: I had been collecting sexy pictures of guys for a while,
especially tall men. It was almost as if finding and collecting the
data was more interesting than looking at it. I realized I could
make a web gallery of these men, add my own photos and make money
off the Google ads. There were already picture collectors posting
things on corporate sites like MySpace but I wanted a site I wrote
myself. Also, there were no tall guys websites of any quality and
the one group of photos I had that was unusual were tall guys. Tall
men, handsome or not, are very hard to find. The
images were often lowres or grainy or non-color corrected or all of
the above. I would crop them, optimize them, archive them and then
insert them into my gallery pipeline. Over the next decade these
galleries grew to over 400 in number.
In 2006 galleries were very hard to make with
rollovers, realtime changes to bitmap scale or color, curved edges
or drop shadows . Workarounds were required which reduced my natural
tendency to be "lean and mean." But this also meant that I learned
more about HTML programming, more about digital photography and SEO
and monetization. I learned about getting into Google Adsense the
minute it existed. Did they care that my site was homoerotic or
contained pirated media? No they needed a user base and just wanted me to paste Google Adsense code into my HTML. Eventually was making up to $400 a month in ads, especially
during the holidays.
Because I knew the pages would have a
lot of skin in them I made the background blue to contrast. I
also wanted all the image thumbnails to be in black and white. Then
when you hovered over them they enlarged and went to color. This
encouraged browsing and hovering. At first I didn't even label the
main sections I just made evocative icons to tease visitors into
clicking on the gallery icon to see that is was about "Volleyball"
or "Handsomest." Navigation was designed to show as many ads as
But Google decided that my non-porno
site was not advertiser friendly enough. A young man from Adsense
called me one day (circa 2012) and complained I was going to be
dumped from Google's ad platform I had been contributing
financially to for years because my site was too
Homoerotic/pornographic. It did not have enough original content.
I told him "Go to YouTube and search for 'Gay Porn' and look at all
the pirated content the GooglePlex is sponging off of! Adsense does
not pay its own way if you want original content. I have made
original content to no financial success! I could not afford enough
money to pay the talent. This is so unfair!"
in a guilty manner. II passed
the test and was kept on the Adsense delivery program. Then I got
grandfathered into the next level up of the Google Adsense system.
Good news! But the bad news was that they were losing market
share to FaceBook ads. If you were logged into FB advertisers could
track you more accurately. Google Adsense required you to be
logged into Google (probably using the Chrome browser) or my website
could not track you. Adsense no longer wanted mom and pop curated
websites like me around. Revenue got trashed from $400 to $40
over a period of a year.
Then the GooglePlex
algorithm ran amuck and kept banning ads from pages. Legit Olympic
swim meet photo galleries were FLAGGED as "pornography"
because of too many skin tones in the bitmaps. Photos of
legit Bisexual porn stars like Zeb Atlas stripping at a Silverlake
bar were completely NOT FLAGGED as
pornography even though I tagged everything with his stage name
which is synonymous with porn. A photo of actor Brenton Thwaites grinning ear
to ear wearing bloody makeup on his face for a movie was flagged as
"disturbing images." Eventually the Adsense ecosystem collapsed and
I deleted it, made no more money but was not censored. I was free to use
advertiser unfriendly "poison words" in articles. Words like "died."
BigDonsBoys has been frozen in time since 2016 exactly ten years
after it was founded. I blame Google. I don't work for free.
Meanwhile Instagram started doing a low rent version of my site by
letting anybody post all kinds of incompetent photos so Facebook
could monetize them. An uncurated, narcissistic
mess, Instagram nevertheless let hot guys post their photos and
insipid short videos to a
wide audience without needing me. I can't believe how easily people
give their content away on social media.
In 2022 I was in a Gay
Silverlake one time bar/sex party and a 22
year old guy walked up to me shocked saying "Are you Big Don???!"
I said "Yes." He replied "Your website is what made me realize I'm
very turned on by tall men!" My life passed before my eyes and
I felt a million years old. Hilarious! But this is what happens
when a site is up for over a decade. At the Revolver bar in Weho a handsome
shirtless muscle daddy who was the hottest guy there saw me and
approached immediately. "Are you Big Don Weho?" He
introduced himself as
As a teenager he repressed his Homosexuality
and threw his energy into founding the
Boston Computer Society
even though he did not own a computer!
It later became the largest personal computer user organization in
the world. He regularly got calls from Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Yet he was completely overwhelmed by meeting me and very star struck
and impressed. I found this hilarious because this website is just
When you are a webmaster using Google Analytics and
CloudFlare you can see the daily millions of clicks of viewers. They are just numbers. It is not until I randomly meet
fans that I realize this website alone has affected millions of
people. Unfortunately there is no tall guys convention or some
Gay thing to go to where I can meet fans. A fun feature of the site is you watch the years etch
their pain into my face for your amusement.