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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Algonquin Round Table


When I started this blog I did so primarily as a way to promote the main website that houses my stories and artwork. However, even as I did so I hoped for this blog to one day become a sort of Algonquin Round Table for kinksters. Now, many months later, I can count on a couple of people, or at best, a small handful of people to comment and participate. 

It's discouraging.



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  1. Oh, cheer up. It'll get better. Or maybe not.

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    1. Truly you have covered your bases..........but I will try to cheer up (or maybe not). ;-)

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  2. We all have different tastes and preferences. Some things are for a niche market. Not for public consumption. You are an acquired taste. Perhaps a hard paddling while you wait will help?

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    1. Are you suggesting or offering?

      I have always felt that I occupied a niche within a niche within a niche, which narrows my audience considerably. However, this is the Internet and one would think there would be countless deviants available. (Maybe it's the "thinking" qualifier that has really limited interaction?

      (I do appreciate your regular input though, (and Shilo's).

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    1. Hmmm. I don't know. Naturally from experience I'm appropriately afraid of going over Rosa's lap...........but I get the feeling you'd be at least as bad!

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    2. Yeah.............I kind of thought that might be the case.

      (It's to your credit though.)

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  4. Whew! I thought she was suggesting it to ME...

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    1. Looks like you dodged this one. But there's always another waiting around the corner.

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  5. Going back to the first several months of my blog, it was common for me to get two or three comments. And sometimes none. It took well over a year for things to pick up in any significant way. And, more readers is a very mixed bag. I was thinking just this morning about how I suddenly seem to constantly be fighting off trolls and others who are making me kind of nutty.

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    1. I noticed that too. The thing is my daily visitor tally seems healthy enough.........it's just the paucity of comments that gets to me. And to your point, the Algonquin Round table was not merely a table-full of people.......they were a very witty circle of thinkers. Maybe that's the problem? I subtitled this blog as a place for "THINKING deviants". While deviance itself seems popular enough, perhaps it's thinking that's on the decline?

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    2. The gap between lurkers and posters is interesting. Mine gets about 1,100 per day on average, jumping to about 1,500 on weekends. Yet, the number of fairly regular contributors is probably 20, and doesn't seem to change much regardless of the total number of viewers. There also is, or at least used to be, pretty high turnover. I was reviewing some old posts a few weeks ago and noticed that almost none of the people who were commenting regularly back in 2014 are still around today.

      Dan

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    3. I also wonder if perhaps we over-estimate the true number of deviants, thinking or otherwise. Merry got me to explore Fetlife, and I did for a couple of weeks, but there was just very little activity on the F/m DD oriented boards. Often nothing for several days in a row.

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    4. Interesting points, but logically if people are going onto forums that are oriented towards alternate activities, one would have to presume an interest in those activities. Now, where things might break down is in how many of those people actually are willing or able to engage in the activities they are interested in? (and then there's still the 'thinking' part).

      I have found that merely attempting clever repartee among vanilla folks is often disappointing. Perhaps limiting the audience to kink-oriented people restricts the pool even further................to a point of rarity?

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    5. Right, but in the scheme of things, a couple of thousand people who have a knowing interest in the lifestyle sufficient to go to these forums isn't that much. I'm not saying there aren't many more out there, but I really don't know how many there really are. And when you cull progressively from kinksters, to spanking kinksters, to DD or FLR kinksters . . . all the way down to "thinking kinksters"the pool may truly be pretty small. I really have no idea how many people out there are even potential readers and commenters. But, that said, unless there are a hell of a lot of closeted kinky people out there, how does one account for the phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Gray? Though, a woman I know voiced the opinion that those books are attracting not people with spanking fetishes, but women who fetishize wealth. I don't know if that is true, but it was an interesting perspective,

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  6. YES, to judge by the current state of the US presidential candidates' race.

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    1. Just THIS one? Gore Vidal nailed the state of American politics perfectly back in the 60's.

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