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Lillyx

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Re: Coronavirus affecting bookings
« Reply #1995 on: 15 January 2022, 01:03:17 am »
Yes, I've had lots of cancellations due to Covid. Of course, them contracting the virus could very well be true, but I also feel it has become a good excuse to use to get out of things these days. I also have clients messaging me saying they want to book, but not sure when due to what's going on in the world! So it's very wishy washy and hard to plan anything.

When I was working from hotels last year, staff were questioning me asking my reason for stay. I then had to provide forms of proof on multiple occasions. This proved very difficult and a couple times they wouldn't allow me to stay. One hotel said booking.com would refund me, but never did. So I've ended up loosing money from it. Anyway, I was due to see a client and couldn't check in, so I met him and explained what was going on. He ended up walking around town with me trying to get me a place to stay. Our bookings kept getting rejected by hotels/apartments etc. Eventually we found a place, and I had to thank the universe that I had a good client with me (even though it was our first time meeting) who really helped me find a place to stay.

I am thankful I have a place to do incalls from now, but Covid has made it difficult to work, just like anybody else really.

Also recently, I have had abroad bookings planned and due to restrictions changing, in the end the trips have had to be cancelled or postponed to a date I don't know of. This is out of our control, but it means that is a chunk of income that I'm not going to get anymore; and I have to change my plans again to book clients in to make up for the time I booked out for it. It's a hassle but I've got to accept you've got to be flexible.

Having said all this, I was surprised at how many people still came and saw us escorts. Everyone seemed to be in this state of fear... but not enough fear to abstain from sex! ;) I almost find it humorous how clients turn up with masks, but we know how close they're going to be getting ;)

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Re: Coronavirus affecting bookings
« Reply #1996 on: 19 January 2022, 01:07:21 pm »
Yes, I've had lots of cancellations due to Covid. Of course, them contracting the virus could very well be true, but I also feel it has become a good excuse to use to get out of things these days. I also have clients messaging me saying they want to book, but not sure when due to what's going on in the world! So it's very wishy washy and hard to plan anything.

When I was working from hotels last year, staff were questioning me asking my reason for stay. I then had to provide forms of proof on multiple occasions. This proved very difficult and a couple times they wouldn't allow me to stay. One hotel said booking.com would refund me, but never did. So I've ended up loosing money from it. Anyway, I was due to see a client and couldn't check in, so I met him and explained what was going on. He ended up walking around town with me trying to get me a place to stay. Our bookings kept getting rejected by hotels/apartments etc. Eventually we found a place, and I had to thank the universe that I had a good client with me (even though it was our first time meeting) who really helped me find a place to stay.

I am thankful I have a place to do incalls from now, but Covid has made it difficult to work, just like anybody else really.

Also recently, I have had abroad bookings planned and due to restrictions changing, in the end the trips have had to be cancelled or postponed to a date I don't know of. This is out of our control, but it means that is a chunk of income that I'm not going to get anymore; and I have to change my plans again to book clients in to make up for the time I booked out for it. It's a hassle but I've got to accept you've got to be flexible.

Having said all this, I was surprised at how many people still came and saw us escorts. Everyone seemed to be in this state of fear... but not enough fear to abstain from sex! ;) I almost find it humorous how clients turn up with masks, but we know how close they're going to be getting ;)

I used the excuse fleeing a domestic abuse partner - they did not question further from proof as that was also part of rules to let people stay in hotels etc. One person said but you don't have bruises - I said not all forms of abuse is phyiscal and the lady receptionist who was a seniour role told the other female off who was a rude judgy prick.

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Re: Coronavirus affecting bookings
« Reply #1997 on: 23 February 2022, 04:40:19 pm »
Still quiet. 2 years of fear, will take more than 1 week of “living with corona” for people to go back to before 2020 life. If fear from Omicron did not happen we’d be closer to normal social behaviour.

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« Reply #1998 on: 23 February 2022, 10:52:35 pm »
Still quiet. 2 years of fear, will take more than 1 week of “living with corona” for people to go back to before 2020 life. If fear from Omicron did not happen we’d be closer to normal social behaviour.

From my own experience there are plenty of guys welcoming getting back to some sort of normality, maybe not so many of the over 65's though.

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« Reply #1999 on: 23 February 2022, 10:56:47 pm »
Still quiet. 2 years of fear, will take more than 1 week of “living with corona” for people to go back to before 2020 life. If fear from Omicron did not happen we’d be closer to normal social behaviour.

I think you're being a little naive to think things will return to how they were before the pandemic. And besides, there is no such thing as normal. Life and society are constantly in flux - forever evolving, always changing.

 

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« Reply #2000 on: 24 February 2022, 01:58:10 am »
From my own experience there are plenty of guys welcoming getting back to some sort of normality, maybe not so many of the over 65's though.

I'm keeping my eye on the science and it's problematic for the over 50's and clients using hotels due to their risk profiles. That's my target market gone in a puff of smoke.

People are emotional and I think their baseline has shifted. I deleted most of my profile to slim it down but I might put some material back. I found a slightly conservative and low traffic pitch tended to appeal to older clients and put off the under 30's which suited me fine. In fact a few clients spotted my profile was skewed to put off the younger more PSE orientated and reckless type and asked me about it. I don't think traffic will return to old levels in a hurry and it may be most of an entire generation of clients has been lost. I want to keep my milfy GFE branding and may have to rework my profile to attract a younger client base. I do get them from time to time. In fact my last two clients were in their 30's and 20's. I picked up wine and dine with one and a more mature outlook with the other was the image in their mind and think I can work with this.

