October 28, 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of Brad Bare, which was a pretty big milestone for my blog, but due to the events happening around the world at the time, I chose not to make a big deal to mark the occasion, even though ten years in the blogging world is definitely worth celebrating. If you delve back through the earlier posts, it might seem like the first post was published in January 2011, but this is because I deleted posts from the first few months, as I chose a style of displaying photographs that didn’t end up looking as good as I thought.
I figured it would be interesting to take a step back in time by looking at some of the changes that have happened over the years related to barebacking. One of the first things that stands out is the number of studios releasing bareback porn back in 2010. The pool of studios producing bareback porn was quite limited, so going back in time will reveal bareback starting posts from gay porn studios including Bare Twinks, Bareback That Hole, Bel Ami Online, Breed Me Raw, ChaosMen, Helix Studios, Hot Desert Knights, Machofucker, MaverickMen, Raw Rods, SX Video and Treasure Island Media. There were other bareback studios around at the time too, but these were the main studios I showcased.
When I first posted about barebacking, it was a risky time for people to be having unprotected sex, as 2010 was before Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) became available to reduce the risk of HIV transmission between sexual partners. Before PrEP, many barebackers used techniques such as sero-sorting to have sex with guys who had the same HIV status as themselves or guys chose to only have bareback sex in a monogamous relationship or a fuck buddy or two to keep their circle of sexual partners limited as a way of helping to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.
PrEP was approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012, with Truvada later becoming available throughout the United States and other countries. There are other brands, including generic brands you can use as an alternative that are much cheaper and PrEP has changed the lives of many who wanted to experience bareback sex, but might have been afraid to experience barebacking because they were worried about contracting HIV or other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s). PrEP is only designed to protect against HIV transmission, so there is still the risk of transmitting other STI’s, but with advances in science, hopefully protection against other STI’s will be incorporated into this medication in the future to make barebacking even safer.
Because bareback sex was risky at the time I created Brad Bare, I often published health articles designed to create awareness about the risks involved with barebacking and I also provided resources to help barebackers enjoy something they love doing more safely. The health articles required constant updating to keep the information current, and as time went by and my ability to maintain accurate resources became more challenging, so I moved these pages to a less visible area of the blog. It has been my intention to create a standalone bareback health resource that is easy to maintain, so I might work on this project one day, as I love all aspects of barebacking, from porn to sex, but health too.
When you explore the history of barebacking, it’s really interesting due to the various elements and complexities involved, but there’s also an element of sadness due to those we lost as a result of HIV/AIDS. People who were family, friends, acquaintances or even strangers, and they will always be in our thoughts, so we should never forgot those we have lost. I say this, because younger guys now have tools to protect themselves in ways that were not available previously. That’s why it’s important to acknowledge where we are today with scientific breakthroughs, such as PrEP and HIV treatments, because these advances mean we can now enjoy bareback sex more safely.
If you are worried about contracting or transmitting STI’s, bareback porn is an excellent way to feel as though you’re not completely missing out. The stigma that used to be associated with barebacking is becoming less, because unprotected sex is now becoming more mainstream, to the point where the term “bareback” is getting used less and is being replaced with terms such as “bare” or “raw”. In time, these terms will probably disappear too and sex will just be referred to as sex. Since a lot of sex these days is condomless and younger guys who are barebacking did not experience the higher risks involved with barebacking in the earlier days, I feel it’s so important to continue using the term “bareback”, because barebacking is a part of our history and it’s something I look forward to talking about in the future.
I would like to thank those of you who have joined me on this journey from the very beginning and I hope you have enjoyed reading the posts over the years and thank you to those of you who have only recently discovered Brad Bare. I would like to give you a warm welcome and I hope you enjoy the posts I publish here. I look forward to enjoying the bareback journey with you and I will continue working hard to publish posts for you to enjoy over the coming years.
