Friday, January 20, 2012

100 Strokes Posts

A few weeks later than my fellow blogger Indy, I have finally reached the mark of 100 blog posts. It took me about 2 ½ years to get here. And what a journey it has been so far!

It all started back in August 2009 with my introductory post. At first, I only wrote a single guest post every month under the label Kaelah's Corner. And while I am posting more regularly today, Kaelah's Corner remains a monthly special feature which mostly contains personal thoughts on the subject of spanking, accounts on private exploits and long-winded philosophical ramblings. With 30 editions Kaelah's Corner is the second-frequent label under which I have posted, outreached only by posts about Private Exploits (31) and followed with some distance by Philosophical Ramblings (12) and Perverted Fantasies (11).

No matter what the topic of my writing is, what I have enjoyed the most is the communication with our readers. Writing without any feedback can be rather boring, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to write a comment! Of course I know that not everyone feels comfortable with commenting, though, and I am very happy as well about those of you who come by and read, but prefer to remain silent. Thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy reading! Blogger counted about 600,000 clicks in the last year, which is a very cool number. Many people of course come to read Ludwig's movie reviews and website reviews, but there seem to be a lot of readers who are interested in our other writing and our private exploits as well.

What were the most special experiences and posts which I have made so far? Well, for me everything that is about my relationship with Ludwig and our private exploits is of course very special and dear to my heart. In terms of unusual posts and experiences what comes to my mind are first and foremost the three free videos clips which we have published so far: My first video called Kaelah's Introduction (Or: Enter the Dachshund), the science-fiction clip A Diplomatic Mission (Or: Dachshunds in Space) and finally 48: The Spanko's Answer to Everything. Then there were a few photo posts, with pictures which Ludwig and I had shot either indoors or even outdoors. And there was my one-time excursion into fictional writing which resulted in the story „The Reunion“ part one and part two, the distinctive feature about it being the strange words given to me by our readers which I had to use somewhere in the story.

Furthermore, I had the great opportunity to exchange thought-provoking e-mails with some of our readers, to meet several of our fellow bloggers, be it in the UK or in Las Vegas, and to create art with fellow kinky-minded spirits, as a top as well as a bottom. And I had the chance to take a look behind the scenes of a spanking video shoot, one time as a mere observer when Ludwig topped for Lupus, one time as a guest model for Dreams Of Spanking and one time behind and in front of the camera for our friends of the SM Circus Sands, an opportunity I'm going to write about in the upcoming weeks.

What will the future bring? I can't tell you for sure, but I think there will definitely be more ramblings, discussions and tales of private exploits. The Rohrstock-Palast is always going to be first and foremost a text and discussions and not a photo blog. And I guess you might hear more about my developments in the topping department and about my M/M fantasies in the future because this is something I would like to talk about more. In addition to that, I have a new regular feature in mind which I am going to introduce soon. Of course there are also some more pictures and free videos which are still to be published. And maybe there will be the one or other excursion behind the scenes of spanking video shoots as well?!

Whatever the future will bring, I hope you are going to like it and maybe derive some inspiration from it for your own thoughts about TTWD, your kinky fantasies and play. Thanks a lot for having accompanied me on my journey so far – and here's to the next 100 strokes, ahem posts!


Spankingfreunde.DE said...

Vielen Dank für die gute Unterhaltung!

Erica said...

Congratulations, and we look forward to lots more! :-)

doclash said...

Warmest (!!) congratulations on your 100 blog posts – I wish you every success with your next hundred or so. Where do you find the time?! Now, not quite in the right place, I would like to comment on some of your more recent posts, if I may (having been busy over the festive break, I have not managed to comment on these yet).

I liked your piece on hotels, but I now have little enthusiasm for any “hotel action” since the time in Paris when, in the middle of the action, a surly French maid (a real one), ignoring the “Ne pas déranger” sign, opened our room door with her master key and insisted on checking the mini-bar.

Regarding privacy, the potential for having one's kink discovered, and the consequences of this, you just have to accept that it is impossible to be sure of keeping things secret, no matter how careful you may be. Thus you need to accept also that, if the worst happens, you will somehow deal with the consequences, whatever they may be. I could recount two true stories of “discovery,” one with a happy outcome and one with a very sad outcome.

On the question of severity/intensity of play, and the way the “victim's” reaction to a given severity can vary from day to day, depending on mood, etc, I think this is very much a matter of communication and, in particular, sensitivity on the part of the top and a willingness on his/her part to vary the action sufficiently to make the scene acceptable to both parties, even if just by (say) reducing the intensity or allowing slightly longer gaps, or whatever.