Those are just some ideas I've had.

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Re: Coronavirus affecting bookings
« Reply #2001 on: 24 February 2022, 11:53:28 am »
I'm keeping my eye on the science and it's problematic for the over 50's and clients using hotels due to their risk profiles. That's my target market gone in a puff of smoke.

People are emotional and I think their baseline has shifted. I deleted most of my profile to slim it down but I might put some material back. I found a slightly conservative and low traffic pitch tended to appeal to older clients and put off the under 30's which suited me fine. In fact a few clients spotted my profile was skewed to put off the younger more PSE orientated and reckless type and asked me about it. I don't think traffic will return to old levels in a hurry and it may be most of an entire generation of clients has been lost. I want to keep my milfy GFE branding and may have to rework my profile to attract a younger client base. I do get them from time to time. In fact my last two clients were in their 30's and 20's. I picked up wine and dine with one and a more mature outlook with the other was the image in their mind and think I can work with this.

Those are just some ideas I've had.

Although I've noticed some over 65s not returning, many have and many returned very early. Also younger with underlying conditions, this may be because they got vaccinated sooner than other age groups. I managed to get vaccinated way ahead of my age group, quite a few regulars knew I was leading an isolated lifestyle as many of them did too partly because of my personal life situation and I could work/earn online. I am also low volume and at first return spaced clients out by days inbetween.

Could be a whole lot of different factors but I've not noticed a dropping of age. Many of the younger clients are looking for an older woman, or my specific services and skills eg disability, Kink, BDSM. One of my younger clients has actually died although I'm certain the cause will be his underlying condition.

In some ways I think some older (and all ages) are punting because they have a sense of missed opportunity, time running out. Others simply haven't had a hug or physical contact for a long time.

Over many years of sex work I've noticed punters just stop for whatever reason, doesn't take a pandemic but we have had a very impactuous 2 years so cannot ignore that either.

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« Reply #2002 on: 24 February 2022, 12:26:57 pm »
Yes, I'm not finding any difference at all in the punter demographics (and I have no idea at all why staying in hotels would make any difference to a person's risk?) and the only real difference I'm seeing now is that office-based punters who work nearby are coming into town on fewer days per week, but this is also meaning that they're wanting to make the most of their time while they are in which in turn is good for me (and the pubs, cafés, barbershops and so on).

I haven't seen any sign of the rampant paranoia that was prevalent a while back and bar a handful of regulars who haven't been in touch (and their reasons for that are nothing to do with me) it's all pretty steady away here, which likely means it'll trickle down through the rest of the country over the next few weeks and months. As Miffy said, things don't stay the same regardless and if it wasn't this it would be something else, which is why the Slow At The Minute thread has been going for fourteen years and variously blamed everything from school holidays, public holidays, religious holidays, bad weather, good weather, the World Cup/Euros/Wimbledon/Olympics, the last week before payday, the first week after payday, payday, weekends (punters stuck at home), weekdays (punters stuck at work), ebola (honestly - do a search :D), petrol prices and acts of God. Covid is just another one to add to the list.
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Re: Coronavirus affecting bookings
« Reply #2003 on: 24 February 2022, 02:12:02 pm »
Yes, I'm not finding any difference at all in the punter demographics (and I have no idea at all why staying in hotels would make any difference to a person's risk?) and the only real difference I'm seeing now is that office-based punters who work nearby are coming into town on fewer days per week, but this is also meaning that they're wanting to make the most of their time while they are in which in turn is good for me (and the pubs, cafés, barbershops and so on).

I haven't seen any sign of the rampant paranoia that was prevalent a while back and bar a handful of regulars who haven't been in touch (and their reasons for that are nothing to do with me) it's all pretty steady away here, which likely means it'll trickle down through the rest of the country over the next few weeks and months. As Miffy said, things don't stay the same regardless and if it wasn't this it would be something else, which is why the Slow At The Minute thread has been going for fourteen years and variously blamed everything from school holidays, public holidays, religious holidays, bad weather, good weather, the World Cup/Euros/Wimbledon/Olympics, the last week before payday, the first week after payday, payday, weekends (punters stuck at home), weekdays (punters stuck at work), ebola (honestly - do a search :D), petrol prices and acts of God. Covid is just another one to add to the list.

100% agree with this.
But you missed out the Russian invasion of the Ukraine which probably hasn't had time to filter through yet.
I must have missed the one on Ebola!

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« Reply #2004 on: 24 February 2022, 02:39:58 pm »
100% agree with this.
But you missed out the Russian invasion of the Ukraine which probably hasn't had time to filter through yet.
I must have missed the one on Ebola!

Indeed. It's understandable (because it's a lot easier to blame the entire running order of the News At Ten than it is to face the fact that your pictures are a bit shit/your prices are too high/your text makes you sound like a loon), but whilst it's good (and harmless) to have a vent, not getting as many bookings as you want usually has a reason far closer to home. Some of them are difficult or impossible to do anything about (location, available hours, access to an incall place) but others can most definitely be had a go at :)
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