So, the deadline for the nominations has finished and now I will tell you about how it was for me to pick the list. Of course I will not be revealing any results or talking about any on the nominations.
When I volunteered I knew that if I made a playlist it would have to be one that represented my taste and interpretation of the topic but also it had to be a representation of RRers contributions also. So I would have to listen to a lot of tracks ! ! !
When Adam asked me to be the first volunteer, I realised was that time would be really difficult because of my work and travel schedule, but I had an advantage with the different time zones and the new deadline of Monday. If I could use this well I thought I could complete the task in time.
The MFF is actually at six o’cock in Friday morning in Japan and that day I did not have to go to work until 10 so I had four hours of the MFF to check out the first nominations and this time would be very important to use effectively.
It was quite scary to see how quickly the nominations were being made even for a tight topic like rabbits ! ! !
During the MFF I started to listen to the tracks I did not know and then add the ones I liked to a list of possible tracks. On Saturday morning I traveled home from Hiroshima where I had been working, and I went through my list which by that time was about forty songs. I reduced that list to about twenty five before I arrived home on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday afternoon through to Sunday morning was a marathon where I listened to as many of the tracks as I could that had been nominated that I had not listened to and others I wanted to listen to again. And of course new tracks were being nominated all the time ! ! !
I got up early on Sunday and listend to the tracks which I had started to think I would use in the list.
By Sunday night I had a list of about 25 songs that I really liked and was starting to go a little crazy ! ! !
Nominations closed at 8 in the evening on Monday Japanese time, I needed to be ready with my list before i went to bed Monday as I had commitments for my stupid job on Tuesday.
So after a late night on Sunday and dreaming of rabbits, I got up very early on Monday and started the hardest part which was cutting down the list to ten and making a playlist that worked for me and i that maybe people would like to listen to.
I started making playlists and one by one rejecting songs. It was really so hard as i had to reject songs that that i really liked and every decision was really hard.
Also I had to keep checking on RR to see if any new tracks had been nominated and and to listen to them and then if I liked them I added them into the mixture also.
Of course i did not spend every single moment working on the list. I would have gone totally crazy and I would not have been able to concentrate and think about it and it would not have been fun. I went for walks on Sunday and Monday to clear my head and relax, and I called my dad who was really supportive and gave me some good advice. But I would not have been able to have other big time commitments on Saturday evening, Sunday or Monday.
BUT – the dead line from Adam is actually 3 pm on Wednesday, so if you do not have the commitments that made it impossible for me to anything after Monday, you could spend the time over a longer period, and it would not be so intensive. It is not so bad really ! ! !
So, finally I had a list I was happy with and then I needed to write the words for Adam about the playlist and why I liked the tracks. This was really hard as you only have 500 words which is really not very much so it was hard to try and keep things short. (especially as I am used to rabbit on) But I finished it in time and sent it to Adam.
Well, it is finished now. I really hope people like the list, but of course I know not everyone will like it.
It was hard to do it, but it was really fun and I felt that I was contributing to the game and our community in a way I could not have done before so I was proud and nervous at the same time.
I know of course that I could have done better and I am still thinking things like maybe I should have put that track in or left this one out. But this list is done now and can not be changed. I know I am going to be tougher than any of you with my own self criticism ! ! !
I am sure that other people will do a much better job than me in the future and I will do my best to support future volunteers. I hope that by sharing how I did it I help people even if it is by saying to themselves that they will approach the task differently ! ! !
So support RR – volunteer and be a pioneer ! ! !