November 10th, 2011

idol8-lightning

Green Room - Week 3 - Day 7

The three things that I wanted to say to you this morning were "Good Morning", that the poll will be closing this evening - and. . . um. . . uh. . .

There were three things. "Morning", the thing about the polls and. . .

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But never mind that. Well, except the thing about the polls. Because from the looks of things, in most of the Tribes, it could be coming down to the wire once again! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/494625.html

So make sure to get over there, read, comment - and vote! As always, if you see something that you think needs more attention - Tell people about it! Even with all the byes, there are still a lot of people participating, and an even wider potential readership - which means that it is so easy to not end up on the radar.

Don't let that happen to you, or to your favorites for the week!

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Oh, that one that I wanted to say before was "Department of Energy!"
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Results - Week 3

Apparently, LJ is at it again. I assume that they are "fixing something" and things will be "improved". I know that I had to do some fancy refreshing to get everything closed on time. I also know, from the person who matters the most in the world, that people trying to cast votes in the last few hours have been having difficulties doing that.

Hopefully, most of the people who wanted to vote either did it earlier, or were able to keep trying until they were able to do it.

"Interesting" circumstances though always make for unexpected results, and I think this week continues to qualify for that title.

It's another mix of old friends, and new faces that, when we met in Week 1, I was really hoping to see for a lot longer than this.

Unfortunately though, we are at the part of the week where we need to say goodbye.

But before we do that, let's handle the "good" news.

As you may have noticed - Tribe: Redemption ended with another tie!! Which means the three of them will be joined by two others, fresh off a tie of their own: morning_stand andn_maranda_coy

That should make life interesting next week.

In the "not so good" column though, is a series of other votes, some quite close, that did not turn out as well.

This week we are saying goodbye to

angelic_mystic
chris_walsh
heliosfae
itstoffer
rintheamazing
sideofsilence
teenagewitch
littlebit1988
_magister_ludi

Thank you for coming out this season - and I really hope that we will continue to see you in the Home Game, and around the Green Room. After all, this is Idol, and you can never be too sure if there is going to be another twist that might give you another shot at it.
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Topic - Week 4

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, November 14th at 8pm EST.

Have fun!

Oh, yeah I bet you want your topic - right? That's typical. Want, want, want - that's all you do. ;P
This week though, it's time to ask that musical question - it's time to ask

"What does narcissism have to do with me?"
idol8-lightning

Work Room - Week 4

The last few weeks in the Work Room, we have had teaberryblue helping out as a Mentor. She did a great job. (Thank you again Tea!)

This week though, I think you have definitely have the ability to help out each other, and when I can, I will be walking around the room to answer whatever I can help out with.

Which is a bit of an Idol first. But I figure - this week is all about me anyway! Right? Right! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/495977.html

Which is why I feel OK with pointing a couple things out. These aren't new things. Some of them I have said before. But there is no harm in saying them again, just in case you were someone who didn't listen the first time:

- If you tell me that your entry isn't very good, I'm going to assume you know best and I'm not going to bother reading it. There are so many entries out there to be read, and only so much time. If you start out your entry (or use it in the link cut) giving me any indication that you are wasting my time, I'm going to move on. There have been times when the only reason that I have read something is because I was linking it anyway. Had I not been doing that, I wouldn't have bothered with it, and missed out on something worth reading.

Just don't do it. If you have to write about how tough it was to write something, go ahead - write it. Then delete that section completely before linking it.


- Formatting is your friend. See above - if you tell me that you didn't have time to make your entry something other than a block of text - then you are telling me that I shouldn't waste my time. You could have just submitted the greatest work of literature of the 21st Century. If I look at your page and things blur from a block of text or an unreadable color, you have lost me.
An example from a few seasons ago comes to mind of someone who was doing that. She was suffering in the polls because people were just not able to find an entry point into the work due to the color of the text against the background. It seems like such a simple thing - but it was huge. She fixed the problem and made it easier for a casual reader, and ended up making it into the finals that season!

Again, the lesson is pretty straight forward - do not sabotage yourself before you get out of the gate. You need to make people want to read your work.

Note: I understand that there are some folks out there using JAWS or similar programs. That certainly can inhibit proper formatting. But I've also seen people use it and not have that problem, so I would suggest asking one of them for tips.

- Which leads right into my next point - get a beta reader. Find someone you trust to be honest and candid with you about your work. Get them to read it over and point out how you can make the piece stronger.

Believe me, it's something I am personally resist in my own work. But over the years, I've seen it work.

Ideally, Idol itself can perform that function. But I know some people are nervous about giving candid feedback - and the ones who aren't, might not be the people you really want to be listening to given their lack of understanding of the word 'constructive".

But, even if you don't want to post asking for people to give feedback, it might not be the worst idea to email a couple people that you know and enjoy to find out what they think of a particular piece. One of the advantages of working so closely with other writers, for such a period of time, is that you have the opportunity to make each other get that much better.

I'd highly recommend taking advantage of it. If nothing else, you might make a new friend in the process.

- When it comes to writing the actual entry - trust your gut. Don't play it safe. There is no benefit in playing it safe. You're not going to get better that way, and you certainly won't be very interesting to read.

- I'm sure there are more "pet peeves" of mine that will come up throughout the week. I'll update the list or just comment in this entry as I remember them!

Anyone notice anything else people have been doing to sabotage themselves? More importantly, have you noticed anything you have been doing in your own work?