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Posts about the Anal Only Lifestyle blog and community itself, rather than the concept of anal only.


In the Absence of Tumblr

Tumblr as a platform for this community has now been absent over half a year, and that absence is still very heavily felt. While other platforms like bdsmlr have popped up to attempt to replace it, so far very little has actually done so from what I’ve found so far. Bdsmlr replicates many of the functions but has many ongoing bugs even still, including the biggest one for me where captions I reblog are frequently absent from the posts, so people viewing my blog there just see images and none of the text caption content that has always set my blogs apart from others. Until that gets resolved, I’m no longer going to expend any effort on Bdsmlr.

So, I’m asking the community: where are you spending your time lately, what platforms have you found that replicate the functionality and community of Tumblr the best so far? Features that I need include: multiple blog support, tagging posts and searching the entire platform for those tags, reblogging (with the original caption(s) still attached), queuing, and drafting posts, and probably some other things as well. I’m interested in resuming my original Tumblr blogs at some point, and I’d really like to get them back on a platform that works as well as Tumblr did before their downfall.

Update 8/4: It appears that I’ve been able to get Bdsmlr working correctly again, so will resume posting there for the time being.

Announcing a Patreon Page for the Anal Only Lifestyle

As this community and the lifestyle that surrounds it grows, I’ve gradually been spending more of my time and money on it. It’s not a lot of money, just enough for hosting costs at this time, but it can add up. I do spend an extensive amount of time, however.

When Tumblr was active, I was creating content for multiple blogs to post between 1 and 6 times a day, some of them uninterrupted for years. The forum and Discord server require monitoring and moderation for spam, rule violations, and other abusive behavior to ensure that they remain welcoming spaces for all their members.

And with this blog, in addition to the recent several-week-long migration of all its content off Tumblr to its new home, I’ve tried to always keep to as frequent a posting schedule as possible, given my time and the availability of content. This requires writing original posts and articles, looking for relevant articles, discussions and quotes online, and answering reader questions as they are submitted. I’ve also created a guide to anal sex and the anal only lifestyle which we launched earlier this year and has continued to expand over time, with answers to many of the most frequently asked questions received.

Because of that, I’m happy to announce that I’ve created a Patreon page for the Anal Only Lifestyle community. The blog, forum and Discord will continue to be publicly and freely accessible to everyone as they always have been, but if you’d like to support their continued hosting and development by becoming a patron, you’re more than welcome to do so and can receive special roles on the forum and Discord that identify you as a supporter, as well as a few other special perks for contributing members.

Outside of this community, I work as an independent contractor on a variety of projects, so the more income I’m able to earn from running this community, the more time I’ll be able to spend on it going forward and treat it like a part-time job rather than just a hobby when I have the time. I have lots of ideas for new content, products, and resources I’d like to develop if I have the time to do so, and I’d love to discuss those ideas with readers and future patrons as well.

Become a Patron at the Anal Only Lifestyle Patreon Page

 

Post Frequency Reducing

Due to decreased availability over the summer and combined with less reader interaction and posts/articles to share, this blog is going to shift to a lower frequency of posting.

For the time being we’ll be posting on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and adjusting further if that schedule is also difficult to maintain. If available time and content picks back up again, we may resume a more frequent schedule.

Thank you for your continued readership.

Your Help Needed!

Since we moved off Tumblr in late 2018, this blog has remained active with daily posts, and we haven’t missed a day since then. It can be hard to keep up with enough content over an extended period of time, however, to maintain that daily posting schedule!

Your help is needed to share interesting and relevant articles, posts, discussions, etc. that you come across online, as well as submit your own stories, questions, comments, thoughts, and guest articles. Just visit our Ask page to do so!

Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Don’t Forget to Check Out Our Anal Sex Guide

It’s now been several months since we first launched our Guide to the Anal Only Lifestyle & Anal Sex Advice page, and we’ve been busy adding and updating it in the time since it first went online.

If you haven’t seen it yet and are looking for information on how to enjoy anal sex or how or why you might want to go anal only, or what your next steps might be as an anal only person, be sure to check it out. If you looked it over when it first launched, check back and see what’s new.

As always, if you have any suggestions for content to add or update, be sure to let us know.

2018 Anal Only Lifestyle Roundup

Read our previous roundup for 2017 here.

2018 was a big year for the Anal Only Lifestyle community, with some major changes—some positive, some negative, but all helping it evolve and move further into the future.

Our Tumblr blogs nearly reached 150,000 followers for the most active blog, and collectively had well over 200,000 followers. The number of other anal only blogs continued to grow this year as well, and discussion of and interest in anal only remained quite active.

However, just this past month Tumblr announced it was banning all adult content as of December 17, 2018, and that was the end of that. A platform perfectly suited to growing interest in the anal only lifestyle was suddenly gone. Fortunately, our community was designed from the start with the possibility of this happening, and we were already spread across multiple platforms with our Forum and Discord server, as well as this blog being set up on its own domain despite still pointing to Tumblr. We quickly archived all our blog content and set out to migrate this blog off Tumblr, manually moving over 1,800 posts from this and its counterpart blogs into a new self-hosted format that gives us far more control and independence from future platform censorship.

Our forum had slow growth and little activity for much of the year, suffering from changes to Google ranking that kept it largely hidden from relevant search queries. Tumblr’s changes last year to the public visibility and search engine indexing of adult oriented blogs made quite an impact as well, causing many of the internet’s links to the forum to disappear from Google’s view. Now, at the end of the year, however, it appears this is finally changing thanks to the new blog and its wealth of high quality links to the forum reappearing to search engines. Both the blog and forum now appear on the front page of many queries, and visitation and membership have grown significantly.

