Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My Trademark



When I first started this blog, as Posy Churchgate, very much anonymous I hadn’t thought of having a trademark at all …. If anything I thought my trademark might be the fact that I wrote erotica and reviewed other erotic writing, because I’d noticed that the majority of sex blogs I read were populated with sex toy reviews. 

Even though I didn’t plan to share any images of me, I needed something against my profile so from Pinterest I found a sexy one of just legs, which looked quite a lot like my legs, which I used. (Kapow!  Bubble popped for anyone who thought it was me with fishnet-clad legs!)  As things moved along I needed further images, so I cropped a real picture of me, showing my legs & feet. I thought I’d chosen legs as my trademark  ‘thing’.

My name is formed from a silly game some friends and I played years ago, how to create your “Pornstar” name.  You choose your first pet for the first name and for the surname you chose something from your first address.  I thought Posy Churchgate had a ring to it so I stored it away for the future!

After blogging for about 9 months, and trying to bring my following over from Literotica to Pillow Talk, I was persuaded to join Twitter.  My readership growth and my enjoyment in the act of blogging has grown hugely since I did!  I am quite a feedback junkie, so I loved to see when people ‘like’ ❤ or re-tweet what I've shared.  Every time I posted something new anyone who followed me would see me ‘tweet’ about it (previously I sent an email out to anyone who I knew read my blog - painful and limited hey?)  I built up the number of people I followed gradually, making sure I liked what they shared or had something in common with them.  Basically I treated Twitter like a cocktail party, sometimes watching conversations, often following links, often ‘Liking’ or commenting and sometimes introducing 1 blogger to another’s content.

Not long after joining Twitter I noticed people were talking about the importance of ‘Sharing our Shit’.  Apparently bloggers were being being shut down  and silenced in various ways and it was important that we cross-pollinated blogging links and content amongst ourselves, like an underground rebellion.  I’d only just discovered this sex blogging community but already I felt very strongly that this was my ‘team’ - my elected family.  I was keen to help  but I only had a very small voice, what should I do?  

I soon had the idea of creating an interview as a post.  I'd get a  blogger I followed to answer some questions so that I knew more about what made them tick, and then share that interview so that others were privy to the same insight as me.  I asked a couple of my blogging friends if they thought it was a good idea, they did, so I pushed my luck further and they became my first interviewees!   

The questions I created are selfishly what I want to know - when I read someone’s erotica I like to know what their sexuality is, and have they tried others before settling here?  When I ask about the toys and dressing up I get a better idea of what makes them tick, the same for the fantasy sex partner question.  Other questions, about films and blogs they recommend is further sharing, which my readers  and I can investigate later, as I usually include links.  I noticed after I’d been doing this a while that Cara Sutra (who curates a fantastic site which is a great help to those of us wishing to hone our skills) also ran an interview feature, but apparently hers featured a while back and most people are happy to share again, even if they were asked before!  I keep my questions the same, that way I can ‘compare apples with apples’ (as a friend of mine says).

Nowadays I feel it is my ‘duty’ to share an interview and some blogging links every Saturday on the #SoSS meme, and people tell me they look forward to the interview feature!  May Moore, who is a firm friend and very supportive, tells me it is my ‘Trademark’ - which of course is the topic of this piece.  It goes to show that with a trademark (or a nickname or gimmick) you can try to steer your audience’s perceptions in the direction you want, but they can’t be forced. 



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8 comments:

  1. Great post Posy - interesting to read how you have grown and developed your blog. I like the way you use twitter too. I always come over and read your trademark interview on a saturday. Its fun to find out more about other bloggers. ;-) x

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  2. I have always wondered where the name 'Posy Churchgate' came from. I like it!

    Rebel xox

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  3. Very enjoyable read Posy! I loved finding out about the genesis of your name, and that of your trademark interview. I can still remember being excited and delighted when you asked to interview me. Its wonderful that you are so dedicated to #SoSS, I confess I've slipped on this over the last little while (along with my blogging - sigh). Thanks for sharing, as always.
    Indie xx

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  4. It is cool how we have the freedom to craft an image online...from our name to our visuals, to our signature moves and themes. This was an interesting history, Posy. I love how you created your name.

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  5. I love how you treat Twitter. When I first joined, I was indiscriminate about who I followed back, but now I treat it much the same way. And, for the record, I'm so glad you joined the "team." :-D

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  6. I have always liked your name, Posy always reminds me of one of the books I loved as a child

    Molly

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  7. I’m not sure if my comment went through, but I’ll say again that your blogger interview is a brilliant idea and I enjoy reading it each week

    CT

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