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I am desperately in need of your help. After eight years of marriage, it turns out that the blow jobs I give are "good but not great" and are now getting "boring." My husband is unable to tell me anything specific that he wants me to do, just that I should do something different and "be creative." I've done pretty much everything I can think of over the years, fingers and hands included, so I have no idea where to go from here! My husband is my first partner, so I have no past experience to draw from, and porn hardly seems the proper inspiration: visually exciting (for a guy) but no visible technique other than some rather extreme deep-throating, which I am incapable of, as I have an annoyingly sensitive gag reflex. Is there anything nonstandard but fun that you (or your fans) could suggest? I'm not exactly vanilla, so I'm willing to try pretty much anything at this point.
Thought I Was Doing It Well

Seeing as I think saying, "You're doing it wrong, do it better, but don't ask me how I want it done," is an asshole move, I'm tempted to give asshole advice. Something along the lines of "take a swig of Tabasco sauce immediately before popping his dick in your mouth."
You seem like a nice person: a good sex partner, GGG, open to constructive criticism. But "I grow weary of your blow jobs, they bore me – do something about it!" isn't constructive criticism. It's destructive criticism, the kind of feedback that can leave a sex partner feeling inadequate and self-conscious. To be constructively critical, your husband needs to come through with some suggestions and direction – something more helpful than "surprise me." (I bet he'd find that mouthful of Tabasco sauce surprising.)

Now, maybe your husband has no clue what he wants you to do. But that's still no excuse for "Your blow jobs bore me. Fix it! Creatively!" Your husband should've tossed out some suggestions, invited you to do the same, and you two should've given 'em all a whirl until you found a few new tricks that worked.

Minor unfairnesses slosh around relationships like water in the bottom of a canoe, of course, but "Be creative!" in this context isn't just unfair, it's paralyzing. Putting all the responsibility for busting out new tricks on the shoulders of the person whose blow job/ass-fucking/bondage skills have been criticized rarely results in the criticized person busting out new and mind-blowing blow job/ass-fucking/bondage moves. A destructively criticized sex partner is apt to shut down. So your husband isn't just guilty of unfair behavior here; he's guilty of self-defeating behavior. Meaning, you may be able to give better head – we all have room for improvement – but this is not the way to go about getting better head from you.

Finally, you mention that your husband was your first partner. Can I ask how many women he's been with? If the answer is "not many," then I would respectfully suggest to your husband that his frame of reference may not be large enough to craft a truly informed critique of your blow job technique. For all he knows, you give amazing head. (Cue the straight men who'll tell your husband that he should be happy he's getting blow jobs at all, that you wouldn't catch them complaining if they were getting regular and enthusiastic blow jobs eight years into their marriages, etc.) But routine can make even the best blow jobs seem boring. So it may not be the how of your blow jobs that bore him, but the when and the where. Give him the same old head in a new and exciting place (outside?) or in a new and exciting circumstance (his hands tied behind him?) and see if that doesn't make your blow jobs exciting again.

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