Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kaelah 22 : Ludwig 19

It's time to announce the final tally of this year's Global Day of Delurk vote. First off, a thank you to all who took part. We had comments from 35 readers, among them nine first-timers or "delurkers". These numbers are quite close to the records set last year (44 commenters with 13 delurkers among them), which is amazing in light of the fact that the blog has been less active than usual during the last few months. I would have expected a lower turnout this year, so I am pleasantly surprised. Even though it means, of course, that Kaelah and I will have to take more strokes in the upcoming video!

We had said that for each vote for Kaelah, she would take a cane stroke, and for each vote for me, I would take a cane stroke. First-time commenters would contribute two strokes each. Hermione, DJ Black and Our Bottoms Burn commented, but did not make a vote. The remaining 32 people voted as follows, with the number of strokes they contributed in parantheses:

For Kaelah:
Bella Moone (2)
Michael (1)
Corinne Alexander (2)
Chross (1)
sixofthebest (1)
jimisim (1)
Gustofur (1)
Bob S (1)
Bonnie (1)
Hannilein (1)
TobyMaster (1)
Rittersmann (2)
fatfreddy (1)

For Ludwig:
aaron doyle (2)
Rogue (2)
Anastasia Vitsky (1)
Spankedhortic aka Prefectdt (1)
ronnie (1)
Maddy (2)
Lea (1)
Sigrid (2)
Olli (1)
Spearthrower (1)
josh doyle (2)
JamesM (1)
CornishPatsy (1)

As you can see, Kaelah got more voters (18 versus 14), but I got more delurkers voting for me (five versus four). The end result is a fairly even tally of 22 cane strokes for Kaelah and 19 for me. This is quite a bit closer than either of us anticipated. I wrote in my LOL Day post that "MF always seems to beat FM in these kinds of votes", and it did, but only by a slight margin. It goes to show that, unlike some others regions of the online spanking community, our blog has a very balanced and open-minded audience in terms of preferences, which is great.

It's interesting to see how people change their vote, or do not change their vote, over the years. Some stay consistent, like Olli or Spearthrower, who already voted for me last year and were sorry to see me lose (fortunately for them, we make a video with both an FM and an MF part this time). And of course, Chross with his self-admitted "lopsided preferences" went with Kaelah again. Others changed their vote, like Lea or JamesM who wrote: "Last year I voted for Kaelah, so this year it will be Ludwig." An example of "distributive justice", I suppose.

Another point I keep wondering about: are Aaron and Josh Doyle brothers? Cousins? And if so, are both of them spankophiles, or did one persuade his vanilla family member to vote for me as well to get me more strokes? And last but not least, there is the intriguing case of a blogger with a well-known FM fetish voting not for me, but for Kaelah. As with every vote, the analysis reveals its share of surprises!

(Comment from Kaelah: We would have been even closer, if a certain someone hadn't voted for me (at a time when Ludwig was still ahead), stating "I reckon Ludwig has too many votes already". You know who you are, young man! ;-) I already assumed by the time that it wouldn't stay that way and that I would finally have to take more strokes than Ludwig. And (as usual ;-) ) I turned out to be right. The final tally is closer than I expected it to be, though, so I can live with that.) 

Actually, the final numbers have somewhat upset Kaelah's beloved, well-ordered cosmos of numbers, because 22 and 19 are rather unusual as canings go. But as I said to her the other day, I think it is one of the interesting aspects of such a vote that one tends to get an unusual tally rather than the standard multiples of six or ten we spankos always seem to go for.

We will shoot the video as soon as we can. Given that Kaelah and I are pretty stressed out and busy with non-kinky things these days, we can not promise that it will be in December, although we will certainly try. If not, you will get to see it in the spring.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fuelling People's Fantasies

When you publish your own spanking pictures or videos online, you can be sure that someone will repost them within a day or two. Kaelah and I are happy with others using our stuff as long as they give credit to us, which some people do and some, rudely, do not. Here is a picture that was reposted without giving credit, but on the plus side, whoever took it added his own creative spark to it:


There is a guy out there who takes F/M pictures from various sources, including this blog, and then puts his own text on them, making up a scenario or a scene in his own mind. I don't remember his nickname, and since he did not give credit to us, either, I do not feel obliged to look it up. Kudos for inventiveness, though. While most of the Tumblr blogs out there just mindlessly repost other people's work without any comment or originality whatsoever, he is putting his own spin on what he finds.

