Smutlancer Profile: Molly Moore
Back in the day, when I first began sex blogging, Molly Moore was one of my heroes. I admired her work, her smut, and her talent with a camera. Every time I read a post about her kinky life, I thought, “Me too!” but I was afraid to say anything for fear of seeming creepy. Until one day, she read one of my blog posts and said, “Me too!” From there, a wonderful friendship was born.
We met in person at Eroticon 2017, and we Skype as often as we can, though never often enough. And now, we’re collaborating as smutlancers! You can join us at The Smutlancers community on Patreon or listen to us on the Smutlancer podcast (beginning July 2019) as we co-host the show!
Who is Molly Moore, and what makes her a smutlancer? She’s fucking amazing, is what she is! But for the actual details, here you go…
Meet Molly Moore
Follow her in any or all of these spaces:
Facebook: Molly’s Daily Kiss
Fetlife: Molly Moore
How do you make money as a smutlancer? What topic and/or type of content do you get paid to create?
I make money in various different ways but it can pretty much be broken down as follows:
- Regular work
- Write a bi-monthly column that gives me a regular income
- Manage social media and blog for a small independent Sex Toy company
Additional Income comes from selling Sinful Sunday monthly prompt sponsorship, writing content for various platforms, sponsored content on my various sites, and advertising space on my various sites.
How long have you been a smutlancer? When did you become interested in sex and creating content about it?
I started my blog in 2010 as a hobby. The idea was to give myself a space to write in regularly in the hope of disciplining me. It worked! As the blog became more popular, and I expanded the projects I ran, I started to look at ways of making money. I started to turn it into my career and source of my income in 2015 but it is a constant work in progress.
I have always loved sex and wrote my first dirty story back in my early 20’s but never did anything with it. It wasn’t until my mid 30’s and my divorce that I really started to create sex related content properly.
Are you a full-time or part-time smutlancer? Do you have a day job?
I am a full time smutlancer. (I work FAR too many hours and getting a better work/life balance is something I am determined to get better at). Eroticon is the project that really makes that possible but it also takes up a huge amount of my working time. It still doesn’t pay that well but it is slowly improving.
Are you open with anyone about the work you do? Do you only tell close friends and family or are you public about your work? Do you work under a pseudonym?
Molly is a pseudonym. It was my name online, in various chatrooms etc, before I started blogging and so it just felt write to keep it. Back then I was definitely anonymous. Now not so much but it is the name that I have built up my reputation and work around and so whilst I am no longer anonymous I keep it because changing it would be madness at this stage.
Pretty much everyone knows what I do or some version of it at least. All my family is aware including my parents and my kids. They have basically grown up around it and are utterly uninterested for the most part. Sometimes I don’t tell people like other parents of my kids friends etc because my children don’t need that association in their lives. But I also don’t hide it either. I know I am very lucky to in this position and not to have to worry about family or an employer having an issue with what I do.
When and how did you realize you wanted to do this professionally?
I think when I first started Sinful Sunday, in 2011, I realized that I truly loved blogging and creating adult content. Turning it from a creative project into something that I could earn a living from was at that time an utter mystery to me.
The early days of Eroticon, before I ran it, definitely helped me along that path. Also talking to others and just being more involved with the sex toy/adult industry as a whole lead me to discover ways to make a living from it.
How did you get started and how long before you felt like you had “made it”?
The first time I got paid for work was submitting stories to anthologies. In this case the editor was Alison Tyler and getting that check for my work was truly a milestone moment. Likewise the first time someone paid me for a photograph was another amazing moment. Knowing they were going to hang in on a wall in their house was almost equally as amazing as getting paid for it.
The honest answer is I don’t feel like I have made it yet. Eroticon still feels like it is in its infancy and I have a ton of other ideas for things I want to do. I am dedicated to this career but I also know that if I don’t evolve and keep working on innovative ways to earn money then I won’t survive.
Name one thing you wish you had known when you started creating content about sex or became a smutlancer?
The only way to know if an idea is going to work is to do it. Thinking about it is important but actually doing it is essential.
What does a typical day look like for you when you’re smutlancing?
One of the wonderful things about working for yourself is you get to organize your day how you want it to be. As a result I tend to spend the first part of my morning out walking. Getting my 11000 steps a day is actually a really important part of staying both physically and mentally healthy. I tend to do the bulk of my work between midday and 9pm with breaks with breaks in there for dinner/family time.
I do have a tendency to work rather large portions of the weekend which is something I want to try and change and give myself proper days off whether they be weekend or week days doesn’t matter to me. I like the flexibility of being able to say, I am going to do this thing for me on Thursday and I will catch up with work on Saturday. However I do need to get better at setting aside that me time.
What, if anything, is your favorite content to create or type of smutlancing work to do?
Sadly it is the one that is the hardest to monetize and that is taking photographs. Most people seem to be under the impression that images on the internet are free for you to take and use. Getting someone to pay for images is almost impossible. I do, however, have plans to try and get at least a little bit of income from my pictures so watch this space.
What do you absolutely need to have when you’re ready to sit down and work to be productive?
Warmth. I have terrible circulation and as a result I feel the cold terribly. As a result I love my slippers and good pair of warm socks. When it’s really cold in the winter I can often be found with a hot water bottle in my lap.
Who or what inspired you to become a smutlancer?
In many ways the answer to this is Michael (@DomSigns). He has been my biggest cheerleader and champion of my talents and abilities over the years. He has always encouraged me to try things, push myself, take risks etc and built up my confidence and self belief. Without him I don’t think I would be doing what I do today.
Name the best, strangest, funniest, wildest thing you’ve experienced as a smutlancer — from a client, someone online, anyone.
There have been a fair few over the years but recently I had a company get in touch with me saying that they were prepared to pay to insert some of their links into my blog content. All they required was a log in to my site. It would take them about 10 minutes to put their links into various posts on my blog.
However I actually said yes to this one. For £10,000 a link they could have at it…. Oddly I never heard from them again!