Do you have any advice on quiet implements. I live with other people and don't want to bother them too much. Also, your blog is wonderful.
We actually get this question a lot, and you’ll find some answers under our “apartment spanking” tag.
But basically, the general equation is less surface area = quieter. Hands/ paddles/belts are the loudest, switches and wires are nearly silent (and often, truly evil). Of course, individual sensations vary widely, but it’s damn near impossible to find a quiet paddle, for example.
But even the quiet things have a wide range of sensations to choose from, so experiment as widely as you can.