ClothesCaptioned.com

So, I finally took the plunge and created a crowdfunding site to try to make a go of a home based business. I have been thinking about this for some time and it just seemed like it has to be now or I will never do this.

It all started a few years ago with me and The Kid watching television, or rather, streaming and bingeing on Netflix and Prime, and all the other premium channels. We started watching lots of European series and we always had a tough time trying to understand those accents… and the further north you go in the UK the tougher the accents. So, we turned on Closed Captioning.

The first time we saw [SCOFFS], we both laughed. I am not sure to this day that The Kid knew that sound even had a name, let alone what it was. So, it became a familiar lexicon in our vocabularies and we both were quick to point it out whenever it came on screen.

Then it branched out. It was an interesting experiment to see which Closed Captioning writers were actually including in the CC, and often times, very funny! I made some off-hand comment about putting them on t-shirts.

I tried to make t-shirts from iron-on fabric, but it didn’t work well. I thought embroidering would be classier and longer lasting and I did make an effort to try to do this with my home embroidery machine, but it became an exercise in frustration. About that time, I had a tee made for a friend that had embroidered words, but it cost a fortune. (A different startup idea.) I remained in touch with the gentlemen who did the embroidery and he has been gracious enough to share with me some trade secrets. If the funding is successful, I will be purchasing the machine that he recommends. (Hi Steve!)

So, a few minutes ago, the IndieGoGo campaign went live. I hope it looks polished enough… after being in the computing business and looking at hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, I hope that it stands up to the test.

I am naming the company: ClothesCaptioned.com. We did get the domain registered. We had to base the name on what was still available. But I like it. Our icon is simple and will appear on the right sleeve edge.

ClothesCaptioned OriginalWe’re starting out with ten captions:

If these are successful, we hope to branch out and include additional captions. We’ve been collecting them ever since the idea to do this as a business was born. I think I have something like 250 or more of them in a Db, but some I think will be too long or will not appeal to many (any?) customers. Every single caption we do present, however, is required to actually come from a real Closed Caption session.

So, if you’re curious or would like to donate, go here: https://igg.me/at/cctees

I will keep everyone posted on progress here as well as the IGG campaign page.

Thank you for supporting my dream!

julie

Looking for Your Feedback! Please?

If you are a regular reader, you may know that I have been attempting recently to start my own business. The problem has been that I go into each venture, each idea, with much enthusiasm and good intentions. But somewhere along the line, something happens and I shelve the idea.

I’ve been working on another idea for some time, mostly in my head. I do scribble down the content and have amassed quite a list. The project? Custom t-shirts. Let me explain:

With my recent increase of watching entertainment (I think to call it ‘watching television’ to be technically incorrect), which includes programming with different languages, I have been watching using closed captioning. It certainly started by watching British television; some of what was being said with accents were down right unintelligible! But once the CC (closed captioning) was turned on, it stayed on.

It has become sort of a game with me and The Kid. Our personal favorite is [SCOFFS]. We repeat it whenever it is displayed. I, of course, win most of the time, as he “watches” while he is engaged with his laptop or phone. But we have taken to actually just saying the word whenever we feel that we, ourselves, are engaged in a scoff.

So, it occurred to me that it would make a very funny tee. It would definitely be an inside joke for us, but entertaining for others. I am sure that we are not the only ones watching television with CC on. And not on because we’re all going deaf, but for the simple reason that we can now really “hear” what is being said.

Black SCOFFSSo, the feedback I am looking for is:

a) Would you buy such an article of clothing?

b) Would you wear it?

c) Would you give it as a gift?

d) What would be your favorite CC description?

e) How much would you expect to spend (does not include shipping and/or tax)?

I am including a short list of CC that I would like to use, but have almost a hundred others. Before I go head first into this venture, I would love some feedback from you!

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 12.16.08 PMI also have to mention that the CC word would be embroidered onto the shirt, not a transfer. And the shirts would be of a better quality than many of the mass produced tees these days.

Thank you in advance!

julie

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