girlskissing.co.uk is twelve!

girlskissing.co.uk - 12th birthday - 19th May 2011

On 19th May 1999 I registered the domain name girlskissing.co.uk and started a website about girls kissing other girls. Although the dot com variant had gone at the time, nothing was happening with it, and it has never amounted to anything other than a shell with affiliate links on it – my site, girlskissing.co.uk was the first proper, dedicated girls kissing website in world, and it remains running (and popular) to this day.

Twelve years ago there was nothing like GKUK, and now – in 2011 – the competition is immense. I can honestly say – without any word of a lie, or arrogance, that girlskissing.co.uk started it all (when it comes to girls kissing sites). Many other websites have tried to do what we have done, and some have even blatantly copied us (word for word), but most have failed. And why did they fail? Because they thought a domain name was enough. They just weren’t good enough to prove that quality of content does actually count for something. Also, very few girls kissing websites had any recognisable personality at all – they were just faceless, drab websites that desperately tried to use the word “lesbian” as many times as they could to climb the Google rankings. What I’ve tried to do, over the past twelve years that I’ve been making GK, is make it personal, and also make it as varied as possible within the confines of the subject matter (not as easy as it looks).

girlskissing.co.uk has also been a big influence on a number of websites that are now considered “big”, such as Sapphic Erotica – a site that is as soulless as it is successful. The guy behind that website approached me some years ago to ask me to design his site for him. I declined because I wanted to concentrate on my own site, and not on someone else’s. I’m glad I did, because that particular website – although popular – became the bland, garish Euro sex site that it is today, with all the trademark style mistakes that you often see in mainland European porn sites (ie. hideous lurid, day-glow coloured backgrounds and pathetic tongue-tip fake ‘porno’ kissing). To give them their dues: the girls are hot, but then they are not really responsible for that – the girls would be hot, regardless of where they appeared.

The point I’m making? That girlskissing.co.uk is still unique, even after all these years. Unlike other similar sites, it’s still just the one person making all the content and designing and maintaining the site. And the style and personality of the site is mine – the soul of it is me. I do everything on the site and have never relied on a team of people to create anything other than a small, but well-formed, tribute to a subject I love and still have a great passion for. I don’t have a marketing team trying to shove it down everyone’s throats – I do all the promotions myself, and always try to keep it modest and personal. When something is written on girlskissing.co.uk, it is me writing it – not a marketing intern with a poor grasp of English trying desperately to cobble together some words in the hope that it’ll sound convincing. When I write, or photograph, something it is from the heart and not designed to simply sell you something, as seems to be the case with 99.9% of the competition.

But I do welcome the competition – I always have done. Even if the above sounds like I don’t. Without the competition I don’t think girlskissing.co.uk would be quite what it is – a unique website that stands out among the oceans of dross in the vast expanse of cyberspace.

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank two people who have helped me profoundly over the past seven or eight years, on one aspect of the site I don’t get too involved in – the programming. Chris and Phil at Sysexcel have been a great support over the years and without their help I would not have been able to make girlskissing.co.uk into the site it is today. Also, to my parents for being so supportive. I raise a glass to all of you. Many thanks.

Here’s to the next twelve years.

Paul M – the GK Webmaster

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