The Shangri-La, Mactan Island in Cebu, Philippines — oh how I wish I were there
My self-imposed absence from the JTV airwaves was a nice little break. I didn’t do anything monumental. I didn’t do anything that personally gratifying. What I did do was relax and reflect on this past year of JTV madness. I attended the JTV anniversary party and yes, I did a bit of blogging. I did not publish what I wrote, however. That I have saved for tonight. I knew my brain would not shut down so rather than bottling it up and trying to remember it all — we know how unsuccessful that always seems to be for me — I wrote it all here and broke it down into a couple of posts.
I also did some channel viewing. I spent more time watching channels than I have in the past 6 months and aside from a room or two, I didn’t find much of interest. I watched MagicRich’s road trip to the US and noticed that he seemed a bit lost and out of sorts. I didn’t watch him long enough on any one occasion really, but he just didn’t seem to have that enthusiasm and pluck that normally comes with a MagicRich broadcast.
Sure, jet lag slows you down, but he’s a young guy, someone told me just 21, so after a couple of days that should really not be a factor. I don’t know if it was the company he was keeping or the things he was doing, but even his viewers seemed rather subdued.
Somewhere on the Mexican Riviers — it’s all a bit of a blur 9 years later
One thing seemed clear to me — without games and prizes, it’s tough to “fill a room.” Part of this could be that there was no real schedule on the trip and many of his loyal viewers would appear at what seemed to be the “normal” time he’d do a show and when he wasn’t on or wasn’t doing a planned show, they’d file out.
I have noticed the same thing with my broadcast. Now, I will NEVER presume to be an entertainer or to have the kind of numbers Rich draws, but when I had trivia running, either automated or not, with or without prizes, in my room, the audience was larger and more consistent. Some would magically appear when trivia began, not to be seen again until it started up again the next evening.
I saw the audience grow (not to anything really large) and remain fairly consistent during the “So You Think You’re a JTV Maven” anniversary contest and not only in the room, but the number of blog hits spiked and stayed up until I announced the winners and went on brake as well. It seems that the key to retaining viewers, to keeping those that are not “hard core” is to play games and give stuff away. This assumption is based on nothing statistically valid, it’s just from the gut.
Party Like It’s 2000
Decorated in JTV style
I’m going to say it. It needs saying. I apologize for the sexism but … Boys don’t know how to throw a party! There. I said it, now go beat me up, but first let me tell you why I’ve come to this conclusion. Ok! Ok! Ok! Ok! I don’t mean boys as in ALL boys, I mean the guys from JTV. Better? Those of you that would slam me for not having a nice word to say about the guys I’ll say this. Nice lighting.
- Where was the food?
- Where was the entertainment?
- Where were the anniversary toasts, the congratulatory remarks to a year well done?
There seemed to be so many opportunities. I feel like I am watching a dorm party but in a much nicer venue and with grown ups. Or, perhaps a party at someone’s house while the parents are away on vacation.
Now, I’ve only watched about an hour of the archives, but it’s quite a subdued event. I didn’t manage to stay up all night watching. It just didn’t grab my attention, so I headed off to bed just a bit after midnight.
From what I could see, the large office space easily accommodated the guests, there were no tables set up for food. The two kegs of beer shrouded in red appeared to be the main attraction and I realized this was really just an event for the JTV staff, viewers and broadcasters to get together. It was a 2D comes to life in a 3D mixer. It’s kind of a shame. Everyone seems relaxed and to be having a good time, so I suppose that is the mark of a successful party in some respects.
Magic Rich’s Channel Broadcasting the Event
Being the JTV Foodie, I’d like to have catered this event. If I had, this would have been the menu:
- Maple Burbon Glazed Pulled Pork on Small Onion Rolls with Lettuce/Onion/Tomato and cole slaw on the side
- Mahogany Chicken Wings
- Fried Wontons and Steamed Dumplings with dipping sauces
- San Francisco Chronicle Cones of Crisply Fried Shoestring Potatoes with Spicy Chilean Merken Seasoning
- Beer Battered Tempura Veggies
- Brie En Croute
- Crispy Corn Tortillas with Guacamole and Salsa Fresca
- DEElightfully DEElicious Decadent Chocolate Extravaganza Cake
“Tell me a little more about this delay you experience?”
I wouldn’t have gone crazy, but we would have had culinary representation from a few continents. It would have been a small affair with bites that go well with large amounts of beer and food that appeals to Saturday night party-goers. All this for 50 people for the low low price of $3000 exclusive of travel and lodging for 2 days and inclusive of decorating, set up, clean up and break down at the end of the event. Now, tell me, would this not have helped things move along and left a great impression?
Meanwhile, Back in the “Real World”
I got to make Dutch Baby Pancakes in the Store a few times this week
They were a big hit!
I am going to have to make this the next time company comes!
Next time I think I will add chopped walnuts or pecans and just a drizzle of maple syrup to glaze
Dutch Baby Pancake mix flew off the shelves, smiles were seen around the store and it was a happy Easter atmosphere all around. Success! 🙂