Archive for January, 2008

Literotica Video on You Tube

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

I was browsing You Tube the other day and I was surprised to find a video about Literotica! It’s actually from 2007, so it may not be news to some of you, but I thought it was cool. The video is apparently part of a show called the Daily Tang! It features a cute blond girl named Veronika Raquel talking about Literotica. Here’s the video, check it out for yourself:

If you have a YouTube account, you can vote on the video to share your love for Literotica (and the blond girl too!) The Daily Tang! website is here. Thanks Veronika! :)

Take care everyone!

Testosterone, French Ero, & David Lynch’s Foot Fetish

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Just posting links to three articles from the last week that I thought were interesting:

First, the Wall Street Journal has an article about testosterone levels in men. The article is mostly about the dangers of low testosterone levels as men age. But the article also talks about studies that show a relationship between marriage and testosterone levels in men. It breaks down like this:

  • Most Testosterone: Single men.
  • Less Testosterone: Married men.
  • Least Testosterone: Married men, with multiple wives.

I’m not sure exactly what it all means, but it must have some implications for the sex lives of married couples? Check out the full article for more info.

Second, the New York Times has an article called “A Library Exhibition Not for the Children’s Room” about an erotic show now on at the National Library of France in Paris. The show includes over 350 sexually explicit literary works, manuscripts, engravings, lithographs, photographs, film clips, and other items. Included is the handwritten manuscript of the Marquis de Sade’s novel “Les Infortunes de la Vertu”. According the article,

Sadism, masochism, bestiality, inflated genitalia and the most imaginative sexual fantasies and athletic poses are given their due. To avoid complaints that a publicly supported institution is corrupting the country’s youth, no one under 16 is admitted.

The “Hell at the Library, Eros in Secret” show runs through March 22, 2008. If you’re in Paris before then, it might be worth checking out. I can’t imagine my local library doing a similar show anytime soon.

Third, I read about this erotic art show called “Fetish” featuring the photography of director David Lynch. The show is a collaboration between Lynch and fashion designer Christian Louboutin. Louboutin created some one-of-a-kind exotic shoes for the models and Lynch took pictures of them wearing the shoes, but otherwise nude. The show had already closed by the time I saw the article, but you can still see some images at the website of Galerie du passage in Paris. For larger pictures from the Lynch photo show, try this link (the site isn’t in English, but just click on the numbers to see more pics.)

That’s all for now. More updates later!

Update on Voting + Favorites Features

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Hi Everyone! I appreciate all of the suggestions that you have been sending in and posting, both here and on the Lit forum.

This will just be another quick update on the recent changes to the Literotica story page Voting Element and Add To Favorites buttons. So far, everything seems to be working fine. It’s still early, but voting seems to have increased slightly after the changes were launched on the site.

Since the launch, we have made the following additions changes, based on user feedback:

Voting Element:

1. The stars now have numbers on them, to link them more closely to the previous system where each vote was a number between one and five.

2. The text on a few of the votes has been changed. The current text for each vote is:

  • 1. I Hated It!
  • 2. I Didn’t Like It Much.
  • 3. Liked It – Keep On Writing.
  • 4. Really Liked It – Good Read!
  • 5. Loved It – One Of The Best!!

Add To Favorites Button:

1. With the launch of the easy to use buttons, we’ve seen an increase in the number of registered users adding items to their Favorites List. Because of this, and based on current and previous user feedback, we have increased the number of “Favorites” that each user can have from 10 to 25 – for both Stories and Authors.

Additionally:

1. There has been some concern that the new voting system may result in a slight drop in the overall vote scores because readers may only give a “5″ to stories that they think are truly exceptional. I don’t know yet if the voting scores will go down at all based on the new system, but even if the middle did change slightly, it may not be a bad thing if the stories that score close to perfect are ones that readers felt were above and beyond the average.

2. We have had some questions asking about changing the voting system from a 1-5 system to a 1-10 system. That is something that we may consider for the future, but we don’t have immediate plans to do it.

3. Some members have been asking about the Public Comment Element (the system where you leave a public comment on a story) voting versus the new on-page voting element. We are already working on standardizing those two systems and, once the Public Comment Element is updated, readers will be able to leave a comment with or without voting.

