Talk about a milestone week! On Sunday, my tumblr blog hit 1,500 followers, and then the very next day, this blog here hit 1,000,000 views! Click the image above to see a recap of all the fun we've had together over the past few months, including the top five posts on Blogger and Tumblr!
I'm always excited to hit milestones like this, but sometimes I wonder how meaningful it is. I'm about to go on a long rant now. If you want to see the top post recap like I usually do, you can just scroll down.
Anyway, back to the rant. It's actually been about a month now since the last time I made a caption. I'm taking a little break to focus on some other things, but I'm not the only one who has taken a break. Dee posted about it at the beginning of the month here. People obviously come and go in all sorts of communities. But as I come up on these milestones, while taking a mini-break, it got me thinking. I'm celebrating 1M views, which is still a big number, but about half of all internet traffic is bots. So although I think this is a great achievement, its likely only half a million "real" views. Then I look at all these other bloggers who post their view counts and wonder about them too. How big is this community at all?
I think the glory days of Blogger for the TG community may be behind it. They were probably already over long before I started posting here. I remember the backlash when Blogger first said that they were going to stop allowing adult-oriented blogs like these on the system. All of a sudden, bloggers who had been inactive for years were coming back and posting about it and how they were backing up their captions on tumblr just in case. I think now about how little time I spend in front of my actual PC and how much more time I spend on mobile devices.
Are there actually less blogs now then there were "back in the day"? I don't know. I couldn't keep up with them then, and I can't keep up with them all now. Is the community smaller? Other bloggers seem to think so. I don't get a ton of comments here (and that's okay), but bloggers who do have spoken about the decline in commenting. In the age of the Facebook like, I know that commenting seems difficult. I struggle to reply to all of the comments that I get. I only comment infrequently on other blogs as well. Mobile is the future of casual computing, and is the reason why there appears to be a downtick because Blogger performs poorly on mobile? Sure, each blog itself looks pretty good on mobile, Blogger has taken care of that. But you can't see the sidebars to visit other blogs unless you go all the way down to the bottom of the page and view the desktop version. Some blogs don't work well on mobile either because the picture doesn't load in its own tab, and it loads in that desktop-preview mode that works great on a PC and awful on a phone.
Is this community thriving on mobile? Maybe not this particular TG community, but TG in general is. Tumblr is the place to be. Tumblr has many of its own issues as well, but the volume of content on tumblr is immense. And the social features on tumblr are much better than what Blogger has. The likes give a way for casual users to interact with your posts and the reblogs allow people to share and redistribute your work. My most popular caption on blogger has 3000+ views. My most popular caption on tumblr has something like 125+ likes/reblogs. Which of these are more meaningful? The view count which just means that 1500 robots visited my page and the other 1500 clicked into the captions because they saw boobs in the thumbnail, or the 125 who read the caption and then decided to interact with it?
Perhaps the TG community is just splintering. I post on Blogger, Tumblr, and at Rachel's Haven. The community built around each of these three websites are completely different. I've spoken at length before about the difference in the types of captions that seem to do well on Blogger, versus those that do well on Tumblr. Some of this I think can be attributed to a higher percentage of mobile users on tumblr who prefer vertical-oriented captions to maximize the image size and also prefer less words, but the realistic change and sissy culture is significantly larger there than it is here. When I first started posting there, someone messaged me anonymously to tag all of my posts with #sissy captions. They sure were right!
Time to start circling back. Where am I going with this? A vibrant community is important to all of us. Caption readers want captions to consume and creators want feedback to know that people are actually reading their captions. I would be an absolute liar if I said that I made captions strictly for myself and I didn't value seeing my view count climb or my captions get reblogged. If any captioner tells you that they are lying. I do ENJOY making captions. I like coming up with the types of captions that I like to read, but at the end of a long day of captioning, I can come up with a million other ways I could have spent my time which would have been a lot more productive. Captioning is time consuming. I wouldn't be able to keep doing it if it wasn't for you, the reader. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog three times a week and read my captions. If you come from tumblr, thank you for following me and reblogging my posts.
Ramblings about stuff over.
Before we get to the recap though, what else is in store for the next three or four months?
- 2nd Annual Secretaries Week starts on Sunday (daily captions)
- The From the Web Captions will continue on Wednesdays during May and July.
- Erin had her surgery, but her story will continue.
- Special movie-themed captions for the premieres of Guardians of the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wonder Woman, and The Mummy
- 2nd Annual #30Captions30Days during the month of June
- A new series called "Reasons". It's an excuse to use up pictures that I've had for a long time but couldn't find a way to caption, but I've coupled them with the reasons I'd like to be female.
- A look back over the previous 499 captions, leading up to
- Caption #500
So, similar set up to last time. I'll cover the top five captions on both blogger and tumblr since I reached 750,000 views. One surprising fact about this time is there is actually a surprising amount of overlap between what was popular on each blog. Three of the top five captions appear on both lists.
Top Blogger Captions Since 750,000
(#366) The Box, 1700+ views, 30+ notes
(#365) I Don't Know, 1600+ views, 20+ notes
(#402) The Curse, 1500+ views, 90+ notes
(#367) Pantydropper, 1500+ views, 20+ notes
(#406) Brother, 1400+ views, 30+ notes
Top Tumblr Captions Since 750,000
(#402) The Curse, 90+ notes, 1500+ views
(#406) Brother, 30+ notes, 1400+ views
(#400) The Hotel, 30+ notes, 1200+ views
(#366) The Box, 30+ notes, 1700+ views
(#412) The Poolhouse, 20+ notes, 1000+ views
That's all folks! Thanks for stopping by!