I’d love to report that the third year of WRiTE CLUB was another rousing success, but that would be only partially true. Although I believe everyone agrees that the level of competition was definitely higher this year, the number of people who participated didn’t reflect that. There were a number of changes to the contest that could have influenced involvement, combined with the fact that I was unable to spend as much time promoting the contest on Twitter and Facebook, but it is what it is. Here are some numbers:
Average number of votes during the preliminary rounds over the last three years:
2011 = 32.75
2012 = 63.75
2013 = 46.12
The number of people voting can be deceiving, so I looked into site hits during comparable times and those were down 15% in 2013 as well.
Obviously my plan to offer a random draw gift certificate to anyone who voted didn’t do much to drive up participation, but you’ll never know success unless you experiment every now and then. During the preliminary rounds we had 98 different people cast at least one vote. Round one of the play-offs saw that number cut in half to 49. Round two dropped even further to 38, and then the quarterfinals and semi-finals came in at 37 and 35 respectively. Unfortunately, 36 voters failed to sign up on the Linky List, rendering them null & void. Overall, there were 1178 name/vote combinations thrown into the proverbial hat for the gift certificate drawing.
*Note – Because they were celebrity judges I excluded Tiana Smith and Alex J. Cavanaugh from the contest. Sorry guys.
The random number generator spit out the number 735, which it turns out was associated with the name R.T.Freeman. Congratulations on winning the $75 Amazon gift card!
As I close things out this year, I must let you know that the future of WRiTE CLUB is tenuous. Most of you are aware that I’m shutting down my blog to concentrate on writing and publishing pursuits and my return date is open-ended based upon the outcome of those efforts. There is a chance I won’t be around when WRiTE CLUB is due to return in 2014…but I remain optimistic. Keep your fingers crossed!
Hope to see you again next year!