September 24th, 2019

lj idol

Green Room - Week 0 - Day 13

It's the final day of the longest week of this season (so far)! So make sure to vote for your favorites in the poll! It means nothing, but it's good to support things you like:

Sign-ups are still open: Remember that if you get two people to sign up, and they last until Week 4 - you get an extra bye! So it's an incentive to recruit, and help support, new folks!


I received a notification this morning that I had "more things to review" from Etsy purchases from Cynthia's birthday. I get these sorts of things whenever I order online, or check in - there is always a reminder to rate and review things that I buy.

It's funny because I always check the reviews from other customers - especially when it comes to restaurants. But I never actually review them. There's a part in my brain that "doesn't want to influence the rating" with my opinion - despite the fact that every single other person out there is doing just that.

In fact, that's kind of the whole point of rating things. But I also would want to give an honest review, but if you like something, they always say it give it 5-stars. (podcasts are notorious for asking you to that.) But nothing is "perfect" (except Idol of course - give us 10 stars!!! :D) so that just messes with my head until it's just easier not to contribute my opinion at all.

Is showing up multiple times to buy something from that restaurant or vendor enough support, or do you owe it to them to give an online review, even if it won't be a "perfect" score? (or should you just bite the bullet and give them one anyway, because clearly you like what they are doing?)
lj idol

Results - Week 0 /Thank Yous

The poll is now closed.

For those of you who are new to the process or who don't recall, the closing of the poll means that the results are posted. I announce who has been eliminated and maybe say a few words.

You then come in and say goodbye to them. Because after all - you want other people to say goodbye to you when you go. Beyond that though, it's the right thing to do!

This week no one was eliminated. Starting with Week 1, that will not be the case. We will be eliminating folks. It's about to get real.

I usually wait about a half hour before posting the new topic. I would like to give more, but the game doesn't wait very long and people start getting anxious. I like to give a little time and space though when the main focus is saying goodbye. Those leaving us deserve that much, just for coming out and sharing their creativity.

Tonight I will be making that post right away.

Immediately following the topic post I make a post called "The Work Room". There is one Work Room post a week. It's intended as your space to explore ideas/ask questions and hammer things out with the topic.

But before I do either of those, I want to say thank you to our own Sammy Jo for that awesome banner that I used for the Homecoming advertisements.

I also want to thank Cislyn for her work on putting together that spreadsheet she is sharing as well as the chat room.

And of course our Patrons! Without you, I couldn't begin to justify the time that I put into this every week! If any of you want to be identified individually let me know, but from previous conversations I figured you didn't. :) If you want to join their ranks, now is a good time to do it!

Oh, and all of you of course. Thank you for coming out and I hope you have a great time! Or are tortured. Ideally, I hope both of those. :)

The sign up sheet is open until the deadline of Topic 1. So keep spreading the word!
lj idol

Topic - Week 1

It's our first official week.

Which means that you either have to post an entry or use a bye. (you only have two byes until the Top 50, so use them wisely)

The Topic for Week 1 is


The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Sunday, Sept 29th at 7pm EDT

Have fun!
lj idol

Work Room - Week 1

Good evening and welcome to the Work Room.

Or good whatever time it is when you get here.

This is the Work Room, this is your space to deal with the topic. There is one of these a week.

The new topic is up:


Every season I have to make the decision on if I'm going to be coming right at contestants with a topic that will take the rug out from under them and immediately declare that I'm coming for heads, or hold people's hands with an "easy topic". The great thing is that I've done one, and had the reaction that I was doing the other! ;)

So your reactions are valid. But I will say that I think this one is holding your hands. <3

Your responses may vary.


What comes to mind when you think of the topic? What does it remind you of - where does the word take you?

Remember that the Topic is the *starting point*. It's what takes you somewhere else. Use it. Bent it. Bounce off it. Have fun with it.