Wasteland.com Nominated for Best Niche Website

CYBERSPACE—In the beginning of BDSM online, there was Wasteland.com, the ancestor of all kinky web and mobile sites. After 17 years of providing perversion to its members, the site has been nominated for a YNOT Award for Best Niche Website.

The hardcore fetish site and online community has been the leader in genuine top-quality content for nearly two decades, creating high-end artistic images within a safe, unique and visually groundbreaking virtual network for the BDSM collective.

“I am delighted with this nomination, especially as I have a very fond place in my pornographic heart for YNOT,” says Colin Rowntree, founder of Wasteland.com. “Back in 1995 when we were getting Wasteland.com going, the very first webmaster discussion board came online, YNOT Network, operated by Rick Muenyong. The first batch of members was a group of 11 or 12 of us that were the pioneers of online adult. Just after that, the first tradeshow came to be – Cybernet Expo – run by the “grandmother” of online adult shows, Faye Sharp. Between those two entities, the foundations of Python, Silvercash, CyberErotica, Naughty.com, Wasteland and others helped each other figure out how to put porn on the internet and make if vastly profitable in those early days. Several years later, Faye retired from the tradeshow scene and YNOT under the new helm of YNOT Bob, and later, Jay and Connor, took it over.”

Rowntree continues, “I am thrilled to see how the new YNOT has carefully grown and is now flourishing. YNOT is one of the cornerstones of the adult industry online. Yes, I am honored to get the nomination from them (heck, we got the Peoples Choice award from them in 1997!) and look forward to watching YNOT continue to hold its stature as possibly the adult B2B portal that has a consistent track record of 16 years of integrity and service to the adult webmaster community.”

In addition to the YNOT Award nomination, other Wasteland.com achievements include winning AVN’s Best Fetish Site for two years, receiving the XBIZ 2010 Excellence in Alternative Erotica / Best Specialty Site of the Year and being presented Cybernet Expo’s People’s Choice Award.

The YNOT Awards will take place during the European Summit inPragueon September 21, 2011.

How Wasteland.com Dragged One of Mankind’s Oldest Obsessions Into the 21st Century

CYBERSPACE – Colin and Angie Rowntree had no idea what to expect when they launched their fledgling website, Wasteland.com, in 1994. The internet was a veritable question mark at the time – but 17 years later, their lonely corner of the virtual universe has become a leading light in the online adult pantheon of perversion.

Like so many successful projects, this one might easily have never happened. The Rowntrees have faithfully nurtured the fetish destination and a plethora of other enticingly niche-out websites, was producing a mail-order catalogue that featured kinky clothing when he started the site quite by accident, more as a lark than anything else.

“I threw some naughty photos up to see if they would stick. Little did I know that I was building one of the first internet adult paysites on the web, much less one devoted to the kinkier arts,” mused the veteran webmaster. “I mean, I had a feeling we were starting something new and special, but to see how much we’ve been able to accomplish comes as a little bit of a shock to me, to tell you the truth. It’s all sped by so quickly.”

Besides its longevity, there are other equally compelling reasons why international media and entertainment outlets like the BBC, Wired and HBO have sung the praises of Wasteland over the years. The outfit not only offers a truly authentic experience for members of the BDSM community — a community that has existed for centuries in diverse societies around the world — but it also has managed to maintain that authenticity while embracing a myriad of technological innovations. It’s the old cliché about porn being a tech leader — with a decidedly kinky flourish!

Today, the Wasteland universe is as expansive as the human imagination. Its network of niche properties focus on hardcore BDSM, erotica by and for women, Japanese underground bondage, alternative Hentai, vintage 90s teen content, FemDom reality and BBW-focused BDSM site. Other websites are AmishBondage.com and other viral sites, including InsideWasteland.com, which offers behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, bloopers and interviews from Wasteland-produced films;KinkForKindle.com, which gives away free 19th-century classic S&M eBooks branded with Wasteland original photography; wastelandmobile.com, the first BDSM premium site for smart phones and mobile devices; and Wasteland’s EroticVision Channel on Roku IPTV.

