Moving Things Along

I’ve been home for a second week now and I’ve not done much of the creative things I’ve set out to do.

Truth is, when you are at home all the folks make you do stuff. At times you just want to say no, but 75% of the time it will be me who eventually has to do that particular task. From bringing out grandma for appointments to doing X number of (non-regular) household tasks. I don’t really want to complain, but when it is lumped together in one go it can be a bit depressing. Siblings aren’t lifting a helping finger either.

But I have been doing some work. I have managed to plan out what content is coming out and when. Things are taking time to start up, but I want to create a buffer of sorts before I start posting.

My Tumblr Short Stories initiative is currently stuttering and sputtering. I really need to place my ass on my seat and make sure that I produce at least one story a week for people to read. That is going to be my income giver and I must admit that I’m messing this up. So starting today I’ll start posting one story a week at least.

Coming to Patreon, you guys may have noticed how quiet things are down there. I’ll admit that it’s much MUCH harder than I thought it would be but then again I am to blame for the slow pace as well. So I’ve come up with a little something to move things along.

The premise of the entire Patreon venture was to start off an Animated series. Things are going slow, but it is moving. I will start off with a series of test sequences to get my drawing and animation skills up to par first.

I will be creating a series of polls to kickstart this right here. So do look out for them this coming saturday onwards.

– Selv

 

 

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Returning Online

So… this is my first recess week in which I won’t be travelling or having an escapede. That’s cos I’m pretty low on funds. Instead, I will be working. And hopefully, wearing more often.

I need to catch up on my schoolwork. And my ABDL side, which is dormant at the moment. I really need to finish up that eBook by next week, cos I sort of need the cash to come in. If not, I won’t have the money to wear diapers by month’s end. My school holidays got burned up in the production that we staged last sat, so that’s why I didn’t have time to work.

I hadn’t used diapers for nearly a month, sort of as an abstention, so that the show would go well. The first diaper after didn’t see its potential filled. But as I write this post in my second, I know its going to be a blast 🙂

The long- awaited Tena Slip Maxi review is ready, and will be posted by Saturday. There is one issue with it though, but I will explain it later.

I’ve noticed, in my several week absence from Tumblr, that some popular ABDL accounts have been deactivated. Without naming names, I was wondering why these disappearances happened. Tumblr does have some pretty strict picture laws, and I hope these didn’t do them in. Or worse, if family/personal matters caused them to cease and desist. Whatever your reason, I wish you guys a speedy recovery.

– Selv

Diaper Stories

I’ve been watching the ABDL story scene for a while now. And there seems to be a decline in this area. Either that or everyone’s posting somewhere else.

ADISC suffered a dearth in its stories forums when they did their overhaul. The Stories forum was made private such that only logged-in members could view them, and many of the good quality older stories got removed. Was it necessary to do a blanket deletion of all the stories just to weed out the stories containing underaged characters?

The mods themselves have mentioned that underaged people were barred from the site only on a just-in-case basis. So they may have their reasons for it, but overall, it caused a loss in many good stories. The good thing is, many people reposted their stories. The bad thing is, after the initial hype died down, there were fewer contributions. Today, there are but a few regulars frequenting that forum, way quieter than during its heyday. There are good stories and good writers, but there are poorly written stories as well.

Then there is the abdl story forum (ASF). As far as I can tell the mods didn’t do any major tweaking, but the effect the same is with ADISC – few regulars, few stories, some are rotten potatoes. From what I see, it’s been a slow decline over there at ASF. They used to have story competitions, but they have been discontinued in the previous few years due to lack of participation.

Having said that, they are having another go at it. They’re hosting a Halloween story writing contest, with separate categories for scary and non-scary stories so if you want to warm yourself up for NaNoWriMo, do give it a shot!

There’s the Daily Diapers forum but I haven’t been scanning through that. And then there’s ABDL Stories Homestead, where many stories are very very similar to each other. Let’s not forget Deviantart, which mixes in artwork with storytelling. Deviantart as far as I can tell from an outsider, is doing well with regards to the ABDL scene. But that’s because people want to see pictures.

Which leads me to wonder, why?

The thought that comes to mind is the proliferation of social media. For us ABDL’s, that would mainly be Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat. With varied content available on these platforms, people are able to interact directly with each other, but at a cost – girls are getting harassed. Guys hiding behind a keyboard are spewing filth at these people(girls and guys), just because they can be anonymous. Sure, it is just a small group. But these so-called ‘content creators’ will tone down as a result, and then everyone suffers.

But back to the topic of ABDL stories.

With these social media platforms offering netizens more of what they want to see, traditional forums and story forums are seeing a decline. Which is what I think is the main cause of the decline in stories – the lack of forum users leads to a lack in stories. A lack in stories leads to the lack in members critiquing. A lack of discussion then leads to authors changing their platforms. I know of at least one writer who has experienced this, and I’m that person.

Beyond that, we must acknowledge that people are also seeking to publish their writings online, either in e-book format or in other pay-to-view arrangements. With e-publishers like Smashwords, Amazon, Lulu and others, it is very easy to go online. Reaching readers can be a problem but otherwise the monetary incentive is a big draw for authors who have that calibre.

While I’m not expecting a total, irreversible decline of the story forums, that is what it is looking like now. The thing is, we can’t force people to write. Like any creative work, it takes time and mood to concoct a good story. It would be easy for me to say ‘hey, just organise a competition with attractive prizes and people will participate’, but as noted, participation rates are low.

Ultimately, the motivation to write comes from the demand that readers supply. Some write for fun, but arguably the best things come from author and auteurs who receive renumeration. #rowling #spielberg

NaNoWriMo is coming in 2 months. If not for my uni exams, I would be taking part in it.

– Selv