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nicola
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:15:17 AM

Rank: Matriarch

Joined: 12/6/2006
Posts: 25,548
Location: The Orgasmatron
For me, it is many things:

a) how social the site has become - the profile areas, comments, feedback on stories etc

b) the number of friendships myself and others have made. How many people have actually met in person, and the fact that a few are even getting married as a result of the site being created

c) the vast number of excellent writers we have attracted in such a short space of time

d) the story categories which are the most popular

e) the number of colourful characters we have in the forums

f) the willingness of people to help others, giving their time freely

How about you?
BrindleChase
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 1:49:59 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 5/12/2010
Posts: 132
Location: www.forlorn-hope.net
So many things come too mind. I'm new here... so take my thoughts with a grain of salt.

Here are the things I noticed about this site that makes it "better" than the competition

1. The Talent. There are some top notch amateurs here that I think should consider going pro!
2. That my anti-virus didn't go ape-shit like it does on most other "sex story" sites. I like that you aren't trying to sneak crap onto my PC (at least none that I can detect. *lol* .. JK)
3. That many of the stories here are more than just porn (ei: penthouse forum letters)
4. The lack of "flaming" (this is most refreshing.)


paranormal • erotic • romance
www.forlorn-hope.net
Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 4:21:33 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
I thought is was bland, but after writing, I love the rate system. And the comments. I love the people, they're amazing. And a rather small audience compared to other sites. No word limit. Live chat, messages, notifications of new messages.

I hate that I can't save stories on here without publishing...I hate the limited amount of genres and how there can only be one. I'd say I don't like the lack of vids, but it's lustSTORIES for a reason.

Overall, better than I originally expected :)
savanna
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:22:14 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 4/10/2010
Posts: 2,337
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

The anonymity of the lush allows people the freedom to more completely share the intimate details of their lives without fear of judgment or rejection found elsewhere. While there are those who use the Internet to create faux selves, overall it's been my experience that most people are sincerely seeking support, encouragement, compassion and friendship in the area of their common need, interests or struggles. Bonds are formed far more deeply and quickly than through any other communication.

The best friends in my life are those I've met on the Lush. These friendships are as real as it gets. They know things about me and aspects of my personality I don't freely reveal to people in my face to face world. Not only did I meet my best friends on Lush.

When I have a crisis, I turn to my Lush friends. When I have something to celebrate I turn to my Lush friends. There are no more real friends anywhere than those on Lush.

I am not suggesting we replace our face to face friends with those on Lush. I'm simply saying that one is as real as another.

There are going to be those Lush friends who we may never get to see in person. However, with web cams, Skype, and other such virtual means of so-called real time visual communication, it allows for our relationships to become more and more real and meaningful.
nicola
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:22:20 AM

Rank: Matriarch

Joined: 12/6/2006
Posts: 25,548
Location: The Orgasmatron
Aaannn wrote:
a rather small audience compared to other sites.


We get 6 million page impressions per month, that's hardly small!

Aaannn wrote:
I hate that I can't save stories on here without publishing


Incorrect, you can "Save draft" in the story submission area.

Aaannn wrote:
...I hate the limited amount of genres and how there can only be one.


There are 30 master story categories, supplemented by story tagging to make it absolutely clear what a story is all about.

Aaannn wrote:
I'd say I don't like the lack of vids, but it's lustSTORIES for a reason.


Actually, it's LUSHstories, but thanks for what I am guessing is a positive user experience.
Algol
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:29:35 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 11/30/2008
Posts: 4,633
Location: In search of a warm place, United States
The number of friends and relationships I've made and some I miss.

The positive feedback and support on my stories.

This doesn't surprise me...

Things I've learned about writing. (WellMadeMale kicked my ass on my first story. crybaby Thanks Jeff!)

Thanks Nicola...


Algol

Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 6:35:32 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
I love that there are so many people here with a good, sane sense of humour, just like mine. Wait! Something cannot be defined in terms of itself, can it? Well, tough luck, there are people here with a form of humour that I can relate to, and those people put up with my sense of humour, so that's good.

I found Lush during a time period when I was working on a project somewhere else on-line, and it was taking a very long time for chapters that needed to be edited and corrected to get to me, so I had some time on my hands to spend looking at different web sites. I was so pleased to find this place, especially the Forum with the folders that allow writers to exchange ideas, ask questions, look for help, etc. Lush provided me with a much needed break and place to relax, but be challenged by some of the people who were posting. Challenged in the sense that they asked questions or had a perspective that was new or unexpected to me.

I found an excellent writing partnership and friendship here with Kyle, and friendships with many other fine people here, too.

I've tried to help out some of the authors here, and when they get back to me with a "thank you", that makes my day.