Going ‘Bare Back’ In Time – Revisiting the Previous Layouts of Brad Bare
I thought it would be fun to include some of the themes featured at Brad Bare over the years. Below are the layouts I have used during the past ten years and more design changes will probably happen again in the future.
Welcome to the very first theme featured at Brad Bare. I have always chosen themes that feature a minimal design to embrace the ‘bare’ element. I tried to make it clear from the beginning that Brad Bare is all about bareback fucking and no condoms, so I included this in the main graphic. You can also see that I published two posts in October 2010, sixteen posts in November 2010 and the twenty-seven posts in December 2010, which are no longer online after I changed my image presentation layout and wanted to keep everything consistent.
2012 (The Dawn)
The theme I used from 2012 was my favorite theme. I loved the design, the colors and the layouts, but I had to eventually change to a different theme when the developer stopped supporting it. The lack of support meant that the layout was not responsive, meaning that Brad Bare did not display correctly in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. There were some coding I could have used to work around this issue, but this was beyond my capabilities, so I chose to move to a different theme. I have always found this theme to be inspiring and the colors refreshing.
2014 (The Dawn)
You can kind of tell that I loved this theme, because I kept using it, although I did change the color scheme around in 2014 to make the design look slightly different. I cannot remember why I chose to use a blue color in the theme, as the previous color was my favorite, but I guess I must have for some reason. This theme was used for many years and if the developer made the theme responsive and updated the code to become compliant with the current WordPress infrastructure, I would return to using this theme in a heartbeat, as I loved it so much and I have a feeling you did too.
What I really liked about this theme was the simplicity that helped you associate ‘bare’ with barebacking and the minimal effect. Throughout the years I have tried to choose designs that are simple and don’t distract from the content I am showcasing. Some blogs are jam-packed full of banners and advertising and you see it so much at just about every site, you become used to it. I always wanted Brad Bare to be about simplicity and highlighting the content, because that’s what you’re interested in when you visit.
Regular visitors to Brad Bare would have noticed this theme in use for a number of years and Waxwing came from the same theme developer as Avocet. I loved the way the theme displayed the studios in the sidebar, with the latest featured imaged displayed, along with the number of posts. This kept the blog looking different every day and I loved this theme, but the issue is the developer stopped supporting the theme and as WordPress released new features, the theme started to have issues and I needed to choose a new theme.
As you can see, I have featured a number of different themes over the years and they have always been stylish, but didn’t take your focus away from the posts. I am now using the Newspaper theme, which has an excellent support system, and has a lot of customers, so I’m hoping I won’t need to change themes for a while, as these are all paid themes, so each time I choose a new one, I have to purchase a new license.
Explore the Posts From Brad Bare Over the Years
With over 3,500 posts waiting for you to explore at Brad Bare, finding the earlier posts can be a bit of a challenge. I have made finding what you’re looking for really easy, so if you want to browse through the posts from over the years, you can use the ‘bareback explorer’ below to help you find something interesting:
• Explore the posts from 2011 – (15 pages)
• Go back in time to 2012 – (22 pages)
• Discover what was happening in 2013 – (29 pages)
• There was lots of raw fun in 2014 – (29 pages)
• You will find more bare porn in 2015 – (32 pages)
• Lots of barebacking happened in 2016 – (34 pages)
• So many guys loved barebacking in 2017 – (32 pages)
• Things slowed down for a while in 2018 – (19 pages)
• Then the most posts were published in 2019 – (43 pages)
• There’s still a lot of bareback sex in 2020 – (30 pages)
If it seems like I’m “wrapping up” Brad Bare, there’s no need to panic, as I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I have been spending a lot of time working on Brad Bare during my vacation time and new posts will be coming in a couple of weeks. If you are wondering what to do until then, you might find taking a look at some of the earlier posts quite enjoyable, since in the early days I featured more bareback porn than most other gay porn blogs, so there’s some great stuff for you to enjoy. I’ll be back soon and until then, have fun going ‘bare back in time’.
Photo Credit: Bareback Party – SX Video (2013)