Saturday, September 24, 2011

MBS Spanko Brunch #297

Six years ago today, I was reading spanking blogs, admiring the work of those talented writers, and thinking, "I believe I can do this." So began My Bottom Smarts.

On that very first day, I chose the name, the familiar white on red color scheme, and the general feel I wanted. Here is a fun snapshot of how MBS looked in those early days. Much has changed since then, but my love for this community (and a good spanking) remain the same.

While we're in this nostalgic frame of mind, let's discuss beginnings.

Do you have or have you had a spanking-oriented blog? If so, what motivated you to start blogging?

To answer our question, simply enter your thoughts as a comment below. Once everyone has spoken, I will post an edited summary.


Christina said...

I've been blogging for about 5 weeks, telling tales of incidents that have happened in the past as well as talking about feelings, events that have been recent, in my DD marriage. I started because a friend thought I might have some tales to share, and while I was dubious at the beginning, thought I would give it a try. Now I find it fun and liberating!!

Abel1234 said...

Congratulations on reaching your sixth birthday.

Good question as to why others started... My personal perspective on Spanking Writers? Partly because I had so many ideas that weren't suitable to turn into fully-fledged stories, but which I wanted to share more widely. Partly because I was frustrated with SSS as the only place I could post; the newsgroup had its strengths, but its weaknesses were all too painful.

And, for me, most importantly - as another means of connecting with new people in the scene. And, I have to say, it's worked admirably in that regard!

Emily said...

My blog originated from marital problems and my spanking fantasies. I stumbled upon this community reading spanking stories written by bloggers and then finding separate links to the blogs from the story sites. I also have a strong appreciation for your blog, Bonnie, as it's helped me along in connecting with others in blogland. Happy 6th!

Uncle Nick said...

I have one - it started in April last year, so it's now about 18 months old.

What inspired me to set it up? I was so very ill at the time that I could barely walk more than a few paces. I had been in a coma for three months the year before so I suppose I was lucky to be alive. Anyway, a friend of mine in the trade suggested that a blog that linked through to his pay per view sites might earn me some money in referrals, but alas that notion turned out to be a mistake. Casting around for other options I hit upon the idea of a clips store and now use the blog as a feeder for that.

Aside from that, my memoirs, called with amazing originality "A Spanking Good Life" are due to be published at the end of this year and I used the blog to publish first drafts of the various chapters from the work.

Daisychain said...

My blog originated absolutely by accident. I was reading blogs, and one of my favourite went private...I was trying to gain permission to still read it, and found myself signing I thought, to get in on her blog, but in fact it was to have a blog of my own!!!! I was VERY unfamiliar with computers at the time! Anyway, I wrote very tentatively in my own blog, and here I am, still doing just that! I found myself welcomed by you, Bonnie, and others, and was thrilled to be included in this wonderful, friendly world of spankos. Thank you!!!! xxxxx

Rogue said...

I read blogs for months and months before I went to my husband about a DD lifestyle. I will never forget the fear/excitement of publishing that first post and receiving comments. Everyone scooted their chairs around and welcomed me into the circle in the warmest way. I think you all simply ROCK!!! :)

sarah thorne said...

Yes, I have one and had others. Quite simply, I like to write! First I started a website with my stories on it under my sarah thorne pseudonym in 2003. Then, when hubby and I got together, we started the ZED and ginger blog as a couple to give both accounts of our growing relationship. We closed that down a few years later for personal reasons, and began another, low key blog of our relationship. However, since I was using my original screen name once more (sarah thorne) instead of ginger, I started a blog to simply write my personal take about spanking related stuff, both serious and fun!


Hermione said...

Hi Bonnie,

Congratulations on your sixth blogaversary! I love the snapshot of how your blog looked in the beginning; that was before my time. It's interesting to see who was on your blogroll and even more interesting that some of those blogs are still around. I can't imagine you having a blogroll so short :-)

I have a blog that's three and a half years old. I started out by reading and lurking on several spanking blogs, including MBS. When you kindly asked me to share my story and featured it as a guest post here, I got a taste of writing about spanking and liked it. After a few months of enthusiastic commenting, I realized I wanted more. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I wanted to be just like you, so I started my own blog. It quickly found its own direction and its own unique perspective on spanking for enjoyment. On my blog, I'm in control, and can express myself freely, in whatever way I choose. It's my own personal happy place.

Here's to many more years of happy blogging for both of us!