I have a lot of responsibilies in other areas of my life, both real life and on-line, and Lush is a huge break from those things, even though I'm now a story moderator. The responsibilities that go along with that aren't anywhere near the other things I deal with.

The set-up and site plan here is so straightforward and easy to navigate around. Nicola and Gav work constantly to get members feed-back as to what would make the place better, and they listen and take into consideration those things, and implement many of them really quickly.

The Forum. It's really a meeting place, and there's always something interesting going on.

Then there are the stories and the authors, and there are some wonderful stories, and talented people here. The standards are higher here than some other places I've checked out, and that makes a big difference.

Rembacher
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 8:45:55 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 10/16/2008
Posts: 1,106
I think I've been surprised the most by how much this site has changed while I have been here. I know not all the changes have been liked by all the people. One of my friends experienced a culture shock when she came back here after a long time gone. It is more open, and social now, but the trade off is that the anonymity she felt she had enjoyed before was gone. It wasn't the only reason she left, but it was one of them.

I like the changes. I know Nicola is probably tired of me messaging her asking "what if we did this?" or "have you ever considered doing that?" but that is one of the things that makes this site great. Everyone is accessable, even the people in charge.

The biggest change that I enjoy is the ability to chat with people on the site, either one on one, or in the chat rooms. Before that, it was either trade a hundred private messages a night with someone, or give out your personal email address. The chat is a nice way to balance that. You can chat, but it still remains on the site, rather than into the rest of your life, if you still aren't sure about the person.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 9:12:15 AM

Rank: Purveyor of Poetry & Porn

Joined: 10/19/2009
Posts: 5,791
Location: Right here on Lush Stories..., United States
I think it's the nicest, most well designed, user-friendly erotic story site I have found. What surprises me most is that they still find ways to improve it...


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Dancing_Doll
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 9:46:44 AM

Rank: Alpha Blonde

Joined: 2/17/2010
Posts: 6,296
Location: West Coast
It has been surprising to me that:

* I have been willing to share so many aspects of myself and my life and with online friends, when I still don't feel comfortable sharing them within some of my relationships in real life. The connections I've made here are very real to me... something I never would have guessed would be possible when I first joined.

* That the writing and the stories would draw me in so much. I have always been a "closet-writer". Most people in my real life don't know this and I have never let them read things I have written out of my own nerves at how intimately revealing it is to share something your mind has created. Somehow, it felt safer to do this in an online community even though I was still terrified at posting my first story. Lush has really given me so much more confidence in my writing and has definitely encouraged me to write more. Writing has really been put on the back-burner for me over the last few years, and I'm excited to have 'rediscovered' one of my passions.

* That Lush has given me an opportunity to talk/debate with so many different kinds of people from different walks of life. In my normal life, I tend to limit myself to my own social crowd, and it's been refreshing to get so many different perspectives outside of the little social bubble I live in.

* How much I enjoy leading with my "brain/personality" first. In real life, we are instantly stereotyped based on our looks. Typically people assume that I am the "fun, flakey blonde" that couldn't possibly have anything intelligent or relevant to say. Here, I am able to have a voice (whether people like/respect it or not is another story of course), but at least I show I am not just another blonde, smiling mindlessly, and twirling her hair.

* That I would be up for meeting certain Lushies in real life. I never in a million years, ever thought I'd feel comfortable with this, but I continue to surprise myself!


Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 10:12:24 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
Everything about Lush has been surprising and not what I expected when I ran across the site. My original plan was to write the kind of stories that would earn me a one-way ticket to burn in hell if some of the evangelicals had anything to do with it. Over time, like the slow opening of a flower, Lush revealed itself to be something far more interesting and dynamic.

I love the forum, which for me is the center of the community. The topics range from raunchy to cerebral, there is a good mix. People feel free to express themselves and rarely does it get out of hand, but what in life doesn't from time to time. There is even role-playing sections like the Lush Wine bar where reality and fantasy mix well. (May I have a glass of 1787 Chateau d'Yquem while we discuss the whores of Babylon). If you like getting in trouble icon_smile than you can join the crew at RUMPLATIONS: honky-tonk & cyber bar for tequila shooters. You want to check out the latest music selections by our members, well there is Club Zafia. The forum is full of interesting areas, word games, advice thread, social/political/current events discussions, writer/reader topics of interest, and on and on and on. Clearly, the forum is a vibrant and dynamic area.

The social aspects of Lush are second to none. People have choices, they can relate with each other on the forum, in chat rooms, through PMs and of course with their stories and poems. Speaking of chat rooms, Lush has one on one chat, IM type chat, and being able to create special interest chat rooms. You don't find that variety everywhere.

