Monday, 26 October 2009

Me as a Twink??

I've noticed a few 'twink' pics recently, and they made me wonder how different my life might have been, had the internet and digital photography existed when I was a twink - ie, when I was 18 or over, but only just.

No pix exist of me as a twink. Well, not so far as I know! Back then, you had to send your film off to be developed and printed, or take it into a chemist. Which meant strangers were seeing the pix. Also, there was a feeling that if you picked the wrong processing place then nudity might be reported to the police. I remember hearing Boots (chemist, drugstore) frowned on nudity, for instance.

Life's so much better, these days. You can do what you want with your own images. But I wonder if any current-day twinks get tempted into rash action, just because it's easy to do.


Saturday, 3 October 2009

Joanna's review of crossdresser sites

I been thinking about how I stick to the same few sites for most of my picture-posting activities and chatting etc. It's not because I'm a creature of habit, but because websites that are pretty poor really don't make much effort to change their ways.

Here's my current impression of the free websites I use... and most of them haven't changed much since I started with them. I'll give each one a rating out of 10.

flickr rating: 5

I like this for the groups, you can add a pic to an interest group and show stuff to like-minded people. Not a dedicated sex site, tries to be all things to all people. Bad thing is, people get banned for reasons that aren't always clear. Read the help threads and you'll see loads of complaints.
If it weren't for that nagging doubt, I'd pay for premium membership (to get extra upload capability and the option to create lots of sub-folders or albums).

[edit: on 14 Oct, got another warning and they didn't tell me why. So I'm not going to contribute any more pix. I'm tempted to downrate the site to 2 or 3, but I don't want to rewrite history!]

newbudnudes ("NBN") rating: 9

Current fav. I like the chat and almost always get someone wanting to chat to me. I'm never ignored. Pic gallery is easy to navigate. Easy browsing of male gay porn and lots of crossdressers. Pic voting is strange sometimes. Forum is very quiet.
This is the only site EVER where I've spent out on a membership upgrade (so that I can download full-size pix).

celection rating: 7

yep, correct spelling. Site well-coded and excellently laid out. Mixed sex pix, with a regular crossdress contribution. A nice feature is the photo subject 'challenge' (eg, invite tan line pix, or whatever). Drawback is, only paying members can download pix (although you can always use Print Screen, if you can be bothered to.)

rating: 1

All uploads await moderation approval, and the site code is drab in appearance and function, so I rarely bother visiting.
The page formatting convulsions when logging in are enough to put most people off, I would imagine.

rating: 3

Chat's busy and newcomers can be ignored. Not a porn site, more of a contact site. So there's no decent gallery system. Forum can be friendly or obsessively snotty, depending on who's been posting.

rating: 7

A new kid on the block, and they're still developing the site options. Rather like a cross between newbudnudes and tvChix: an accessible pic gallery but profile searches can be done too. Forum and chat currently haven't taken off, but I think the site shows a lot of promise.

rating: 3

Supposedly an adult version of youtube, it strikes me as dead-in-the-water. Nice idea, but it hasn't really worked. Well, not for crossdressers, anyway. Nothing wrong with the site code, it's just lacking in participants.

rating: 6

Some website statistics rank this as the top adult site in the world. Shows videos in FLV (flash) form and allows free download of them. (They can be viewed later on with things like VLC Player.) So many people visit, that you'll get lots of hits no matter how obscure your videos are.
Can seem a bit impersonal, though.

rating: 7

Videos can't be downloaded. The site also caters for pix but I rarely bother. It's a very busy site and lots of stuff, so it's easy to feel overlooked. But there's a lot of friendly people there and you'll probably get lots of friend requests if you stick around!

unrated: it's not a porn channel

Anything approaching porn, and you're likely to be banned, so extreme caution required. Slightly erotic is OK, but no more than that. On the plus side, the site coding is pretty well second to none. I'm sure you all know how well the site works, so I'll say no more!

rating: 3

Shame this site's a victim of
what strikes me as shabby coding. For instance, to upload a new pic, you don't click on 'my photos' or 'xpose yourself' - you have to hover on the 'My Profile' button and ignore the dropdowns, and just click that button. And then, on the new page, select 'Manage my galleries' and then click the 'Upload Photos' link. The coding is better than in 2007 but still not enough to make me visit more than once a month. Page loading failures are still common, so remember where your BACK button is, if you go there.

newbienudes ("NN")
rating: 6

A mixed sex version of the gay site 'newbudnudes', the site coding is ahead of newbudnudes in general options. And it's around 10 times more popular than NBN. I go there mainly for the MILFs and BBWs.

OK, so that's my snapshot of what sites I like (and how much I like them).
These are my own personal views and I'd be interested to hear what you think!