Dreams of Spanking has been voted the 2012 Most Improved Spanking Site! I am completely bowled over by this. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement. I'm absolutely, ridiculously delighted. Thanks so much to Brushstrokes for hosting these awards, and especially to everyone who voted.
I also have to give a shoutout to my partners D and Tom, without whom this website wouldn't exist. I am so very grateful to them both for their hard work and support both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. And if the pictures Brushstrokes chose were anything to go by, Tom's performances have played no small role in our success:
Runner up was the deserving Spanked in Uniform, who have pushed the boat out with several new series this year and continued their creative use of green screen to give their fantasies greater scope.
As Brushstrokes explains, he doesn't offer an award for "best" site because it would be impossible to judge between different spanking genres when everyone has a favourite, so instead the award is given to the site that's shown the most improvement, which might conceivably be something all can agree on.
I really appreciated this comment by iwasrobert praising the result:
Both Dreams and SIU have taken new approaches in terms of both storycraft and production techniques; these are bold and perhaps risky moves which IMHO have indeed paid off rather well, creatively speaking, and I hope financially as well.
It's absolutely amazing to see my hopes affirmed that the world is ready for a new sort of spanking website: more transparently ethical, performer-driven and gender egalitarian. If a site that includes F/M and M/M can win a democratic award on a blog that exclusively features /F spanking, that's got to be a step in the right direction. (The next step of course is more blogs that feature both - and in the last year I've seen some improvement there, too.)
I've got some great ideas and plans for 2013, and can't wait to grow the site and produce more creative, believable storylines, shoot more beautiful male and female performers who genuinely love spanking, and continue to improve our production values.
Winning this is an amazing vote of support from everyone who's watched us grow during our first year. In including all gender orientations, plus size models, genderqueer models, overt feminist principles and at times fairly complex storylines, I wondered if I was dooming myself to be a cute niche forever, and never be taken seriously by the spanko "mainstream". (Inasmuch as a kink as niche as spanking can have a mainstream; I'm aware these distinctions might seem somewhat meaningless to anyone looking in at us from outside!)
This award suggests that actually, a lot of people want to see something different, and support those who are going out on a limb to try something new. So hooray for that: I hope it gives more producers the courage to take risks and follow their dreams.