8 Awesome Websites I Found When I Stopped Looking For Porn

Pornography consumes my work life: I talk about it, think about it, deal with the fallout from it, label it, research it, write about it. Eight plus hours a day, I am in Pornworld. A lot of people have the misconception that it’s a great place to be. Where I see Photoshop and angling, bondage and captivity, and pain and humiliation, they see glitz and glitter, freedom and expression, and empowerment and bodily autonomy. Where I see the seedy underbelly of the façade, they’re just staring at the projection. It’s hard to live in darkness, especially when all your attempts at illumination result in a few flickering lights that die much more quickly than they were born. It’s an uphill battle that is worth fighting, but although I do it, I don’t always do it enthusiastically. Some days I’ll have a list of several ideas that I want to research and write about and I get them all done. Some days, I stare at my list and allow myself to get distracted by every possible thing because I’m just not ready to get back into the trenches. Recently, I had a latter day. On a whim, I googled something to the extent of “best websites I’ve never heard of” and was immediately rewarded. Some of the lists were old, but a lot of the websites were still undiscovered for me. As I looked through all the suggestions, it occurred to me that if I hadn’t stopped looking for porn and porn related topics, I never would’ve found them.

  1. ninjawords.com. My lifelong obsession with reading has introduced me to a plethora of phenomenal (and often underused) words. Despite the veil of sapience having an extensive vocabulary tends to cast over a person, I quite often find myself not positive of a word’s meaning. If I am not 100% certain, I look it up before trying to use it, and even though it’s perfectly acceptable to need to reference a dictionary, I get self-conscious if it takes too long. Dictionary.com is great, but ninjawords.com is better. I have never had a definition faster in my life! I would’ve loved it even more when I was still a student, trying to read through massive amounts of novels and textbooks in as short of time as possible.
  2. topsecretrecipes.com. Just before I graduated college, I started working at Olive Garden. Compared to the other restaurants I had worked in, the OG had some sweet benefits, not the least of which included a 50% discount on food when working (along with free soup and breadsticks when working) and a 25% discount when visiting any Darden restaurant outside of work for you and everyone in the party. Now, I know a lot of people like to rail about how Olive Garden has terrible food, or Olive Garden is fake Italian, but give me a bowl of their gnocchi soup and some breadsticks, and I am happy. The first recipe I checked for when stumbling on this website was their gnocchi soup, and I was not disappointed.
  3. germtrax.com. This one actually terrifies the hypochondriac inside of me a little bit, but for those who are intrigued by disease or who are just curious, this website maps out illness across the country.
  4. rememberthemilk.com. I love making lists (see reference to daily lists in the intro), so anything made for obsessive, list-driven maniacs is my kind of product.
  5. linerider.com. If you want to check this one out, make sure you don’t have anything pressing to do for at least the next hour. It’s a simple game where you’re making a course out of lines for the little guy to, you guessed it, ride. It may be my elementary grasp of physics that took so long to create a satisfactory course, but I suspect I’m not the only one who refuses to quit a new activity before it is successfully completed.
  6. bargainist.com. This frequently updated site lists current deals for a lot of popular franchises. Topping the list at the time of writing is a 20% off a $50 order for Keds and pet Halloween costumes at the Disney store for $16.
  7. verbotomy.com. Remember that time South Park made fun of Kanye West, with his character, who was in the midst of failing to grasp a joke about him that everyone else understood, raging at people trying to explain it to him that he didn’t need anyone telling him it’s a “play on words” because he’s a “lyrical wordsmith” “genius”? Well, I do, and that’s what I immediately thought of when I stumbled upon verbotomy, a website dedicated to making up words. A definition is posted, and, if you join the community, you can make up a word to fit it and vote for your favorites! If you don’t feel like joining, you can still read past winning words! It’s every logophile’s dream.
  8. supercook.com. Holy crap this site is amazing. I came into my culinary passions late in life, after my son was born. The household I was raised in didn’t cook, and I had grown up scorning something I wasn’t exposed to, but I love it. Since I’m still fairly new at it, I don’t have that amazingly stocked pantry because I don’t know the 57 different uses for chicken stock. In college, I learned that you can substitute a banana for an egg when baking, and I’m still not over it. This website lets you type in what you have, and it pumps out a recipe that fits the ingredients and is a lifesaver for those of us who don’t intuitively know these things.

I’m obviously into creating, both culinarily and by pen, so my list of amazing websites may not particularly interest you. The point, though, is that if you’re spending a lot of time online pursuing a single, pornographic goal, you’re missing all the glorious things the Internet has to offer. Where I found several amazing websites created for bibliophiles, you can find things that speak to your passions and inspire you the way that these inspired me.

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