I think that’s all I have for now. Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been working on and what’s concerns I’ve been hearing. Thanks for the ongoing feedback and another update should be coming soon! :)

Literotica Upgrades: Voting Element + Add To Favorites

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

It’s time for another Literotica upgrade update!

Within the last 24 hours, we have rolled out two changes to the Literotica Story/Poem pages. Neither change is huge, but we hope that both of them will encourage Lit visitors to interact a little more with the stories and poems that they read.

The changes are:

1. We have changed the Lit voting element from a two click system to a one click system using more modern web technology. The old voting element, which has been used on the site since just about the beginning, required a reader to click on a radio button near the score that they want to give a submission, and then click on the “vote” form button. They would then be taken away from the submission to a confirmation page.

Using the new system, readers simply click on one to five animated stars and the vote is saved. They do not leave the story page, so they can easily click on “post comment”, “send feedback”, “add to favorites”, “author profile”, or other story or author related links. We are hoping that the ease of one click voting will encourage more voting. We have also increased the size of the voting element to bring more attention to it.

Several authors have kindly given their feedback on the new voting element on the Lit forum. One of the main concerns seems to be about making sure that existing users understand the new “star system” versus the old “number system”. We used the stars because they seem to be internet standard voting icons. More of the biggest sites that allow voting (You Tube, Yahoo, IMDB, etc.) seem to use stars when they ask people to rate their submissions, articles, movies, etc. Our thinking is that web users can easily understand these icons as voting icons because they see and use similar systems on many websites. However, we are definitely listening to feedback. If readers seem confused. we may add numbers to the stars to make it clear that one star equals one vote, five stars equal five stars, etc. We are watching the voting results closely right now to try to determine if there is in fact more, less, or the same amount of voting going on.

You can see an example of the new voting element on this story, or on any of the recently submitted Literotica stories. The new voting element should appear on all stories in the next few days.

2. We have added two buttons to the end of the Story/Poem pages on Literotica. One button says “Add Story To Favorites” and the other says “Add Author To Favorites”. If a logged in user clicks on one of the buttons, a box will appear allowing them to confirm their request, and the item will be added to their Favorites List. Just like that. They will not need to leave the page or do anything tricky. Just click, confirm, and keep on reading. If the user is not logged in, they can login directly inside of the new “Add To Favorites” buttons. If the user is not yet a registered member of Literotica, they must signup for the site before they can add anything to their Favorites List, of course.

So far, I don’t think that we have had any suggestions in regards to improving the Add To Favorites buttons. I think they are pretty simple to use and easy to understand. If you do have suggestions for improving them, please post them here. I was thinking maybe we should add a “Join Literotica Now” link on the element, for unregistered users who want to save the story they are reading to their Favorites.

If you have a moment, please test out both of these new features and let me know if you find any bugs or have any suggestions for improving them. You can also let me know if you just generally hate them or love them or anything in between. These are not huge changes, obviously, but small movement towards a more modern and interactive Literotica. Our goal with these changes, and many more to come in 2008, is to make sure that the great Literotica authors (who put so much work into writing their stories) get as much feedback and support from their readers as possible.

Thank you for reading this long update and please feel free to post feedback, suggestions, or anything else in the comments!

Heather Graham Sex Scene Video

Friday, January 11th, 2008

This may not be news to some of you, but it was news to me. Last year, the ever beautiful Heather Graham was in a movie called Adrift in Manhattan (IMDB Link). I had never heard of the movie, but I saw it mentioned on one of the blogs that I read. The film wasn’t mentioned for being a brilliant work of art, but for the supposedly wild sex scene that Heather Graham has in it. Strictly for research purposes – not because I actually wanted to see Heather naked – I decided to search for the clip on Google. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t too hard to find.

Whether or not the clip is “wild” is up for interpretation. Honestly, having been around Lit for so long, a doggy style sex scene with a little spanking doesn’t seem that wild to me. However, if you consider it in the context of sex in mainstream Hollywood movies, especially ones with stars as big as Heather Graham, then maybe it’s a little bit “wild”. Rather than take my word for it, though, why not check out the clip of the sex scene and make your own decision.

For as long as the link works, you can view the Heather Graham “Adrift in Manhattan” sex clip online here: Link To The Video.

Have a great weekend, everyone!