How many of you post pictures on the Internet of your BDSM? On maybe FetLife, Flickr, or your own blog?
It has been something I have done from the very beginning. For a long time though I really was not comfortable with showing my face in any fetish pictures since I was partly worried about the risk of being outed and also because I wanted to be anonymous within the scene as well.
For that reason, there aren't any facial pictures in my own personal blog for two or three years worth of entries. I liked being anonymous in my blog, I liked writing just to the void in general and I never really expected anyone that I might ultimately meet (other than my partner) to read it. But they did, and eventually, the virtual and public BDSM aspects of things crossed over and some people locally to me realized I was the person behind the words.
However the more my relationship with Grimly developed the more confident I became and more comfortable I was in accepting myself. I used to be a very shy person and I suppose around new people I still am but being able to express this side of myself both in words and pictures has helped my confidence a great deal.
I don't have a high-risk job or children so, therefore, the damage being outed would cause is significantly small compared to people with those responsibilities.
Ultimately though I'm a shy exhibitionist, and I like getting feedback on what I do. It might not float everybody's boat but it's still good to get feedback.
I also like being able to say that I'm not a model (although I've done some amateur modeling for both a spanking site and a bondage site but not very much), I'm an average sized person of average looks. I like being able to say I'm a real person and a normal sized woman and not a stick insect. BDSM is not just for the fashionable or the thin its for everyone that wants to engage in it.
For that reason, I generally now post pictures quite a lot.
Keeping some things private
However, I do have some restrictions on what photographs I'm comfortable with. I don't like pictures that show both my face and genital nudity in the same picture if it can be avoided. I think it makes it too personal, too invasive, and it is something I want to share with my Dom and no one else. He's the only one I want to share my orgasms and screams with, for the same reason I'm against the idea really of looking into posting video. Whether this is a good rule of thumb, in general, I don't know but that is ours.
Of course, being able to post pictures of BDSM and especially identifiable ones is not for everyone. There are still ways of keeping special photographic records.
We have in the past made up scrapbooks of our favourite photos to show new people that we meet to provide an easy answer to 'so what are you into' because whilst I'm unsure about anyone else, but I've always struggled to answer that succinctly. Because, well, it's most things!
Of course, such items don't need to be shared, it might be a good idea to keep a photo diary for your dom if you can't share it publicly I think.
I don't know... I like looking back and seeing what I've done and what I've looked like doing it!
What do other people think? How do you guys and girls prefer to record your fun?