Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Two Men Enter...

Hi all! So please check out my note from yesterday about the Starz Sister Blogs. I've added some links to the side of each so you can switch between each. Also, the current Advertisement Caption Contest is still going on so give it a shot if you haven't already! Finally, I want to reiterate that while I may not have a daily cap up on this main site anymore, at least one of the sister blogs will have a cap each day. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Re-Introductions: The Starz Sisters

So I mentioned in a post a few days ago that there was something I wanted to reveal. It's been something I've been struggling to do for a while now, simply because timing is important and I wasn't quite sure of the reaction. Having just gone through the possibility of moving sites during the Blogger incident and seeing the adjustment it would take, I decided that now was a good time to make this announcement that will affect how this blog is run. The "reveal" is simply this - I am multiple Starz captioners.

Some clever folks who have been around the community a while might already know what this is referring to, but to everyone else some explaining is in order. Way back in January 2013, I took the longest extended hiatus in the history of this blog, not posting caps from then until late September 2013. The reasons were personal ones that continue to plague me in various forms even today - captioning sucks up a lot of time and occasionally makes me question myself when I am struggling emotionally. However, I did not stop captioning during that 8 month period of time. I actually went on to create two new sites about a month after stopping posts on this site; Serena Starz TG Captions (which I promoted on my blog as the work of a "fan") and Hallie Starz TG Captions (a site I did not promote as an experiment to see how difficult it was to increase the popularity of an unknown site). All caps on these sites were done by me.

So why did I do this? Honestly, it was because I loved captioning too much to quit but wanted to do something "fresh" without the pressure of completing a daily cap as Elena. I was about one-fifth of the way through my "HTBABB 101" series without any ideas and tired of doing the same cap over and over; so I started over. "Serena" focused on two new series and "Hallie" created a wonderful universe called "Sissy Island". I was (and still am) proud of the work I published on those sites, but was afraid of revealing my true identity because I didn't want people to think that I flaked out on my original site/HTBABB 101 series so quickly.

To those who this is a surprise, I apologize if this revelation offends you or makes you think I am sneaky and untrustworthy. All I ask is for a bit of understanding - I may have done a somewhat selfish thing but it was something necessary for my personal survival and the eventual revival of this blog. Posting caps daily is something I only started after I returned from my work as Serena/Hallie and I hope the collective body of work I have done speaks to how much my work is done to please you all. If a selfish act is the root of many more selfless acts, I think it has some merit.

Now why am I telling you all this now? Because these old sites and personalities are coming back in the form of "Starz Sister Sites". I have come to the conclusion that in order to "expand" my work, I will need to compartmentalize it better. So what I plan on doing is updating/creating sites specifically tailored to a certain style of captions, with a unique Starz "sister" controlling each site. Serena Starz will host "Starz TG Series" in honor of the two great series I made back in 2013, which will be the location of new editions of the Duck Flu and Mildew High Dress Code series. Hallie Starz will be in control of "Starz Sissy Island", a site that will contain exclusively sissy caps and also focus on the "Sissy Island" universe developed there. Maddi Starz of the recently created "Starz Interracial Captions" will focus on interracial captions and possibly start to include explicit captions in general. Finally, Ariel Starz is the newest sister who will be in control of the new "Starz Caption Contest" site, where all future contests will be held.

Of course, I will continue to post captions here on this original blog too as Elena. The sister blogs will reduce clutter and hopefully allow people to explore specific interests which much more appropriate tags. It may mean that I won't always post once a day here - but I guarantee that at least one of the Starz sisters will have a post each day. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or want to tell me that you already knew about Serena and Hallie (honestly I am curious if anyone figured it out) please post a comment in one of the sites. Otherwise, take the links to the sites and enjoy any caps you haven't already read - there's a lot of them!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weight Training

I forgot to mention yesterday but the Advertisement Caption Contest is still up even with all this hullabaloo regarding Blogger. Got some really cool caps already, both in terms of clever advertising styles and unique things being advertised, but I think this is an awesome theme to explore so feel free to send more my way!

