When we started the Sex Blogging Superheroes Contest back in 2013, we were a brand, spanking new website with big, shiny new ideas. And right from the get-go, we had a vision: We wanted to create a safe, comfortable, judgment-free zone where people could read all about all things sexual. What we didn't fully realize was how hard that can be sometimes. Our site may aim to be a judgment-free zone, but the world at large is still anything but. We've seen our share of it (both in personal and professional settings.) And through it all, we've gained more respect than ever for sex bloggers. They are the Ann Landers' of sexual exploration. The Consumer Reports of Sex Toys. They are crusaders for consent and contraception. They champion real sex and real bodies and they aren't afraid to dig into all the sticky crevices that are so often airbrushed and glossed over for mainstream consumption. Doing this isn't easy (but sex puns do make it easier!). It's why we call the sex bloggers who stick their necks out and talk about sex - on the Internet, in their communities and even for a living - our superheroes.

That said, we've seen plenty of progress. This is the fourth year we'll promote this contest and over that relatively short time, things have definitely shifted. For one, our site has grown a lot. We now reach more people than ever before. So has our list of sex bloggers. It now includes almost 350 active sex blogs. Other things have changed, too. We're seeing more sex toys on TV and in mainstream media. We're seeing sex educators getting bigger and better and more prominent gigs. And while we wouldn't even dream of claiming to have a role in all of this, we think we're a (small) part of all of it. And we're damn proud of it, too.

So, back to all those sex bloggers. We're looking to honor your favorite sex bloggers, the ones who have influenced, educated and inspired your sex life. We're looking for bloggers who write well, bravely and often. We're looking for new bloggers and old favorites and everyone in between. We're on the hunt for the best bloggers of 2016 and we need your help to find them.

Have a favorite sex blogger you want to nominate? Here's how it works:

  • Find your favorite blogger in our Sex Blogger Directory. (If you'd like to submit your own blog, you can do so here.)
  • Starting October 1st, you can visit your favorite bloggers' profiles and click the Vote For Me button on their page. Voting for the same blogger more than once won't count, but feel free to vote for multiple blogs.
  • We'll read through every blog with at least five votes and choose our top 100 favorites based on writing quality, posting frequency and sex-positive content. (THIS is one of the perks of running this site!)
  • Only blogs that receive at least five votes by October 9th, 2016, will be counted!

At the end of October, we'll announce the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2016. Like last year, we'll also break out several categories and crown a winner in each one. (Because, hey, if we could give everyone a prize, we totally would.) Each category winner will receive a prize from our sponsor. And, because we want to spread the love around, we'll also draw among all the winners for a grand cash prize of $500.

Also new this year:

  • We've hired an artist to make some super-cool art for this year's contest. We'll reveal that along with the winners at the end of October.
  • We've also made the decision to remove inactive blogs from our Sex Blogger Directory, which means you won't be able to vote for them. We're defining inactive blogs as blogs that have not been updated within a full calendar year. You can read more about that here.
  • We have a brand new sponsor this year, which we'll announce very soon!

So, what are you waiting for? Voting starts October 1st. Get online and vote for your go-to sex blogs. We wanna read 'em!