|Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"If we don't try, we never learn" is a statement that I use in a few different ways. For example, in regard to liking certain foods. I heard somewhere that you need to try a food seven times in order to appreciate it at least to the point were you can tolerate it. Once you get accustomed to hearing a particular piece of music you will not mind or will even enjoy hearing it in the future.
For me this past week was a time for trying new things. The most recent Battle of the Bands was an event for Tossing It Out with blog posts spanning four days. On Monday first Battle competitor Orion's Reign provided material for a post profiling the band. Then on Wednesday the other competing artist, Sebastian Sidi, invited me to his recording studio to provide a YouTube video interview including special advice for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
I want to thank both artists for contributing their time in helping me to create two great blog posts. A goodly number of visitors had nice things to say about the featured artists. This week made a splash on my blog as well as some added visibility for Battle of the Bands.
My Voting Experiment
In the recent Battle I knew that many of the artists' fans would be coming to vote for their favorite. And most of us probably have had the problem of non-bloggers not understanding how to leave comments on our blogs so I feared that a lot of potential votes would be lost. That being the case I decided to add a poll widget to make it easier to leave votes. This resulted in some wild voting.
In the comment section from the beginning to the time of the tally on Thursday night Orion's Reign held a consistent lead over Sebastian Sidi who remained a solid second.
Final tally in comment section:
Orion's Reign 23
Sebastian Sidi 16
At the Poll:
My experiment was using the polling system. The first widget I added apparently maxed out at 30 votes which stopped voting early on with Orion's Reign with 16 votes and Sebastian Sidi at 14. When I learned of the malfunction a few hours in the first round had been lost. I recovered with a no vote limit widget from another poll provider. This poll worked very well throughout the week with Sebastian's votes leading by double over Orion's Reign.
It was starting to appear that I would have an awkward situation of one artist winning in comments with the other having a big win on the poll. By midday of Thursday the count for Sebastian was 85 and Orion's Reign with 45. Then something happened after that--votes started pouring in for Orion's Reign.
To see results of second poll click here.
Final Tally from Both Polls
Orion's Reign 178
Sebastian Sidi 102
Winner by both counts is Orion's Reign, but in my eyes both these artists are big winners. The participation they both gave pushed Tossing It Out to a new level of excellence. My thanks to Michael Batistatos of Orion's Reign and Sebastian Sidi. These guys are both real pros and I look forward to big things from both of them in the future. Hope to see more of you at Tossing It Out.
Are there some things that you'd like to try but are afraid to do so? What did you like best in the previous week at Tossing It Out? What is the most difficult thing you ever had to learn?
Next Battle of the Bands will be on Sunday March 15th. Where this previous Battle was classical music interpreted by rock artists, the next one will be a twist on that theme. Be there for the fun!