Contest closes the day after tomorrow!
I am reflecting on the failure of this contest. It's interesting, since it comes at a time when my site is getting pretty decent traffic and business, and I'm getting flooded with commission requests. I've advertised the contest on all of my pages, including the front page of the site, and gotten plenty of social media likes, so why won't any of these visitors enter the contest? Some possibilities:
- The subject. "Elemental Contest: Earth" is not very specific or very inspiring. People aren't sure what kind of contest it is, what it's about, or what the heck they should build. This has been an ongoing problem with the "elemental" contest series, which is why I was planning to end it after last time, but when I held some polls about what my next contest should be, this idea won. Yet, almost no one entered. So, next time I will pick a more concrete idea like "fantasy minifig contest", or perhaps even more specific, like "Wulfgard faction contest" or "fantasy villain contest", for example.
- The forums. I required participants to join the Saber-Scorpion's Lair Forums and post their entries here, in the hopes that it would bring new members to SSLF. But instead, it seems to have simply been a barrier to entry. Next time, I'll let people post entries anywhere, and submit them via social media, forums, or email.
- The prizes. I'm beginning to wonder if the "$$ worth of stuff from my shop" is the best idea for prizes. It seems like the ideal prize to me, since you get to pick what you want, but perhaps it's too vague or too boring to attract interest. Maybe it would be better to make some unique prizes and include photos of them.
Anyway, unless there's a surprise flood of last-minute entries, I'm going to forego the public poll judging I mentioned in the first post, and instead simply judge the contest myself. (spoiler: everyone who entered will win something!)
So, if you're to be the judge of all the entries, does that mean I'll get some feedback for my diorama? Because I'd really like that?
Also, we now have four different entries, though only three are listed.