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Happy Birthday to me!

For those of you who DON'T know - today is my birthday! Which means it's the most important day of the LJ Idol year!

People always end up asking me "What do you want for your birthday?" Sometimes I have an answer and sometimes I don't.

This year though, I have one.

We are about a month out from the start of Season 10 (if everything goes the way it should go with the graphics).

When I make the announcement - that will be when my birthday request kicks in - I want anyone who loves Idol, or likes me, or has any evenly vaguely positive feelings toward either of those things to promote the hell out of it. Spread the word. Let people know. Cast the net as far and wide as you possibly can, and encourage other people to do the same!

I saw a lot of old faces at the end of the mini season, I don't want you to disappear back into the ether. I want you to come back out and play with the rest of us! I want new people who have no idea what the hell this is to get excited!

I want Season 10 to be fun. If what I have on paper translates to the game, it will be.

So - Happy Birthday to me and a warning shot to the rest of you that you have a month to prepare! :)

"Get Published in Literary Magazines"

Our own whipchick, better known as the LJ IDOL Season 8 Winner has a new book out to *help YOU*!


If you dream of getting published in literary magazines, but don't know where to start - this is a great resource for you!

Heck, if you just want a kick-start on getting yourself "out there" professionally - this is a great new resource!

(and if you follow the link, it will take you to the LJ IDOL store front. Where you can explore other fantastic books from your fellow LJ Idol contestants available on Amazon. Anything you buy from Amazon after going through our store gives a tiny bit to Idol! So thanks for that! :D)

Go support Allison - and spread the word about this book!

10 years ago today

July 27th, 2006.

Where were you? What were you doing?

I know what was happening in MY life.

hilhilbean had convinced me that if I were to have another one of those "LJ Idol" events, that I needed to do it in a community rather than on my personal LJ. (A number of people had chimed in with that "advice". :D)

I didn't know anything about LJ communities at the time, so she set it up for me.

That happened 10 years ago, and launched Season 2 and everything people think of when they think "LJ Idol".

The community itself was born on that day, and has only continued to grow.

I'm working on a project right now, and part of it is trying to get an accurate number of how many people have walked through these doors. I have all the names but am in the process of weeding out the aliases. With the multiple usernames, it's over 1,000. With them weeded out, it's just under 1,000.

(and if you want to help me out - email me the aliases you have used over the years! :D I always tell people to send me them to my gmail address... but I'm having to comb through that, my rocketmail address, LJ email and FB messenger! :D)

Nearly 1,000 people.

10 years.

That's meeting 100 new people every year.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have come through these doors.

I've said before that part of LJ Idol was that it was giving me something to focus on in the years after my divorce. Until this morning though, I'm not entirely sure if I realized that the founding of this community was on *my wedding anniversary*.

Talk about being obvious about it! ;)

I've now been running Idol longer than my ex-wife and I were together!

Thank you for each and every one of those days! (Even the "bad" ones, I think Idol is better for having them.)

I may have a few updates in the coming months as I make my way through my project.

But for now - thank you, and I hope to see you in October for Season 10!


Friending Frenzy

The mini-season is over http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/942402.html which means it's time for the "rivals" to drop off "Friends and Rivals".

Making new friends is always one of the highlights of an Idol season - which is why we always end them with a "Friending Frenzy".

So, if you want to meet new people on LJ, post here and say a few words about yourself that might make someone interested in friending your journal! (if they haven't already done so)

Tell your friends to come on over. That's the important part. Spread the spirit of LJ Idol by spreading the word of, and the love for, Livejournal!

Results - Finale


Let me look at that again.


196 people came out to vote this week.

I saw some *old* friends in those numbers. It's always nice to know that people are paying attention even when they aren't active in the community.

Every time people say that LJ is dead, look at what can happen if you just push a little to get them to come out! :)

This was a back and forth struggle between two Titans of LJ Idol that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

In the end though, by a narrow margin - our second place finisher was the always fantastic gratefuladdict, who has managed to do this "going to the finals" thing two times. Which is, by the way, the first time that's been done!

Our winner is the first male to ever take home the crown on his own - the one, the only prog_schlock!!!

You did kittymichaels proud. He would have been really happy to see this. (Well, he would have won. But maybe he would have made you think you had something to do with it)

Congratulations to both of you!

Congratulations as well to everyone who came out for this mini season and left it all on the field. Thank you for your continued love and support!

Dreslinski out.

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 7

It's our last day together.

LJ Idol: Friends and Rivals is coming to a close, with the poll ending tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html so make sure to get your votes in to choose your next LJ Idol!


Usually, at the end of a season I pass the hat. But (1) I did that a few weeks ago and (2) I'm going to share this link instead:


"The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy."


