I think I know where I went wrong with Vote for the Girls….

This past fall, it was basically unfamiliar territory for my site, Vote for the Girls (US). Only one victory happened in 2014 that occurred after Tommy & Peta got eliminated on Dancing with the Stars 19. It is something I’m definitely not used to as the site normally gets one VFTG Loss per season.

Vote for the Girls USA

Vote for the Girls USA

As the webmaster and founder of one of the popular sites that has been promoting votes for the female contestants, I do take any female contestant’s elimination hard. As a transwoman 32 years of age having successfully auctioned off my virginity to 47 year old Kymberly Alvaraz for a three year relationship deal. That was something. Really something that became interesting for most of 2014.

While I was out and about in Marion a month and a day before my birthday (12/3/14), I spoke to two of my previous significant others (Elisa and Christy, still living) about Kym.

Last year after Ellona Santiago finished sixth place on The X Factor USA 3, I said I would auction off my virginity to the highest female bidder and having sex for the final time as a biological male–that (along with not shaving my legs for two months for BOTH Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and No Shave November for The Voice 6 and American Idol 13 losses, forcing the site to make-up competitions So You Think You Can Dance and adding America’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars as make-up competitions with SYTYCD; and basically wearing strapless or tube tops and thong panties from June to August 2014–that punishment like other punishments are a blessing in disguise) was surely going to get some people talking. After Khayla Chow (1991-2014) sparked the Vote for the Girls brawl after shoving my friend, Holly Everman, to the floor, and with an ongoing scheduling dispute that ended after WTTV (channel 4) switched to CBS. Many have complained to Jackson Steele — the man in charge of NoSirGifts (they are distributing Vote for the Girls USA)

In the end, it did cost me a few friends on Facebook (notably Jennifer Tedder, who I don’t believe I will re-friend until Febuary 2019) and believe the reason why I cannot comment or like anything on American Idol’s Facebook page. While doing research, the “Make the Switch” campaign of Vote for the Girls clearly didn’t work — the site had dropped nearly as much as 61 percent (shown below) and the site’s YouTube viewership dropped  44 percent.

Dismal 2014...

Part of the reason I think I know why the views on YouTube and site views dropped is because of poor promotional and advertising is just one thing thing I can think of obviously. The fact of the matter of the poor views on YouTube and on the site itself is the fact I had tried to promote the Vote for the Girls format offline and that clearly didn’t work out. That unfortunately got me a lot of trouble–not financial trouble as one source says. Advertising VFTG alone will be nearly $10,000 per year and the only sponsors that are willing to advertise on the site are GoDaddy and AFENA Federal Credit Union. So I am looking for new sponsors that are willing to promote Vote for the Girls in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Australia, and other countries that have their own adaptations of Vote for the Girls.

A second reason I can think what is wrong with VFTG is the fact due to a lack of original content, a separate set (secondary facility for Vote for the Girls) as they share the same facility as my home and d/b/a Aeverine Zinn Holdings. That is something I don’t believe will work out unless I decide to open a Vote for the Girls themed restaurant (or so called pubs) where there will be viewing parties similar to a sports bar per se.

A third reason where VFTG is going wrong is the video provider and fearing DMCA complaints by posting the full episode on the web site, in addition to YouTube, decided not to post them not because of storage space or lack of another video provider that will store as much as 100 hour length episodes in 720p high definition (though I could present the episode live on the VFTG live stream channel, yet still have questions about how that would work out since it is similar to broadcasting live on TV.)

This year on Vote for the Girls, as the American version began its sixth season back in July 2014, the presentation of make up competitions (So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars), the moderator panel using a new element called the Moderators’ Save (similar to the judges save on American Idol), having the American public having as much power as the moderators of Vote for the Girls do, and as an improvement to the Male Moderator’s offer–I’ve decided to add a couple of transgendered men–Yes, I did say that correctly–F2M’s (female to male transsexuals or transmen) to the site.

The Moderators’ Save has already been used twice and used to veto what would otherwise could have been the first Vote for the Girls loss on So You Think You Can Dance as Valerie Rockey finished runner-up in September 2014 and the second consecutive loss on The Voice following DaNica Shirey’s elimination on December 2, 2014. All the moderators have to be unanimous and the Moderators’ Save can only be used once on SYTYCD, AGT, and DWTS (the make-up competitions) and twice per cycle in the regular competitions (American Idol, The Voice, Rising Star, and The X Factor). There is a catch though, if the Moderators’ Save is used before the show’s finale and/or the last female contestant remaining in the competition is eliminated–there will be neither a victory nor a loss since the Save was used and the good news in the event should that happen, none of the moderators on the moderator panel face the punishment for failure and the winning moderator (if there is one) is declared; though as with any Vote for the Girls loss, the site will support any female contestants in the makeup competitions (an example is DaNica Shirey being saved from the VFTG Loss on the seventh season of The Voice after the moderator panel used their Mod Save on Shirey and the entire moderator panel will be participating on DWTS20).

That being said… The VFTG USA moderator panel will be participating in America’s Got Talent 10 this upcoming summer if a male wins the eighth season of The Voice (I hope that doesn’t happen but if it does the Leg Beards for Breast Cancer and/or No Shave November punishment in addition to another gruesome “Punishment for Failure”)  and/or the Moderator panel use their Moderators’ Save. The same will be said for SYTYCD12 for a VFTGUSModSave and/or VFTGLoss on American Idol 14.

Speaking of American Idol 14, there are two VFTG USA picks (Sarina-Joi Crowe and Lovey James) that already have an eight moderator vote, of which should they make the American Idol 14 finale–that will be a Double VFTG Victory.

Since Vote for the Girls’ third season in the United States, the moderator panel (instead of yours truly deciding who the Vote for the Girls pick is) began making their own VFTG picks. So on the VFTG USA web site, once a moderator has made all her VFTG picks during the auditions she must post them as soon as possible. The moderator panel on VFTG are all female (either by birth or transgender) and they choose VFTG picks. The Male Moderator Crew (all are F2M’s) however, don’t get to choose VFTG picks, but they do choose male vocalists instead of VFTG picks (some will consider this as the Ava Zinn version of Vote for the Worst). However, for fairness none of the Vote for the Worst picks are revealed until after the competition ends. This year, Vote for the Girls USA for the first time in the site’s history, can include a male vocalist (only if the vocals sound feminine or a typical transwoman’s) based on vocals and appearance and I make the final decision whether or not to accept or reject the male vocalist in question. On American Idol 14, I decided to approve Riley Bria as a Vote for the Girls pick based on a similar decision that was made involving James Byron from The Voice UK 3 last year.

Will these changes I made to Vote for the Girls USA boost the sagging performance? Is the Moderators’ Save going to help? Will the Male Moderator Crew of Clark Jones and Leonard Lai get more women to finally support Vote for the Girls? Do you think that even more changes are needed, say dropping dead weight, or even do a little interception during football season since the site is popular in six NFL markets –Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Denver, Tampa, and Pittsburgh?

Only time will tell.

 

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About Ava Zinn

Owner of Aeverine Zinn Holdings Former retailer of NoSirGifts (1987-2011) Webmaster of INNewsCenter (1999-2011), Vote for the Girls USA (2010-present), Vote for the Girls UK (2013-present), and of course AvaZinn.com (1999-present)