I never expected to work on a collaboration but working with Gypsy for 3 months writing Catherine, it was incredibly rewarding. I would call it a meaningful relationship. That is the incredible part of the social aspects of Lush, that is people on Lush seek out and develop friendships. Even just as an observer at times I can see strong ties formed between many of the people here. They genuinely like each other. Someday, when I get over my shyness, I will loose my chat room virginity. hello2

Most of all, Nicola is the creative force behind Lush. The site reflects someone who cares.



Magical_felix
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 3:02:39 PM

Rank: Wild at Heart

Joined: 4/3/2010
Posts: 4,908
Location: California
I love how fast stories are posted or rejected. If it gets rejected it's better to get it fast so you can work on it while you are still mentally involved in the story. Some sites take weeks to get back to you.



Jillicious
Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2010 10:59:54 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 10/28/2009
Posts: 1,293
There are a lot of things about Lush that I find surprising.

* The number of page hits a story gets. This doesn't necessarily translate into reads, but I received well over a thousand hits on my first story within the first day. Very surprising to me. Much more than the low numbers on other terrible site I used to publish.

* The chat function is a double edged sword. I've met some nice people I wouldn't mind talking to again. I've also met some really sick or obnoxious people. I don't want to turn it off because of the great people I've met. I just wish people treated the chat function with a bit more respect. Not all of us come here to cyber.

* The amount of people that blindly want to be added to your friends list. Perhaps I'm the odd one out but I don't see a reason for adding everyone to a "friends" list if they really aren't your friends. Or if you haven't connected in some other way, as in the forums or a chat. I did that a bit when I first joined and ended up deleting a few "friends" who turned out to be rather obnoxious. I've also had the same exact conversation with a few people on several occasions.

* Other Lushies are rather understanding of my sometimes terrible writing and brilliant stupidity. Thanks for that.

Thousands of user submitted stories removed from the site. You are nothing without your users or their freely submitted stories.
Remington
Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 7:51:32 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 1/21/2010
Posts: 1,753
I've been surprised by the community feel Lush has provided. I stumbled across Lush just looking for a story to read. I was instantly hooked. I had debated writing a story for about 2 weeks before I joined. I'm glad that I did. Joining Lush has brought out my imagination for others to see without fear of judgment; for that I'm grateful.

I've learned a lot from reading other people's stories. If I had to go back, I'd do it all over again.

Go check out my new story - How Did This Happen? - John's Story

LePhantom99
Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 7:55:11 PM

Rank: Rookie Scribe

Joined: 2/28/2010
Posts: 5
Location: Nevada
I like, that it was difficult to get my first story accepted. It challenged me to become a better writer.

I also enjoy the social aspet of Lush...comsiderin what an olde Phart I am .

Words are the brushes that paint the images on the canvass of our minds.
sassycheergirl
Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:24:05 AM

Rank: Lollipop Girl

Joined: 11/7/2009
Posts: 1,501
Location: a corn field , United States
I never thought when I joined Lush that I would meet so many great people. And I didn't think i would write an erotic story that's for sure. But I'm glad I did and I love getting to know more about people here and having more friends.happy8


*smiles, hugs, and lollipops*



Sassy
LadySharon
Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:31:24 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 10/5/2007
Posts: 2,121
Location: The Tundra, United States
I was surprised at how quickly my stories got posted and the wide range of categories to write in. It challenges me to write better stories for everyone to enjoy. I still have the dream of becoming a successful author, with or without the big publishing houses. At least I know there are people who are willing to read.

The Roommates Trilogy:
Roommates with Benefits
Roommates with Benefits: Snowed In
Roommates with Benefits: The Working Vacation is now available for your reading pleasure

Latest poem, Longing, is out now!

College Sex:



New story now available!
Guest
Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:49:35 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
Just a simple statement. The fact that you don't have to pay for these services..
LusciousLola
Posted: Thursday, June 03, 2010 12:09:34 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 3/5/2010
Posts: 2,877
Location: Island of tranquility
Dancing_Doll wrote:
It has been surprising to me that:

* I have been willing to share so many aspects of myself and my life and with online friends, when I still don't feel comfortable sharing them within some of my relationships in real life. The connections I've made here are very real to me... something I never would have guessed would be possible when I first joined.

* That I would be up for meeting certain Lushies in real life. I never in a million years, ever thought I'd feel comfortable with this, but I continue to surprise myself!


Me too.

DD you tend to put my thoughts into words, far better than I am able to, I might add.
Revolution
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 10:22:55 AM

Rank: Advanced Wordsmith

Joined: 5/6/2010
Posts: 70
Location: Melbourne
The variety of age groups. The other sites I've been to have way too many old, or way too many young (like below 18) writers.

