In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks about how one needs to spend about 10,000 hours doing something to become an expert at it. When it comes to watching spanking videos, sadly, I might be close. I've been doing it for awhile. Spanking videos have changed a great deal since I started watching them. I remember when they were so tiny they would fit on a floppy disk. (remember those?) Even way back then I was a secret spanko. I'd use my roommate's computer- we only had one phone line connected to the internet- and surreptitiously download the movies onto my floppy disk and watch them later on my computer, late at night. In the very very beginning, they were free. But I subscribed first to realspankings and then firmhand.
Recently I changed computers, and in the process, I came across a treasure trove of old stuff I'd hidden deep within the bowels of the hard drive. My even older hard drive couldn't even connect to my new computer. The earliest video I could find was this:
A Firmhand video from 2002 with Catherine Corbett. (what ever happened to her?) If you have a problem squinting to see the information in the title, she got 18 swats with the slipper over her gym shorts in this little update. That little rectangle in the middle of the screen is the size of the movie.
Once upon a time, when I contemplated starting a blog, I figured that the primary way I could contribute to the spanking community was by serving as an informed but opinionated consumer advocate regarding spanking videos. Up until a few years ago, the only expression of my interest in spanking was in buying subscriptions to spanking movie sites and watching them over and over and over. (Well, I also read a lot of spanking stories too, I guess, but still.)
I decided that I wanted to write reviews of sites, and gave myself criteria for those reviews:
1. They should be small relatively unknown sites that could use the publicity, not the big mega sites everyone knows.
2. I'd pay for the subscriptions myself, so I could be objective and free to say what I really felt.
3. I wouldn't review a site with someone I had gotten to know online before I wrote the review, because again, it would be hard to be critical or objective.
Spanking Court- no review for #3 above
Spanking Bare Butts- this one greatly amused me, at least the videos of the main guy, his accent, and his girlfriend, Bryanna. Telling your girlfriend you were "going to spank her hams" can only be pulled off with an accent like that. Unfortunately there were several scenes not involving them that I liked less, and just couldn't ever decide how to to write the review. (incidently, this is the number 1 store at The Spanking Library)
Marked Butts- I wanted to like this one. It had a very home-made authentic feel to it, but I don't know, something about it just didn't inspire me quite as much as the ones I did review, and never got around to it.
Real-Life-Spankings - pretty much the same as above. Just didn't inspire me.
But sadly, there aren't too many pay sites that fit my criteria for reviews. Dreams of Spanking is the only new large site that I can think of that's launched in a few years. The last straw was when I decided to subscribe to (warning do not click on this unless you have your sound off!) Spanking Ms Cali. Here was a small spanking site that's not even included on Brushstrokes list of spanking sites - which is saying something! - and she's kinda cute on twitter! But... the site didn't work. Even after I'd signed up and paid. On the other hand, they have a pay-per-video store on The spanking library that worked fine here. I wound up purchasing a single movie for the same price as I had hoped to pay for access to all the movies on that site. (It was cute, and so was she- don't get me wrong, but still.) Clearly, my model for spanking reviews was behind the times.
In my interview with him, Dallas said the number 1 change in the industry was "Over-saturation as more spankos said to themselves 'I can do that!'"
He has a point. Seems like everyone in the industry has a clips4sale store now. (The spanking library serves much the same function.) In my party report on TASSP I mentioned that I'd never seen Dana Specht and Amelia Jane Rutherford in a scene together, and how they had great chemistry and had the crowd cracking up. Since then, video shoots of the two of them have appeared on the clip$4sale store of just about every professional who was there, along with spanking scenes involving every other professional there. There are more choices now than ever before (and the video quality continues to improve.) This is the current state of spanking videos: