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Flashback Friday #3 and Call for June King Dong

In case you missed them, here are all of the Johnny Depp posts from May 2011. Also, all are welcome to nominate a male celebrity in the entertainment field or a celebrity who has appeared in movies, TV shows or music videos to claim the throne throughout June for my King Dong series. Each weekend this month, a post will be written that focuses on the chosen celebrity.

Johnny Depp May 2011 King Dong Flashback:

24 Hours with Johnny Depp
Various men and women told me what they would do if they had 24 hours to spend with this actor.

Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow Style Highlights
A few tidbits on the significance of different aspects of Jack Sparrow's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" costume.

5 Minutes in Johnny Depp Land
Facts related to the actor in one way or another that also match the words I came up with within 5 minutes, using letters in his name.

The Year Of Johnny Depp
A wannabe poem paying tribute to the actor while also including some news about his new projects.

This post was inspired by "Fake It Fridays" created by Two Hands and a Roadmap and all of the posts written about Johnny Depp during May 2011 were done in dedication to Alana at Writercize.

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Overjoyed with the Overlord Award

As rapper Ice Cube once said, "today is a good day"! I will be jamming to his song right before watching Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" video and then possibly checking out the extended edition (didn't even know an extended edition existed until a few minutes ago) of "Gladiator" (the Russell Crowe one, not the Cuba Gooding Jr. one) online somewhere......all in celebration of receiving the Overlord Award from Herman Turnip at Terrible Analogies!

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I'd like to give a big thanks to Herman for this award and also congratulate the other bloggers who share in this honor as Overlord Award recipients. To be inducted into the club of Overlords, one must make a list of three things that he or she would change in the world and then pass this award on to 10 other bloggers and finally...let the recipients know that they have achieved such an honor.

First things first, obey your thirst! Just kidding....I just had to add that in here because I had Sprite on my mind for some reason. Here are the three things that I would change in this world:

*Two of these are changes that I would be serious about making while one is a fantasy....I bet you can't figure out which changes fall in these two categories!

1. Enforce statewide ordinances in metropolitan areas around the country that would require rude movie theater goers to pay fines....double the fine on weekends.

2. Reform the family court system including the placement of increased child support restrictions for unwed mothers (and fathers, if necessary) with the exception of circumstances where rape, abuse and/or incest has occurred.

3. Shutdown Facebook as it is in it's current state and require the owners to auction it off to corporations and universities that could buy it outright and use it in-house as an exclusive perk for their employees and/or students to communicate with each other and increase school spirit or morale in and out of the workplace.

And now, I present all the blogs that I am passing the Overlord Award on to:

Tossing It Out
For creating a space where bloggers can become more productive, meet new people and learn new things.


For giving bloggers and writers a fun way to play with words in a manner that is suitable for all ages.

The Bumbles
For helping men and women reminisce about favorite movies past and present while also discovering new films to watch and discussing what makes all of them memorable.

Far Away in the Sunshine
For making every day brighter for readers, through happy imagery, powerful quotes and other sweet musings.

Two Hands and a Roadmap
For being a multiple marathon champion with a humorous and realistic depiction of motherhood, writing, marriage, life and everything in between.

Daily (w)rite
For posting some of the most catchy short stories made from just one single word prompt.

Word Nerd Speaks
For reviving a blogging community that can help to cure writer’s block and save the Internet from empty blogs.

DIY Filmmaker
For championing indie film in a way that got others such as IndieWire to start paying more attention to certain philosophies on DIY and the state of the independent film community.

Random Thoughts
For convincing readers to identify the traits of a good and quality friend while also helping them realize what many of these traits are, in the process.

It’s All Me
For having the dedication, passion and drive to manage two different blogs while many of us other bloggers find it a struggle to keep up with one.

I completed the WordCount Blogathon, finished a video footage log for a music artist that I've been collaborating on a project with and now get to display the Overlord Award on my blog.....this is shaping up to be a good week!

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A WordCount Blogathon Wrapup #blog2011

I completed the 2011 WordCount Blogathon yesterday, thank goodness!

Today, participants are sharing “what we liked, what he hated and what we learned from blogging every day in May” during a live Twitter chat hosted by the organizer of this blogathon. The organizer also listed five questions for participants to answer during the Twitter chat but I am sharing these things with Madlab Post readers here on the blog for a more in-depth view of blogathon experiences in the past few weeks. Here are my thoughts on the WordCount Blogathon.

Q1: What was your favorite part of the blogathon?

My favorite part of the blogathon was meeting three bloggers who were each influential to my continued participation in the event. They include Tara at Two Hands and a Roadmap, whose assistance with a lot of technical issues and communication problems with the WordCount group at the beginning of the month is very much appreciated. Tara also provided inspiration for getting posts up quick when she created ‘Fake it Fridays,’ which I used on days when I either did not have time, topic ideas to write about or motivation to blog.

