Thanks to everyone who has supported HB in the past and also to everyone who has checked out the new platform. It was time for an upgrade and the new platform allows us to serve up more content than ever, both to the members who've kept the ship afloat and now also to the free visitors. Registering for a free membership gives you access to almost every photo gallery on the site, plus access to a bunch of videos every single week. The quality of the FREE content on HB today is better than you would have gotten on pretty much every paysite throughout most of the history of our industry. There's plenty of material for the Free visitors (check out the new podcasts/screencasts/release previews), for the monthly members, and we do offer VODs for those customers who want a little bit more than the standard model shoots provide. Almost every single VOD we release is priced below market and Premium members get a 20% discount on VODs every single day (no minimums). If you haven't visited in a while, we hope you will return soon - we have received an overwhelming volume of feedback indicating that HB+ is an absolute game-changer. You won't be disappointed. ;)
So you just deleted the forum with tens of thousands of user posts? Are you crazy? BTW I just signed up on the site for free, and there are literally zero free videos, so you get nothing for free. As for photos I wouldn't brag about that, I hadn't looked at the member photos in the past 10 years at least. In today's day and age medium res pictures are not something people are going to pay money for. Especially not me. It was a stupid move to delete such a vast archive of content, and you certainly lost me forever as a customer. Now the site looks like just a typical sex trafficking site. I'm not interested in webcams, the including of those make the entire project look trashy. Like the women who sell their bodies on webcams. Goodbye. - From a former long time hb forum member and subscriber.
I imagine it's incredibly difficult to run a subscription website dedicated to female muscle. Revenue on a subscription basis for such a niche market can't be crazy high. It's not like these girls are wanting to be plastered all over video for free and they are probably coming more less from all over the world making it more difficult to shoot them and that is if they even want to "model". So you have to offer them money for shoots and I can't imagine it's gotten cheaper over the years. Some realize they can put out their own content for an even bigger piece of the pie and the really really good ones get enough sponsorship that being on social media is enough for them. Never mind the fact that camming is probably much more profitable.Then you factor in that our society stigmatizes female muscle and social media can exacerbate it meaning that unless you have a woman completely comfortable in her muscular body your going to have a more difficult time finding muscular models willing to be filmed (look at Victoria D'ariano, got crazy jacked arms, hated the attention and look so noped the fuck out). So what can you do? Offer them money, enough that they are willing to model and the really good ones probably know what they are worth.Then you have the problem of their already being so much free content out there (less subscribers) meaning you really have to focus on quality and quantity to separate yourself, but again that costs money. I will continue to support Herbiceps when I am able to because we need websites like Herbiceps to succeed. If they can continue to provide a place where beautiful fit/muscular woman can make some money and feel comfortable then as it continues to grow it should help more woman get into the fold.With that said I am sad the forum is gone. It always felt like to me a giant directory that pointed to female muscle from all over the internet where people could chat about their similar interests. It was the first time (early to mid 2000's) I realized you could find female muscle online as I was in high school and didn't have a debit/credit card for any of the membership websites. I remember the original myspace thread and was blown away at what a collection of people had found from that website. I remember sitting on the forum one page at a time for minutes because of dial up. I remember seeing my first photo of Mindi O'brien very soon after... I think it was the first oh fuck moment of my life. I had no idea a woman could have arms like that in real life and look like a super model. It will definitely be missed in my book.
"Is HerBiceps a forum? Or are we a digital content sales and delivery platform?" I would suggest that the former site was both, and you pulled it off quite well. For me the appeal of the old site was the community aspect that both the clips, pics, and forum presented. What became of the many excellent clips and pics from the old site? ( the armwrestling section was a personal favorite for me.)Also, during the massive rebuilding you repeatedly spoke of a back log of clips and pics that were on the way. Did they just go away? You probably will make A LOT of cash with this new 2.0. But in my eyes, you lost the community feeling for the cash. Good for you, but a bit insulting to those who supported you for years since their input in just being dismissed.