Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Good Night Sleep for Sissy Connie
Ever have one of those captions or stories that you wrote and you just can't WAIT for people to see it? The anticipation that makes you shiver, because you think you've made something that will hit not only the recipient's buttons, but a BUNCH of innocent bystanders. You just KNOW that some people are going to start up a religion devoted to you because of how beguiling your creation is?
Well, I thought all those things for this caption I posted above.
The post has been viewed 375 times since I posted it on December 27, and the caption inside was viewed 102 times. That means only 1 out of every 3 people that opened the post actually read the caption. Only one person, the recipient, actually replied. I can only assume it was posted when most people were still buzzing from the post Christmas rush.
Well, strike that. I think I know the reason why it wasn't as accepted as I thought it would be.
It probably isn't the type of caption you expect from me. What I wrote is in demand by certain people, but those people probably don't associate me with this type of caption and ignored it. Then, the people that DO LIKE my style saw this and said, "Ummmm, what the hell Dee? Where is the funny inside joke or snark that you litter your captions with?"
Well, it was me that wrote it, and I am still pretty happy with it. At the time, I thought that this might be one I made that many people would request as a retro-fit re-caption that I do from time to time (aka I replace Connie with their name to personalize it for them, which I do for comment rewards or donations.)
I was going for a "Romance Novel" feel for the prose, but filter it into a Haven sensibility. I held back a tad with the "her nostrils flared, as Drake felt the very core of her womanhood" but not by too much. If I had decided to make the text smaller and elaborate more, it most likely would have appeared, but I didn't want to really "cheese it up" because I wanted it to feel like it was coming from an actual turgid novel.
I had the picture first, and that is what inspired the words. The fact that she wasn't too busty, and the face was a bit obscured helped the caption out by being realistic to a she-male caption, and to me, it LOOKS like the cover of a paperback romance novel.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: What variables do you think most decide whether a caption is commented upon and seen, or ignored? Is it the timing of when it was posted? Reputation of the Captioner? Pre-known preferences of the one receiving the trade? Shit luck? Feel free to talk about the actual caption as well. Maybe you have an idea why it didn't catch on as well as I thought it would.