BLUF blog

Welcome to BLUF's blog. Here you'll find selection articles that we hope will be of interest to the wider community, not just BLUF members.

Latest articles

The promise of a new year, 21 December 2023

Twin Cities Leather Weekend 2023, 01 November 2023

The Eagle Minneapolis new branding and new life, 06 July 2023

Working on a dream, 13 April 2023

Time to talk, 05 March 2023

BLUF statement regarding Touché, 17 November 2022

What's new in BLUF v4.5, 25 August 2022

On secession, 22 August 2022

Pink Triangle Trainers, 11 June 2022

Farewell to The Backstreet, 30 May 2022

Articles in category: technical • Index

BLUF blog posts

Working on a dream

The BLUF website and apps are a work in progress. When I took over running the site, we were running what was effectively the second version, which allowed people to see who was online, to perform simple searches, and send an email to other members. That was extended with a … 13 Apr 2023

What's new in BLUF v4.5

BLUF 4.5 is this year's major update of the BLUF platform, due to go live on 1st September. Here's an overview of what you'll find. Updated menus I've tweaked some of the menus, removing most of the options that required a sub-menu, which will make navigation easier of many … 25 Aug 2022

Staying safe online

We've probably all seen them. The Facebook post about a weird looking website from a friend, in which we and dozens of other people are tagged. Or curious messages saying things like "Is this you in the video?" They're all often preludes to getting your social media accounts attacked … 24 May 2021

Thoughts on privacy and online meetings

Lots of us are taking part in online meetings at the moment. They're a great way of keeping in touch with other members of the community around the world, when it's not possible to meet in person. We thought it would be helpful to post a reminder about privacy, however … 24 May 2020

Virtual Meetings on BLUF

Some basic support for virtual meetings has been added to BLUF, since it looks like this will be the main way for many of us to get together, at least in the short term. There are various levels of support for virtual meetings on BLUF. Firstly, virtual meetings now have … 10 May 2020

What is U2F

This one's going to get a bit technical - but I believe it's important that we all protect our online accounts, not just for ourselves, but because of the information about other people that could be exposed if someone else gets into our own account. On sites like BLUF or … 20 Jan 2019

About privacy and BLUF

Privacy and the use of data is very much in the news at the moment, following stories about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, so I thought I'd take a moment to explain a little more about our privacy policy, and the principles that guide what we do at BLUF. You can … 25 Mar 2018

Help wanted

In the eight and a half years since I took over running BLUF, the size of the club has grown, and with it the scope of what we're doing. Our calendar, for example, now lists events from many other organisations around the world, rather than just BLUF events, with a … 01 Dec 2017

Tom of Finland emoji

Emoji - the smiling faces and other icons that pepper so much online speech - are constantly evolving. The nation of Finland has already contributed some - such as a sauna - that will appear on many devices later this year. Not content with that, the home of Tom of … 06 Feb 2017

A new look for BLUF

Welcome to the new look BLUF website. We've completely rebuilt the site from the ground up, to make it more suitable for the modern world, and we've also make a lot of the information much easier to find, in new clearer sections devoted to leather bars, clubs and groups, photographers … 29 Dec 2016

BLUF Backstage: Introducing HD Photos

Over the past few weeks, some of you may have noticed our new HD Photos feature rolling out on the site. It represents a major update to the way we handle photos on BLUF, and it's now almost complete, so here's a full explanation of what it is, and what … 17 Feb 2016

BLUF passwords and security update

As part of our commitment to keeping BLUF secure, we have today made some important changes to the way passwords are handled on the BLUF web site. We're posting this publicly for two reasons - first, so that people who have forgotten their password can understand the new system and … 23 Feb 2015

Harnessing technology

Bijou World, a vendor of vintage gay porn, wrote an interesting blog about the recent IML, in which they lamented the lack of people in full leather, compared to the number in, say, harnesses. It's an interesting read, and while I can't say whether or not it's indicative of the … 04 Jun 2014

Get the BLUF Calendar

The BLUF Calendar has grown over recent years, and as well as containing details of BLUF's own events - now 60-70 a year, around the world - it has information about around 150 others, and that number seems to be growing. We've already made our calendar feed available publicly at … 21 Mar 2014

The UK's internet censorship

With the UK's internet censorship scheme rolling out, enforcing a 'nanny knows best' view of what we should be allowed to see online, and at the same time blocking access to important sites, like LGBT health information, or support for abuse survivors, I've collected together some of the writing that … 20 Dec 2013


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