Seeing as it’s the start of a brand new year, we thought it’d be a good opportunity to take stock of some of our sex blog highlights from last year, and round up some of the good stuff that we’re hoping to carry on with in 2019. Guest blogs, sex toy reviews, masturbation tips and more – here are some of our sex blog highlights from the last year!
Sex guest blogs from 2018
This year we’ve been incredibly privileged to be able to host guest blogs from a range of different writers – you can see more of them in our New Year twitter thread #2018Guests. But for now here are three to whet your appetite:
Naturally, as a sex toy manufacturer, we get a little frustrated with the idea that there’s a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to have sex. We know that everyone’s body works differently, and just as we all use different apps on our smartphones to help us manage our lives, so we also use different toys and techniques in the bedroom to get the pleasure that we want. This guest blog, by James Mycroft, highlights the ways in which tech (including sex toys) can enhance our bodies and our lives.
One of the most popular guest blogs on Twitter was this fantastic piece by @JaneJett, in which she discusses the connections between BDSM and tantra.
“In my world, both Kink and Tantra are amazing teachers and ways to discover yourself in a deep, profound way – and to find ecstasy. Both are about being in the moment with all that is present. Both are about surrendering to feelings.”
As part of our #SexNotStigma mission, we’re very keen to tackle the myth that sex ends at a certain age. And because of that we love Joan Price’s work. Joan is an advocate and educator specialising in ageless sexuality – reviewing toys that are accessible to older users, giving sex education and advice to older people, and educating the world about the fact that sex doesn’t have an expiry date. In this guest blog, she gives her top tips for enjoying your sexuality in later life.
Sex blog highlights – from the Hot Octopuss team
What exactly is the perineum, and why is it so damn sensitive? For many people, perineum stimulation is the means by which they achieve deeper, more intense orgasms. In this blog post from February 2018, we broke down all the most important info you need to know about perineum stimulation: what the perineum is, how to include stimulation in your sexual play, and which sex toys can help you achieve an incredible perineum massage.
Predicting the future is impossible, but we think we managed to do fairly well in listing out the sex trends that we thought would be hot in 2018. We’ve seen more focus on consent and empowerment – particularly in mainstream articles about sex. There have also been many more voices clamouring for better sex education – not just education for young people but for adults too. And websites like O.School have been bringing sex ed to a wider adult audience.
We weren’t surprised to learn that this was one of the most popular blog posts on our site in 2018 – people always enjoy reading about new masturbation tips! Any why not? Masturbation is fun, free and good for you, so if you’re making any sex resolutions for 2019, you could do a lot worse than resolving to check out all the masturbation tips on our site, and trying out a few of the ones that take your fancy!
April Lampert isn’t just our fantastic Head of Sales, she’s also an incredible sex blogger and podcaster – read her blog here and check out her podcast Shameless Sex! In 2018 she documented her journey through butt play – having never had anal sex, she wanted to challenge herself to try it out. And along the way she picked up anal play tips and insights to share with all of you! Click the link in the title to see how she got on.
Elsewhere, James Mycroft – a regular guest blogger here and writer of the tech sex article mentioned above – wrote a beautiful piece about the delights of having vibrators used on his penis. Part BDSM-erotica, with hints of a how-to guide, James’s guest blog was hosted over at Girl on the Net’s blog.
Sex toy reviews we loved
We always enjoy hearing what you thought of our toys – especially those reviews that include top tips on how to use them, or comparisons that make us laugh!
- At the start of 2018, CandySnatch made us giggle by explaining masturbation with a Pocket PULSE as ‘kind of like a supercharged wank’ which is an excellent way of putting it!
- Violet Fenn enlisted the help of a glamorous assistant to try out our ATOM PLUS cock ring, and the subsequent review managed to draw on comparisons with weasels and battery-charged frogs to make us all laugh (and he enjoyed the toy as well!).
- Cara Sutra reviewed both the ATOM and the ATOM PLUS cock rings, and included an excellent tip you might like to try yourself – turning the ring over so you can experience the powerful vibrations the other way round as well.
What’s happening with Hot Octopuss in 2019?
In between discussing our sex blog highlights, things have been getting pretty exciting here at Hot Octopuss HQ – the last couple of team meetings we’ve had have involved a lot of showing of prototypes and ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’, because we’re going to have some brand new sex toys for you in 2019! Our lips are sealed for the moment, but we are allowed to give you hints, so feel free to speculate wildly from the following information:
- Coming very soon – a sex toy which uses dual vibes, working in tandem, to create a uniquely rumbly sensation that will resonate right through you.
- Coming a little later – a portable, powerful vibrator that combines beautiful design with our signature powerful, intense sensations.
On top of our new toy launches, we’ve also got big plans for this blog in 2019 – we’ve already discussed our goal of reaching more customers with disabilities, to get feedback on our toys and make sexual pleasure more accessible. Our sex blog highlights for next year will hopefully involve lots more fantastic guest blog writers talking the topic of sex and disability! On top of this, we’ll also be doing lots more ‘Review of the month’ posts – click the link to find out how you can get involved and win £50 Amazon vouchers!
If all that has piqued your curiosity, don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter so you can be the first to know about new product launches, as well as get the latest Hot Octopuss sex blog highlights directly to your inbox, of course!
We know 2019 is going to be an excellent year, and we look forward to sharing it with you!