Readers, In addition to all the time spent bratting, tweeting, and being spanked, Angel also finds plenty of time to think, write, and create beautiful artwork. She is smart, deep, and boldly honest in her writings. Lately she's been putting more time into her blog at AngelSpanked.com and turning out quite a lot of interesting, multi-faceted posts on everything from scenes we've done to personal artworks, including a recent poll on best reasons to spank her (umm...I wasn't aware that I needed one, but I digress). Angel speaks openly about her experiences, feelings, opinions, and spankings, and her word skills are excellent. You'll not find much of 'Bratty Angel' on the blog, at least not yet, as it seems that most of the posts are written from a much more responsible perspective than the one sometimes encountered by yours truly. Fun posts, like this practical-ode to Cheyenne Jewel's bottom, and informative stuff, like this post on bruises and welts, prove that Angel is putting her time to good use (and hopefully not getting up to any trouble). I'm having fun reading, and you probably will, too. - Dana
Readers, It seemed like time to redesign the blog a bit, and I'm liking the new look so far. The expanded post section gives me room to post larger photos and embedded videos, and having a single sidebar makes it possible for things there to be less squashed, too. (Of course, I'm viewing it on my desktop Mac and have no idea what you people on laptops, PCs, and handhelds are seeing. If it doesn't look spectacular, I suggest you go out and purchase a large Mac at your earliest possible convenience.) There's been a bit of reorganization as well, and I'm going to continue to try and find ways to make things prettier and more easily navigable. Suggestions are welcome, especially in the Spanking Stories links - where I'm unsure how to properly separate the stories (or are they already properly separated?). I'm also thinking of tackling a massive overhaul of the individual post tags and 'Favorite Subjects' section. If you're aware of a safe and skilled professional disciplinarian, in any location, not listed in the right-hand sidebar, please let me know and I'll make the addition. Likewise, if you're aware of any discrepancies as to active pro spankers. The same goes for spanking groups, large and small. If you're a member, or know of a good one, send me a link to the group and I'll add them in the sidebar listings. Finally, blogs. I know that there are nearly a go-zillion blogs about spanking, CP, DD, HoH, TTWD (sheesh with the differentiations, by the way), and I also know that folks like Bonnie do a pretty excellent job of cataloging nearly each and every one of 'em. But if there's something noteworthy missing from the sidebar blogroll - whether it's your blog or one you recommend - send me the link (or put it in the comment box below) and I'll add it. Still unsure about the free video embeds to the right - if they don't reappear soon I'll re-upload them to spankingtube and get new embed codes for them. I'm also hoping that the redesign will fix the problem that a few of you have had with text formatting in RSS/email delivery subscriptions. Anyone previously experiencing this problem can email me with the fix/no-fix verdict. - Dana
Readers, Recently, some of the free videos I've shared - usually viewable on the left-hand sidebar as well as the linked gallery page - have been acting wonky. Not loading, sending clicks to some weird error page, and generally being screwy. I have absolutely no idea why this is happening. It seems as though some of my videos are missing from spankingtube.com (where the free videos are uploaded/hosted/linked) and I've also been unable to upload anything new to the site of late. Maybe there's some sort of glitch going on over at ST, and I'm hoping that it'll clear itself up in short order. Until then, my apologies for the missing videos - but there are still a couple dozen left (hopefully) to enjoy. - Dana
