Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Member Pics file updated!

The Photos zip file on the member download page has been completely revamped, with everything moved into labelled folders, thumbnails and duplicate items deleted, and missing photos added. It took several hours to do it all, but I think the effort was worth it for my supporting fans!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Website update ~ All Members Only shoots added +Regular galleries updated

The aforementioned (last post) guest sets and my shoot with Fireseeker have been added to both the regular gallery and the members only section, as well as one more small "webshoot" in the regular gallery.

There are still four sets (2 very short ones from Paradise, one Short one from another campout, and one pretty good sized one with lots of pics from just last week) that I'll be adding in the next couple/few days.

The Member's Only photo download file has has all new photos added, though some of them may still need a bit of editing/updating to be perfect.

Speaking of the DL files, I will also be reorganising the zip files, putting all the sets into separate folders, deleting the thumbnails, and just generally making the whole thing easier for members to navigate, rather than just a huge "mixed bag".
I'll post here when that is done. Look for it within the next week or so. Maybe less, if I can get to it, but definitely soon.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Website updates, Forum, New pics, Paradise, Hookah!

Lots of new stuff to report!

I'm currently in the process of doing some very overdue updating on the Smokey Kisses website...

There are LOTS of new photo sets going up, including a few guest sets. Priority goes to the Members Only area, as always.
Most of the new members only sets are up for viewing. I'm going to try to finish them this morning.
I might not get to the regular gallery updates until tonight or tomorrow. Being a member has its benefits.

Many of the new photos are already added to the member download page. It's just added to the zip file, so Members,  if you haven't updated that file lately, come on over and re-download it so you can get all the latest photos! Or, if you like, wait a few days for the update confirming ALL new photos added. Either way, don't forget to get your goodies. ;)

Technically more related to the website thing, but wanted to list some of what is in the queue.
* Paradise pics, including photos of me playing with the lovely slave boy who served me for most of the week,  and photos from the Steampunk night. I have a couple group photos from other themed  nights too, which will probably go in the sightings section of the forum once I get consent from all in the photos to do so.
* Five guest sets and one very large set with me, all featuring the extreme smoke slut, Fireseeker, who has a very hard core cigar fetish. The guest sets feature him with Mistress Tazha and Lady SnapDragon.
* A few short sets that I took of myself with my Android as I smoked.

The forum is live!! Come check it out!
There are still some little bugs to work out, and the look and feel may be changing more, but it is now fully functional and ready to go.
If you don't see the section(s) you'd like to see, post it in the suggestion box. If I like your idea, I will make it so. Members: Be sure to send me a message when you join the forum, so I can give you access to the members only section there!

I just got myself a little starter hookah the other day, and I love it! I recorded my test run of it on my cam chat page. It is there under the "videos" tab of the chat window/applet.
I'm interested in whether that is something my fans would like to see more of, so go vote and/or post in the forum thread on that subject!

That's about it for now. Stay tuned for further updates, and keep checking the gallery, as things will be continuing to be added.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

New cam-cast ~ DON LUIS Secretos del Maestro review, and other thoughts

I just enjoyed a DON LUIS Secretos del Maestro robusto on cam. The recording is in the video library on my cam page, for those who missed the real time showing.
Warning, the sound is REALLY loud for the first half or so and the vid quality could be a lot better. 
The lighting (that is the visible lighting, not the lighting of the cigar! LOL) leaves much to be desired, though it is  perfectly visible. I adjusted the sound and vid quality settings about halfway through. I forgot to check them at first cause the whole thing was kind of spur of the moment and unplanned. It was already almost full dark outside when I started. 

The Review:  
This smoke was one of a box of 5 sent to me by my dear smoke slut, Stef, and it was pretty tasty. 
the construction was solid. Nice dark and smooth wrapper with no flaws to speak of. It lit easily and evenly and required NO touch ups at all.. a rarity to be sure. The flavour was fairly straightforward, smooth and spicy, but not all that complex. This isn't a bad thing. Not my usual fare, but definitely nice for a fairly short (about an hour) smoke. The ash was firm and dark - none fell on me whilst smoking, which is also a bit of a rarity, especially for me, as I tend to try and keep a good ash going for a cooler smoke. The draw was close to perfect, and there was LOTS of luxurious, creamy smoke. All in all, I think I'll give it a 6 out of 10. It didn't hit a lot of my favourites in terms of tastes that I like, or it would be higher, so don't take my rating as a reason not to try one! They are really well made and smoke very well, and we all know flavour is such a subjective thing. 

On to some other thoughts...

As mentioned in my ramblings during the webcast, I have decided to add a forum to the Smokey Kisses Website. This will be a full featured forum, with different areas (eventually) and a member sign in. It will be viewable by all, but I will probably require creating a free account and signing in to post, and I will definitely include a members only area for my donating fans, which will feature such things as ongoing fantasy stories, to which members can contribute, members only auctions and offers for things like signed prints of my smoking photos, cigar shorts, personal garments, and other special items, and whatever else I come up with for my most devoted fans. Suggestions will be MORE than welcome, and fans who come up with great ideas that I decide to implement will be duly rewarded. 
Some of the public areas I've already thought of will be a Q&A, where you can ask me questions about whatever you like (though especially intimate Q&A will be for members only), a review section for everyone to post reviews, not just of cigars, but accessories and pairings as well, how-to (making your own humidors, calibrating hygrometers, different lighting/cutting methods, flavouring, ageing, curing, you name it), a links section, of course, and a "sightings" section, where you can post smoking photos of yourself or others (inspired by Famous Smoke's "Sightings" section in their Cigar Advisor newsletter). I'm sure I'll think of more, but first I need to get the thing created in the first place. 

I'm actually going to go and get started on the creation of the forum right now, so stay tuned for updates and a link when it's ready to go live!