Also helping membership on the forum and Discord server is the Tumblr shutdown, which has sent readership to countless blogs scattering across multiple platforms, and it’s no different for us. After posting about the imminent demise of Tumblr, the forum grew by over 800 members and passed 2,000 members last week, while the Discord server has nearly 2,000 new members.

In other news, we had two successful anal only challenge months this year, debuting Anal Only April for the first time—which was quite the success!—and celebrating the sixth annual No Pussy November. You can read about both in our archive (another new addition!) and perhaps get inspired to participate yourself this next year if you didn’t previously.

We just launched a new section of this blog, the Anal Sex Advice & Guide to the Anal Only Lifestyle page, which strives to answer many of the common questions people have about anal sex and going anal only. The process of migrating posts from the old blog to this one made it obvious just how many times some of the same questions were asked and answered over the years, and consolidating that information into a single resource that can be edited, updated, and expanded over time for all to see and benefit from seemed like an obvious step forward. Feel free to suggest any topics you’d like to see added, and keep checking back for updates to this section.

Some will no doubt be wondering what’s next for the companion porn blogs that accompanied this blog on Tumblr. At this time, there are no particular plans as there simply aren’t any suitable platforms to move forward with in the same way as on Tumblr, but we’re watching the various options out there and experimenting with them as they become available and continue to improve. When and if a decision is made to resume posting in that format, an announcement will be made on this blog, and you can also check in on our Anal Only Porn Blogs page where the various popular Tumblr blogs are tracked to see where they migrate to.

Now, it’s your turn. How was your year, both in a general sense, and as it relates to the anal only lifestyle? What’s next for you, and what do you hope to achieve? And, what would you like to see next with the Anal Only Lifestyle blog and greater community? Share all your ideas and suggestions, and we’ll work towards achieving them.

Stay anal only, and stay tuned. We’ve got a lot of exciting new things planned for 2019.

Announcing the new Guide to the Anal Only Lifestyle

Merry Christmas! For years, we’ve been answering questions about anal sex and the anal only lifestyle and giving advice to countless people through this blog, and that’s never going to change! But, while manually migrating nearly 1,900 posts off Tumblr to the new version of this blog, it became clear that many of the same questions got answered over and over again over the years.

To prevent redundant posts going forward, we’re happy to announce a new section on this blog, accessible via the Guide link in the menu at the top of each page, Anal Sex Advice & Guide to the Anal Only Lifestyle. Broken into a number of key topics, this page attempts to answer in detail most of the frequently asked questions about anal training, myths about anal sex, hygiene and enemas, types of lubricant, butt plug and dildo recommendations, how to have anal sex for the first time, how to have anal orgasms, how to go anal only and why one might want to do so, dating and finding new partners for an anal only relationship, and more.

More topics will be added in time, and more details will be added to pages as relevant additions come up or are recommended. If you see anything missing or that you believe is incorrect or should be amended, please feel free to send a message or leave a comment on this post and let us know.

Milestone: 2,000 Members on the Anal Only Lifestyle Forum

Since we first launched the Anal Only Lifestyle forum way back in 2013, only a few months after this blog first launched, we’ve experienced slow but steady growth. Now, just in time to wrap up 2018, we’ve reached 2,000 members, and are approaching 10,000 posts. If you haven’t already, why don’t you stop by and join yourself, or if you’re already a member, add your perspective to some of the many discussions ongoing.

At the same time, our Anal Only Lifestyle Discord server, which serves a similar role as the forum but for realtime chat rather than longer form posts over longer periods of time, recently passed 2,500 members, though we average around 150 online at a time. Come and say hi, introduce yourself and join in the conversations here as well.

Thanks to everyone who’s joined in this wonderful, intelligent, friendly, respectful and inspirational community and helped to make it what it is! As we head into 2019, we hope to keep growing and improving. What would you like to see us focus on?

Message: Where Is The Anal Only Lifestyle Going Post-Tumblr?

Where did u migrate to?

As noted in our posts on Tumblr and our Welcome post for the new version of this blog, this blog has migrated to this location off of Tumblr, where it will continue as it always has. Our Forum and Discord server also continue to be active. Our affiliated porn blogs that existed on Tumblr for the last 5 years currently have no suitable new home, and we are not moving them anywhere at this time but are continuing to watch the platforms that are popping up to see what might ultimately be appropriate for them.

We have an Anal Only Porn Blogs page here that is tracking where the various blogs end up. Many of them are in the same boat, waiting it out at the moment to see which platforms end up most popular and feature-friendly for our style of blogging. Keep checking back on that page to see where your favorite blogs end up.

Welcome to the new Anal Only Lifestyle Blog

We’ve now officially moved off Tumblr and will be continuing this blog here. The blog’s appearance will no doubt continue to evolve as time goes on, but for now we have all our content archived and are able to continue posting without Tumblr’s new adult content restrictions affecting us.

You can search the entire archive, browse by category (instead of tags), and continue to ask questions/submit stories, which we will answer and post as we have always done. We don’t currently have a private messaging option available, but you can do this via our Forum or Discord server if so desired.

We’ve also created a page tracking where the various Tumblr Anal Only porn blogs are moving to over time. If you run such a blog and it’s not listed, let us know, and also please let us know if you have moved one of the blogs listed to a new platform so we can help others find you.

If you notice any issues, broken features, broken links, or anything else, feel free to let us know.