Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ringside Hits—No, It Snap-Suplexes—Its First Anniversary

 One year ago today I started Ringside at Skull Island with a YouTube video of King Kong beating the shit out of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.  The idea was that Ringside would be a spinoff to my other blog, Kubla Kong, which I had started in 2007, shortly after buying the MacBook I’m typing on right now.

I never expected a readership, and I was surprised that a blog devoted to my private kinks would surpass the “general interest” blog on politics, film reviews, and the ups and downs of everyday life with my dog.  According to Google Analytics, this blog pulls in 4,300 visitors a month, undulating between 120 and 280 hits per day, while the other one draws 583 a month—not record-breaking, but better than I had anticipated.

I guess I underestimated the number of people who get a chubby over a good fight—or at least find it more interesting than my dog or my views on Obama. 

But it turns out that there are a few more people like me than I had imagined.  One reader, Tom, who wrote me an encouraging message over the weekend, said to me, “Follow your kinks …. I think we share similar interests.”

For the past twelve months, I have followed pretty much my own “bliss,” as Joseph Campbell would say—finding or creating postings that match the mood I’m in and reflect my peculiar kinks—not really catering to any audience other than my twisted desires and dark obsessions.

I have posted 350 entries on this blog, almost one a day, on average.  The majority of my visitors are right here where I live, North Carolina, a fact I'm proud of.  Close second, third, and fourth are California, New York, and Washington, respectively.  In fact, Ringside has reached 46 US states, plus the District of Columbia.  The only guys I can't (yet) get on the mat are in Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Outside the USA, Ringside reaches 74 nations, most prominently the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Japan.  In Chile, Thailand, Poland, Mexico, Israel, Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Algeria, the Cook Islands, Micronesia, and Angola, you can find kinky readers of this blog.  London is the city with the most Ringside visitors, beating out even my adoptive home town of Durham, followed by Seattle, Chicago, San Antonio, and New York.

Today, celebrating this anniversary on a budget of a Roadrunner bill and spit in my palm, I’ve decided to present my ten favorite photographs posted on this blog in the past 365 days.  I didn’t take any of these pictures, and I’m not in any of them, so nobody has to pretend to admire my artistry here.  But, for what it’s worth, these pictures, without nudity or cum shots, porn me up in ways that actual porn seldom does.




  1. Happy anniversary! Love your posts, and these pics are certainly some of the cream of the crop. Thanks for what you share!

  2. In my mind the internet was created for the exploration of sexual proclivities, so I am not surprised by the popularity of your wrestling blog. I am a frequent visitor and may be solely responsible for the City of San Antonio’s participation percentage being so high, though I prefer to think there are many like minded individuals in my midst.

    I reviewed your top 10 picks and though I consider myself to be an idiot savant of sorts when it comes to indy pro wrestling, I can generally place the face or the promotion due to some feature I will see in the pic, I cannot identify pic # 2, as I have titled it “fit boys in trunks on a red mat” any details confirming the participants would be appreciated, and while I’m asking questions…a top 10 and no Stoney Hooker?

    Keep posting and I’ll keep reading

  3. Thank you, Bard, and Thanks, Topher. Your kind words mean a lot to me.

    Bard, as I've told you before I'm a huge fan of your blog, neverland, too.

    I can't help you with #2, Topher. The original post last October (titled "Whuh?") was my original cry for help in identifying the two flexible dudes on the red mat. If somebody knows, please tell us!

    Now you make me ashamed of myself for leaving Stoney off the list. Ultimately, I decided to go with shots that showed holds or action--and my favorite Stoney Hooker pictures have been (so far) of him solo.

  4. Brad from Minneapolis(cadwrestl@yahoo.com)October 13, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Joe, you have chosen the right strategy: post what turns you on. Frankly, it turns me on to see what really turns another dude on in his erotic wrestling interests. Sometimes your favorite turn-ons match mine, sometimes they don't, but I'm always up for discovering a great wine, and I'm always up for discovering a great muscle jobber in speedos. Lead on, Joe, lead on...



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