Readers, Like many of you, I am a big fan of Erica's. Her blog posts are always topical, funny, and full of personal insights into this woman who we all adore so much. Unlike most, however, I've had the opportunity to work with Ms. Scott on a number of occasions and can tell you, unequivocally, that she is one helluva spanko. But while many videos of Erica and her titanium bottom exist, I'm most excited to see the ones she's recently posted to spankingtube. These are snippets of real spanking scenes between Erica and her top, and they're priceless. Here's 'How Well Do You Know Your Top', with Erica's famous 'tude firmly in place as she tries to answer trivia questions about her spanker: Here's another, titled 'Tears II', that's particularly emotional: Thanks to Erica for always sharing so much of herself, and for giving so many of us so much joy (and lip. You rock, lady.). - Dana
Miss Pandora Blake's been wonderfully kind and written a glowing review of the new DanaKaneSpanks.com site, and while I'm not quite up to the production standards of DreamsofSpanking.com, I'm terribly complimented that a fellow spanking enthusiast - and just as importantly, another woman running an adult fetish video production company - is having a positive initial reaction to the site. I'm also extremely pleased to say that signups have been robust, with a large percentage of subscribers being of the female gender (yes, I recognize you, ladies...my gratitude), and I am receiving lots of positive feedback thus far. While the site isn't at all fancy, the search function is dandy and can help you get to what you're looking for without scrolling through the 140+ F/M, F/F, and POV videos currently available, and I'll soon be adding Member's Only videos exclusive to the site. My greatest big thanks to those of you who've subscribed, and I'm always looking forward to your comments, suggestions, etc. We're still experiencing some DVD Store difficulties, the site designer and I - as in, he is not yet finished with it and I am having difficulties understanding why. Hopefully it'll be operational soon, and I'll email those of you who've requested DVDs soon as they're available. Here's a little preview video I uploaded to SpankingTube to announce the member site, featuring some of my favorite scenes:
In other, non-spanking-related news, my cats have been even cuter than usual of late, as evidenced by these photos:
This is Pancakes. Not one Pancake, but many. He had this name when we adopted him and we had no choice but to resist our natural urge to rename him - aptly - Oscar the Grouch.
He's a Maine coon and weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 23lbs. Pancakes is not particularly friendly to strangers, and still occasionally looks at us as if we may cook and eat him at any moment. He's had a tough life, but is one helluva cuddler.
This beautiful creature is The Pretty Girl. She showed up about eight months ago, sleeping in a tree in our neighbor's backyard. That neighbor has a mean dog, and she was awfully skinny, so I called her..."Hi, pretty girl."
Long story short, she lives under the bed now and likes to try and stand on the computer keyboard while important things are happening. She is also terrified of Reno (below), who is half her size.
This is Noodle putting the smackdown on one of the feral girls. Reno and Tahoe look almost exactly alike, even after having lived with them for over a year - but I'm pretty sure this is Reno. They both showed up in wintertime, begging outside the patio door. Sisters, obviously, and pretty damn wild.
After a few weeks of feeding and careful petting (and no small measure of bouncing off the patio doors), we managed to snatch them both inside permanently.
Somewhat more domesticated now, they're both still shy of strangers, and still pretty damn wild.
Reno's slightly smaller and much much MUCH meaner, and Tahoe isn't very smart but makes up for it in sweet.
Speaking of Noodle - he likes to sleep on the toilet. Others in the household who shall remain unnamed think that this behavior should be discouraged. Personally, I think he's just about the cutest thing ever and could sleep on my head if he were so inclined.
He's just waiting for someone to come along and give him a pity flush; there is nothing the Ginger Menace loves more than watching the water twirl, and has been known to 'accidentally' fall in on countless occasions.
Readers, In a nutshell, 'an exchange of money for goods and/or services' is the definition of trade. Trade is a term nearly interchangeable with the word business.
Businesses create jobs, wherein people are employed and (hopefully) paid a reasonable salary.
