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Stream of Consciousness: Ramble On?

This is the first LJ Poll I’ve ever done. I think I'm going to post this now, after Season 6 has just ended, and then in early September when Season 7 is about to start. That way I can see if the hiatus changes your thinking at all.

Since Season 3, I’ve written reviews that I call "rambles" that recaps the episode as well as I can recall it and intersperses a thoughts/reactions review throughout. I write them immediately after one viewing and post them right away. The ensuing conversations that take place in the comments generated by you guys in response to the ramble are incredibly enlightening and rewarding. I enjoy writing them very much and often times find my own grounding in an episode as I move through the write-up.

However. We’re moving into Season 7, and as it takes roughly 4 hours to write and post each ramble, I am wondering how to (or even if you guys want me to) continue the weekly ramble. I thought I’d ask ya'll what you preferred before I made a decision.

Hence, my first Poll! Ta-da!

Poll #1747850 Stream of Consciousness: Ramble On?

Regarding an SPN Season 7 weekly Stream of Consciousness Ramble, please let me know your preference:

I enjoy the way the ramble is currently written (recap + reactions + review) and would read/comment whenever you post it.
39(59.1%)
I enjoy the way the ramble is written (recap + reactions + review) but would only read/comment if you post it immediately after the show airs.
0(0.0%)
I like to read the review part immediately after the show airs; I don't need the recap -- we just saw the same show, after all.
5(7.6%)
I like to read the review part; I don't need the recap. And it doesn't matter when you post it.
8(12.1%)
Don't change a thing! I mean it! I'll take my cookies and leave!
12(18.2%)
What's a Stream of Consciousness Ramble? Is that like a dance move?
0(0.0%)
I'll share my preferences in the comments below.
2(3.0%)

Comments

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pinkphoenix1985
Jun. 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I don't comment on every single ramble but I do read them. I think that you should do what you want since it is supposed to be fun for you not a burden.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I kinda did make that sound like it's a burden, didn't I? I'll amend my wording a bit. :)

Thanks so much for weighing in!
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ramblin_rosie
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
As likely as I am to quit watching but still want to know what's going on (which I did at several points this season), I really appreciate your rambles as they are--but do it the way that works best for you. The trick to a labor of love is making sure the love outweighs the labor!
And just so you know, the discussion on 6.20 has inspired a ficlet that I'm probably going to post Monday, assuming work isn't too insane and I can get it finished by then.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rosie! I appreciate your input. :) I'm mainly trying to work out if it's too long for ya'll and if anyone would still read if I posted on say, Sunday evening rather than Friday evening.

Still debating and this poll is helping.

And I'll watch for your fic! Give me a heads up when you post, okay?
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primrose_1
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Generally, I don't need the recap of the episode, because I saw it. I skip the recap in other reviews I read and go on to the review or analysis part. Your version is different, however. You comment on what you're thinking and feeling AS it's happening, and it is really fun to read. I want you to be happy and not stressed out about the rambles, so please do them however you feel you need to.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, lady!

I'm mainly trying to work out if it's too long for ya'll and if anyone would still read if I posted on say, Sunday evening rather than Friday evening.

Your input helps me figure out what I want, crazily enough. LOL!
xwacky
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't yet had a chance to catch up all your rambles, or shall we say stream of conscious, but I love them. Please don't change a thing. ♥
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I appreciate you voting.

Polls are cool. ;)
jesters_tear82
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Your poll made me grin ;) How does one dance the SoC move?

G, the amount of people commenting each week goes to show how well received the rambles are, right? So I wonder, is this because you're struggling with time when writing? Do you feel like if you won't post right after the ep less people will tune in? Or is it tough on you in general, this 4 hours investment? Sorry for the Bla Bla Bla - I just would love to know if this is working for YOU! & if that's the case:

I shan't take my cookies & leave anyway, but please keep writing from the heart - don't change one bit. I also agree with primrose_1 above, usually the recap would bother me but here we get both your quirky reactions + it makes me realize or catch on stuff I missed in the viewing.. so - Ramble On!

Also Jensen/Dean is looking mighty fine in your avi - Love me a man with a pretty nose! ;)

*hugs you & him from afar*
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
So I wonder, is this because you're struggling with time when writing? Do you feel like if you won't post right after the ep less people will tune in?

Yeah, that's about it. That and I got a few comments here and there about cutting out the recap part and just cutting to the chase. I didn't know if that was one or two people or a general consensus.

I'm considering posting on Sunday evening rather than Friday evening and wasn't sure if people would still read and comment if they didn't have immediate access.

I'm still debating -- probably will be all summer! LOL!

Your input help -- thanks so much.

And that avi was made by apieceofcake -- she took the pic at a con and I asked for an avi and voila! :) *swoons*
crowley_gal
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
I like the way you write it now. I like the recap simply because sometimes you point out things I missed or might have dismissed.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much -- I appreciate you voting. I like this poll feature. I may just make one for the sake of making one. ;)
el1ie
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)


What choices! I love reading your rambles, every single part of it and I was very pleased to hear you enjoy spending that amount of time on them, I was worried a minute ago that you were putting up the poll as they were becoming stressful for you to carry on with - I would have been sad about that, but totally understand. I admit I very rarely comment, as by the time I get around to reading, nearly everything I wanted to say has already been covered either by you or someone in the comments (which I also diligently read and thank you too to those who do comment), sometimes what's discussed in here can really alter my first knee jerk reaction to an episode.

