You said it, Paul. You said it.
Ten years ago, on March 8, 2007, was my first shoot. I've got stories to tell about that, but first, let me tell you about today's update, Episode,556. Most of the footage from that first shoot was never published, because I was dissatisfied with the quality. As soon as I saw the footage, I immediately went out and bought a set of lights and a tripod. Also, I talked a lot during the games, commenting, and I was kind of embarrassed to hear my own voice. I thought I sounded pretty dorky, which of course I am but that doesn't mean I like hearing it.
But a lot of people over the years have asked to see more of Ashton and Mia, those two very first players. And after looking at (and listening to) the footage again, it's not that bad, even with my dorky commentary. And it seemed very appropriate to finally publish it on its tenth anniversary.
It's still ten years late, though. So by way of apology, and as a thank you to LostBets.com's most loyal fans: if you purchased a clip during 2008, you get a free copy of Episode 556. If you purchased a clip in 2007, you get a free copy of Episode 556 and any other episode of your choice. Just email a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. and, if you're one of the really old-timers from 2007, which bonus clip you'd like. I sure hope you're using a service like Gmail that'll save your email forever.
Okay, now that that's out of the way, let's get all mushy and shit.
Ten years. Ten motherfucking years. I've been doing LostBets.com longer than I've lived at any one address, longer than I've worked for any one employer, longer than I've been with any one girl, longer than I've done pretty much anything other than breathing and metabolizing. I've grown old doing this. (I was in my mid-thirties when I started, so do the math.) I never would have believed it. I still don't believe it. It still feels fantastic, unreal. Dreamlike, even. At this point, I've done over 120 shoots featuring over 300 players, losing their clothes playing over 120 different games. Those shoots have generated about 23TiB of data and resulted in over 560 published episodes with a runtime of over 8 days and 18 hours. And none of those numbers include B-Sides or POVs. Un-fucking-believable.
During the last decade, I've tried many times to express how thankful I am to all of you, but this is a special occasion so I'm going to try it again. To all of you. To everyone who's ever bought a clip or subscribed to the membership site. To everyone who reads this blog and to everyone who posts on it. To the many, many people who've contributed great ideas for games, forfeits, and players. To all of you: you have no idea how deeply grateful I am. How lucky I feel to be able to do what I do, and how much I appreciate you who make it possible.
It's a rare privilege to be able to make creative content that a lot of people like. It's even rarer to be able to make content that a lot of people are willing to pay for. You find my content worth spending your hard-earned money on, even in the sea of free pornography out there. That's incredibly humbling, and I'm not a humble man by nature. Every clip purchased and every subscription bought is a big compliment, and I've gotten thousands of compliments from all over the world.
I haven't always been as diligent as I ought to be, especially when it comes to blog comments and emails, especially in the last couple of years. That stops now. I've also been slacking on publishing POVs. That stops today too with the publication of P147 as Leilani risks her clothes with all her coworkers watching.
An finally, here's a little bit of history: the ad I placed on Craigslist that attracted Ashton and Mia.
Play strip poker, get paid!