this project grows exponentially.

Suffice it to say: I’m not ready to be done with this project but after the 17th everything is unknown and even with ideal circumstances things are likely going to be sporadic and messy for the foreseeable future.

SakurawayUntitled from Basic Instinct II series (201X)

Sakuraway is a Chinese image maker based in Shanghai.

He’s a bit like what you’d get if you put equal parts Shae Detar, Ren Hang, Maxime Imbert and Ryan McGinley and shake them vigorously.

He is–quite frankly–trash at editing his own work (far too much work that emphasizes a quantity over quality approach). But there is definitely some great finds amidst the surfeit of dreck and he has a charmingly idiosyncratic eye for color.