Meow said...

After reading blogs for a few months, I started a blog that was private, just for Lash to read. When another blogger looked on my profile and couldn't access my blog, I finally realized that I was ready to go public. That first reader was Daisy's husband, Davey, so thanks to them both for getting me started.

Our Bottoms Burn said...

Having been around the spanking Internet since the days of ASS, then the SSS newsgroups, I considered a Blog, but initially felt I had little to say. That may still be true. Being one of your first readers, I mulled over trying a Blog for two years, before taking the plunge. And you Bonnie gave us our theme - that spanking was fun. So many write about discipline, while MBS and OBB write about the fun and erotic aspects. Even if I had half of your talents, OBB would still be a niche Blog as we are both switches and switch with each other. We are as rare as inhibited planets, but we enjoy one another.

Here's to six more years!

sixofthebest said...

Dear Bonnie, Congratulations on 'spanking blogging, for six wondrous years. I might say 'six of the best' spanking blogging years. I hail you as our Queen, of 'spanking bloggers'. You will always get the 'red carpet' treatment from me. And may your bare bottom always blush likewise.

Velvet said...

Congratulations on your six year anniversary.

Although not technically a spanking blog, I began writing Velvet Nightmares to given voice to my experiences with my partner M. What we do is not something I can talk about freely with my friends... but I can write freely about it in the blogospere, which is not only such a release, it has also introduced me to some wonderful friends.

Velvet <3

Anonymous said...

Let me add my congratulations on your six years of blogging, Bonnie.

I actually don't blog, but I do comment on other people's blogs and I do frequently update a few threads on Chross' Spanking Scouts forum, in which I follow on from Chross' own theme of linking to worthwhile material out there in the spankosphere.

I lurked for years before I started commenting, and started only because I stumbled (via Spanking Blog) onto Alison Tyler's blog in which she was spinning out her erotic memoir. My reaction was that this stuff was SO good that I felt I had to do what I could to keep it coming. So I set up an alias and started commenting.

Periodically I take a break from reading and commenting, to prove to myself that I'm not addicted, and for the sake of my mental health.

I toy with the idea of starting a blog, but feel I don't have a lot of personal experience to draw from, unlike many other successful bloggers.

Karl Friedrich Gauss

Anonymous said...

Congrats Bonnie! I have not & do not have a blog or any desire to do so, but I do enjoy reading & joining in on other's such as yours. Thanks for being here! Here's to many more successsful blogging years :)

Make Mine Red

Indy said...

Congratulations on six years, Bonnie. That's almost an unbelievable feat! Thanks also for the flashback to your original post. I noticed that the links to some of my favorite older bloggers led to archives on which some of their posts could still be found-- what an unexpected surprise!

I've been blogging a little less than two years now. I explained why I started the blog in my first post. I have found it useful to think through topics so that I can write essays about them, and I've found it fun to share play reports with people. As I noted later on, though, blogging hasn't been a game changer for me like twitter has been. Perhaps that's all part of a natural progression from interacting broadly on line to settling into a smaller on-line home, as it were.

Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for the community, Bonnie!

externallymotivatedwife said...

Congratulations Bonnie! Your gathering all of us together means so much! I through up a blog in a big hurry in order to participate in Flash Fantasy Fridays. Then I moved onto whining, then fereting out self from Dd, and now I write from my heart about the tougher things regarding spanking and all those letters that often accompanying it. KayLynn

maui girl said...

Hi Bonnie,

Mine isn't technically a spanking blog, although spanking is right up there with my all-time favorite activities. But I started my blog just about a month ago out of frustration with how things were progressing with my husband. Now that I blog, I find my path becoming clearer, putting my thoughts into words and therefore into action. It helps!

Thanks for the opportunity to share and thanks for writing such a great blog.

Lea said...

I started blogging back in February of this year. I'd started to read some other spanking blogs and decided that I wanted to try it and thought that between real life experiences and humor that I could keep it interesting. Props to those out there like Hermione who can post daily and keep things fresh. I can't write to that extent but I've enjoyed it and am happily surprised by the number of people who continue to read. A guy on FetLife said that he considered blogging to be narcissistic, assuming that you were that interesting that people care to read your thoughts. Well somebody's reading, so :-P to that guy. Lol.

Kitty said...

Hi Bonnie,

Congratulations on 6 years! Wow!!!

