Monday, March 01, 2010

Potpourri at 1200

Hey everybody! There's been a lot going on here at the blog and I thought it might be nice to catch up.

As you've probably guessed, you're reading post #1200 on MBS. That's a dozen hundred (or a hundred dozen). In any case, it's hard to believe we've lasted so long. Thanks to all who read, and especially to those readers who comment. Every blogger loves your comments. Even if it's just one sentence, your words provide treasured acknowledgment and affirmation.

I just published an In with the New post a couple of weeks ago. Already, I've accumulated eight more new blogs to share. Either adult spanking is more popular than ever or people who spank are discovering blogging at an amazing rate. Either way, our community is teeming with excellent blogs. The only downside to this embarrassment of riches is that some promising new bloggers never manage to find a stable core readership. I'm thinking about ways to get them some positive exposure before frustration sets in.

The mailbag feature always seems to have the effect of generating more mail. That's great. Keep those e-mails coming! If I haven't answered you yet, please bear with me. I will get to it soon.

I hope you voted in our recent reader poll. I thought the results were very interesting.
  • Just over 60% of voters are male. That matches both previous polls and MBS's web demographics

  • More than half of all readers are either male spankers or female spankees

  • Overall, spankees outnumber spankers by a considerable margin

  • The proportion of male spankees and switches (35% of all respondents) is higher than I anticipated

  • Conversely, the representation of female spankers (2%) is lower than I expected

A reader asked me how I keep coming up with such wonderfully bizarre phrases for Keyword Chaos. The short answer is that I don't. Someone somewhere typed those words into a search engine for reasons that shall forever remain a mystery. All we can do is laugh and point.

I've received several excellent brunch topic suggestions recently. You'll be seeing them appear in the coming weeks. I'm always open to new ideas, so if there is a (bottom) burning question that you would like to see our brunch bunch answer, please send it to me.

I've been trying to audio record more of our spankings lately. Hopefully, we will capture something worth sharing.

I'm glad everyone liked the Simon and Garfunkel song parody. I find myself a bit conflicted when taking on a song of that magnitude. In one way, it's so historically meaningful that changing it, even in the name of fun, feels like painting over a masterpiece. On the other hand, if one parodies a song that is not well known, the result will surely be a head-scratcher.

The song itself was a challenge. Paul Simon's folk roots are clearly apparent in the lyrics. He was (and is) much more concerned with message than meter. The same line in different verses could have three beats, four beats, or even five beats. I preserved all of those quirks. I also retained a few of the original words where I could. I wouldn't presume to rhyme forming with warning, but he did and I kept it.

On a sad note, we bid farewell last week to our friend and colleague, Alex Birch. I didn't know him as well as some bloggers did, but we did have the opportunity to exchange e-mails a few times. Bon voyage and fare thee well, old friend.

It's interesting to note that my recent upsurge in blogging activity has been accompanied by an increase in spanking at our house. Coincidence? I doubt it. Anyhow, I have some more fun features in the queue including a return of an old favorite. Thanks again and please stay tuned...


Hermione said...

Hi Bonnie,

Which came first, the spanking or the blogging? Who cares? I'm pleased the spanking/blogging cycle is in full swing at your house.

I'm wondering about the audio recording of your OTK sessions. Doesn't that inhibit either of you, in word or deed? Or is the device so unobtrusive that you can both forget about it? Does Randy know his every word and swat is being captured?


Indy said...

Congratulations on 1200 posts, Bonnie. That is an absolutely mind boggling number! I'd find it impossible to believe that anyone could manage that with the effort that you put into your posts had I not read all 1200 of them for myself!

The Sounds of Silence has been running through my head for a week now!

Spank-A-Lot said...

Congratulations!!!! 1200 posts is no mean feat.....keep them coming ;)

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does a hundred dozen sound like much more than a dozen hundred? What is truly outstanding about this accomplishment is that the quality has been consistently excellent. Very well done. Thank you.

Scunge said...

Congrats on your 1200 posts Bonnie! Onward to the next! :)

Florida Dom said...

Wow, Bonnie, congrats on the 1200 posts. It's amazing. I don't know how you do it.

Also, I think you're partly responsible for the upsurge in bloggings. You've nutured so many bloggers, including me.

And tell new bloggers to comment on other blogs. That will lead to more bloggers checking your blog.

And the audio sounds like fun.

Also, how nice the surge in blogging has happened at the same time you're getting more spankings.


Meg said...

Hi Bonnie Cogratulations on 1200 Wow! Also, what happened to Alex Birch I read his blog regularly over at "A Taste of the Birch"?

Thnks, Meg

Anonymous said...

Bonnie, you are the best. You helped me put my own blog on the map a couple of years ago, and I remain your faithful fan! :-) -- Erica

ronnie said...

Congratulations on 1200 posts Bonnie.

Thanks for all you do.


Sorry, deleted comment was mine x

EmmaJane said...

Wow congrats Bonnie! As ever you set the standard for us all :)



Jane said...

Thanks for writing a blog that is always worth reading!

Larken said...

Hi Bonnie,

CONGRATULATIONS! I had no idea you had so many posts, and I've read most of them! Holy cow!

MBS has been my primary source for information about TTWD and this community. I am so thankful that it is here and continues to be a haven for others as it was and is for me.


Bonnie said...

Hermione - I imagine the spankings came first, or at least I hope they did.

I don't know that we forget about the recorder so much as we don't worry about it. Randy knows that I will show him any transcripts before they are published. In theory, he has veto power, but he hasn't really exercised it.

Indy - Thank you! It's surprising to me too. I certainly never set out to write 1200 blog posts.

S-a-L - Thanks. I'll do what I can.

Burl - That does sound like more. Thanks. It's been a great ride!

Scunge - Ever forward, full steam ahead! :)

FD - Believe me, some days I don't know how to do it.

I enjoy helping new bloggers get established. There are few things as sad as a quality blog abandoned for lack of feedback. I do ask readers to comment, but I want to avoid crossing over into pushiness.

I am quite certain there is a link between spanking and blogging about spanking at our house. That good old posterior motivation still works for me.

Meg - Oh dear. I should have been more specific. Alex passed away last week. You can read some fine tributes from Mija and Abel and Haron. He will fondly remembered.

Erica - Well, that was one of better ideas! You're a sweetie. Thanks.

Ronnie - You're very welcome!

EJ - Thank you! It's been a lot of fun.

Jane - Friends like you make it a pleasure.

Larken - Hi! It makes me tired to think about reading all those posts. I really appreciate your support.

This community has given me so much that I feel it's only right to try to give something back.

sixofthebest said...

Dear Bonnie, I would like to pose this question. Do you believe the 'spanking community, consisting of Spankers, Spanking Writers, Spanking Bloggers, Spanking Luckers, etc, have a higher IQ, {Intelligence Quotient}, than possibly the rest of humanity. I believe they do. Do you also think so.

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