Sunday, February 12, 2017
Dee Mentia Tells You .. THE FUTURE! You Won't Believe What Happens Next!
TG Captioner Uses Clickbait Headlines. What She Announced WILL SHOCK YOU!
Did I pull you in? Did I get you to click inside? Good. Here's my announcement.
I need a break.
I've been captioning for just about nine years straight without much time off at all. Through quite a few surgeries, college classes, serious family issues and other things that probably would have stopped most other people .. I kept on making TG captions. Perhaps it was therapy in a weird way, and I could get out whatever feelings I had at the moment through the digital canvas, by publishing something on the Haven and here on the blog.
While I was not obsessive over "my art and my muse" quite like Caitlyn did, I can't half-ass this blog and the contents I post. It is why I can't do a Tumblr at this point in time. A long term posting of just captions with no context behind it doesn't excite me in any way.
Usually interactive discussions amongst people here on the blog would get me out of a funk, but there hadn't been much here since we entered the New Year. Maybe I had been venting too much politically and that drove people off, or just January doldrums, etc .. but I'm toast in many ways right now, and as I mentioned in a few posts back: Being away from here felt like a relief .. something that I can't recall ever happening before, and not much has changed since I posted about it. So ..
How long will my sabbatical be? A few weeks? Perhaps a month?
I don't plan to be back posting new content regularly until March 1 at the earliest. It may be MUCH later than that. Really not sure yet. Maybe after 2 weeks I'll miss it and be back with a vengeance. Maybe it'll be 2 months and then I'll be reinvigorated. Hell, perhaps I come back in 3 weeks, then find out I made a mistake and I'll wander off for a larger period of time. This is all new to me. Just about every other captioner (other than Dawn) has vanished for weeks or months .. often without giving any explanation. I've been up front since the get go here and not trying to be dramatic.
As always, I want to involve you, the readers, in what sort of content I will provide in the meantime. One option would be that I could "reprint" old blog postings .. the caption and the write-up as a repost. Maybe you've seen it before, or it could be new to you if it was before you started being a regular viewer. Another choice would be to highlight some captions given to me from the Haven, either randomly or chosen by a particular captioner. Definitely let me know in the comments if you'd like either or both. Any other ideas could be on the table as well. Twice a week seems fair enough, and will stop Google from thinking this blog has gone inactive.
Will I still be around?
Yes and no. I am not giving up my administrative duties at the Haven. You can PM me there at anytime and I'll be monitoring the site and content as usual. Perhaps, if motivated, there will be a new caption or two traded there, though I wouldn't be shocked if my output ceased at the Haven until I am ready to start captioning again regularly.
For this blog, I will try to check in once a day. maybe at lunch or supper to view any comments that need a reply, and depending on the plan going forward, spend a few minutes putting up any content post to make sure this blog doesn't fall under the "inactive" category. Time permitting, I would probably visit other blogs, especially those in that column on the left. I want to continue to build the community, and totally withdrawing from it all will not help myself nor those I wish to support.
And those who have my email, shoot me a note now and again. I always love hearing from my friends, regardless of how long it's been since I last chatted.
The more I've written here, the better I feel .. in general and specifically in regards to this decision .. though hitting the "PUBLISH" button was possibly the hardest decision I've had to make here. A few weeks or a couple months should do wonders.
PS. About the caption posted above. I think it is the newest one I've done, right after the Patriots Super Bowl caption for Simone. There was no way I was going to sleep before 3 AM so .. I used my nervous energy to power through a caption. Ian has a name that is small enough to fit in most captions without much space and since he's commented the most on this site, it had to star him. Which one actually IS him? I guess only he knows the answer to that!