When I was a young Polish kid growing up in a suburban part of NJ heavily populated with my own ethnic compatriots, I often heard this joke:
Two Polish bear hunters were stalking their prey along a wooded path when they come to a fork in the road and a sign that read:
So they went home.
Over the years that I have been doing "Collected Submissions" I have often heard that the spotty participation I routinely whine about is because I too often diverge from the expected tales of butt-whomping and adult kinkiness that readers come to blogs like this to enjoy in favor of politics or social commentary. And I used to think that true but decided that "damn the torpedoes" I would write what I felt like and let the chips fall where they may. I came to the fork in the road and opted to explore BOTH paths, and maybe even a few more along the way.
Recently I have observed an interesting trend though. When I have bared my kinky soul (sometimes with pictures) with revelations of adventures past, I have gleaned fewer comments than when I post something political. And this trend flies flat and full in the face of the conventional "kinky blog" wisdom that the result should be the opposite.
Now, I'm not a staunch advocate of either position. Personally, I would like to keep this blog just as it has always been: a bit of this and a bit of that....all in a naughty adult, and hopefully clever enough guise to keep "thinking deviants" amused and intrigued. But I did think this seeming trend was worth noting.
Collected Submissions has certainly seen its share of controversy. Hell, my post about "playing for stakes" with my stepson drew criticisms I never expected and even resulted in someone leaving. And as such I have become much more selective in revealing certain aspects of my personal adventures. I never thought I would succumb to censoring my own revelations that way, and yet I find that I have. I am not quite sure how I feel about that either....though part of me feels a bit like a sell-out. This is not to say that I have never withheld stories before. I have. And stories that were true, and had the potential to enlighten and titillate. But were also tales that would......reveal too much, even betray confidences. And that I will not do....or feel guilty over.
It's an interesting thing to host a blog. And I feel enriched by the experience. But WOW! It is a venture that is as surprising as it is sometimes gratifying. It is a challenge not only to glean new material and present it in a somewhat entertaining form........but the choosing? The decision of what warrants a post and what should be kept in a private journal? That's a challenge that never ends and is never predictable.
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