Erica Scott’s Spanking Blog Goodbye

There aren’t many spanking blogs left any more, and I don’t have a lot of room to complain about that; my own spanking blog (this one here) which was possibly the first such, isn’t “all that” these days. My updates stay fairly regular, but most of the time this is just image-blogging that would be more efficiently done (and to a bigger audience) on Tumblr. I’m stubborn, though, and I’m not running out (at least not yet) of the increasingly-hard-to-find spanking images that can catch my eye and tickle my fancy. Anyway, Erica Scott was for many years a die-hard spanking blogger like me, but she’s finally hung up her hat and thrown in the towel. On her way out the door, she wrote an interesting recap of the evolution of online spanking communities that I think is worth sharing, as were many of her other posts over the years:

I have been in the spanking scene for twenty-one years this month, and online for nineteen. I have watched many changes in what became known as social media. In the early days for spanking chat and exploration, there were what was known as newsgroups, and various chat rooms. Often the latter devolved into a bunch of silly cyber spanking, but one could find intelligent conversation if one looked carefully. Then, around 2000, give or take a year, those gave way to chat forums, such as those on MSN and Yahoo, the old Shadow Lane chat board, etc. People posted and chatted and shared and connected. I co-managed a successful forum for a few years and had a blast.

When the forums began to run their course, they were overtaken by a new phenomenon: the spanking blog. Soon, everyone and their second cousin twice removed was blogging. I joined this bandwagon in 2005, on what used to be the hopping place (!): MySpace. My blog there straggled along for a while, trying to find its audience, but there was so much competition. But then two things happened. One, I was listed by our blog queen, Bonnie, who made a point of spotlighting new blogs in her “In With the New” column. Things really picked up for me after that, but I still had a second holy grail to achieve. The buzz in the blogosphere was about a gentleman who went by the name of Chross, who had a weekly list of what he considered the most notable blog posts. If one was lucky enough to be “Chrossed,” they would be treated to a highly gratifying spike in blog hits. But how did one get on Chross’s radar, I wondered? I finally grew so frustrated that I wrote a post called “Who Do I Have to @#$% to Get on Chross’s List?” Apparently, that got his attention. 🙂

After that, wow. Views, comments, etc. skyrocketed. Until MySpace died, and I took the plunge and started a new blog on Blogger in 2010. I flourished there for years, getting Chrossed often, sharing adventures and party stories and photos and scenes and video shoots, as well as bits and pieces of my personal life. When Blogger threatened to censor or shut down all their “adult” blogs, I migrated to WordPress. Turns out it wasn’t necessary, since Blogger backed off, but I don’t regret it.

However, things changed yet again. Slowly but surely, the spanking blog was overtaken by the Tumblr blogs: pictures. Lots and lots and lots of pictures. The lengthy blog entry morphed into quickie sound bites, gifs and jpegs. Comments became likes and reposts. The spanking models, who all used to blog, now opened Tumblr accounts. Twitter came to be, and now, instead of writing party and shoot reports, people tweeted the action as it was happening. There were some exceptions who maintained their popularity (Hermione and Ronnie come to mind, as well as some of the DD/Hoh blogs and some author blogs) but it seemed that overall, the traditional written spanking blog had gone the way of the VCR and the variety show.

I myself am not quite ready to put a fork in the spanking blog concept and declare it done, but I agree it’s a pale shadow of what it once was. Adult websites in general are struggling these days if they aren’t large and corporate; between Google demoting them in search rankings, mainstream social media (like FaceBook) prohibiting their links and participation, and people in general spending less time “on the web” and more time in various social media networks that are all hostile to adult content, it’s like trying to grow vegetables without irrigation. Sometimes a bit of rain will fall, and stuff doesn’t quite die, but there’s never a bumper crop of traffic, attention, or participation. Ask any dryland farmer how that story ends: some bad year after a string of bad years you just say “fuckit” and stop planting.

I’ll miss Erica’s blog like I miss a long string of people who gave up sooner than she did. Thanks, Erica, for all the good years!

  1. web-ed commented on June 18th, 2017:

    With Erica gone, there aren’t many left. It’s a pity, because not all forward motion is progress, and I personally despise the overuse of Facebook (people have distorted it into personal web portals, which to me are like bizarro web sites) and any use of Twitter, which elevates mindless chatter into something of real importance.

    Real writing still takes time and revision, and as for Tumblr, while it is of course a potential source of spanking images, I find I take very little from it, and almost nothing for use on my own site. The last thing I ever wanted was just to present undifferentiated spanking images with no explanation, background, or criticism, and I refuse to go that route, even if it means the median age of my audience just goes up and up. I’m not going to cater to millenials who can Twitter all day but can’t think. So I will continue to offer a full-function spanking website, complete with data bases and forums, for those who care.

    I don’t suppose sites and blogs like ours have much of a future given the tendencies of today’s young people, but then, if we don’t start teaching our kids better, our society won’t have much of a future, either.

  2. SpankBoss commented on June 18th, 2017:

    From one die-hard to another, thanks!

  3. Catherine commented on June 22nd, 2017:

    I usually only lurk, but I felt I needed to un-lurk for this post. I’ve been following your blog for the better part of a decade, and am thankful for it. I’ve seen other blogs peter out, and been sad because it’s getting harder to find quality spanking posts. Just want to let you know how much I appreciate you continuing to plug away at the blog!

  4. SpankBoss commented on June 23rd, 2017:

    Catherine, thanks so much! I do sometimes wonder if anybody is still reading and viewing, so it’s good to hear from you. Web stats only go so far because there are so many bots and crawlers these days, it’s hard to tell sometimes how “real” the stats are.

  5. C commented on June 25th, 2017:

    For what it’s worth, I still love the “old”-style blog format more. Hence, I’m a semi-regular reader of your blog; though I rarely comment. I find that one can express so much more with well-written words than with the endless stream of pictures one gets at Tumblr.
    So I want to join Catherine in telling you my appreciation for your blog.

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