So, yep, I'd love them to continue as long as you're happy and can find the time to do them and it doesn't matter to me when they're posted. Season 7? Hardly seemed a possibility when our little show started, I am really looking forward to another year.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Can you believe we're at the 7 year mark? Seems like only yesterday...

And gosh, the things that have changed in our world(s) since the Winchesters came into our lives!

I appreciate your input -- thanks so much. I'm just trying to decide if it's too long for some people and if people would still read and/or reply if I posted on say Sunday night instead of Friday night.

Thanks for voting! :)
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gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
*salutes* Got it!

Thanks for this and for voting. I like this poll thing -- it's fun! ;)

I got a few comments here and there about cutting out the recap part and just cutting to the chase. I didn't know if that was one or two people or a general consensus.

I'm considering posting on Sunday evening rather than Friday evening and wasn't sure if people would still read and comment if they didn't have immediate access.

I'm still debating but your input helps -- thanks so much.
yasminke
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I read them -- infrequently, sorry -- but after *I* see the show. So I don't mind when you post them, only that it takes you so long and therefore takes you away from REALLY important fic writing.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 1st, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
I swear I'm working on it -- it's getting closer! :)

But you're right -- they do take awhile and responding to the comments takes time, too, so I am trying to be cognizant of that going forward.

But my fic writing attention has shifted; I won't be doing that as much. Just trying to decide if people would still read and comment if I posted on, say, Sunday evening rather than Friday evening.

I'll probably debate it with myself all summer. *laugh* Your input helps. :)

And if all goes well, you'll have a first draft in your inbox on Monday!
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saberivojo
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I really won't take my cookies..but I do love it as is.

I don't always comment 'cause I'm usually loosing my mind after Show and can't think coherently. But you almost always have good insight and help me to focus and refocus so that I can take a moment or two to reflect.

Still, four hours is a lot of time! How much fic could you write in that time slot!
gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Quite a bit, actually. But I'm slowing on my fic writing, to be honest. I have a couple of one-shots promised this summer and then I want to write an AU-ish story to complete the "Brenna" series (which...who knows how many people even want to read that, but I have it in my head, so....) but I'm not sure how much more I might have in me after that.

So, thank you for voting! :) I really appreciate the feedback. Helps me decide what I want. ;)
apieceofcake
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
I think as long as you still enjoy doing them and have the time too, then post as you want and when you want too :-)

Before this season I always read them but the change of night has really messed me up for viewing the episode and not always reading your ramble. I don't get to see the ep until late Saturday night and Sunday's are busy so I mostly don't get time to go back through my flist and read the posts I've missed inbetween. Sorry as I do enjoy them.

xx.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought the Friday night time slot would be easier because it wouldn't be a "school night" and I wouldn't have to pick between the boys and bookclub once a month.

But it turns out that I end up staying up to 2 or 3 am to get it written and then *yawn* I'm real fun on Saturday morning. I'm trying to decide if the length is too lengthy and if anyone would come read if I posted on Sunday instead.

Your input really helps me decide. :)

Thank you, lady!
jennygeee
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I don't comment on every ramble but I love reading them. But you must do what's easiest for you, you work and have your little girl and a home to look after so I'll be happy with whatever you can manage.

xxxxxxxxx
gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
No worries on commenting -- it's really nice to know that you read them. :)

And thanks for voting -- I kinda like this poll thing! :)
jennierenee
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
I love the way you write the Rambles now, but the only thing that would ever make me stop reading them is if you turned into a Sam!girl.

So alter anything you need to to, I'll still be around.
gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
the only thing that would ever make me stop reading them is if you turned into a Sam!girl.

Yeah...about that.... ;) Kidding! I kid! I don't think you have to worry, m'dear. Dean's been my hear since "Easy, Tiger," and I don't see that changing like...ever. Even long after the show ends.

Love Sam to pieces, but mainly because of who he is to Dean.

Thanks for letting me know you'll be around!! :)
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wrenny59
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Hi Gaelic! I love you and your writing so much. You are my MOST favorite!
As Primrose said, with others (ok, Bardic comes to mind) I don't read the recap because it is straight recap - no commentary. I love her commentary which I promptly skip to.
She posts days later and I still go out of my way to read.

As for Gaelic ramblings, I love your mixture of commentary and recapping. Please do not change your style.

And as others have said, I too just want you happy - don't be a slave to the ramble.

Sometimes I don't have time to read on Saturday morning, and then by the time I get to it (like, say, Sunday evening?) others have commented by the gajillions and after reading all of those, I don't feel I have anything left to add, so if it was posted later, I might actually comment more often.



gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
Hi wrenny! :)

Yeah, see the way Bardic writes hers, you can scroll down past the recap and get to the meat of her thoughts. You can't do that with mine and I wondered if that was problematic for people. I don't want to bore you. So I've been trying to think if I should change my style up a little.

I'm trying to decide if I want to start posting on Sunday evening, too, so that I can get some shut-eye on Friday night. ;)

Thank you for weighing in! Your input helps me decide.

Slainte!
qultng1
Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
And that reminds me, I haven't commented on the last 2. I have them bookmarked. I've read them. I enjoyed them. I will read them again. :D Love them!
gaelicspirit
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
*laugh*

Thanks, Nana!!! :)
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