Wasteland clearly spans the ages, with one foot in an ancient world of primitive urges and the other in an exciting universe of anything-goes electronics. Comfortable in either setting, Rowntree insists that the bleeding-edge technologies he loves to play around with have only invigorated the works of Wasteland and further engaged the senses of his loyal members.

“It turns out that people who buy Kindles and Nook and who read sado-masochistic novels also collect gadgets and can be pretty easily convinced that they need to buy a Roku IPTV box to watch Wasteland S&M movies in high definition on their living room television for a mere $34.95 a month! Who knew? The end result is edifying. I get to edit the works of de Sade and some of the great 19th-century British S&M novels, sprinkle them full of Wasteland erotic photography, put them on our domain KinkForKindle.com … and make them available for free!”

In fact, Wasteland has been such a consistent innovator over the years that it has taken home numerous accolades for its work, including Best Fetish Site two years in a row from AVN, the XBIZ 2010 Excellence in Alternative Erotica award and Best Specialty Site of the Year and Cybernet Expo’s Peoples Choice Award. Rowntree also is an AVN Hall of Fame inductee, Founders Division, and received the Free Speech Coalition Leadership Award in 2011.

“Watching the library of movies I have directed for Wasteland over the years suddenly light up in high def on my living room TV over Roku IPTV and then, at the other end of the size scale, watch them light up on IPhone, iPads and Androids, I find myself eagerly anticipating the same pleasurable reaction when we go on The Cloud next month, making our movies stream faster and more ‘dominant’ all over the world,” said Rowntree, adding, “After so many years, the perverse pleasure remains. Forget about porn addiction. I am addicted to the freedom to quickly come up with new ideas, put them into action to see if they work; and if they do, being able to deliver sacks of new BDSM and fetish goodies to consumers around the world, and bags of money to our affiliates. When it all clicks, I can literally feel the pleasure centers in my brain explode.”

It is a sensation that can be shared at Wasteland.com and its associated properties.

Sssh.com: Feeding Women’s Spirits and Libidos

LOS ANGELES—Sssh.com, the erotica and sexuality website designed and maintained for women by women, is expert at feeding women’s sensual appetites. But as women, the staff, contributors and members realize the distaff side of humanity is much more than the sum of erogenous zones. That’s why Sssh.com has embarked upon a new philanthropic initiative to help women feed their hearts and souls, as well.

Beginning in August, Sssh.com will donate a percentage of monthly revenue to charitable organizations serving worthy causes worldwide. Each organization will be chosen based on a commitment to excellence, accomplishment of stated goals and ratio of funds distribution (direct application to the cause vs. administrative expense). The list of potential beneficiaries includes social, medical and environmental charities that get little attention and deserve so much more. Some are large associations known for touching lives in positive ways. Others are small but cutting-edge research foundations determined to cure debilitating diseases. Still others are cultural and community outreach programs devoted to enriching lives.

Sssh.com’s members will select each month’s beneficiary, giving women a voice in ensuring dollars go where they will do the most good.

“There’s nothing that feeds the spirit quite as much as offering assistance and comfort where we can, in whatever form we can. Here at Sssh.com, we believe in supporting worthy causes and invite the members of our community to participate in helping us choose the charity we support each month,” said founder and owner Angie Rowntree.

Each month, the Sssh.com staff will select one charity in each of five categories: Arts and Culture, Medical and Health Research, Animal Advocacy and Protection, Community and Social Outreach, and Environmental Research and Protection. Votes from the Sssh.com community will determine the charity to receive that month’s donation. The following month, five new charitable organizations will be submitted for members’ votes. August’s nominees, respectively, are the Australian Ballet, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (U.S.), the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Doctors Without Borders (headquartered in France) and Andigena (Venezuela).

“As Sssh.com has members from all over the world, we’ve included charities from many of the countries where our members reside,” Rowntree said. “We’re always interested in hearing about causes not already on our list. Organizations and foundations that would like to be included may email us at editor@sssh.com.”

Each month’s beneficiary will be announced at the beginning of the following month.