Today's cap comes from an idea that was...um...hanging in front of me when I saw this image. Let me know if you think it "works" out!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Good News!

Wonderful news on the captioning front - I came online today with the intention of gathering links to new sites people were posting in light of the move from Blogger and discovered that Google has reversed it's policy! Very happy to hear that as my move from Blogger was an adjustment (was still tinkering with Wordpress formats/ways to navigate their toolbars) that I am now no longer required to make. 

However, this short period in which myself and others had to make accommodations/plan for a possible transfer to a new site has got me thinking about some things I've been wanting to do. Some of it is aesthetic (was kind of nice to try out a new background/format of WordPress), some of it practical (I really do need to "backup" my caps on Tumblr or something), and some of it is announcing something that the switch to WordPress would have provided an ideal timing for. I think I will plan on making that reveal tomorrow or the next day, but for now let's just focus on a fun new cap and celebrate the ability to stay on this blog site!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Magic

So this will be the final original caption from me on this blog. I hope to have a WordPress site set up in the next few days and will obviously provide a link on this site once that happens. However, as a reminder I still would love to see entries for the Advertisement Caption Contest - got some cool entries already and would love to post them all on the new site in about a week. Finally, I've started to see some links to new sites pop up - I plan on posting once every few days with links so people can start finding their way around the new sites in the community.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homewrecker

The latest caption contest based on advertisements is up - the submissions for this may be the last contest entries on Blogger!

This cap was in the vein of what I consider to be my classic "long cap" style - the story is a little involved, the text in the cap is smaller, and the tone is much more of a slow progression that in some of my shorter caps. I don't know how much I "succeeded" in the sense that I was trying to throw in a lot of subtle wordplay into it and I don't know how much I actually stayed true to the concept of a "homewrecker". But I think it's an interesting cap nevertheless - enjoy!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Great (TG) Migration

Hello all,

No caption today. As you may have heard if you follow any number of TG Captioning blogs closely, Blogger is planning on making all blogs containing sexually explicit material (ergo most, if not all, TG blogs) private. This leaves many captioners with two choices: maintain their blog privately amongst those who take the time to ask to be invite to the private site, or find a new site to continue posting their work.

In regards to the first option, I can actually envision a very small portion of captioners who might appreciate the option of a private blog - bloggers looking for interaction are more likely to get it from people who have to request access to a site. However, I personally believe that it is counter-intuitive to continue utilizing a site (in this case Blogger/Google) that clearly doesn't want to cater to your interests. Moreover, I think the TG captioning community thrives thanks in large part to anonymous viewers. I believe that most would be dissuaded from participating if they were required to request access to a private TG blog; thus, it seems that this option is not a feasible one.

The other option therefore is to move sites - WordPress and Tumblr seem to be the most popular options mentioned at the moment (although if anyone has other ideas, please share!). I'm still undecided at what to do - I do have a Tumblr page that I haven't updated in ages, but like others have noted I question the ease of interactivity via comments/the set style of posting that would force a large overhaul for the way I do things. At the moment my plan is to start uploading all of my caps from this blog to Tumblr so they will have a permanent location somewhere, while separately I try and decide where I want to start posting new caps.

This brings me to my next point, which I think is the most important of them all - how are we (as captioners and viewers in the TG caption community) going to maintain contact during this period of transition? I can easily imagine smaller sites, many of which have wonderful individual captions, disappearing and their quality work vanishing forever. Bigger sites will also have the trouble of trying to repost their content in a new, visible location. Finally, how we all link back to each other again? The current system of links via caption blogs may not completely evaporate but will likely be severely reduced. How can we ensure that this change doesn't result in the loss of many quality caps/stories?

Although I'm sure there will be more intelligent options than this, I will start posting links to new locations for old sites as soon as I find them. I ask that if you are a captioner who is moving from Blogger, a viewer who knows a captioner switching over to a new site, or even a good source of images that will disappear - PLEASE send links to ElenaStarz4372@gmail.com. I hope to start compiling these links in order to ensure that I (and whatever viewers read this) still maintain contact with members of this wonderful community.

Love always,
Elena Starz