On the matter of nudity and the visibility of private parts, I have no objection whatsoever to nakedness. Indeed the exposure of private parts can add an extra dimension of additional vulnerability to the scene, in that there is always the possibility that a stroke may be landed (deliberately or otherwise) on such an area. I do sometimes, however, find nudity to be inappropriate in the context of the scene, e.g. if the victim is to be (say) tawsed on the hands only, and there is no other component of the “plot” that requires undress.

If I may now introduce another topic regarding a matter which I can find distracting (and detracting) in film scenes – anachronism. I find props which simply do not fit the period to be irritating. For example, pieces of 1960s to 1990s electronic equipment in scenes set in the early 1940s, one of the best examples being miniaturised electric shock torture devices which would simply not be possible with the electronics of the time. Also, to be believable, school scenes really need to be set in the 1950s, 1960s or earlier. That means no computers, no modern wall or desk phones, no cordless phones, certainly no mobile phones and no modern studded BDSM spanking paddles and similar. Also, the dramatis personae and terminology need to be appropriate for the time, i.e. female teachers would not wear trousers, pupils would not be called students and would not wear jeans, staff would address each other formally, not by first names, male staff (except possibly art teachers) would have short hair and be clean shaven (or have a neat moustache or short, neat beard at most), male pupils would also have short haircuts (sorry Pandora!) and female pupils would not sport modern tattoos or body piercings. Does anyone else have views on the issue of anachronism?

Spankedhortic II said...

Congratulations on your first 100 and tipping a glass to the next 100.


MrJ said...

Congrats! Thank you for sharing experiences, feelings, thoughts here!

Spanky said...

Congrats! I'm looking forward to the next 100 too.

ronnie said...

Congratulations, here to your next 100.


Donpascual said...

thank you, Kaelah, for intersting, thought provoking and sometimes startling posts, that have kindled heated some discussions. It's unimportant whether you wrote 50 or 100, the contents, depth of thought and creativeness of your posts got me to look into the rohrstockpalast blog every day now.


Anachronism is a point well worth discussing. I think, it is largely a problem of tight budgets. Producers grind out videos at top speed and minimal costs, to hell with quality and such things as timelines, historical correctness, and appropriate props.
The only producer I know, who is careful to get every detail just right, down to the enema jar, is Lupus of course. Perhaps, they also profited from the late entry into the modern western world. They simply have all the old props, which we have thrown away decades ago.
It's also the love to detail of true film makers which these Czech kinksters have in abundance. Niki Flynn wrote about it in her book "Dancing with Wolves".

Abel1234 said...

Many congratulations on reaching your century of posts. There have been so many truly excellent ones on the way to the milestone: here's to the next hundred.

Kaelah said...

@ Spankingfreunde:
Danke schön, Rainer! :-)

@ Erica:
Thank you!

@ doclash:
Thanks a lot for your kind comment!

"Where do you find the time?" - I guess I just take the time because blogging is important to me and makes me happy. In my opinion there is always a way to find some time for the things which are important to us. Thank your for having taken the time to write such a long and insightful comment!

I can understand that you are a bit cautious about kinky play in a hotel room after your experience in Paris! - And I absolutely agree with your thoughts about the risk of being discovered. - The question of intensity of play in my opinion is indeed one of communication and the ability of both participants (top AND bottom) to adjust the play to the conditions of the day.

Concerning anachronism: I guess there are many people who prefer scenarios to be as historically correct as possible. Maybe I'm a bit lucky here, in that I am not so much interested in history to know exactly how historically appropriate clothes etc. looked like, so small mistakes don't bother me that easily. And I can live quite well with fictional scenarios, for example a British school that still practises CP today. I have to admit that I'm often not too comfortable with historical scenarios, anyway, because they can be "too real" for my taste. But I can relate to your observation that props which don't fit can be irritating. For example, in the "Dojo Discipline" series of Spanking Central, the Japanese word "sensei" is used to address the trainer/teacher, but there is a Korean flag hanging on the wall. I already found that a bit irritating, though it didn't keep me from enjoying the scene.

@ Spankedhortic:
Thank you very much, Prefectdt! :-)

@ MrJ:
Welcome! Thanks a lot for reading and for having taken the time to write such a nice comment.

@ Spanky:
Thank you for your comment. I hope you will like the future posts as well and raise your head from time to time. :-)

@ Ronnie:
Thank you very much!

@ Donpascual:
Wow, thanks a lot for your kind comment!

I think you are right about tight budgets. Even Lupus seem to invest less time and money per video nowadays...

@ Abel:
Thanks a lot for the lovely compliment!