August 31st, 2020

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Green Room - Week 32 - Day 7

It's the last day of the competition and I was hoping to post something uplifting and "going out with a bang."

Instead, I feel that I need to address something. I usually don't like to step on anyone's personal narrative of the season. Because (1) there may be strategy involved and (2) your story is your own. But at the moment, there is a narrative that is running counter to my own, and if we are going to have competing narratives, mine is going to win. :D

Also, this is a story that keeps coming up, so I feel like it should be addressed.

The narrative is that "other social media votes" have been flooding the polls. Which, if they were - LJ allows it. So it would be perfectly fine. There are certainly a lot more of them this week, but that tends to happen with finales.

(and no, before anyone asks - no, this isn't the largest amount of votes we've ever had. I know the poll isn't closed yet, but I can't see how we would be getting anywhere close to those numbers... maybe I'll be surprised)

Now, granted, if someone wanted to say that the "other social media votes tipped the balance", that could argued. But only because the voting was so close in last few weeks.

But let's take a look though, because I feel like sharing:

Week 31: Total votes: 78 Non-LJ votes: 10. Most non-LJ votes that one individual received: 4
Week 30: Total votes: 85 Non-LJ votes: 13 Most non-LJ votes that one individual received: 5
Week 29: Total votes: 96 Non-LJ votes: 20 Most non-LJ votes that one individual received: 11
Week 28: Total votes: 72 Non-LJ votes: 9 Most non-LJ votes that one individual received: 5

In some cases the person with the most "non-LJ votes" survived. In some of the cases, they didn't.

As I said, this week is going to be higher. Because it always is. More people are paying attention. I haven't verified all the accounts yet. I'm about 2/3 of the way and most of it looks fine thus far. So I can't give you accurate numbers right now for this particular poll)

I also know that folks are pulling out the stops and asking for votes. Which is fine. Finding the ability to ask for support is something that a lot of writers struggle with. (With some, they never find the right balance - and end up alienating folx. But I'd say far more people find it difficult to open up and say "please support me." Even after all these years, I know that *I* do...)

But here's the thing, and I'm not going to say this strongly enough. So take what I say and magnify it 100x in your head:

Encourage people to read everything.

In this case, there are only 3 entries. If they can't read 3 short entries, there might be something wrong with them. :D

I also fully get that when they do, they will most likely still vote for the person they know. You put 3 books on the shelf, and someone is already familiar with, and enjoys, one of those authors, there's a great chance they are going to grab the one they already know.

Today should be about that last push, that last drive to come out the winner. But let's make this a moment also of coming together. That's what this season has been about, and let's not forgot that.

On a more personal note - make sure these people know that even though this season is ending - that Idol is continuing and that THEY can sign up in the future! Because that is where new writers come from, the people that you are exposing to the community! Which is another reason for people to come together... as an example to everyone about what this is actually about. Which is, of course, me. :D

We have votes open to everyone to grow the community. (as opposed to limiting it with a closed vote) So make sure to use this moment, and the influence you have, to grow the community. Spread the word about Idol and the growth you have experienced here.

Have a great day - and good luck to our final 3. If it's anything like the last couple of days, and votes, this is going to be crazy!!
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I'll admit, I was worried there for awhile. When I woke up after the first night of polls, it looked like it was going to be a blow out. Which didn't feel like the ending this season had earned.

I should have more faith.

In the days that followed, it became a barn-burner. The lead must have switched at least 5 times tonight, and that's only when I was actively refreshing the page to check the votes as they came in. There were several points where I thought for sure it was going to come down to a Sudden Death Write Off! Let's face it, that's probably the only way this could have ended in a "more Season 11 way."

It was a season of close matches, and of firsts. So it's only fitting that tonight, we get both.

Tonight we crown our first true international winner. (Allison is from Canada but mostly lived in the US before traveling) We crown first writer who didn't write in their Native language. Heck, not even her second language. (Edit to add: I keep forgetting this, but we are also crowning our oldest winner!)

Tomorrow, I will write my goodbyes to the final three, but tonight... tonight we crown the winner of LJ Idol Season 11 - dadi!

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Thank You

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady has something that he says at the end of every show.

"There is SO MUCH JOY in what we do up here. I want to thank you for being here, to share that joy with us"

He admits that it's cliched, but that it's true.

I feel the same way.

There are moments I want to tear out my hair and some where I want to tear out yours. ;) Times when I think that I just want to stop. But there are just as many times when the smile on my face won't stop. Times when I am just overwhelmed by the humanity and talent on display. I feel the pride when someone tells me that they have published something that they originally wrote for Idol, or that something they wrote reconnected them with a long estranged relative, and they were able to use it to heal.

I started this a few years after my divorce. I was a single guy living with his cats over an ice cream shop. Idol was something that I decided to do to keep me occupied, to keep me going. There were times when LJ Idol kept me alive. 14 years later, it's still accomplishing that.

You, just by being there, are a part of that story. You are a part of that joy.

As I said in the congratulations, I'm coming back tomorrow to write official goodbyes to the Final 3. so you're not completely rid of me yet.

But I'm going to be taking a much needed break before launching into a new Idol experiment. Honestly, I thought I knew what I was going to do next - but something just dropped into my lap that promises to be really fun. So I have some decisions to make! :)

Thank you to our Patrons for helping keep the lights on! if you feel like throwing anything in the tip jar, that's certainly appreciated

This is a labor of love. It's a labor of joy.

I hope that, regardless of where you finished this season - be it that you were out in Week 3 or fighting to the finish in the finale that you will carry some of that joy with you.

Thank you so much for everything. I hope you know how much you being here means to me.

Dreslinski Out.