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10 years ago today

July 27th, 2006.

Where were you? What were you doing?

I know what was happening in MY life.

hilhilbean had convinced me that if I were to have another one of those "LJ Idol" events, that I needed to do it in a community rather than on my personal LJ. (A number of people had chimed in with that "advice". :D)

I didn't know anything about LJ communities at the time, so she set it up for me.

That happened 10 years ago, and launched Season 2 and everything people think of when they think "LJ Idol".

The community itself was born on that day, and has only continued to grow.

I'm working on a project right now, and part of it is trying to get an accurate number of how many people have walked through these doors. I have all the names but am in the process of weeding out the aliases. With the multiple usernames, it's over 1,000. With them weeded out, it's just under 1,000.

(and if you want to help me out - email me the aliases you have used over the years! :D I always tell people to send me them to my gmail address... but I'm having to comb through that, my rocketmail address, LJ email and FB messenger! :D)

Nearly 1,000 people.

10 years.

That's meeting 100 new people every year.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have come through these doors.

I've said before that part of LJ Idol was that it was giving me something to focus on in the years after my divorce. Until this morning though, I'm not entirely sure if I realized that the founding of this community was on *my wedding anniversary*.

Talk about being obvious about it! ;)

I've now been running Idol longer than my ex-wife and I were together!

Thank you for each and every one of those days! (Even the "bad" ones, I think Idol is better for having them.)

I may have a few updates in the coming months as I make my way through my project.

But for now - thank you, and I hope to see you in October for Season 10!



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
YAY. You're the best.
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That is awesome!

October, eh? (Patience! I need patience!) See you then. :-)
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Gary, for keeping this together for so many years.
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wow!1000 is a pretty neat number... Congrats..I am so glad to have discovered LJ....waiting for season 10 to start!Cya soon..:)
Jul. 27th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, well done and congratulations and thank you! :)

Ooh, looking forward to October.

This time in 2006, I think I was reeling from failing my first year of uni. Also I had created this LJ account but hadn't posted anything yet.
Jul. 27th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
A thousand people!! And what percentage of them would never have ever gotten stuff published if not for Idol?? Think of how many careers you've helped launch, Gary! Phew!
Jul. 27th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. 10 years! 1,000 people. Awesome.

Oh, and it's my birthday!
Jul. 27th, 2016 06:02 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!!! Have a wonderful day!

Jul. 27th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
Glad to be a part of it. And it has definitely been a benefit to my writing, as well as adding to my circle of virtual friends, some who still follow me more or less on FB.

Thank you very much for getting this thing rolling. =)

Btw, I've only used the "beldarzfixon" account besides this one to compete. I don't have the brainspace to keep up with a bunch of aliaseseses.
Jul. 27th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
Wow! 10 years. Gary will have to check stats, but I think I have been in this since maybe 2009? Season 5ish or 6?
So happy to be a part of this community and to know all of you! It betters my writing and keeps me focused.
Yay!!! October is gonna be a wild month! My daughter, Fuzzy1 gets married on the 15th! Now I have even more to look forward too!

Jul. 27th, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, and congratulations! That's a lot of great people, and a lot of fantastic words, over all that time.
Jul. 27th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You HAVE made HUGE differences for so many writers. You have 1,000 things to be proud of.

Hope you're well, G!
Jul. 28th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
Yuge! Yuge differences! ;)
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
Wow, there's going to be a Season 10??! What happened to "we had 9 contestants for Season 1, so there will be 9 seasons"?? I've been off LJ and out of the loop for a while, if you couldn't tell. But I look forward to hearing more about this as time goes on.
Jul. 28th, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC)
It's a good question. Because I definitely said that, and I definitely meant it.

I said that *unless something changed that I didn't foresee" that was the plan.

It was the plan going into Season 9.

I definitely didn't foresee the Patrons and I didn't foresee people asking me to *please change my mind*. Frankly, I didn't foresee that I wouldn't be as busy as I thought I would be at this time in my life. My schedule isn't what it was when I lived alone - of course it's not - but I do still have more time than I thought I would. More to that point, I still have a passion and an interest in doing it.

So there will be a Season 10. Beyond that? I literally have no idea.
Jul. 28th, 2016 02:03 pm (UTC)
Jul. 28th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
Congratulations to you from myself and all three Michaels household cats. Let us know what we can do to help promote and support Season 10!
Jul. 28th, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone!

Make sure to spread the word about Season 10! :)
Jul. 29th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
October is a good month to start writing again! I'm grateful to the community and you, our Overlord for giving me an opportunity to improve my writing skills and make new friends!

Thanks Gary!!
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