Silently Sailing the Membership

"Nerd Slut" by {dpade1337} via Flickr

"Nerd Slut" by {dpade1337} via Flickr

I have some draft posts cooking but I wanted to give a quick update on some of the other work going on in the background. I have danced around between evaluating membership plugins and payment gateways, looking for models, working on new fiction and shooting video, as well as being personally busy in work/life.

Membership and payment gateways are tough, especially since I personally have wanted to explore areas of art that include sexuality. In order to make use of the most common payment gateways and to more accurately portray our actual content, we are restricting ourselves to art and fiction that should be restricted to adults, but is not pornography. This won’t effect any of our content, as frankly we had no plans to include actual pornography in our fiction currently. We will keep our RTA (Restricted To Adults) metatag and of course the xxx domain, since we don’t want the little ones knowing the horrible things adults think about. So I will do a bit of judicious editing and we’ll move forward. We will settle on and implement our membership and subscription options soon, although we are a niche site we are getting the word out there and traffic has been divided between new and returning visitors.

Also on the website front I’ve decided to use the forums instead of the wiki for dealing with categorizing projects. Partially because none of the WP free or paid wiki implementations are worth it, but mainly because we will be able to use the forums to post our works and interact with the public in the same manner as we would in a wiki/discussion format. I’ll be transferring my stuff over from the WP Plugin WikiLite and my poems/related from my old TikiWiki site; then make sure the other contributors can use their project forums. And finally I recently bought a terabyte of bandwidth from MaxCDN and implemented it for all major content, and it allows many types of CDN usage like cheaply hosting our HD videos and includes support for when we want to start live streaming shoots.

One of the interesting things about looking for models is how few of them bother to act professionally or have a realistic outlook on getting into modeling. Thankfully there have been a few exceptions to this that I am really looking forward to working with. This is another reason for us to take straight porn off the table, it sets certain preconceptions in the mind of a model/actress that they are immediately going to make top porn pay. Hate to burst your bubble, but for a beginner to get money right away you need to do hardcore and more. We aren’t interested in doing it (see above) and our funds have been allocated to web hosting and our Vixen cam. The top site, Model Mayhem, has a great recent article up on getting started “Model rates: Advice for freelance models” and it explains Trade For Print/Trade for Portfolio/Trade for CD (Known as TFP/TFCD/TF*). In grabbing the link I find they have a newer great article “Getting started as a model” which has many of the same things we tell prospective models/actresses and is also a must read.

I’ve got the rest of the blacklights out, tested, wrote and shot a scene in the bar area. I have a few tweaks to make to both the set and the script but it has really helped get a handle on blacklight video recording. I’ve got a few new scenes for the upcoming model shoots in mind, the main issue is I don’t want to do throwaway characters so I may end up with the same fictional woman played by different people. No I am not going to explain it in a Whoniverse way and say they are regenerating, mostly because I don’t feel it’s necessary at this point and the real explanation is only to be expected at this point in bringing our work to light.

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