Bacchus is creating erotica research and curation
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patrons

$172
per month
I created ErosBlog more than 14 years ago to blog about sexuality and every kind of erotica. In all that time my commitment to documenting and celebrating the diverse pleasures of human sexuality has never wavered.  Currently I have three specific passions:
  1. Preserving an independent adult internet;
  2. Documenting the sources of erotic material; and
  3. Digital curation of vintage erotic art.
Any one of these could be a full-time job for me; each would be my dream job. I want to do so much more of them all.  To afford the time for that, I need your support.

Digital Curation Of Erotica

My first internet pastime was downloading sets of dirty pictures from Usenet.  To assemble a "complete" image set was impossible: I was paying six cents a minute to Compuserve, running a 2400 baud modem. Most of my sets would forever be incomplete.  

I think that warped something in my soul.  Now, when I visualize the adult internet, I see it as an infinite thicket of incomplete erotic sets.  Finding fragmented and dispersed erotic libraries, bringing them together, searching out the gaps, going back to primary sources -- there's nothing I like more.  The "best" three images from some obscure source are in 10,000 places, and (if we're lucky) attributed properly in two of those places. The other seven images from that source might or might not be on the internet at all, and the text that was first published with them?  Good luck!  Finding those rare correct attributions, searching out the true source, assembling the complete sets, giving them context, and then publishing and archiving the entire package so it won't get lost again: this is what I most love to do in life.  Presently I do much less of this curation than I would prefer, because it takes oodles of time (and often money) that I currently can't afford.  Your Patreon support changes that equation.  Thank you!

Documenting Erotic Provenance 

The internet never forgets a dirty picture.  But it gets very confused, sometimes, about where they came from.

Everything that's ever posted on the internet leaves a trail. But the trail is in soft mud, and it's always washing away. The Wayback Machine (love it though I do with a passionate lust) can only catch snapshots and fractions.  Every broken link and missing website and deleted blog and banned Tumblr and failed social media platform is like a new bit of dead grey matter in the stroke-ridden brain of the internet.  Interrogating that brain and expecting clear, simple, correct answers?  Good luck with that!  But it's a big brain, and much remains. I have a special skill, honed by years of pursuing my digital curation hobby, polished with many hundreds of paid research commissions, and reinforced by a quarter-century of close attention paid to the internet's dirty pictures.  If you provide me with a dirty picture (art or photo, it doesn't matter) that's on the internet, I can identify the source of it about ninety percent of the time: artist, photographer, place of first publication, something significant about its origin.

I'm now offering this skill to Patrons.  (See my Patron rewards for details.)  And, though I've never before written in detail how I do it (this comes the closest), when this Patreon reaches its first goal, I will write an in-depth Patrons-only guide.  Nothing can replace my twenty-five years of practice, but I'll do my best, offering a full list of the search tools I use and writing down the best summary I can of my search strategies.  

I currently strive to provide a good attribution for everything that is posted to ErosBlog, but I'm pressed for time.  Many days, the work commitments that pay my bills leave me just a few moments to work on the blog. Thus, too often, my attributions are weak. Even when I identify the source or an artist, I may not take the time to find a good link, or to provide complete context.  Your Patreon support will change that.  The more support I get, the more time I can take and the more detail I can provide in attributing the erotic material that appears on the blog.

Preserving An Independent Adult Internet As The Open Web Declines And Fails

Independent erotic expression on the internet faces many threats. Sometimes I write about them, because that's the only potentially-helpful thing I know how to do.  The two specific threats that most firmly grip my attention are:

1) Search discrimination, which began when Google started assuming people do not want to see adult results unless they use an unrelated explicit keyword along with their actual search term. It now finds its expression in an infinity of apps, devices, and social media platforms that simply exclude adult content from their walled gardens or blacklist most adult keywords in their internal search tools, predictive algorithms, and even their voice recognition engines.

