This was created a few days ago for Terri. She is from the UK, so I wanted to make something for her which would not only make her a gothy slut, but also remove her ethnicity (those were all part of her preferences at one point or another.) The only error I made was after I posted, I realized that I had made a caption very similar to this one for her last time, though at least that one was semi-voluntary. I made reference to that in my comments about the caption, and she was fine with it. My added comment was "I have really given you a shoe fetish, haven't I? Just seems to fit you I think. Maybe next caption, I'll have you stealing shoes instead of asking to borrow them!"
The main reason I wanted to post this caption is to show how making comments can be fun and beneficial to everyone.
There is a bit of "Dee canon" so to speak that I steal shoes from Rachel's closet. It was a joke when I became an admin that I had stolen Rach's "big girl shoes" aka "the boss heels" and all sorts of Haven members have riffed on that general theme.
Steffie posted the first comment, which was:
Hmmm, I could swear I saw Rachel wearin a pair of boots just like that last week. Odd, huh?
After that, Terri posted a comment thanking me for the caption and her being a "shoe hound". Then Petra came by with her little bon mot ..
Watch out Dee, I loaned Terri a pair of bunny slippers and when she returned them there were 8 of 'em rather than just two. I told her to keep the bunnies separated. Who knows what kind of trouble she'll get into with some heeled boots
What Petra did there was to reference the caption posted, and have fun with Terri, the recipient of the caption. She was witty and engaging, and made a connection with her.
Terri ended up replying to Petra with a comment of her own:
Well I liked them so much I had to buy more...or did I? I don't know I kind of zone out in shoe stores. Ooh I saw this cute pair of Mary Janes though...
Now Terri has gotten into the fun. Perhaps she will make a caption for Pea involving bunny slippers, or some sort of shoe thing. Petra might see that Terri mentioned Mary Jane shoes (or the candy with a magical power perhaps?) and see a picture that reminds her of Terri. If they didn't know each other (not sure if they did) perhaps they will look more closely at their work the next time they see something posted. No matter what, it helps to build up the community and make people friendlier with one another.
Most of my Haven friendships were formed out of comments and witty banter in posting to the Haven. There really is no substitute for just chatting and commenting to build relationships. Will you hit it off with everyone? Probably not, but if you find a few like-minded people on your wavelength, you get more invested with the scene, and increase your enjoyment tenfold!
DISCUSSION QUESTION: Do you take the time to read all the comments on a TG caption, or just read the caption and move along? For those who caption, How much do you use comments as a guideline to what worked and what didn't? Do you use peoples comments as a guideline when making captions, or just their preferences?