Throughout the mini-season, and well, over the past few years - there has been a lot of talk about the differences between "Old Idol" and "New Idol", which is really just a new version of the "fiction" vs "non-fiction" debate. :)

On the way into work this morning, as I was drifting in and out of sleep, I was thinking about what I wanted to say in the last Green Room of the mini-season. I was thinking about conversations I had when non-fiction was the "norm". That by talking about it in a piece that was being voted on, that people were "exploiting" their own sexual abuse. That people were lying about being blind/deaf/etc or having multiple personalities.

That people were lying about their past - who they were, what they had done.

There was a lot of that talk behind the scenes.

A contestant was writing first person accounts of her life as a dragon. For some reason no one minded that. :)

Which was the example I always used - that if you tell me "I'm a dragon" I will say "OK, you're a dragon". Because what is it costing me to believe that? Absolutely nothing.

What reminded me of this has been all the talk about gender lately. Some of it in regard to Orlando (well that's been "sexual identity" which is different. But let's just lump it all into one thing while acknowledging that it's completely not the same thing), some from "Great Restroom Debate". Some just from reading what people are talking about, that intersected with the two.

I don't claim to be any sort of expert on how people identify. Far from it. I know some things, other things I've had looked up - and still more I don't even have a very good understanding of once I have - and of course there are constantly new variations and names for things popping up that leave me just shaking my cane and yelling at people to just stay off my lawn.

Here's the thing though - I don't *have* to understand the minutia to still get the overview of "let people live their lives". As long as no one else is being harmed and everyone involved knows what is happening and are consenting - how is anything going on with your life impacting mine?

So tell me your pronouns and I'll use them. Tell me who you love and I'll try to remember their names. (Note: I may fail in both of these, but that's just because I deal with a lot of people. But remind me and eventually I'll get it)

I'll get things wrong. Hell, I've probably gotten most of this post wrong and said something horrible! Go ahead and tell me (I prefer politely, because who wants to be yelled at? :D) and I'll make a mental note to not get it wrong next time.

Some might interpret this as "Gary cares about us", but really it's because you all look alike to me and really the only *true* label on you is "dirty hippie foreigner". Which makes you all equal when it comes to Idol. Everyone deserves the same amount of kickings, and you know you are going to get them!

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 6

The poll closes tomorrow! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html

Other than that - give me some good news!

There's a ton of stuff I could be talking about right now, but none of it is good.

So let's hear some!

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 5

The final poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html and the question has been once again asked if there is a tie, will there be 2 winners?

No. There will be a tie-breaker.

Season 2 of LJ Idol's final actually went into a "tie-breaker of a tie-breaker"! (and was eventually decided by *1 vote*)

It might make for better drama *not* to tell you that. But I have already said it in a comment, so it's "out there" already, just everyone might not have seen it. :)


The more I see on social media about the Orlando shootings, the more I dislike people. Not a single person has shifted a single inch - in any direction - from where they were before this. If anything, they've just gotten deeper into their trenches for the moment - and the only thing they seem to see is what they were already looking at. :O

But then again, I'm also in my own "I don't like people" trench. But that's mostly just because of you guys! ;)

Vote - Finale - Week 26

A few words from clauderainsrm:

Paul Westerberg once issued the following challenge: “Look me in the eye and then tell, that I’m satisfied.”

If you were to look me in the eye right now and ask me about this final two - you would be able to tell the answer immediately - and not in the way Westerberg would reveal.

Friends and Rivals is coming to an end - with two more contestants, two friends and (in the competition) rivals for the title LJ Idol!

Place your bets - and tell a friend! (or three)

The poll closes Thursday, June 16th at 9pm EDT!

Good luck to you both!

Poll #2047251 Friends and Rivals, Week 26 - Finale
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:


Green Room - Week 26 - Day 4

It's the final week of Friends and Rivals, and the deadline for the final entries http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940205.html. Considering the sheer strength of the Final 2, I should be celebrating. Instead, I'm having trouble sleeping.

The attack at the Pulse was very much on my mind - especially the detail of all the phones ringing with people trying to contact their loved ones. Phones ringing to calls that would never be picked up.

I don't really comment much about how I feel about social or political issues. Because honestly - the spotlight isn't on me. It's on you. I want to set the stage so you can be free to talk about them. (and who wants to hear from another cis-gender old white guy anyway? :p)

Being in Orlando that night though - just a few minutes away... had we stayed to get something to eat (like I wanted to do), we would have probably still been in the area when the shooting occurred.

I wasn't at the Pulse, to the best of my knowledge none of my friends were there that night (although some of them definitely go there). I wasn't close enough that I was in any real danger (unless he had decided to come to the club I was at , a few blocks away and a few hours earlier. But "we" weren't his target - unless he decided he also hated Gogol Bordello)

It's still profoundly disturbing though. If something like this *doesn't* rattle something inside of you, you may want to check the gears of your robot heart, because something might need oil.


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