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This is one of the final votes of the Lj Idol game this week - there are only six contestants left!

My friend, joeymichaels happens to be one of them, and frankly I couldn't be happier - he is one outstanding writer and I'm thrilled for him that his talent is being acknowledged!

This week, (week 30 for those of you who may be interested), the writers had to write on a series of six prompts, which has turned into a portfolio of their work.

So far, I have one contestant left to read, but I have read all of the rest of the entries.

Read them! Comment! Comments let the writers know that people are actually reading - it's a very validating feeling!

Here is the poll with the links to their entries - go forth and read! And vote!

Poll #1757692 LJ Idol, Season Seven, Week Thirty
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

29(8.4%)
70(20.2%)
57(16.4%)
78(22.5%)
71(20.5%)
42(12.1%)

Comments

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comedychick
Jul. 4th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
I've been seriously disappointed by the lack of comments I've seen on the contestant entries as I went through them! I made a similar post to this myself because I really think they all deserve to be read, and lack of comments do make me wonder if people have been bothering to read them.
sharya
Jul. 4th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've been surprised by the lack of comments to be honest. It's not just any one writer, it's overall, there's just a general lack of commenting. It's pretty disappointing really... I'm sure for the contestants too. With over 200 people who entered the contest, you would assume that they all, at least, would continue to vote, and that they especially would understand the importance of commenting. Yeesh!
comedychick
Jul. 4th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
It is surprising. I was surprised to see more commenters on my home game entries than some contestants have. It just makes me go WTF? People should be giving more attention to the contestants than they give to me, you know?

But I know a lot of people stop paying attention once they and/or their friends/favourites are voted out. I read all 5 entries by each of the top 5 entries last season, but I actually wasn't reading the majority of everything even before I was voted out. I tended to just read my favourites and then whatever extra when I had time. This season has been different in that I started out with more friends, and half of the remaining contestants are people I consider really good friends, who I email fairly regularly, so I feel more for them and their lack of comments. I have no idea who or how many people consider these top six (any or all of them) their favourites. But I personally like them all and had to read everything and rate each of their entries in order to decide how I was going to vote.
sharya
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think you and I may count comments a little bit differently to be honest - Joey mentioned something about you counting number of total comments, while I only count the number of unique commenters.

There is still an overall lack of comments any way you look at it.

With regards to homegame entries though, that's a bit different. I'm not necessarily surprised to see comments on those - particularly when they are from people on your friends list. Presumably the people on your friends list are there because they are a friend, and they place your writing at a higher priority level than the writing of people not on their list. Similarly, I wouldn't be surprised to find current contestants comment on home-game entries, because one of the best places to get more readers/comments, is through the home-game entries with the whole idea of "I comment on your piece, maybe you'll comment on mine".

What would definitely be astounding though, would be to find people not on your friends list, and not in the current contestant list, commenting to home-game entries where they have not bothered to comment on current contestant entries. Now that would be something to raise an eyebrow at, and I would have to wonder why.
comedychick
Jul. 4th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
In this case, I am counting unique commenters. Some of my home game entries this week have 6 or 7 unique commenters. They all have at least 3. There are contestants who, when I went through, I was the only commenter. I think that after you went through, they're still only up to two.

My first home game entry this season had two non flisters comment on it, both of whom I have not seen comment on a contestant entry in forever. That hasn't happened this week, but there is a precedent for it is what I'm saying.
sharya
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
That is very bizarre. It will be interesting to see if it was a one-time thing, or if that trend continues.

Hopefully commenting will pick up now that the long-weekend is over in the US.
comedychick
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:38 am (UTC)
So now you see why I was rather bothered by it on behalf of the contestants. I mean, it's great for me, I like that I'm still being read... but I don't want it to be to the detriment of comments on contestant entries, you know?

Yeah, I do hope commenting is going to pick up on this last day of voting. It makes me sad that they all went to that much effort of writing six entries to just feel like people can't be bothered reading them.
avecvu
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
JOEY MICHAELS FOR 2011 PROM KING.
sharya
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Damn straight!
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