Monday, August 25, 2008

Porn Pusher, a.k.a. Promoting To The Masses

Lately, it's come to my attention that my little Xtube experiment- trying to pimp out real lesbian, transmale, and other queer and/or indie porn on this great free video sharing site that gets tons of traffic- is actually working.

I first signed up like most users- just to get access to that good, old-fashioned homemade free porn. But soon, by own budding interest in video editing (prompted by Youtube fanvideos and the purchase of a great DVD ripper) made me want to create videos of my own. I started seeing what would make a great video- funny Wet Spots songs illustrated with great, queer clips. Sexy music that I wished was in the originals. Montages and compilation videos centered around a theme. I truly enjoyed doing it, and I understandably wanted to share.

So I posted them, and got good feedback, that prompted me to be more precise and focused and to use my apparent skills to try to get more publicity for said porn. I gave credits in my video and urged my viewers to support real lesbian and queer indie porn. I didn't even have to work that hard, surprisingly- numerous folks messaged me looking for purchasing information. I felt like a slick salesman- yes! another one in the bag, baby!- as I sent them on the way to Crash Pad Series, Blowfish.com, and Fatale Media, among others. Because every person who bought and supported my favorite companies would keep my favorite companies afloat and making more good porn. Like some sort of profit sharing plan . . . well, kind of.



The comments on my videos continue to be positive and to urge me on to make more- lesbians and transmen who had no idea that their kind of porn existed, men and women who used to scoff at "lesbian porn" but now realize it can be smoking hot, folks who are simply amazed to see a queer presence on Xtube. And I love letting these people know that it exists, to challenge people's perceptions and maybe get them a little flustered over their own unexpected arousal (a staple move of mine: putting my videos in the Gay Section for all the gay men to be shocked over; hey, my stuff definitely isn't "Straight"). Apparently my videos are being talked about outside of Xtube (crazy, I know!). And they are reaching more and more queer circles:

Your vids and voice definitely struck out as being most unique though - probably moreso than you give yourself credit for, so just know it didn't go unnoticed! In fact, I overheard a conversation at a random social-centre meeting once about your vids - kind of along the lines of, 'So did anyone see those queer vids on XTube?' .... lol .... how cool or what?!

It's an absolute shame that more of this sort of pornography isn't more prevelant. I find it impossible to find pornography with actors/actresses attractive in the least. I think these vids are the way pornography should be. I honestly prefer men over women, but I must say that those were quite good.

I created an account on this website just to thank you and bomb666. I consider myself a sex positive feminist and have always had such a hard time explaining to my straight friends and gay male friends that just because I am in an long term relationship, my gf and I are NOT asexual. There is this fucked up myth that lesbians don't have sex with the enthusiasm as our straight or gay male counterparts, and videos like yours (and bomb666...bless their hearts), completely dispels that myth. While this dispels the myth, it simultaneously validates my relationship. Your videos empowered me. It may be far-fetched to some people, but I consider what you do a form of activism. Thanks. . . . . Take some credit! Your videos have made me think about buying some of the Pink and White Productions movies, and when I did a search of "queer" on xtube, your name came up, which brought me to the videos of bomb666 and sailorsgrave. Trust me, you are "doing your part" for the movement!


But while these experiences have definitely changed me in a positive way, they have also taught me one very important lesson I wish I could pass on to the actual companies themselves: promotion, promotion, promotion!

Unfortunately for busy porn companies, not all potential customers are the kind to wander the sex blogosphere where glowing reviews abound. I wonder sometimes if I would have ever discovered "The Crash Pad", had a kind soul not started a forum thread about it on a bisexual site I frequented. I wonder if I would have even deigned to buy it if it hadn't linked to the gorgeous trailer preview that I watched- the same that showed me the beautiful cinema and obviously skilled editing, the lovely music, the queer aesthetic and real models having hot sex. I might have dismissed it as just another slick lezzie porn and been on my way. And I can't even imagine how my porn consumption might have gone following that (probably gayboy porn up the wazoo).

Luckily, Pink & White Productions (and Blowfish Presents, really) are one of the few companies that offer preview trailers of their films, and they stand out because of it. Which is great- if you're the kind of person who happens to traverse the "Lesbian DVD" section of Blowfish.com on a regular basis. But what about the majority of porn consumers- the ones who aren't doing the research and looking to buy, but are looking to get off fast and for free? I saw a comment online once that summed it up quite succinctly: "Paying for porn? In this day and age? I thought that had gone the way of the dodo.". And maybe it has- except when it comes to that which is unique, different, which stands out and which is worth shelling out the money. Like most of the great queer, indie, and real lesbian porn that's being produced right now.

I suppose my question is- why aren't these producers taking their products to the masses- to Xtube and other sites where people looking to only find free porn, only expecting the mainstream, suddenly find something that opens their weary eyes and makes them pull out their credit cards very fast? I think the response would be overwhelming. Are they too busy otherwise? Is it more important to make one's presence known in the adult video industry and get recognition that way- is that where all efforts go? Or have they just not realized the vast potential of this medium?

I have to admit- it's not that I'm getting tired of making my videos or providing this service, but I am getting tired of taking the credit, of explaining that I shouldn't be getting the credit- send an e-mail to Shine Houston, to Ian Sparks, and give them the commendation. I'm nobody, really- at least, not in comparison to these great innovators and artists.

So step up, guys! Your audience awaits.

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