December 10th, 2015

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Green Room - Week 1 - Day 10

Finally there is a useful app on Facebook!

Find out who to unfriend!

Or maybe you unfriend anyone NOT on that list!


While you are carting people off to Social Media camps, there is a vote going on!

So make sure to support your favorites! and are where the action is happening!

Who is surprising you on "Wow. Their entry is really good - but they don't have a lot of votes!" front?
Now is the time to speak up on their behalf, to make sure people go check it out!
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Results - Week 1

This is the part that always sucks.

Not everyone knows how much it does until we start seriously dwindling, but for me - it's usually my least favorite part of the week.

But, it's also the nature of the beast - that in order for us to progress in the competition, we need to say goodbye to some people.

This week is no exception, and as it's Week 1 of the Friends and Rivals - that just means there is months of this ahead on this particular journey.

Usually I play fast and loose on the idea of "IF" there will be a chance to get back into the game at some point down the road. This time though I will tell you - there will be.  Not saying when. But I will take the "if" off the table.

So hopefully those leaving us will stick around and play the Home Game - until the time comes when they can see if they can jump back into the main competition!

Leaving us today are:

(from the Individuals - where it came down to *a single vote*)


and for the Teams: Roughly 5 votes away from being safe, it was Team Celestial Coconut Pancakes that ended up coming in last.

Which means they are losing a member of their group.


Thank you so much for coming out this mini-season and I hope we will continue seeing you around in the coming weeks!
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Topic - Week 2

As is always the case with this mini-season, all topics were supplied by your fellow contestants.

So, love them or hate them, it's on them! ;)

This week you have a *choice* of three different topics.

You only have to write ONE of them.

Your choices are:

Follow Me

You have until Monday, Dec 14th at 8pm EST to link your entries back to this thread!

Have fun!

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Work Room - Week 2

The Work Room is your space to bang around the topics to generally figure out what the hell you are going to do - with the help of your fellow writers.

It's a work space.

Given the nature of this mini-season, you can also use it for forming new teams or recruiting new members to existing ones if that's what you feel like doing.

The new topics are up:


Some general things I observed from Week 1:

Formatting issues seemed to be a "thing".  Not sure if it's because people are posting from phones or not, although that seems to be the popular theory.  If so, just be aware of how line spaces are going to be read.  If that's not the case - or if you are someone who might need someone to look over your work, this is a really good place to ask for a second opinion on whatever it is you are working on.

I always mention this - but it's always relevant. There was a contestant years ago (wow, it's years ago at this point!!) who was writing these incredible pieces, but early on was really suffering in the polls.  She had her default set to a black background with green text (because it looked cool).   Granted, there were some people who used "view in my style" but that didn't work for everyone.

Once it was mentioned to her, she switched things over to a more readable style and ended up *in the finals* of that season!

Sometimes it can be something as little as "How easy is this for other people to read" that can get you the attention you deserve. After all, they are already putting in the effort of showing up to see what you are doing - you should make it as easy as you can for them to do so.

Speaking of "making it easy":

Also there seems to be an issue with CAPTCHA being required to post comments. It's your LJ, and you can certainly do whatever you want with it. Just be aware that there are some fellow contestants, as well as community supporters who are blind or visually impaired who will not be able to leave you any feedback on your writing.

There's more - but I figure I should just throw this out into the pit:  What else have you noticed (not naming names, but general "this might need to be fixed going forward") issues.  I'm not just looking at the veterans here, because often times it is the newbies who see things that never were an issue before, and now are!