Anyes at Far Away in the Sunshine was a pleasure to meet during the blogathon and collaborate with on Day 16 when we wrote Guest Posts for each others blog. She takes an uplifting approach to blogging with the topics that she chooses to write about and the beautiful photos that are published on her blog to accompany many of the posts.

While her participation in the blogathon came to a halt later in May due to being sick, Rashida at Books, Bass and Beauty is a blogger that I was glad to meet because she caused me to pay more attention to urban fiction than I normally would. Even though I may still not purchase any books in that genre, I can understand how all of the outrageous drama makes them an entertaining read for audiences who enjoy them.

Q2: What was your least favorite part of the blogathon?

My least favorite part of the blogathon was the lack of community sense among participants in this event. As far as I know, none of the participants (with the exception of my fave 3, of course) visited my blog or communicated with me on Twitter nor did they respond to my comments when I read their posts.

The Google Group setup for the WordCount blogathon was also more aggravation than anything else because I could not access it for almost two weeks into the month of May and when I did, there wasn’t much of a fun or useful atmosphere. I felt isolated during this blogathon and if it weren’t for this blog already being active and having regular readers that I already knew before May, I probably would’ve been very disappointed in my blogging efforts.

Q3: What did you learn about blogging?

I learned that most of the time, you get out of blogging what you put in it. After considering to remove my participation in the WordCount blogathon due to several factors that made it relatively unpleasant, I decided to use it as motivation for me to place my blog in a position to launch other media projects that I’m developing and to also obtain other writing opportunities. I’m not surprised that I had to make connections with bloggers on my own because that is something that has to be done on any given day throughout the year anyway, whether participating in a group event or not.

What I am disappointed by, however, is the fact that the WordCount Blogathon was a waste of time in some respects for me.....all of the tweeting, visiting blogs that don’t seem to be interested in connecting with me and messing around with Google Groups could have been spent reading blogs and communicating with other bloggers who were not in the blogathon, that I have missed in the last few weeks. My connections with Tara, Anyes and Rashida were no accident.....they probably would not have known that my blog even existed if I had not commented on their blogs or reached out to them. That goes to show that sometimes, you have to make something happen instead of waiting for things to happen.

If I never contacted Anyes, I probably wouldn’t have had a guest post for Day 16.....well actually, I would have but I wanted to work with her because I like reading her blog and knew that she was also participating in the WordCount Blogathon. If that did not work out, I probably would have asked Cindy to write another guest post for this blog or asked Lindsay Maddox if we could exchange blog posts.....so I would’ve got it done even if I had to go outside of the WordCount Blogathon to do it.

However, that to me kind of defeats the whole purpose of a group or community experience and the purpose of meeting new bloggers, which seems to be what the WordCount Blogathon is all about. Then again, I guess that does not apply to me because of the isolation factor that I had to deal with during the blogathon.

This brings me to another lesson, which is that I learned the importance of finding alternative ways of getting new readers, connecting with other bloggers and also writing blog posts. After experiencing some difficulty in coming up with a post to write about Johnny Depp for his last King Dong post this month, I traveled to a shopping district and spoke to strangers about the actor. This not only gave me something to write about but also became a way to introduce my blog to potential readers who may visit or recommend it to their friends.

Q4: What blogging software or apps do you want to know more about?
I do not want to know more about any blogging software or apps because I don’t utilize these tools much and have no need for them at the moment.

Q5: What should we add or do differently next time?

Next time, it would be nice if the WordCount Blogathon organizer or organizers interacted with most or all of their participants rather than a small group of them because doing so reflects on the quality of leadership and morale among participants, collectively.

It would also be nice if there were improved efforts to ensure that new participants have all of the tools and resources necessary to have the best experience possible, especially when these participants are expected to utilize third-party services such as Google Groups to communicate with fellow participants. This is my first time participating in the WordCount Blogathon and based on my first impression of the event, I doubt that I would be interested in participating in this blogathon again in the future.

Though not live and not on Twitter, these questions and answers conclude my contribution to the WordCount blogathon chat.

Would I recommend the blogathon to others? No. However, that does not mean you shouldn’t participate if you are reading this and may be interested in the blogathon, because you may have a different and better experience. In fact, there are other bloggers who enjoy it and champion it so while I’m not a big fan of the event, I also do not recommend that you use my wrapup post as the sole basis for your decision for joining or not joining the blogathon.

I can name a few bloggers who could give you a more favorable analysis of the blogathon, including some of the ones that I mentioned in this post, so the WordCount Blogathon may be just what you need to jump start your blog on the path to success, whatever that means. You never know until you try, so consider my account as just an example of the fact that.....as the old saying goes......all that glitters ain’t gold!

There is no one-size-fits all event, service, product, etc. for everyone in the world. I like “The Good Wife” on CBS and "24" that was on FOX but there are also other people who can’t stand those TV shows, so there you go. To each, his own!

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