A Note from the Editor: And so it begins…

Wow.

38! I must admit that I did not expect 38 bloggers to participate in the first edition of e[lust]. Perhaps since the concept is 4 years old (Sugasm started in 2005) I shouldn’t be surprised – but nonetheless I am.

When I sat down to really think about all that is involved in getting each digest out I knew that it would be hard work. Not so much time-consuming work, because I put out a call for people to help and the response was amazing, but hard work because of my ADD and my ability to fuck-up even the simplest of tasks at times. Did I forget this? Did I do that? There’s 38 links there….are they all accurate? No repeats? etc etc ad naseum. Rules that I forgot, rules that I decided to change, guidelines that I didn’t make clear, assumptions I shouldn’t have assumed….these are the hard things I didn’t count on. So while the first edition did not go smoothly….it still went. It’s here! Please visit the lovely assistants who helped out with this edition, they’re over there in a special category in the sidebar.

I would love feedback if you have it – the site layout, the guidelines, etc. One informal poll that I put out to Twitter was wondering if participants should be able to vote for their own submissions in the voting for Top Three. My inclination is no – I never voted for my own when participating in Sugasm, but I don’t recall if that was specified or not. If I automatically gave everyone a vote because voting for oneself is allowed – then everyone is still just as equal as they were in the beginning. If you have a opinion with a good reason to the contrary, please speak up! I am considering going a different route with the voting, and my thoughts are down there in that poll. I’ll let it ruminate for an edition or two and see what people think.

 

 

 

I started this project for many reasons but the biggest is that Sugasm was good exposure for new and established blogs alike. Some bloggers are going to say “I could give hang if I have 500 readers or 5”. To that I say: Why talk if no one is listening? I changed a few guidelines that Sugasm had and kept many others. But I really want to know YOUR thoughts – as a reader or as a participant. I know of a few people – some participating in this edition and some still waiting to see what’ll happen – who felt that Sugasm was very “clique -y”. If so, how does one prevent that? My attempt was by including people in the e-vite and following them on Twitter regardless of my personal knowledge or opinion of them.  Looking at the first edition I can see a variety of bloggers and that makes me happy. I hope I can make this “borderless” as much as possible.

Thanks to all who were a part of this!

Your Editor,

Lilly

Elust can’t pretend to be something innovative and new; it’s not. It was born from the absence of the “founding father” of the sex blogger digest, Sugasm. Sugasm provided an excellent source for the sex blog community and we hope that e[lust] can somewhat pick up the reigns. You will see many similarities with regards to format, rules and function but with a few changes that will hopefully encourage more bloggers and fewer commercial sites. We really liked the draw of all participants voting for their favorite submissions so that is one big feature from Sugasm that will be kept.

Familiarity:

  • If you want to be included in each issue of Elust, you have to submit your post!
  • The participants of each digest will vote on their top 2/3 favorite posts, with the top 3 picks getting first billing on the issue
  • The layout of the postings will be very similar to Sugasm
  • Limit to one post inclusion in each digest, per blog

New and (hopefully) improved:

  • Only original content can be submitted – if you didn’t write most of  it then it’s not eligible.
  • Sex toy reviews won’t be accepted and instead should be listed with Pleasurists. Each digest of e[lust] will have a link to the most recent Pleasurists post (or 2 posts if there’s more than a week between each e[lust])
  • Posts that are strictly photos/video/audio won’t be accepted.
  • Each digest of e[lust] will feature a recent HNT photo, chosen by the editor. We hope to get a wide range of HNT participants included over time. Each week we will also feature an HNT photo over in the sidebar.
  • Participants must post the full digest (photo optional) on their blog. We feel this is the most fair and effective way to go about it. Think about it: if you didn’t make the top 3 and most participants don’t re-post the full digest…you’re not getting much exposure, are you? Participants are definitely allowed to use the “Read More” tag after the top portion of the digest – this allows for part of the long post to show on your main blog, and readers can click through to the individual post on your blog to see the full list. WordPress includes this in their editor; blogspot bloggers must tweak their css code to have the “read more” tag available. There are two different, easy tutorials on how to do it; it’s a useful option to have even for other posts on your blog.

Currently, each new e[lust] digest will come out every other week.


Don’t be shy about submitting your posts – it doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be a specific length or topic. Just pick your favorite post of the week that you would like to get more exposure on.