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this post will be updated as I find more websites to add! please check with the original before reblogging to see if there’s an updated version, and message me with corrections or more suggestions if you have them!!

websites in red have explicitly forbidden the posting of NSFW content. websites in orange allow certain types of NSFW content or have questionable / unclear guidelines.

for general use

  • friendproject.net – built on myspace, great blog customization
  • gab.ai – added for completeness, but has a huge alt-right + racism issue
  • joinmastodon.org – basically like if twitter and discord had a child??
  • mewe.com – privacy-focused, has groups and private messages
  • minds.com – allows you to exchange traffic for being promoted (??)
  • myspace.com – yes, it still exists, i’m just as surprised as you
  • nibblebit.com – similar to tumblr with reblogs / likes / customizing of blogs
  • pinterest.ca – easy sharing and collecting, but has many issues with theft
  • swarmr.com – looks like a clone of tumblr, though i haven’t tested
  • twitter.com – allows posting both text and photos in sets, allows retweets

geared towards writers and bloggers

  • archiveofourown.org – specializes in hosting fic, excellent tagging system
  • dreamwidth.org – a blogging site similar to livejournal or wordpress
  • fanfiction.net – another big name in fanfic posting
  • livejournal.com – still an option, but questionably safe for fandom
  • mibba.com – for creative writers, centered around community feedback
  • quotev.com – decent website for original / fan fic and fandom quizzes
  • royalroad.com – hosts webnovels and other fanfic, nice dark theme
  • wattpad.com – modern pretty fic site with direct links to irl publishers
  • wordpress.com – old and well-established, often considered the default

geared towards artists and photographers

  • artstation.com – excellent website for posting professional art portfolios
  • behance.net – meant for professionals posting various visual media types
  • deviantart.com – huge community, allows posting art + sorting into folders
  • flickr.com – great community for photographers, can join groups
  • furaffinity.net – similar to DA but for furries, easy to display commish info
  • galleria.emotionflow.com – very similar to pixiv, with imo better tagging
  • instagram.com – photo and video posts, excellent tag search
  • newgrounds.com – an oldie but a goodie, allows a ton of media types
  • piczel.tv – allows both streaming and posting art / photosets to a gallery
  • pixiv.net – huge anime art community, allows livestreaming
  • poizen.me – gorgeous website designed for artists to post art AND track comms
    • this one’s still in alpha but looks incredibly promising as a platform and super pretty to look at!! go snap up a username before all the good ones are taken! favouritism what’s that
  • vero.co – app only, similar to insta but with MUCH more privacy control

chat or forum based

  • aminoapps.com – community-based, has blogs + chat, custom themes
  • discordapp.com – great chat app, text + voice, can join infinite servers
  • reddit.com – literally a community for everything, SO MANY CAT PHOTOS

18+ only

  • bdsmlr.com – microblogging + social media for people into kink
  • blogr.xxx – a tumblr clone created specifically for sharing porn
  • fetlife.com – considered one of the biggest kink communities online
  • libertine.center – beautiful + modern site for posting irl nsfw and kink stuff
  • thefetlibrary.com – for posting of erotic stories, replaces bdsmlibrary

paid platforms

  • patreon.com – subscription-based access to many diff types of content
  • pillowfort.io – still in beta, but should function almost identically to tumblr
  • typepad.com – similar to wordpress but with reblogging and a dash

defunct platforms

(so people will stop telling me i forgot them)

  • jux.com – shut down in 2014 due to lack of funds
  • shoandtell.me – now redirects to someone’s personal blog
  • soup.io – more or less closed down this year due to GDPR issues

ways to save your current tumblr posts

  • use the wayback machine! you do have to archive each page of your blog individually but once you do all the content, including media, will be saved exactly as it was at the moment you archived it.
  • wordpress allows you to directly import whole tumblr blogs, and if i recall correctly it’s something both dreamwidth and pillowfort have said they are working on.
  • if you have some knowledge of computers you can try this github solution which uses a python script to download your whole blog to your computer. even if you don’t know anything about programming or the command line they give a very good beginners tutorial on how to use it so you should still give it a shot!

some notes

please note that every site on this list will have pros and cons, and i haven’t listed them here since this post would be a mile long otherwise. please do your research before moving completely over to another site in case they have policies you disagree with.

also, because I see a lot of misinformed people ranting about this: deviantart does not own the art you post. some years ago hot topic stole a ton of art from DA and sold it on merchandise and people assumed that DA gave them permission to do it despite there being literally zero evidence for that claim. DA explictly states in their TOS that you retain copyright and sole license of the art you post.

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No clue where I am going, but somewhere where LGBT and sex-positivity content won’t be constantly flagged. And where shipping will still exist. 

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Author: Penny Wilder

Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

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