April 8th, 2013

Idol: Exhibit A

Green Room - Week 11 - Day 4

The Iron Lady is dead.

Long Live Zombie Thatcher!

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This time of year has traditionally been a slow one on LJ. From late March into late August is a pretty dry patch for commenting. Heck, you don’t see many updates from people that aren’t the latest installments in the story of when Dumbledore was a *very* bad Head Master and the Weasley twins had to take him to task.

Given the whole “Death of LJ” saga, this is going to increase the “everyone is leaving the site!” talk. Maybe they are. Or maybe they are *also* doing things at other sites, but coming back to LJ from time to time. Or perhaps, as has been discussed, the social aspect has moved elsewhere, while the journaling aspect continues on without the vocal audience. (more of the journal and less of the “live”.)

So the question becomes – what do you do about it? Do you follow the exodus, in search of an audience? Or do you find the places that *are* active, and try your best to promote the kind of interaction that you *want*? People always say that if you want comments, you need to comment to others – but so many folks don’t want to make the first move. Which, seemingly, leads into the “no one wants me here” feeling where old social phobias come into play in a continuously evolving digital environment. (and believe me, I know that feeling all too well) Social groups change as well – I know that I was the center of a “real life” one, that over the past two years has dissolved into a bunch of much smaller groups, where people interact, but just not as much. It’s not that they aren’t still being social – it’s that their social circles have moved, and that no longer includes some of the people from that formerly big group that used to get together.

We still get together now and then, and it’s nice – but it’s not “the same”. Then again, some of the relationships that I’ve formed from the smaller groups have ended up being *better* than they were. So, it’s less about the size of the group as it is the quality that everyone is putting into it!

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The new entries are due faster than North Korea can launch a missile attack: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/639904.html - so you’d better hurry to make sure your entries/those of your favorites are in on time!
Idol: Exhibit A

Vote - Week 11

A few words from clauderainsrm:

Congratulations to our Top 10!

In case you missed the announcement, kathrynrose has restored the Birthday Curse by throwing herself, and the contents of her Chopped Challenge basket, onto the pyre.

Obviously this was a rough week for her, but I’ve got to say that this season was quite the transformation. It’s funny, because I don’t think that she changed all that much from any of the previous times that she has played, but I think this season she is going out pretty much universally beloved in a way that I’ve never seen before!

Maybe it’s due to the shortened season, and a smaller group of people, so there was less of a chance that she would want to murder any of them in their sleep! ;)

But whatever the reason, it brought out the best in her - and it was really nice to see! Quite frankly, I was starting to wonder if I was going to be finally seeing her in the finals! That would have been something! Well, now there is something to build on for Exhibit B! :)

Remember to send me your five top picks of items from the Community Chest: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/633787.html !

As for the rest of you, there is still the matter of a poll!

I gave the contestants a new set of topics this week, they picked one, and ran with it. Which is never really a good way to write, your hand bounces all over the place and who can make out what it says?? It’s much better if you sit down with it!

We will be losing four contestants this week, as the competition heads down the home stretch and we get closer to our finale!

I know it’s not going to be an easy choice, so make sure you read everything, comment on the entries and vote for your favorites. Then make sure to tell everyone to come over and check out what’s going on here, they are bound to find some of their new favorites too!

The poll closes Thursday, April 11th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!



Poll #1907182 LJ Idol, Exhibit A, Week Eleven
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

27(7.3%)
41(11.1%)
39(10.6%)
32(8.7%)
39(10.6%)
31(8.4%)
40(10.8%)
40(10.8%)
36(9.8%)
44(11.9%)