I do have a blog by the name of Sweet Surrender. As for why I started it...just for fun, at first, and now I enjoy the friendships I've made through blogging.

Love and hugs,

P.S. Thanks for your support by mentioning my blog before, Bonnie:)!

Michael M said...

Many congrats on your six of the best. I hope you get well rewarded for your efforts.
Your blog is somewhere I pass by daily.
I started to blog a few weeks ago and appreciated your link the other day. That link generates a huge amount of viewing traffic so thanks.
I hope that I get to 6 weeks never mind 6 years!
Best wishes
Michael M

Rob said...

Hi Bonnie,
Congrats on six years. Quite an accomplishment. I started a blog a few years ago, but haven't posted in some time. As many bloggers likely find, finding time to write and coming up with interesting content on a consistent basis is difficult. I started after finding a blog by man who described things from the F/M perspective. I of course related to it and started writing just for myself. I may return to it one day when I have more time. In the interim I'll continue to enjoy reading various accounts from what seems to be an ever expanding list of blogs.
Keep up the excellent work.

ronnie said...

Congratulations on your six years of blogging Bonnie.

I used to read your blog often also Adam's Angel(not sure what happened to her) and Angel Brat. Loved to read your three ladies but never had the courage to comment.

My blog is nearly 3 years old and sort of started by accident when you linked me:) I was very nervous but decided to go for it and I'm glad I did. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Hermione, Sara, Todd and Suzy were the first to say hello. I've had so much fun and made some wonderful friends. So a big thank you Bonnie and to everyone who stops by my blog.

Here's to many more years of blogging.



Well done on reaching six years :)

I started reading kinky blogs, then commenting on them and then I started one of my own. It was just a sort of natural progression.

My spanking blog has been a lot more successful than my attempts at vanilla blogging and vlogging, which just sort of died out through lack of interest. I think this is because of the strong sense of community that I have found amongst the spanking and BDSM blogs, that I have failed to find any where else.


Molly said...

Congratulations on your 6yrs of blogging that really is quite some achievement. I read a great deal of blogs for my 'Kiss Of The Week' project and I have found that many people start up with all good intentions and very quickly fall by the way side.

I have been blogging for nearly 2 years and am stunned at the amount of traffic I get. I have made some truly wonderful friends through my blog and learnt a great deal from other bloggers along the way.

Why did I start? I wanted a place to write on a regular basis that was my own place, prior to that I had written a few erotic stories and published them on story sites but I felt very disjointed from my own work that way. My blog came about at the same time as the beginning of my relationship with Sir and so has slowly evolved along aside us as we have evolved together as D/s couple.

I would not say my blog is a spanking blog per se but it certainly covers the subject in detail and on a regular occasssion, including self portrait photographs of the result of Sir's handy work.

One area of blogging that has always intrigued me and when I get time to do so I intend to investigate more, is why do so many submissive woman blog, what is it about that dynamic and their need to share that motivates them I said, more research needed. I am working on a questionaire to send out to people who would be interested in helping me with this project....I just need MORE hours in the day to do all this,AND get my arse spanked ;)


Daisychain said...

Sheesh, was so busy answering the blog question, I forgot to congratulate you on your blog's six year anniversary! May there be many more! xxxxxx

R Humphries said...

Hi Guys … Warmest Congratulations Bonnie, what a superb achievement … when I started the blog my Woody Back to School Unit stories had been batting around the net in one form or another since the mid-nineties so initially the blog was an experiment to commercialize the saga through self-publishing … after a while I decided that was neither particularly profitable nor fulfilling so I decided that we would just provide the books free in our libraries and then later added the original cartoon galleries … was this the right decision who knows? But as a life-long dedicated spanko I’d like to think that My Beloved Jojo and I have quietly added our own contribution to this wonderful community … Bottoms Up Bonnie et al! … Cheers … RH

kiwigirliegirl said...

congrats bonnie 6 years and counting you have a great blog and i love it.
I have one yes, its a couple of months old now. I started it because i was so confused and unsure of how to go about DD and i read and commented on lots of others and i had so much in my head that i wanted to get off my chest so to speak and so hence i started my blog -
i agree with Rogue - you guys are so welcoming and kind and friendly and you all ROCK.
A bit thank you to everyone with your words of advice and wisdome and shoulders and tissues when things have gone wrong and excitement and applause when things have gone right.
Id be lots without you all
Love and hugs kiwi xxx

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