I caught a cold when I was in London and figured I would take a couple of days off. Then the bad weather hit and I saw no point in fighting traffic to make it into the city centre. So I have had a nice, long rest at home. I rarely take holidays. I may nip off to a festival and I will certainly take a day off if I feel ill, but I guess being American means that I haven’t ever really gotten that sense of entitlement to four weeks vacation every year. I think it’s a great thing about UK culture – I just didn’t grow up thinking that way and so I never really do it, myself. I feel sort of guilty for not working, to be honest. I guess if I were on salary I wouldn’t feel that way but I feel as if I should be working and putting more money in the bank. That’s why this was a good week to stay at home: with the bad weather I probably wouldn’t have had many bookings, anyway.
I think it’s good for us to take time away from our jobs and so I didn’t even have my phone number displayed this week. I checked emails once a day or so but that’s it. I did, however, spend some time thinking about things I can do to improve my services. I also gave some thought to how complacent I have become in relying entirely upon Adultwork for my business. I think AW is the best site for sexworkers and clients in the UK to find one another, but it’s important to think beyond this cozy bubble and be prepared for anything. If something happens to Adultwork, then it’s good to have other measures in place.
I had a nice chat with someone at Pleasure to Meet You on Twitter about this a couple of days ago. PTMU is a new escort directory that is somehow related to Vivastreet (I’m not entirely sure how but I think they are “sister sites.”) It’s free to post on and allows for more detailed information on services and rates than the very expensive Vivastreet does. We chatted about the challenges of getting the directory known about and what it will take to break the near monopoly Adultwork currently has. I do think AW is a good site, and I appreciate that I don’t have to pay anything to be on there (sales of my private gallery cover the small charges for displaying my phone number or “Available Today”) but they currently have too much power over the scene in the UK. I think PTMU is visually more attractive, easier to navigate, and I like how all it takes to bump my profile up the page is to post a status update. However, if it truly does take off then there will be the usual problems of scam artists, etc. that plague Adultwork and any other popular directory.
One issue that I have with Vivastreet will also need to be addressed by PTMU: independent escorts and agency girls should be in separate areas. I don’t like my profile buried in a pile of glossy photoshopped agency photos and I know that many clients would rather not deal with an agency. Vivastreet would be better value for money if they were segregated in that way.
I have had some good results with Backpage.com, although only in Manchester. I paid for a small ad for my time in London and found it too costly to pay to have it reposted regularly to the top of that hot mess of a page.
I’ve been working on my website a bit this week. I would like to blog more on it, especially as I would be able to share links and I would like that blog to be more personal. I have never paid to show a link to my website on my AW profile before, assuming that everything a potential client wants to know will already be on my profile here. But I am going to look into that and see if that doesn’t get some people following my blog and social media accounts.
Speaking of social media… I had a couple of glasses of wine at dinner earlier in the week and ended up buying a Selfie Stick! (For those who don’t know what that is, it’s a pole with a bluetooth button in the handle that allows one to take selfies with their phones from about a metre away.) I know it’s a silly thing but I would like to be able to post new photos easily and I think it could be handy and fun to have. I may even start an Instagram account to go along with my Twitter account. Hopefully I’ll have something to share in the next couple of days. You may find some of them on my Gallery.
I am attending a conference tomorrow in Manchester on “Policy, Policing and Protection” of sexwork being put on by the UK National Sexworkers Project. It is billed as:
An informative and lively event looking at the BIG debate on criminalisation and how the law affects the safety of sex workers, the ability of Police to offer protection and the impact on Health and Social Care providers when delivering services.
Unfortunately, I will only be able to attend in the morning as I will be available for bookings in the afternoon. If I hadn’t taken last week off, I would have been happy to stay all day. But I hope to meet a few people and get some information on what is going on in regards to policy and proposed changes to the law.
And here is the paragraph I put in for the search engines to find: This paragraph talks about how I’m an Escort in Manchester. That is to say, an independent Manchester escort, prized among the many Manchester independent escorts and offering incalls in Manchester city centre as well as outcalls in Manchester because that is what escorts who work in Manchester tend to do. I don’t know if this paragraph actually works but someone told me to do that. They said, “Kimberly, one of the keys to getting your website of blog up in the search rankings is to put the search terms you need all over every page and update these pages frequently.” I said, “OK, then, I will do that. I will bang on and on about how I am an escort in Manchester who does incalls. I will think of the various search terms someone might use if they were looking for an escort like me – that is to say, tall escort in Manchester who is independent – or maybe they just type in something like “someone who will please drain my balls in Manchester” or even “escorts who talk too damn much in Manchester.” I really don’t know what search terms they may use but I will do all in my power for them to find me.” And so there you go.