This was an "insta-caption" I'd done for Petra back in November of 2010. I think Pea had posted new pictures to her "photos for captioning" folder on the Haven, which Steffie had grabbed one and was having me proofread it, if I recall correctly. I figured I would check out what new stuff she'd posted (Petra has a great eye for gorgeous women in poses and situations that work really well for TG captions) and this picture just jumped right out at me.
I don't recall it taking more than 5-8 minutes from start to finish. I love making captions for people like Steffie and Petra because we are all good friends, and all enjoy goofing around with each other. Even more than that, we ENCOURAGE each other to be wacky and irreverent. Here's a small series I made for Petra, that I don't THINK I've posted here before.
I can't tell you how much fun it was to make, and get reactions to, this caption set. That is the main reason I wanted to post tonight. Sometime over the weekend, this blog will have hit the 1 million mark for page views.
I know that since this is more of a discussion site, I don't necessarily get the views that other sites get, and I have no problem with that. I think that my goal is to lift the curtain and show what is going on inside a somewhat creative mind, and get others to think about what they are viewing and/or creating. Its a earnest minded goal to be sure, and I do take the discussions seriously, but the main goal here, and in the Haven, is to have as much fun and enjoyment as possible. Not only that, but to make sure that everyone else comes along for the carnival ride.
I love what I do, and there is no mistaking the fact that I enjoy making captions. That is why I have this blog, and why I've probably not suffered any particular burnout creatively. Here is something that ended up being ironic .. its from the FIRST POST I ever made at the Haven:
As a lot of people that like TG, I am prone to disappearing and reappearing, and as such, it's apparent that it'll take me forever to get enough postings to see the real galleries, both here and at the (bimbo) sanctuary (I'm finally up to 70 or so there, only took me about 2 years for that!) I'll post a few things, then think I'm saying too much and revealing, then scurry away like a squirrel. Then at some point, when I have free time, I'll pop back in.Well, other than the fact I'd never MADE a caption at that point, once I hit the Haven, I never looked back. I made friends there, which meant fun, then made some captions, which was even more fun! Over time, I became more established, helped out in many facets (writing coach, librarian, links coder, then finally admin) and in every case, found something whimsical and charming about the whole experience. All that made me exactly the person I wanted to be online, and the person that I used to envy. What a wonderful outcome!
I envy those that really can just jump right into the communities and post away without any fears. Perhaps they feel they can be free to be what they want online, or that they are truly comfortable with laying it all out there.
Long story long, since its my friggin' blog ... I hope that you can see the joy in each caption that I make and discuss, either here or on the Haven. I like to think that I leave a bit of the essence of "Dee" in all my works. I remember Bren saying that she would quit making captions once she hit 1k. I wondered why she was being so arbitrary. How can you stop if you are having a blast, or even worse, if you kept making captions if your heart wasn't into it .. just to make your goal. Luckily Bren kept on going after she passed 1k (I think she's over 1200 right now) but I know I'll stop only when it isn't fun anymore.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: When it comes to captions, what is it that makes it the most enjoyable? Is it the subject matter (like a certain fetish or genre) the picture, the mood, the design, the worldview of the creator, or something else? I'm hoping that I get lots of comments on this.