Porno, Podcasts, and heavy metal

As Howard Stern begs listeners to tune into his new satellite radio show, porno podcaster, sex writer, and sex educator extraordinaire Violet Blue is just trying to make time for some welding. Blue has written more than 10 best-selling sex books, reviewed countless pornos, and lectures at universities and health centers nationwide.

After seven years of writing educational information and creating outreach programs for sex shop Good Vibrations, Blue decided to take her arsenal of sex knowledge to the next level. In 2004, she became one of the first women to launch her very own show via podcast, Open Source Sex. “You don’t need to be rich. You don’t need to be famous. Anyone can produce a show anywhere and it can become popular,” Blue says of the podcasting revolution. “I just have a laptop and a $19 microphone that I bought at Radio Shack, and I’ve gotten over a million hits.”

Blue’s show changes weekly yet consistently sticks to the topic of sex. Whether reading erotic stories on-air or giving listeners a lesson about threesomes, she guarantees accurate information and a cast free of gender stereotypes. Her penchant for putting on an unpredictable show each week keeps podcast lovers coming back for more.

Blue’s porno podcast is one of many sex-centered shows available, but she doesn’t feel threatened — she figures the more sex education, the better. “The more that’s out there, the more choices that people have,” Blue says. “There are definitely some podcasts out there where I’m like ‘Oh come on. Do you really have to say men are from Mars and women are from Venus and all that 1950s bullshit?’”

When she’s not writing books, teaching classes, recording a podcast, writing for Fleshbot.com, and freelancing for countless publications, Blue participates in a machine arts organization called Survival Research Laboratories. She welds together various machinery and takes part in the “most dangerous machine shows on earth” by creating movable and highly lethal machines.

Just the average life of a sex writer? “I have a big fear of getting bored easily,” Blue says.

Guess so.