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Chross's Blog - Another Casualty?

Postby web-ed » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:34 pm

Looks like another, and very substantial blog, has gone dormant. Years ago, Chross's Blog had become sort of a crossroads of the spanko community with its weekly links to various other blogs (and CSR) being followed by hundreds or thousands of people. I was never as dependent on Chross for referrals as, say, Erica Scott was (as we discussed on this thread recently) because CSR normally comes up high in the search engine rankings and because there are many other sites with links to us, but there is no question that when Chross referred readers to CSR the numbers went up considerably and I was grateful for the links. I don't expect to see 20,000 - 25,000 visitors per month again any time soon (note - this is a different and more demanding number than mere "hits" which don't mean too much these days).

There hasn't been anything on his "main" site for about 6 months now, and although there is still some posting on the Bulletin Board it appears quieter than it used to be. It has been several years since I had time to sign on to it, and apparently Chross converted it to phpBB (which is what runs this board) some time ago. In that conversion process some things appear to have been lost - I can't sign in or even request my password any more (I'll guess it's because phpBB can't decrypt it from whatever the old board software encrypted it as), and it appears from a user complaint that a lot of the older attachments don't show up any more (probably to the same kind of encrypt-decrypt problem).

Board conversions are tricky, and I haven't thought about the technical problems much since I wanted to convert The Artastic Forum years ago (you can read the story on the relevant thread). Either Chross's board couldn't be converted properly or it simply wasn't converted properly. Of course, since it's now phpBB, it could be moved over here relatively easily (I have plenty of extra data bases and it would only need 1 to hold it), but without the older attachments I'm not sure it would be worth the effort. Besides, it can pretty much go on the way it is for years on autopilot until something changes (e.g. a new version of PHP or MySQL isn't sufficiently backward-compatible for the old code to work) if that's what Chross wants.

The ranks continue to thin - but CSR and I are not going anywhere until God says so! :)
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Re: The Lifespan of Spanking Sites

Postby Sweetspot » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:18 pm

Chross Spanking Blog was my go-to portal to all things spanking on the internet. No doubt that's how I first discovered CSR [Unless I got here through a Goggle search]. Long before I submitted material here I would send along what I could find to Chross. Since I didn't own an archive and didn't have clipping ability I would just link him to the pertinent page from the old Goggle newspaper collection. At that time it never occurred to me to use an archive to discover old comic strip spankings :roll: I miss the blog and I miss being "chrossed". Whatever Chross is up to now I hope he is content and happy. I thank him for his years of expert devotion to his excellent blog. The last discovery I made that I sent to him was in December 2015. He placed it in the blog a few months later. In that case I found it by Goggling and since Chross seemed pretty excited about it when he posted it I assume it was never before on a spanking site. It was the cover of Red Star Weekly #2014 from 1969 and the words red and star seemed highly appropriate.
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Re: The Lifespan of Spanking Sites

Postby web-ed » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:06 pm

Women with a "wild streak" must always be tamed - and we know just how do to that :lol: !

Another good find, Phil - I don't believe I've seen this anywhere before, although I do know of a couple of other magazine spankings that so far I haven't been able to get copies of. I'm going to do a series on magazine spanking (after we do one on newspaper spanking) and we should add this one toit.
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Re: The Lifespan of Spanking Sites

Postby jimc » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:08 am

It appears that there are going to be several sites that we have come to enjoy leaving us in January. Anime otk looks like it is running out of money and unless finds some money will close in January. I do not hold much optimism that the request will bring the relief as most times requests for cash do not usually bring the intended result and when Anime goes so does Handprints and several other sites that he has been funding. Chross has been back , but at a very limited role. I have not seen any updates from Richard Windsor, Cherry RED, Nik Zula and several other sites also have not updated in awhile. There have been some new ones every now and then, but it seems tobe harder to find them as many of the ones that posted new blogs have not posted in awhile either. Any thoughts? Have a great day
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Re: AOTK, Chross, Richard Windsor, Cherry Red, and Nick Zula

Postby web-ed » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:12 am

I'm actually surprised that AOTK has lasted this long without further problems, Jim. As I wrote back in 2012 on the AOTK thread of this forum, "I remain skeptical about its long-term prospects, however - Ai is still asking for donations, which means that unless people come up with more money than they have in the past, or Ai himself is able to make up the difference between site costs and revenues, AOTK could go down again in late 2013".

AOTK's perpetual problem is that its costs are simply too high. I don't have the traffic at CSR that they do, but even so I'd probably be in trouble if all of CSR revolved around this forum. Forums require lots of overhead, because you're executing PHP and MySQL on the server side for every little thing that you do. At CSR, only this forum and the Comic-book spanking DB and the Humorama DB require the server do anything but supply the page code - we've got 1400 pages or something of pure, simple HTML that the visitor's browser can handle easily and which don't cost the web host very much on the server side. AOTK is all bulletin board, so the processing overhead is very high, and is the reason they have their own servers - an expensive proposition.

I'm a VIP donator over there, but I'm simply not in a position to help any more. Anyone who would like to help will find instructions on the AOTK home page. They have a Patreon account these days.

What's up with Chross remains a mystery. I suppose that as he reached 40, life's responsibilities began catching up to him. (When I started CSR I was older than Chross is now in semi-retirement!) Technically his site isn't that complex, but he probably had to spend a lot of hours visiting spanking sites in order to find worthy weekly links. He's still doing some updates, but I can't sign on to his discussion board any more and as we mentioned a while back, all the old attachments seem to have been lost when he converted to phpBB. My guess is that he'll stick around for awhile at his new, reduced posting frequency.

Richard Windsor is a little older than Chross, and he's still around and in fact still researching old photos at his own expense. He doesn't post as frequently as he once did, but I predict he'll be around for some years yet.

I used to communicate with Dave over at Cherry Red every once in a while, but it's like everything else - no time to keep up the correspondence. I don't know what the story is there.

Nik Zula was doing at least one cartoon per week for a long time, and I'm not surprised he couldn't keep up that pace. He must have been the most prolific living spanking cartoonist during that period. I have a few of his cartoons saved up for later posting in the CSR Humor Gallery (where a few are already posted), but since all his stuff is available on his own blog I never made it a priority to reprint them in CSR. He still does a new cartoon every now and then, so we may hope he'll continue at this reduced rate rather than leaving the spanking world altogether.

Having written all this, I see a pattern (with the exception of AOTK, which is purely financial): we're all getting older! And as life makes demands, it becomes harder and harder to commit the kind of time it takes to run a spanking site. Having said that, I'm still not going anywhere until God says so :lol: , and CSR is going to be around for a long, long time yet if I have anything to say about it. (I'd still like to have an apprentice to take over the "family business" when the time comes, but that is a subject for another day). I can't produce the amount of updates I could back in 2010, but I'm still doing one per week (with a lot of help) which is what I started with, and of course we now have our Resident Artists' contributions and those of other readers here on the Forum.
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Re: The Lifespan of Spanking Sites

Postby butch46163@yahoo.com » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:01 pm

YES I Miss the old Chross blog and hope to log in one day! you`re doing a Fantastic job WEB-Ed with CSR finding spanking in comics old and new and searching for great spanking drawings :D :D 8-) Keep up the good work and THANKS!! 8-)

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Re: The Lifespan of Spanking Sites

Postby web-ed » Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:04 pm

I thank you very much, Butch. I'm doing my best, and of course I'm getting a lot of help with the content side these days.
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