The above picture is from the Ludwig's Comeuppance video I made with Niki Flynn. Apparently, the same blogger is also a fan of The Football Bet starring Leia-Ann Woods, Kaelah and me:


Here, he imagines Kaelah and me in some kind of dominant wife / submissive husband relationship. A few year's ago, when I wasn't in the online community for as long as I am now, I might have been bothered by someone else taking a picture of mine and reinterpreting it as something very different from what it originally was. I might have thought to myself, damn, I am not the submissive husband type at all. Kaelah and I are both switches, and both in our kink and outside of it, we have a relationship on an equal footing that is totally different from what this guy makes it out to be. So this is a distortion of sorts.

Today, I think very differently about this issue. I am not bothered by people using a picture of mine and spinning off their own, very distinct fantasy from it. I have come to realise that, obviously, this has nothing to do with me. I am the guy who happened to create the original picture and who is on it, but what that other person does with it in their imagination is not about me at all. I am simply a source of inspiration in this context, or fantasy fodder to use a more blunt term. And I am fine with that.


Our M/F pictures are also reposted many times. The picture above, originally from Kinky Hotel: The Bedroom, seems to be among the favourites, with one blogger commenting: "Sent to clean the room and make the bed.  Now she waits as instructed. Good pet." Other times, Kaelah is re-cast as a "dutiful secretary" or "cheating wife". As you can imagine, there are also plenty of crude, lecherous remarks, like "doggy style that phat ass" or "preferred position ass fuck". We have a good laugh about those. A few years ago, Kaelah would have been a tad miffed by such crassness, but today she takes it as a compliment of sorts. As I keep telling her, people obviously like her ass, or else they would not post pictures of it.

We were particularly amused when the trailer for The Final Test, our severe caning video that is available for free at Pandora Blake's Darker Dreams, was reposted on some tube site. The title? "Spanking test of young babe with cool ass". I have been teasing Kaelah about her "cool ass" and about being my "young babe" ever since, and about the fact that one of the tags of the video was "teen". Well, that is the porn cliché right there: as a woman, you are a "teen" from the age of eighteen until the age of twenty-five (or with Kaelah's young looks, even longer), and then you become a "milf". It's either one or the other, no in-between.



Speaking of fuelling people's fantasies, you still have until the end of Tuesday (German time) to make a vote on our upcoming Global Day of Delurk 2013 video. For each commenter who votes for Kaelah, she will take a cane stroke, and for each commenter who votes for me, I will take one. First-time commenters count as two cane strokes. So, if you like, head over and make your contribution. We have a very even race so far, with Kaelah ahead by only the slightest of margins.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Global Day of Delurk 2013


Today is this year's Love Our Lurkers Day. Once again, it is time for the heretofore silent readers to step out of the shadows if they like, and for all of you (lurker or long-time commenter) to vote on a video clip Kaelah and I are going to make.

Love Our Lurkers Day (or the Global Day of Delurk, as I like to call it here) is an invention of Bonnie of My Bottom Smarts. It has become a firm fixture on the calendar of the spanking community and this year is the eighth time we celebrate it. The idea is simple: on Love Our Lurkers Day, we spanking bloggers encourage our "lurkers", i.e. readers who have been following our blog but not commented before, to make their first comment, say hello and introduce themselves. So, please, feel free to come out if you like. This is your day. I know it can be a bit intimidating, especially to people who are new to BDSM and have not really talked to anyone in the Scene yet. But rest assured, we don't bite. We were all like you at some point in the past, shy, wide-eyed and curious, wondering if we should really take the plunge.

