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Green Room - Week 2 - Day 5

The poll went up last night: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1070123.html

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

I only have a few minutes before my ride gets here, so I'll make this short. I'm not sure that I will have even a borrowed computer at work today! Hopefully something ends up working out. IT hasn't managed to get me one in *over a week* of back and forth! Yay for paperwork!

Hope your day goes better than I suspect mine might! :)

Send good thoughts, and a laptop with a docking station...


Oct. 8th, 2019 02:30 pm (UTC)
My priority for today is reading all the juicy entries. I read them in chunks of five at a time and mix them up from top, middle, and bottom to make sure that if I can't read them all, I only get to those from the top. I was wondering how others plow through the ballot?
Oct. 8th, 2019 04:13 pm (UTC)
Traditionally, I've kept a running tally of who I've voted for, and how many times. Then I order the list by the number, reading from the highest numbers first, and on down the line. That way, I know if I run out of time, at least I will be reading entries I know I'm likely to enjoy and vote for, so it's less likely anyone loses out in my votes. Though, if I do run out of time, I keep reading after the poll is closed, and keep adding the numbers just as I would if I'd gotten the chance to vote, so no one misses out on having their rank impacted by my timing.

This year being the first I'm juggling Idol with a baby and being a single parent during weeknights, I don't know how much of that I'm going to be able to keep up with.

Or even writing, for that matter... This week's entry took me 5 days to write, not just because if finding time, but also because I had no idea when I selected this story for the topic I've been meaning to write up for 2 decades how emotionally challenging it would be having to relive those experiences as I brought them back to life in words. :-/
Oct. 8th, 2019 05:03 pm (UTC)
You've made me really want to read your entry! Our baby years are 20 years in the past, and I miss them. It must be so much harder doing it as a single parent weeknights. I don't see how you can find the time for the writing, let alone the reading. I know you've heard it before, but I hope you can make the time to enjoy your baby. It goes by in a flash.
Oct. 8th, 2019 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, for sure we are enjoying him - I might not always be able to make time for Idol, but my time with the baby won't suffer! He's right now at that really super fun age where he's parroting everything - makes educational cartoons (and learning in general) such a fun experience! :-)
Oct. 8th, 2019 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm firmly in Camp Spreadsheet (and thank you to the people who linked a blank one this go-around, you are lifesavers!). I start reading when the topic goes up, and I make a note: yes/no/maybe. Anything with a "yes" gets a vote, "maybes" get a re-read, and "nos" usually include some note about why it didn't work for me, so if I decide to re-read, I know what to expect.

Usually a flat "no" on the first read is due to formatting stuff or someone's entry being friends-locked, so I figure if I give people time to fix it, I might give it another shot and enjoy reading it. (And if they don't fix it by poll time, I send a private message saying, "Hi! Maybe it's just me but your entry is [friends-locked/nigh-on unreadable because lj ate your formatting], you might get more votes if you [unlock it/fight with the text editor to get something that's not one paragraph].") Rarely it's because something just didn't work for me, and I can see what they were trying to do but it's not to my taste.

My big problem is that I'm not great about commenting. I try to leave comments when I feel like I have something to say, but I don't comment on everything I vote for (because, honestly, I wouldn't have time to do so, especially in the early weeks!).
Oct. 8th, 2019 05:44 pm (UTC)
yes/no/maybe. Anything with a "yes" gets a vote, "maybes" get a re-read, and "nos" usually include some note about why it didn't work for me, so if I decide to re-read, I know what to expect.

Hold on, this is MY method! You can't have my method!

I would ask if you were secretly me, but I know your writing process and I've seen the results, so I know you definitely aren't. ;)

It's still possible that hwango is me, though. :O

You'd think I would know...

Oct. 8th, 2019 05:46 pm (UTC)
I think I ended up adopting it from you last season, actually, when this question came up very early on! It's a method that makes a lot of sense, and I know I adopted it from someone else (no way I came up with it all on my own...) :D

Perhaps hwango is you when you THINK you're sleeping.
Oct. 8th, 2019 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hahaha-- well, that would explain why it's really familiar, then. :)

Especially later in the season, I really need those notes on the possible "Noes" to decide how to vote. :)

Perhaps hwango is you when you THINK you're sleeping.
THAT makes a disturbing amount of sense. And 'he' 'lives' in a different time zone, so it's entirely possible. :O
Oct. 8th, 2019 07:01 pm (UTC)
My notes on the "nos" helped a lot when I was trying to figure out how to vote in the top 10 and whatnot. I didn't figure I'd be in it, so suddenly voting went from, "it's fine, I'll vote for halfshellvenus and hwango because they're my favorites this season" to "WAIT, I'M IN THIS TOO, WHAT DO I DO" :)

New headcanon: hwango is your mirror self (a la the mirror universe trope in so many SF/fantasy stories) :D

They can only come out when you sleep :O
Oct. 8th, 2019 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hahaha-- I've been in that Top 10 headspace. It's kind of torturous once you realize your voting has to be strategic. :O

You know... hwango and I sometimes exchange comments in what seems like a real-time conversation. So, if what you say is true, that's even MORE unsettling! *ponders secret narcolepsy* *or recurring possibility of botness, and parallel programming algorithms*

Oct. 8th, 2019 07:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think my voting was ever strategic! I'm just not that savvy :) If I felt like someone wrote something good, I voted for it!

Hmmmmmmmmm...perhaps the mirror universe has exceptionally good internet? Or perhaps you only THINK it's happening in real time but there's enough pause between comments for you to fall asleep, leave one, and then come back! :D
Oct. 8th, 2019 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wait, if I'm from a mirror universe, maybe that's why nothing makes sense to me and I don't understand people. THIS EXPLAINS SO MUCH. HOW DO I GET HOME?!?!
Oct. 8th, 2019 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, but perhaps you could start here?

(ETA: first time making a fancy link without having to check how to do it, yay!)

Edited at 2019-10-08 09:01 pm (UTC)


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