2) The #Pornocalypse, which is what I call the tendency of closed-platform internet companies that welcome adult content at first (using our stuff to accelerate platform adoption and growth) and then later evict all of us stinky sex-people once it's time to start courting the prudish/squeamish Wall Street or Silicon Valley moneybags investors.  Exclusion of adult expression by social media companies and walled-garden device/app platforms is an increasing crisis for the independent adult web as an ever-larger proportion of internet traffic moves into these apps, the ones (which, increasingly is all of them) that run on smartphones and have been forcibly Bowdlerized by the platform blue-noses who gatekeep the proprietary walled-garden app stores.

When I started blogging, I didn't set out to be a journalist; and indeed I've been known to vociferously disclaim any journalistic pretensions.  But I approach journalism most closely when reporting on the ways in which adult expression is made unwelcome on the modern internet.  Print journalism never touches this subject and the "mainstream" internet press usually doesn't notice these stories or doesn't fully understand them.  Somebody has got to do it right, and too often that somebody is me.  As with my other two blogging passions, your support will help me to do more of this, and to do it better.

Thank you!

-- Bacchus


Rewards
Patron
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
You're smart, beautiful, and nice. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Plus you'll have access to the goodies in my Patron-only feed. I especially plan to use this for sharing some of the fruits of my vintage erotic art curation work.  (Because this stuff is properly in the public domain already, I may not keep it Patrons-exclusive forever, though; that wouldn't feel right.)
Nymph and/or Satyr
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Parties. The kind with bottomless amphorae of wine -- and bottomless party guests, too! If I could throw that kind of party for real, you would come. Meanwhile we are doing our best here on the internet.

My nymphs and satyrs make the party.  You are my friends and my audience. And I'm taking requests!  Let me know what you want to see on ErosBlog and I'll do my best to make it happen.
Bacchanalian
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Your support makes us official henchpeople.  I will support my Bacchanalian henchpeeps right back!  What can I do for you? Let me know.  Need a custom dirty limerick? Just ask.  I'll even write a blog post about a topic that excites you, assuming it's suitably Bacchanalian.  Need something sexy retweeted?  I would do that for you.  We're henchpeeps now.
Eleutherian
$10 or more per month 1 patron
The Greeks called the original Bacchus "Eleutherios" ("the liberator") because his wine and music freed his followers from self-conscious fear and care, thus subverting the oppressive restraints of the powerful. I want to do that too - and so do you, if you're an Eleutherian supporter.

What's more, $10 is what I charge these days for one job of simple provenance research. Eleutherian supporters are encouraged to ask me as often as once a month for basic provenance help with an erotic photo or artwork.
Olympian
$25 or more per month 1 patron
My namesake Bacchus is the youngest of your Olympian siblings.  No enterprise can fail when it has the support of Olympian gods like you!

Your support guarantees that I can not only keep ErosBlog going, but also make it better.

What's more, once a month I'll be happy to do a deep-dive full provenance research project for you, tracking any one erotic photo or drawing to the farthest corners of the internet and into the deepest caverns of the Internet Archive.
Titan -- OMG!
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Oh thou immortal child of Gaia and Uranus! You ruled on Olympus before the Olympians, in that barely remembered Golden Age. Your support leaves me as thunderstruck as if Zeus (your thunder-nephew) had smashed a lightning bolt of purest electric silver through my roof with his own two hands. My gratitude is as large as my pleased astonishment.

Support like this will help ErosBlog thrive as my full-time passion. It also gets you a blog mention of whatever erotic/adult/sex-positive thing you're doing or promoting, as often as once a month.  But I can't blog about your stuff if you don't  contact me and tell me what you're doing, so please stay in touch!

