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August 8, 2008
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Is The Undocumented Sex Life Worth Fucking?

Now that I’ve received my very own Bedpost(ed) beta invite, I’ve been able to infiltrate the system and see what it’s all about (and, more importantly, compare it to MyBlackBook).

So here’s the thing: if anything, exploring Bedpost has made me wonder what, exactly, the purpose of documenting my sex life is, and what, exactly, I’d want to get out of such a software. And I’ve realized that my needs are quite simple: I want a tool that allows me to document a) who my partners are, b) when I sleep with them, and c) what acts we engage in. Nothing more, nothing less.

Bedpost offers that, and yet — and yet there are things about its set up that frustrate me. Though it avoid some of MyBlackBook’s slips (no mandatory “hotness” field), it does have some of its own. For one, you’re required to supply both time of day and length of sex session. Quite frankly, business time is one of the few times when I’m not watching the clock.

Secondly, Bedpost has no field for “type of act” — which, in a way, is both good and bad. Instead of offering check boxes for vaginal, anal, oral, and the like, Bedpost provides a blank field for tags. In theory, this is great: Bedpost is freed from the burden of coming up with a checkbox for every sex act imaginable, and we’re freed from feeling discriminated against because Bedpost hasn’t recognized our niche kink as a legitimate sexual option.

But seriously: when it comes to physical acts, there really aren’t that many, and having to type out “vaginal intercourse” every time you engage in said intercourse is a bit of a pain. Perhaps some sort of combo checkbox/tag system? Pretty please?

Of course, Bedpost is still in beta (or alpha, they seem unsure which it is), so there’s certainly room for improvement and expansion. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes — and where, for that matter, it takes us.

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  • Ellie says :

    I had some of the same complaints about the site. After getting my invite, logging in, and seeing what was there I thought, “Really? This is it?”

    I guess I was expecting some cool web 2.0 shit, like a way to text it my sex records or something. But it is just a calendar. Why does a calendar even need a beta?

  • al oof says :

    you could just make a spreadsheet!

  • gary says :

    …i’m a myblackbook member… they’ve updated the site recently.. and “HOTNESS” is not required anymore.

  • John says :

    I agree with Ellie, Bedpost has less then 1/16th of what MyBlackBook does - all Bedpost really is - is a calendar… plus, I wouldn’t trust a site that is ‘still in beta, alpha whatever’ with my info.. atleast MyBlackBook has been around awhile.

  • Lux Alptraum says :

    John:

    Actually, that brings up another question. Do you provide these programs with the real names of your partners, or do you use nicknames? I go the nickname route — for me, there’s something vaguely uncomfortable about the idea of being *that* upfront with a computer database.

  • Rafael says :

    Is there a way to contact the creators of bedposted.com? I haven’t been invited yet.

  • John says :

    Lux;
    I use a first name, last initial approach.

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