This morning I received a guestbook comment from a user I don't believe to have ever spoken with, TheAwesomeDork. He asked me to post about his new "contest" on MDM. Normally I just bypass these things unless they are offering money(stardollars) to fund blog-related projects, or if I am actually impressed with their project idea. Honestly, I cannot actually come to terms with what made me decide to take a look at this user's blog. It's quite obvious that something about this person and their blog stood out to me.
As the title of this post states, the blog is called Change A Stardoll Life. And I suppose one could assume that this, dare I say, inspirational blog title was the reason for indulging in my curiosity. My first impression was an obvious one; The blog itself was customized using default Blogger settings and failed to stand out or make a statement that related to its title. Needless to say, I wasn't impressed. I believe that it's safe to assume most people would not be impressed upon arrival to this blog site. However, many great things have emerged from seemingly plain places; so I gave this user a chance by reading the first and only post, entitled, About the Contest.
The English and grammar weren't great, so it took me a few reads to decipher the message that the writer was attempting to convey. You can read this post for yourself, here. The basic, condensed version of this "contest" idea is this:
TheAwesomeDork, or Austin as his Stardoll presentation states, plans to choose twenty Stardoll members whom he believes have miserable or unhappy "lives" on Stardoll. However, he also states that there will be applications; whatever that means. After this task is complete, he will assign these twenty people each a Stardoll member who wants to change their Stardoll life, so to speak. From my understanding, the Stardoll member assigned to the miserable member will shower them with gifts, praises, writing positions on Stardoll-related blogs, and maybe even Stardollars. And if the unhappy person isn't pleased with the offerings they've received after two weeks, the member providing the gifts and what-have-you, will be "out", or eliminated, I assume.
The person left standing at the end of this contest will receive 100 Stardollars, a custom Star-Design t-shirt, and a guest writing position for an undecided blog. In other words, he's basically bribing "happy" Stardoll members to shower "misberable" Stardoll members with gifts and such, in hopes that they'll receive Stardollars and gifts at the end of the contest. Though he goes on to say that the ultimate prize you can win in this contest is knowing that you helped make someone's life better. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but I thought making someone's life(in general) better was a deed you did because you cared, and you wanted nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing that they were happy. Not something you did in hopes of gaining happiness in the form of gifts for yourself.
My mom always told me that the best people you could have in your life were those who remained kind and caring even when no one was watching.
Maybe this guy has good intentions when his mind ran across the idea to help others out, but I doubt it. Especially after reading his Stardoll presentation, which states: "This game is getting so boring. And it's gay for a guy to play it. :P So I won't be on much." After all the hype about working to make a difference in someone's life, you turn around and basically call every male member of Stardoll, gay. I find his statement confusing, considering his account was only activated a few days ago. Maybe he had a previous account. Who knows? The only thing I know for sure is that there are some wires crossed in this guy's head and he can't decide whether he wants to be a civil servant or someone who walks around claiming that boys are gay because they use a website that caters to females.
What are your opinions on this contest of sorts?
Will your participate?