Sunday, May 8, 2016

Addressing the elephant in the room

So it's been a long time since I last updated.

Like a really long time.

So I figured it's about time I acknowledge and offer some insights into what has happened around here and why the updates suddenly slowed down and finally stopped in September 2015.  The most common question I get asked is if Peter and I broke up.  We have not, our relationship is still going strong and is pretty much the only thing in my life that has endured.


1. The blogger crackdown of adult blogs in March 2015

http://www.winter-bondage.com/2015/02/goodnight-sweet-prince.html
http://www.winter-bondage.com/2015/02/the-end.html
http://www.winter-bondage.com/2015/03/unscheduled-announcement.html
http://www.winter-bondage.com/2015/03/reboot.html

At the time of google's announcement to close all adult blogs the site was firing on all cylinders.  Once they reversed their position and I could continue blogging there was thankfully a huge backlog of posts I could upload, but the damage was already done.  The motivation to keep the site updating on a schedule had been broken and there was still the issue of what happens if Google tries this crap again?  Which leads in to the second point...

2. Site redesign that never happened

http://www.winter-bondage.com/2015/06/update-big-changes-in-pipeline.html

While browsing for different blog hosts an idea occurred to me that I could redesign the blog and make it easier to browse.  At current the site can be read chronologically or by tags, but some of the tags have ballooned to massive sizes and it has become difficult to manage five years worth of writings.  In the background I had already laid the groundwork for a huge redesign but haven't had the motivation to execute the remainder.

3. Blogger's days are through

The writing is on the wall for Blogger really.  All the bondage blogs worth reading are on Tumblr now.  So is it worth redesigning the site on blogger? Or even updating the site as is? Or should I migrate to another platform?

4. Photo theives

I am sick of fighting the photo thieves.  No one wants to credit the source and when I email to talk about it I often get belligerent replies that I don't have the time or energy to deal with.  But if you ever see any photos from Winter-Bondage on Tumblr with no credit given, I did not give them permission to post those photos and they have been stolen.  It is difficult to be motivated to create new content when others are stealing your content and reposting it as their own.

I think the biggest offender of this is http://mummytied.tumblr.com/

And without going to Tumblr's administrators and making a copyright claim against him the only resolution I could reach was that he at least mentioned that he stole some of the photos from my site - but even then he didn't even add a link to the posts.  So fuck this guy.  And fuck everyone like him.

5. Busy busy busy busy

I took a vacation and went travelling in the UK at the end of August and September.  After numerous arguments with my landlord earlier in the year I finally pulled the trigger and moved out in October.  This was followed by my workplace undergoing a large restructuring that put stress on my job security.  And finally as we approached the holidays, the busiest time of year for my job, I had some family health issues crop up which only further complicated my already busy life.

6. A slowdown of visitors

Due to the hectic schedule I wasn't playing much, which meant less visitors, less bondage, less photos, less blog posts.  I have a few sets of photos on my harddrive I can post but until I resolve what I want to do with the site redesign it seems like a mute point in posting them.

7. Stress stress stress stress

The restructuring at work hasn't been cut and dry, since October things have been wildly inconsistent and I am easily a hundred times busier this year versus last.  While I was still paying off my bills from the vacation to UK and moving in 2015, Peter had convinced me to take a well deserved vacation which only further put me in debt.  Upon my return I was greeted with news that there had been a death in the family and I had to take another costly trip to the UK while already broke and drowning in a never-ending abyss of work stress.

And that about catches you up.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Downjacketbondage

Found another Tumblr with some familiar looking photos on it.  The Downjacketbondage tumblr reminds me a lot of the old Anoraks site which was one of the first websites I found really dedicated to my fetishes in the early days.  I'm not 100% if its the same owner but if its not they're doing a damn good homage to Anoraks so bravo.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Spread out in the Himalayan

Prior to BonnieDio's latest visit the last time we talked was shortly after Peter and I had built our spreader bars and he was itching to try them on for size.  So I decided to gear him up in The North Face Himalayan and spread eagle tie him for the remainder of his stay in a gas mask.





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bagged in Plastic & Tape

Sorry for the lack of updates around these parts, things have gotten fairly hectic for me these past few months.  I've been pretty busy with work, moving, and just recently came back from vacation in Scotland, England, and Wales.  And while I didn't manage to hook up with anyone overseas, I did meet up with BonnieDio shortly before my trip to UK.  Which resulted in him snuggled up in The North Face Superlight and layers of shrink wrap and duct tape with a vibrator keeping edged and sweaty for a while.










Monday, July 27, 2015

Boys in Bondage, Nylon and Down Gear (Tieguynw)

Stumbled upon a new Tumblr blog with some familiar looking down gear and bondage at play.  That down-fill strait jacket is far too unique a piece of gear to belong to anyone but my friend in Portland.  Good to see you're still having fun on the west coast!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wish List: Parkasite Cryofixbag

I'm not usually a big fan of shiny gear, so much of what Parkasite sells I'm not too interested in.  Peter on the other hand is a huge fan of the look of Parkasite gear and has pretty much said that he intends to buy this sometime in the future and when he does I will spending a great deal of time in it.  Which I won't complain about, a sleeping bag designed specifically for bondage actually sounds pretty darn fun.  Parkasite has a pretty good reputation for making some horny down gear.  Some of which is pretty flashy, impractical, or clearly targeted toward fetishists.  But I don't think I've ever seen them come out and release a product so clearly marketed toward fetishists as the Parkasite Cryofixbag bondage sleeping bag.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Weird Gear 5

It's been a while since I came across some down gear that was really weird looking.  I'm not entirely sure if I think the "pumpkin hood" looks extremely cosy or if it's just really stupid looking but it's easily one of the largest hoods I've seen on a jacket before.  From what I can gather these went on sale in Korea back in 2012 for both men and women but due to the language barrier I wasn't able to dig up much more than that.