I first took part in Love Our Lurkers Day back in 2008. As the long-time readers have heard a hundred times before, that was when Kaelah left her first comment on my blog (or any blog, for that matter) as "K'Ehleyr", which lead to us exchanging emails, which lead to her putting her spanking fantasies into practice for the first time with me as a top, which lead to the two of us becoming a couple. It's quite the fairy tale story, really. In case you do not know it yet, you can read all about it in Where No Man Has Spanked Before.

But enough history. On to the present! As we have done previously, Kaelah and I are going to make a video clip based on Love Our Lurkers Day. Last year, you could decide whether Kaelah or I should get spanked, and predictably, Kaelah "won" by a solid margin - MF always seems to beat FM in these kinds of votes. So this year, we are doing it a bit differently. You can once again vote on whether she or I should get spanked, but instead of there being only one winner (or loser, depending on how you look at it), we will both take strokes this time. We are going to make a video that contains both an MF and an FM part, and depending on how many votes each of us gets, you decide how big or small these parts will be.

So here is how it goes: for each commenter who votes for Kaelah, Kaelah will take one cane stroke in the upcoming video. For each one who votes for me, I will take one cane stroke. For each delurker (first time commenter) who votes, she or I will take two cane strokes. As a delurker, you also get the option to split the strokes if you like - you can decide that both of "your" strokes should be given to Kaelah, that both should be given to me, or to split them.

The vote will be open for one week, that is until Tuesday, November 19th, 11:59:59 pm German time. Anonymous comments will not count, and neither will comments who just say hello and do not make a vote. So, if you like to make an impact in the video (pun intended), make sure to leave a name and to mention whether Kaelah or I should get "your" cane stroke (or strokes, in case you are a first time commenter here).

Happy Global Day of Delurk, everyone!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Kaelah's Corner (Oct 2013):
Five of the Best?

Yeah, I know I am a bit late for my monthly corner post, girls and guys. I have been very busy at work. It seems like kink is around every corner at the moment at my work place, though. And not only because I've noticed a round open space outdoors which in my opinion would be very suitable for public floggings of lazy employees. No, I am talking about colleagues using kinky phrases. I've heard the word punishment. People talk about swinging the whip in order to make others work faster. There are references to self-flagellation. And two times a caning was mentioned as well!

The funny thing is that it was exactly the same number of strokes both times, though the people involved were completely different. In the first case, someone was asked what would happen if people were to come late to a time-critical meeting. The instant reply: "That means five cane strokes." I couldn't help but imagine how much more exciting some meetings might be if that were true. A while later, a line manager talked to his employees about certain incidents which they were supposed to avoid in the future. To clarify that the matter wasn't an ultimately critical one, though, he closed his speech with the words: "Don't get me wrong, I didn't say that you'll get five cane strokes if it ever happens again."

I have to admit that I enjoy it when kinky references come up at work. Sometime I even chime in. For instance, a colleague mocked me and then joked that I would surely soon start to beat him if he didn't act more carefully. I replied that unfortunately, I didn't have anything suitable to throw at him. He handed me a heavy magnet which was lying around and told me that this would surely hurt a lot. I couldn't refrain from telling him that he was displaying some very masochistic tendencies. Which he of course denied with a laugh.

Well, I am quite sure that most of my colleagues really aren't kinky. I mean, would a real kinkster talk about FIVE cane strokes? I discussed with Ludwig why the number five had been chosen both times. His idea of the most likely explanation was that vanillas are used to the decimal system. Ten strokes might seem too much, two or three too little, and so, five is obviously a likely choice. I think Ludwig's suggestion is right. Still, five doesn't fit into my kinky cosmos of numbers. But nonetheless it's fun to hear vanillas use kinky phrases at work.

How about you? Kink and work, is that a combination which can be fun for you or does the thought of colleagues making kinky jokes cause you to break out in a cold sweat? And do you think that one can distinguish kinksters from vanillas by the number of strokes they choose when making kinky jokes? You are welcome to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section!