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it you can either run from it...or, learn from it." - Rafiki, The Lion King
Guest
Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:56:03 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
I've only been here for a couple of months, but I love it. What I really like:

1. The simple elegance of the layout. It's well thought-out, attractive, and functional.
2. The amazingly literate community. Although I don't chat and have had few individual exchanges with members, I feel that I would be very comfortable in their company off-line as well as on-line.
3. The pleasant tolerance for a wide variety of tastes. We each have our own 'thing' and obviously don't go for every genre of story, but there is an air of respect for others.

This is a really liberating site. I have never felt that I could write any kind of fiction before joining Lushstories; my professional life involves technical writing. I also never believed that I would share some of the wild fantasies I have. These are things that I don't do and in many cases couldn't (woman-woman sex) but that I love to read about and to share. This is something that I couldn't do in 'real life'.

Thank you so much for all this!
CharlotteRusse1
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 8:53:20 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 1/9/2011
Posts: 202
Location: United States
I have to second that this is a very well designed site.

There's a lot of chaff to go through, but there are some very good writers here.

I can't for the life of me fathom the extent of the interest in "incest" stories (???)

Writer of amateur erotica since 2011..See the latest at:

Dudealicious
Posted: Saturday, May 28, 2011 9:22:25 AM

Rank: Wise Ass

Joined: 11/12/2010
Posts: 5,413
Location: The center of the universe, Canada
It has been said before, however I would like to add in my opinions as well.

* The quality of the moderators (story verifiers) here are second to none, Gypsymoth and Magnificent1Rascal have made me a better writer... I would like to thank-you very much for that.

* The fact that I can open up here, in real life (like others here) I am a little guarded, Lush allows me to open up a little more.

* Easy navigation, you guys have done a tremendous job at making this site very user friendly, Facebook should be taking notes of what you guys are doing (Congrats Nicola and Gav)

* The quality of the writers here, truly top notch!!

* The people here, I never thought that I would come for the stories and stay for the friends...Yes there are some people here you would rather not interact with, but it's the same in real life

Overall great job!!! clapping

The night that changed my life, a four part series of a married man lusting after his co-worker

Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:24:44 AM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
You are very welcome, and thank you!

scooter
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 2:15:58 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 2/24/2010
Posts: 2,689
Location: Ohio
nicola wrote:
For me, it is many things:

a) how social the site has become - the profile areas, comments, feedback on stories etc

b) the number of friendships myself and others have made. How many people have actually met in person, and the fact that a few are even getting married as a result of the site being created

c) the vast number of excellent writers we have attracted in such a short space of time

d) the story categories which are the most popular

e) the number of colourful characters we have in the forums

f) the willingness of people to help others, giving their time freely

How about you?


The dedication that the folks that started all this, and stuck with it,
Keep pluggen away.
Threw thick an thin~~~~~
thesilkyknot
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 2:41:36 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 2/23/2011
Posts: 5,520
It surprises me how people continue to complain, crib, create scenes, get into fights, accuse and abuse the one who is bothering them and yet choose NOT to block the same.dontknow
elenai1230
Posted: Monday, May 30, 2011 6:47:38 PM

Rank: Active Ink Slinger

Joined: 6/17/2010
Posts: 41
Location: United States
I LOVE THIS SITE!! cant get over all the friends ive made, i had an account before this one and for personal reasons i had to leave i told all my friends i had to leave and juts about all of them added me onto my yahoo. i love this site. whenever i would go onto the "usual" porn sites such as redtube and porn hub my computer would die before i could even watch a video. i never thought i would be able to get horny through words but i have and i love how i can post my problems in the forums without being judged.
adeleeve
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:18:09 AM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 4/9/2011
Posts: 114
Location: United Kingdom
Love the site, great stories, fantastic people

Disappointed that there isnt more constructive help, posted 3 stories and all rejected then the links didnt work to try and improve them, very frustrating.

Dislike the people who request to be friends then ignore you
Guest
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:10:15 PM

Rank: Lurker

Joined: 12/1/2006
Posts: 537,411
adeleeve wrote:
Love the site, great stories, fantastic people

Disappointed that there isnt more constructive help, posted 3 stories and all rejected then the links didnt work to try and improve them, very frustrating.

Dislike the people who request to be friends then ignore you


Did you use the Contact button to ask for help with the links? Did you contact any of the mods to ask them about it? Or even ask in these forums for help in editing your story so it's acceptable or meets site guidelines?
1curiouscat
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 8:27:58 PM

Rank: Forum Guru

Joined: 4/25/2011
Posts: 1,144
Location: São Paulo , Brazil
What has surprised me the most is:

- how different the site is from the moment you become a member from when you were a guest.

- the CHARACTERS it has a members.

- how great some of the debates are in the Think thank.




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