Titans also get the Olympian-level provenance-research reward and anything else from these rewards that appeals. Because, Titans!
Goals
$172 of $3,000 per month
This goal is the entire enchilada. You own me now. ErosBlog becomes most of "what I do for a living" -- and I'll have money left over for expenses.  I'll shop online auctions for vintage erotica so I can make high-resolution scans for us all.  I'll round up and curate old incomplete image sets from the BBS and Usenet eras. I'll scour the Internet Archive, restoring and resurfacing abandoned bits of our erotic internet heritage. And I'll be doing it all with a light heart and a glass of wine in hand.  Thank you.
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I created ErosBlog more than 14 years ago to blog about sexuality and every kind of erotica. In all that time my commitment to documenting and celebrating the diverse pleasures of human sexuality has never wavered.  Currently I have three specific passions:
  1. Preserving an independent adult internet;
  2. Documenting the sources of erotic material; and
  3. Digital curation of vintage erotic art.
Any one of these could be a full-time job for me; each would be my dream job. I want to do so much more of them all.  To afford the time for that, I need your support.

Digital Curation Of Erotica

My first internet pastime was downloading sets of dirty pictures from Usenet.  To assemble a "complete" image set was impossible: I was paying six cents a minute to Compuserve, running a 2400 baud modem. Most of my sets would forever be incomplete.  

I think that warped something in my soul.  Now, when I visualize the adult internet, I see it as an infinite thicket of incomplete erotic sets.  Finding fragmented and dispersed erotic libraries, bringing them together, searching out the gaps, going back to primary sources -- there's nothing I like more.  The "best" three images from some obscure source are in 10,000 places, and (if we're lucky) attributed properly in two of those places. The other seven images from that source might or might not be on the internet at all, and the text that was first published with them?  Good luck!  Finding those rare correct attributions, searching out the true source, assembling the complete sets, giving them context, and then publishing and archiving the entire package so it won't get lost again: this is what I most love to do in life.  Presently I do much less of this curation than I would prefer, because it takes oodles of time (and often money) that I currently can't afford.  Your Patreon support changes that equation.  Thank you!

Documenting Erotic Provenance 

The internet never forgets a dirty picture.  But it gets very confused, sometimes, about where they came from.

Everything that's ever posted on the internet leaves a trail. But the trail is in soft mud, and it's always washing away. The Wayback Machine (love it though I do with a passionate lust) can only catch snapshots and fractions.  Every broken link and missing website and deleted blog and banned Tumblr and failed social media platform is like a new bit of dead grey matter in the stroke-ridden brain of the internet.  Interrogating that brain and expecting clear, simple, correct answers?  Good luck with that!  But it's a big brain, and much remains. I have a special skill, honed by years of pursuing my digital curation hobby, polished with many hundreds of paid research commissions, and reinforced by a quarter-century of close attention paid to the internet's dirty pictures.  If you provide me with a dirty picture (art or photo, it doesn't matter) that's on the internet, I can identify the source of it about ninety percent of the time: artist, photographer, place of first publication, something significant about its origin.

I'm now offering this skill to Patrons.  (See my Patron rewards for details.)  And, though I've never before written in detail how I do it (this comes the closest), when this Patreon reaches its first goal, I will write an in-depth Patrons-only guide.  Nothing can replace my twenty-five years of practice, but I'll do my best, offering a full list of the search tools I use and writing down the best summary I can of my search strategies.  

I currently strive to provide a good attribution for everything that is posted to ErosBlog, but I'm pressed for time.  Many days, the work commitments that pay my bills leave me just a few moments to work on the blog. Thus, too often, my attributions are weak. Even when I identify the source or an artist, I may not take the time to find a good link, or to provide complete context.  Your Patreon support will change that.  The more support I get, the more time I can take and the more detail I can provide in attributing the erotic material that appears on the blog.

Preserving An Independent Adult Internet As The Open Web Declines And Fails

Independent erotic expression on the internet faces many threats. Sometimes I write about them, because that's the only potentially-helpful thing I know how to do.  The two specific threats that most firmly grip my attention are:

1) Search discrimination, which began when Google started assuming people do not want to see adult results unless they use an unrelated explicit keyword along with their actual search term. It now finds its expression in an infinity of apps, devices, and social media platforms that simply exclude adult content from their walled gardens or blacklist most adult keywords in their internal search tools, predictive algorithms, and even their voice recognition engines.

