Trying to Get Our Groove Back
Apologies for the long periods of radio silence and the sporadic posting. Many things both good and stressful have distracted my from my duty to this blog. Usually I would attempt to post enough to make up for the days missed, but I lost count of those long ago, so let’s just try to start fresh.
In the interest of getting back on track, I have several questions concerning tagging. I’ve been running into some frustrating difficulties when attempting to discern the proper tags for fanworks depicting creatures: animals, anthros, furries, hybrids, bugs, and so on. There ends up being a lot of overlap, and I’m caught between not wanting to add too many tags and wanting to tag everything properly. I’ve tried to divide the tags up in the following manner:
"animals" for any work depicting the mercs as actual four-legged furry things
"anthro" for furries and more cartoonishly anthropomorphized animals (basically anything up on two legs or Looney Tune-ish)
"kemonomimi" for mostly human bodies with minimal animal features like ears, tails, and fangs (catboys and the like)
"hybrids" for half-merc, half-animal abominations like tentas and nagas
"supernatural" for vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc.
"bugs" for spyders and spy mosquitos and other tf2 buggies
It seems pretty straightforward (well, to me; it’s probably unnecessarily specific to normal people), but I still run into some confusion. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if something is intended to be anthro or just accidentally looks that way. A werewolf can sometimes look like an anthro. Is a centaur or mermaid supernatural or hybrid? Should I tag all posts with any animal features as “animals” as well as the more specific tags? Tentaspy and Engibee each have their own tag; should they be tagged with hybrid and bugs as well? Or should there be no tentaspy or engibee tags at all and only the hybrid and bugs tags?
These are the questions I think way too much about, and I would really value the input of all you lovelies to try and figure it out.
Also, there are 335 of you now! That’s fantastic! I don’t really have the resources to commemorate follower milestones, but I’m gonna start pondering what I can do. Maybe if/by the time the count reaches 500, I’ll be able to do something.
That’s all for today! As always, feedback and any questions are more than welcome. We’ll get this place running smoothly yet.
Reblogging for an earlier crowd.
One last reblog before I get on with it.