When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better. – Mae West
One of the creative forces behind danwei.org spoke at The Bookworm last year about blogging. Among his key messages: sex sells. I think he must be setting sales records.
Today, for example, four of the first seven posts on danwei.org concern, you got it, sex! Topics include pole dancing, Anna May Wong (“the sexiest Chinese American woman ever to grace the silver screen”), Chinabounder (a foreign man who blogs about scoring with Shanghai women) and a Sohu sex survey. The last is notable, given 12 of the post’s 280 words have “sex,” including an incredible five of the first 16.
In fact, danwei.org has so much sex that when I tried to use the find function to count it all, my keyboard immediately started smoking and I had to give up. I didn’t dare check the site’s Sexy Beijing TV series
Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to use the “sex sells” strategy on my blog. If I were into clubbing or hanging out at Bar Blu, Vics or Maggies, I could pepper things up, but I tend toward sitting on a bar stool, drinking Bourbon and chatting with friends.
My best bet is to slip in the odd typo. Like referring to Tim’s Texas BBQ as Tim’s Sexas BBQ or, even better, Tim’s Sex-Ass BBQ, and using phrases such as smoked meat, in the saddle, and hot and spicy jalapeno potato salad (the last one won’t draw much site traffic, but I feel compelled to recommend it as a side order for your ribs). Even so, most opportunities are limited to changing an “m” to an “s” — Peter’s Tex Sex, Sexican Wave, Sexican Kitchen…
By the way, it’s not all sex, sex and sex over at dansexwei.orgsex. The site has also has some interesting stuff on China’s drinking scene, including these two related pieces:
And a trilogy from 2003:
Some of the guys at danwei.org are also behind those sexy – no, supersexy – Centro bar ads. Now those sell.
(Note: In a week, I’ll check my site’s traffic and discover whether the “sex sells” strategy has worked.)