The State of the SMUT – 2019 in Review

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Wow!  We’ve been looking back on things now that 2019 is drawing to a close, and this time last year we really couldn’t have dreamed things would be where they are today. The last 12 months have seen incredible growth for us in every aspect of what we do, and we wanted to share a progress report here to let you all celebrate with us:

  • This website, SMUTProject.com, has seen an amazing response, and traffic has been way, way up over the last six months!  We gave the whole thing a redesign and added category pages along with our fine art and vintage photography galleries, and we’re very pleased to see so many people engaging with what we have to offer!
  • SMUT Project Press has had a banner year, bringing out 6 new erotic short stories, 3 essays, and a section of guides, and we’re very much looking forward to adding to all of these categories in the coming year.  The big development though, was releasing not one but TWO eBooks of our short story collections in the last few weeks, and the response to both of these has been spectacular.  Our short story Exposure Therapy was also featured on Bellesa!
  • We launched the Sex Club Podcast, featuring Lady Z and Mr. Yours Truly, a down to earth space for real kinky people in a real kinky relationship to talk real kinky stuff, and while time hasn’t allowed for us to cut as many episodes as we’d like we’ve been very pleased by the response!
  • SMUT Project Studios launched with the creation of its galleries of still photography and original designs from our contributors, and our very own Lady Z participated in the 2019 Erotic Art Exhibition in London!
  • SMUT Erotic Books came offline for the very first time and did 4 in person pop-ups with our table full of sexybooks!  We’ve been able to make so many wonderful connections with both individuals and organizations in our community, and we’ve done what we could to facilitate thoughtfulness and curiosity about sex.
  • AND we saw big growth in both our presence and following on social media, gaining tons of new followers on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, and FetLife!

And, after much deliberation and after landing on the idea that the biggest and most important aspiration we have as an organization is to provide authentic resources for people like us, we decided to take down our paywall and make everything here on SMUTProject.com absolutely free.

But there’s more!  We’ve also developed a real name for ourselves within the larger kink and fetish community, and we’ve become established as a voice for what we like, appreciate, and believe in.  We’ve made connections with our readers, our viewers, and our customers, as well as with people who share and are excited about our vision.  That has easily been the most gratifying and important part about all of this, and we’re looking forward to more of that soon.

We’re so pleased by how much the project has developed, and in 2020 we’re looking to grow even more! Development is ongoing for some of our most exciting projects, and we’re focused on the future going forward.  Our big goals for next year:

  • Maintain and continue all of the growth above
  • Bring at least two of our longer form erotica works to publication
  • Produce a print run for our short story collections
  • Develop more guides and nonfiction work
  • Produce (at least) monthly episodes for the podcast
  • Develop and produce (at least) one piece of documentary video content
  • Participate in and attend more art shows and festivals
  • Bring more contributors into the project, especially in our visual arts department
  • Change up our merchandise game to make our t-shirts, postcards, prints, and stickers more readily available, with higher quality, at better prices
  • Explore the potential for a brick and mortar bookshop

We’re ready and willing to do all this and more, and we hope you look forward to the next year of SMUT like we do!

If SMUT has been important to you this year, if you’ve loved something we’ve put out or been glad to see us out in the world, or if you’re as excited as we are about where the next year will take us, please consider supporting us with a monetary contribution, whether by buying an eBook, contributing (in any amount) to our year-end fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, or becoming a supporting patron on our newly revamped, pay-what-you-want Patreon.

Every dollar will make a difference, and every contribution is sincerely appreciated.

We so appreciate everyone who follows us and engages with our content, and your support is what makes all of this more than just a labor of love.

Thank you all for everything, and here’s to another year of SMUT!

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