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Green Room - Week 28 - Day 1

"By the Numbers" - because I know there are definitely some folks here that enjoy an assortment of facts:

I've tried something a little different the last couple weeks when it comes to voting. I've been trying to raise some awareness of the fantastic writing that is happening here.

The first week I tried advertising through Livejournal itself. Virtually no response and there isn't really a report to measure the numbers.

So the following week(s) I've gone with Facebook, to see what the difference was.

Per Facebook, the voting post reached the "eyes" of 1,244 people. I use quotes because that just means that they scrolled past it while they were on their phone or computer. Of those people, *26* of them clicked through to the link.

Of those, 3 of them are now following LJ Idol on FB.

How many of them actually voted? There were a total of *6* votes from Facebook, and most of those were names that I'd seen before. (Note: none of the "new followers" actually voted)

(Note: There were also 2 votes from Google+ and 2 votes from Twitter - in other words, there were 10 votes cast from non-LJ accounts. Out of 137!)

I know that building up a name is something that happens slowly and through repetition. But when I saw that icon on poll say that it had been shared on FB "69 times", I was expecting a bigger bang than that! (It went from 11 normally, to 47 to 69 in the weeks where there has been advertising, which means that the LJ "FB shares" thing might be adding some numbers to the count based on FB's repostings)

The good news in all of that - there seems to be only 2 people (and the second one is a "maybe") who "double voted" (used more than one account), and it didn't impact anything. That's always a concern, which is why I keep an eye on it. (I'll be talking to them later, I'm sure it was an oversight)

Ultimately, what this means is the best form of promotion is still word of mouth. If you love what you are seeing here: TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IT. Get them to show up and get to read, and support, some really talented new writers!

(Sure, they might originally come just to support you, but if they are reading, they are bound to find some other great folks as well!)


More numbers, because of the tie, we are now at 51 contestants. So we're hanging on the edge of that Top 50.

Which means this week is *the* last time to use your byes and the last chance for the Power of Veto to be used.

There appear to be 11 people remaining who still have one to use, and one person with two!


Just went through and updated the "approximate number of LJ Idol entries" figure. These are entries that were created for LJ Idol: 19,639. Not bad. I wonder who is going to end up writing #20,000???


Nov. 14th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's kind of like watching a horse race. And it's fascinating to watch when and how people seem to suddenly surge forward or fall behind. And if and when you can find a correlation, it's even more interesting, to me.

This whole thing is just one big social experiment Gary cooked up in his secret lab, isn't it??
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
I can see how that could be fascinating.

I think what I don't get is people getting upset about it, but then we go down the whole path of people getting upset about pimping (and which pimping is okay) and whatever else people get upset about in Idol. Poetry? Meta? I don't even know anymore. XD
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
It shifts every season! I remember when fiction in general was very risky to write.

I think it's easy for people to forget that the vote each week is not necessarily representative of how they stacked up against their peers. Some people will come out ahead on the strength of their entries, some will come out ahead on the strength of their personality/personal brand in the competition, and some will come out ahead based on the help they get from others.

And it's a big giant messy mishmash of all those things, and nobody - not even Gary with the actual votes - can tease it out and know everything.

I bring it up because I think it's something to remember. How well - or poorly - you do in a given poll is not necessarily an accurate representation of what people think of you or your entry.
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of give up on understanding what the Idol audience wants. I mean, I don't want to write something people will hate just so I can subject them to it out of spite or anything (lol), but some of my best poll weeks were for entries I dashed off in 45 minutes and some of my worst were for pieces I was really proud of.

(I have also had good poll weeks for pieces I was proud of and bad poll weeks for pieces I thought were shit, just saying.)

Fiction in general is still sort of risky for me to write! Idol prefers my nonfiction. Although in s8 it was the opposite.
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it actually is rather fascinating to watch the patterns - and I have all the raw data pieces (although not the "why" people voted a certain way).

I imagine it's even more interesting when you have to put the puzzle together without those pieces, just grabbing what you can, trying to see what you can see.
Nov. 14th, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC)
It gives my twisted little brain something to do. :D
Nov. 14th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Keeping you from roaming the streets looking for something to do probably ranks up there as an act "for the public good".


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