2) The #Pornocalypse, which is what I call the tendency of closed-platform internet companies that welcome adult content at first (using our stuff to accelerate platform adoption and growth) and then later evict all of us stinky sex-people once it's time to start courting the prudish/squeamish Wall Street or Silicon Valley moneybags investors.  Exclusion of adult expression by social media companies and walled-garden device/app platforms is an increasing crisis for the independent adult web as an ever-larger proportion of internet traffic moves into these apps, the ones (which, increasingly is all of them) that run on smartphones and have been forcibly Bowdlerized by the platform blue-noses who gatekeep the proprietary walled-garden app stores.

When I started blogging, I didn't set out to be a journalist; and indeed I've been known to vociferously disclaim any journalistic pretensions.  But I approach journalism most closely when reporting on the ways in which adult expression is made unwelcome on the modern internet.  Print journalism never touches this subject and the "mainstream" internet press usually doesn't notice these stories or doesn't fully understand them.  Somebody has got to do it right, and too often that somebody is me.  As with my other two blogging passions, your support will help me to do more of this, and to do it better.

Thank you!

-- Bacchus


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Rewards
Patron
$1 or more per month 15 patrons
You're smart, beautiful, and nice. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Plus you'll have access to the goodies in my Patron-only feed. I especially plan to use this for sharing some of the fruits of my vintage erotic art curation work.  (Because this stuff is properly in the public domain already, I may not keep it Patrons-exclusive forever, though; that wouldn't feel right.)
Nymph and/or Satyr
$3 or more per month 4 patrons
Parties. The kind with bottomless amphorae of wine -- and bottomless party guests, too! If I could throw that kind of party for real, you would come. Meanwhile we are doing our best here on the internet.

My nymphs and satyrs make the party.  You are my friends and my audience. And I'm taking requests!  Let me know what you want to see on ErosBlog and I'll do my best to make it happen.
Bacchanalian
$5 or more per month 4 patrons
Your support makes us official henchpeople.  I will support my Bacchanalian henchpeeps right back!  What can I do for you? Let me know.  Need a custom dirty limerick? Just ask.  I'll even write a blog post about a topic that excites you, assuming it's suitably Bacchanalian.  Need something sexy retweeted?  I would do that for you.  We're henchpeeps now.
Eleutherian
$10 or more per month 1 patron
The Greeks called the original Bacchus "Eleutherios" ("the liberator") because his wine and music freed his followers from self-conscious fear and care, thus subverting the oppressive restraints of the powerful. I want to do that too - and so do you, if you're an Eleutherian supporter.

What's more, $10 is what I charge these days for one job of simple provenance research. Eleutherian supporters are encouraged to ask me as often as once a month for basic provenance help with an erotic photo or artwork.
Olympian
$25 or more per month 1 patron
My namesake Bacchus is the youngest of your Olympian siblings.  No enterprise can fail when it has the support of Olympian gods like you!

Your support guarantees that I can not only keep ErosBlog going, but also make it better.

What's more, once a month I'll be happy to do a deep-dive full provenance research project for you, tracking any one erotic photo or drawing to the farthest corners of the internet and into the deepest caverns of the Internet Archive.
Titan -- OMG!
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Oh thou immortal child of Gaia and Uranus! You ruled on Olympus before the Olympians, in that barely remembered Golden Age. Your support leaves me as thunderstruck as if Zeus (your thunder-nephew) had smashed a lightning bolt of purest electric silver through my roof with his own two hands. My gratitude is as large as my pleased astonishment.

Support like this will help ErosBlog thrive as my full-time passion. It also gets you a blog mention of whatever erotic/adult/sex-positive thing you're doing or promoting, as often as once a month.  But I can't blog about your stuff if you don't  contact me and tell me what you're doing, so please stay in touch!

Titans also get the Olympian-level provenance-research reward and anything else from these rewards that appeals. Because, Titans!