Saturday, December 17, 2011

MBS Spanko Brunch #309

Hello, again, dear friends, and welcome! Our MBS blogroll contains 476 links at this moment. 71 (or 15%) of those links lead to photoblogs. Over the past year, this number has more than doubled. Photoblogs, and Tumblr in particular, have become tremendously popular in our community and beyond.

And yet, I have readers who question the need for MBS to link these blogs. They dislike the format, the graphic nature of some content, or the repetition that arises from reposting. I am curious to know what you think.

Do you visit spanking-oriented photoblogs? Do you enjoy the primarily pictorial content? If so, what sort of content do you find most appealing? If you don't like some photoblogs, why not? What lessons, if any, might text-oriented bloggers learn from the explosive success of photoblogs?

I hope you will take a few minutes and join our conversation. For first timers, all you need to do is enter your thoughts in the form of a comment. Once everyone has weighed in, I will post an edited summary.

24 comments :

Pink said...

Having a photoblog, I'm a little bit biased. I prefer those that contain minimal text (perhaps just sourcing) so I can let my mind wander instead of being limited to someone else's take on the picture.

In contrast, I prefer more specific descriptions when visiting text-oriented blogs. I want the writer to take me somewhere.

Blondie said...

I love them all! And I am glad that your MBS blog has links to them all. Thank you

Sara said...

Personally, I have little interest in photoblogs.

Sara

SublimeWifey said...

I enjoy the photoblogs. Sometimes I must admit I find the professional photos, while beautifully done, a bit intimidating. Just like any photo with gorgeous models who have have perfect hair, make-up, and bottoms, I feel inadequate. The ones with photos of real people might not look as striking (haha - I think I'm punny) but I don't feel so out of place in the spanko world when I see them.

Hermione said...

I've always said there are two types of people in the world: those who enjoy words and those who prefer pictures. I am one of the former, and rarely enjoy my visits to photoblogs. Some spanking pictures are clever, funny, and even arousing, but when I see total nudity, exposed genitalia, sexual acts, or extreme marking, I'm outta there!

Thanks to the colour-coding in your Kindred Spirits blogroll, readers know the type of blog they are visiting before they click, so photoblogs can easily be avoided or specifically chosen, depending on personal preference.

Dr. Ken said...

I do enjoy the photoblogs as long as they stick to the subject of spanking and have fairly original content. I agree with Hermione when it comes to photos or drawings that some more pornographic in nature--if there is exposed genitalia, sex acts, or heavy marking, I don't go back!
The photoblogs I DON'T like are those that just raid Tumblr, Photobucket, etc. every day and re-post pictures other people just put up. That's not a blog--it's a Xerox machine!

MarQe's Study said...

Surprise !! I like photoblogs !!! I have a Tumblr also which is less of a straight spanking blog with some sexual content & stuff I happen to like !
I do not like images that are too severe or overtly crude in nature .... >> http://marqe.tumblr.com/

MarQe xx

Anonymous said...

My lover & I both enjoy photoblogs if they are "sexy." I realize that is subjective. We don't like ones that show heavy punishment, dreadful bruising or bloody marks. Lupus comes to mind as one of this type that we avoid. We're turned-on by ones that seem to admire the beauty of the female derriere, or show the drama of the power-play between the top & bottom. I often become very aroused looking at sites like MarQue's Study, and will either summon Keiter to the monitor to have a look for himself, or just go seduce him. Some pictures are so evocative, I have to write a short story about it, which turns me on even more...
Jean Marie

sunnygirl said...

I'm with Hermione. I'm more excitee by words. I don't mind seeing a spanked bottom but I don't like extreme marking, exposed genitalia, explicit sex

Daisychain said...

I have, on occasion, visited a photoblog, some accidentally and some deliberately, and have never really enjoyed much of what I saw. I guess I am more of a words person! I agree with Hermione and others who have already posted.
Seeing naked people, or vicious looking marks, and especially exposed genitalia, actually makes me feel quite uncomfortable. And I don't like stumbling across pictures of people having sex either.
I prefer to read, and from the details given, build up my own little picture in my head!

That said, I think it is great that you include them in your roll; everyone is different, and we can choose which we wish to investigate... I find it actally helpful, as it means each of us can more easily avoid the type of blogs we are not so interested in, and head for those we DO want to see! xxx

TheVBB said...

