I've thought about how to say this for a few weeks now, but the simplest way seems to be the best - this is the end of my time here in the TG captioning community. As many long-time captioners have undoubtedly experienced in some form, I have struggled with when to make my exit for a long time. I took a "break" back in 2013, but ended up coming back with a few new blogs (including this one) because I still enjoyed the process. Come 2015, I made an exit from my main site for good, but continued to host contests here on Blogger and produce a smattering of works across various sites. I survived the Great Tumblr Purge of 2018 (although to be fair that was never a site where I produced my own work), yet here I am six months later ready to say goodbye. I suppose the cynical/candid perspective is that nothing is guaranteed - I can't deny that I've continuously flitted in an out of appearances throughout various locations in the TG captioning world and thus it wouldn't not be unprecedented to see me return. But this time feels different. I haven't written a caption in months, the motivation for maintaining these contests has dwindled, and a few factors in my life outside of this community likely means that this goodbye is the true final one.
So what does that mean? Well unfortunately it means that I will not be around to host contests. I have truly enjoyed putting these contests together and providing an avenue for captioners to try their hand at making something in an environment where they can feel safe and comfortable to explore their creative side without having to commit to creating their own site. This place (and all of you lovely participants) have honestly been a major reason why I've lingered as long as I have and it is my biggest regret that my exit will remove this outlet. I would obviously be THRILLED is someone else would eventually take up my mantle and try to host a similar caption contest specific site somewhere else, but I understand that various factors may make this undesirable for potential hosts or contests participants.
But fear not! I don't want to end on this somber note and leave people without one more chance to participate in these contests. That is why I am planning on hosting THREE special events to conclude my time here. The deadlines are important - I won't be around any longer than the end of June, so please try to be prompt if you want to participate! The three-part 'finale' to this site are:
- The Premise Caption Contest (submissions by Monday, June 17th): I have a number of old caption ideas that have lingered in storage for upwards of three years. I'd like you all to try to do what I cannot - complete captions based on the premise I provide...or invent something better!
- The Final Caption Contest (submissions by Sunday, June 23rd): This is the last "real" contest that will go on simultaneously, giving you free reign with a number of my favorite images.
- The 3rd Request Contest (requests by Wednesday, June 12th): As I have sporadically done during my time here, I want to offer a reward for the wonderful individuals who have taken the time to participate on this site by providing them a free caption request done by me. This is open to anyone who has submitted a caption previously. The caveats are two-fold: first, I am REALLY struggling to produce captions, so this represents an ATTEMPT by me to complete a request. I highly recommend suggesting/requesting multiple ideas; even though I'll only do one, it'll increase the likelihood that something will inspire me. Secondly, the deadline for submitting a request (Wed, June 12th) is really important - I don't intend to be around much longer and need time to produce as many requested caps as I can.
Thank you all for being a part of this experience for me. There are too many individuals participants to thank, but I hope you all know how much I've valued your creativity, artistry, and ability to breath life into these wonderful stories.