Those people use their salaries to pay other people for other goods and/or services, and the circle of trade is unbroken. Consumers (those people we talked about who are, presumably, employed and earning a reasonable salary) participate in different types of trade depending on many factors, including age, gender, social status, geography, and most certainly, need. Need, or the perception of it, is what makes us go to the department store and pay (again, presumably) hard-earned money for items we do not already possess. Have a big wedding coming up and don't have a blender capable of making cake for 48? Buy one. Need more Band-aid brand bandages or Kleenex brand tissues? Hell, now you can even have them delivered right to your door - by a person who's being paid to wear that snappy brown outfit, I might add. There are dozens of workers instrumental in getting your tissues to your door, from the person who pours the stuff that will become tissue paper into the vat to the one who designs those hideous countertop boxes, right down to the salesperson who calls your local market every week to see how many tissues they'll be needing delivered. Then there's want. Want is often misinterpreted as need, because want can become big and strong and overpowering and morph itself into need when pressed. For instance, you don't really need that new sofa - your current sofa is in fine condition, really, you've just grown to despise it over the years because it just sits there being all Southwestern-y, long after Southwestern is out - but you're eyeballing a comfy-looking oversize in tan leather all the same. Sure, it'll cost a bit of money, but just look at it! It beckons you, and you can practically feel how much more aligned your spine will be while watching reruns of LA Law. Besides, what has that old sofa done for you lately, huh? Yep. You're right. You WANT this, and you want it now. I'm sure you all get my upcoming point already, don't you? I'm not one of the first several hundred to have written on this subject, and won't be one of the last several hundred, either. It's something that's there, whether we talk about it or not.
So let's talk about it.
People Who Get Paid to Do Sex Work and why some people dislike them (us).
Where to begin, really? First, I'll clarify that, for the purposes of this conversation, I'm using the term People Who Get Paid to Do Sex Work as folks of any sex or gender who earn compensation as pros, models, performers, production crew, and/or other ancillary positions related to the adult entertainment industry. This, for most of the world, includes spanking and BDSM. (If you find yourself in said employ and have a problem with the term Sex Worker, I don't know what to say. Honestly.) We've all heard/read them, and maybe some of you have even said: "I would never pay for it." (liar), "They're no better than prostitutes." (your point?), "F*ck that b*tch. She doesn't deserve to get paid to do what I do for free." (a personal favorite), and the always sensible "He/she should get a real job." Let's address these concerns one at a time, shall we? 1. "I would never pay for it." You paid Tom Cruise $20 million dollars to make the fourth installment of whatever-it-was-movie. Yes, you did. You also paid that kid at Taco Bell to make your lunch yesterday (which is why you feel like crap today). You're also paying some stranger in a suit and Wall Street high-rise to manage the loan on the house you're sitting in right now, and likely for the computer you're using, too. All of those things suck. But paying for pleasure is wrong? Wait a minute...what about massages? Yoga classes? Visits to your friendly local psychopharmacologist? All those things are about health, happiness, and wellness and we pay for those things every day. Where's the disconnect? You tell me. 2. "They're no better than prostitutes." See #1. Seriously. And, in your spare time, think about doing a bit of evolving. 3. "F*ck that b*tch. She doesn't deserve to get paid to do what I do for free." This is one especially for performers, as each and every girl I know has, at one time or another, been given grief (usually remotely, as grief-givers are naturally passive-aggressive) about their professions. We are not bitches, nor are we heartless vixens out to pilfer the wallets of every godfearing man and woman on the planet. Just like the guy who cooked my delivery dinner deserved to get paid for doing something that I could have easily, cheaply, and - I compliment myself here - more tastily prepared, Sex Workers deserve to get paid to do what they do. Whether you do it or not. Even if you're better at it. Why? Because there is massive, massive demand. Lots of folks want to participate in things which they may not necessarily be willing to share with the world. Pros and performers get paid specifically for that reason - because they're doing it. You're not. While we're here, I'll also touch on the fact that none of us would ever be so bold as to contact a plumber and suggest that he do some work for us pro bono. We all know that the plumber would just laugh and laugh and laugh.. 4. "He/she should get a real job." When you've spent the money, invested the time, and worked to perfect the craft, that IS a real job. Now that I've put much more than my usual two cents in, I'd like to know your thoughts. Please share your comments in the box below, and we'll discuss this controversial subject a bit more.