I enjoy a good spanking photoblog as long as they stay on subject. I don't like it when I am looking through spanking pictures and all of a sudden I run across a group of explicit sexual pictures, that is not why I look at spanking photoblogs. I also do not like hard core spanking pictures anything from Russia or from Eastern Europe seems to be very graphic and abusive.

Mikki said...

I agree, word for word, with Hermione.... couldn't have said it better!!

Fizzy said...

I think my problem with some photoblogs is that if there's something you don't want to see, too late - by the time you look away that image has already been seared into your brain. With text you have a bit of warning. I like to see well-chosen photos within text blogs, but my favorites have few or no photos at all.

Lea said...

I do like some photoblogs. I like the written word the best and tend frequent more of those types of blogs, but photoblogs have their place.

david said...

bonnie,I think its all been said ,I like a nice pink bottom but those east europeans, gross.As I say to mine if I have to use the safe word your spanking my bottom not burying a 6inch nail.!seasons greetings to you and yours.David davetouchintoes

sixofthebest said...

Bonnie, it is said, 'a picture is worth a thousand words, and yet I agree with you, that words in 'spanking blogs', do play a very important part of the 'spanking community. For I do thoroughly enjoy the communications with you, and other 'spanking enthusiasts. As to a solution to this problem, only time will tell. Plus the fact, I have never believed in censorship, and you probably likewise.

Anonymous said...

Imagine my surprise in seeing that my girlfriend had posted my point of view here yesterday without checking-in with me at all. (Jeanie is currently not sitting on her adorable bottom.)
To add MY perspective, I think I enjoy photoblogs more than my girlfriend (who is more visual than most women, from my experience). Women are more cerebral, men more graphic, in general. I can speak for both of us to say that we like your extensive blog roll and its color coded clarity.
Keiter

Our Bottoms Burn said...

What Hermoine said seems to be a common view and one we share "when I see total nudity, exposed genitalia, sexual acts, or extreme marking, I'm outta there!"

If it's only pictures, it had better be outstanding photography that we have never seen before.

We are not good with words in our Blog, so we often use pictures to express what we fail to do in words.

Sometimes, I will just post a few pictures which I call a phone-in no effort post.

Excuse the self promotion, but in the morning our post "Thanks, But I Really Don’t Care To See Your Hoohah" is scheduled.

Bonnie said...

I find it difficult to paint all photoblogs with a broad brush. To be sure, some I find relentlessly offensive, for all of the reasons noted above. However, there are other photobloggers who seek to intrigue more than shock. Even a dedicated word nerd like me can appreciate a thoughtful and artistic presentation of spanking and romantic subjects.

For an example, I encountered a photograph a while back that showed just enough to rev my motor. In the foreground was a woman's face. Her expression was one of pure bliss. Over her shoulder, her smooth back and hips were visible. Behind her, but appearing slightly out of focus, was her lover with his strong hands gripping her hips. This photo captured the essence of lovemaking without sliding into porn. It was sex-positive and female friendly. I can tell this story with words, but it would be difficult to capture the emotion in her eyes.

Likewise, in spanking photographs, less is often more. I really want to see people's faces. I want to know about the feelings behind the action. Only then can my own imagination take over.

Understanding the diversity of tastes of MBS readers, I seek to link blogs that appeal to their interests. I include many spanking photoblogs in the mix because I think they express a perspective that is unique and, at least to some readers, valuable. There are spanking oriented photoblogs that I choose not to link for various reasons. But in general, if it relates to consensual adult spanking, you can get there from here.

Emily Winters said...

Sorry I'm late...erm...by a few months! Life has a way of sucking you from your real work doesn't it? I personally prefer blogs that illustrate text with photos. It's what I do..and I have a great deal of fun seeking out those copyright free images that best present what I say in my text. I do visit both types of blogs and enjoy them all. What's not to love when a good spank is in order?
Emily

joeyred51 said...

I agree with Hermione and Lea. I prefer text more than just pictures. But beautiful pix plus well written prose, such as found in Emily's blog, is the best of both worlds.

His First Mate said...

I find the photoblogs to be a bit boring and some a little too graphic. However, I really enjoy About Spankings with their funny photo captions

His First Mate said...

Oh but I see you don't have them listed as a photoblog :) silly me!!!

Bonnie said...

HFM - You're right! About Spankings is primarily a picture blog and it should be designated as such. I fixed it. Thanks!

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