So I am like up here at 4:11 AM, trying to understand the angst of the TGDC fan. Did we over promise and under deliver? It definitely appears so. Can we fix things? We will try. There have been some wonderful suggestions - the “message board for fans” idea.. Aargh - how could we miss it!!
But first let me get the facts straight. Here is all the content that has been published in past 24 hours and more - just so we can set the context.
Where is the problem? (a) Is it about the volume of content? (b) Or is it the lack of quality? or (c) Is it the lack of engagement?
There are varied expectations - for some real time means REALTIME. They were possibly looking for the TV experience on web. (Nothing wrong with the expectation - it is just important for us to know that). For some, the 160 character tweets from a rail road crossing, delivered in real time, don’t qualify as engaging content. While some recommend one meaningful post a day, for others, even this long list of posts (above) are not enough (and I am sure many of you have not read all the posts end-to-end).
I think what we are missing is “engagement” - but I may be wrong. Maybe you want to connect more often with the couples, have a conversation and be a part of the journey. Personally I think that is what is missing from the format - and that makes a TGDC fan feel lonely. Over promise and under deliver - possible. Maybe we did not understand that we were in effect setting the wrong expectations while announcing live web-cast.
In an era of ‘cloned’ reality shows and bathetic soaps on Indian TV, when every bit of unreality is portrayed (and consumed) as real - it is interesting to wake up to the fact that the real ‘reality’ is actually kind of boring. “Manufactured reality” is what we seek as consumers, and that is what we get. TGDC (contestants and organizers) may have failed to manufacture reality for the audience, and yes the TRPs will drop - but Team TGDC is not going to push anyone around - neither are we going to pit one against the other. As one of the Jury put it so nicely during an interview - you can’t really have competitive tourism.
The TOP 3 are “on the road” and we really hope they enjoy their journey; and here are some of my humble suggestions to them (just in case they read this post).
a) Stay in touch with to your fans - We will open their comments as often as possible - respond - stay engaged
As an early critic, I’m happy to eat my words now—some of what came up on the site yesterday was a delight. From one team’s account of visiting a fort, to another’s bumping into cows, to the third’s exploration of Maharashtra monsoon greenery ... looking good to me!
None of this done via SMS, but just via old-fashioned keep-your-eyes-open, absorb, relate. Thank you, teams!
Posted by Dilip D'Souza on 08/09 at 02:22 AM
I have to admit that i was really dissappointed by the kind of posts that were being put up on the first day. But i guess that was cause they were still getting used to everything.
Posted by Leena on 08/09 at 04:50 AM
Hi guys!! This one another guy who is hooked on to this show… and really can’t resist to comment… though I was thinking not to comment ..
Ya TGDC..We really appreciate your efforts, there is no doubt in that..but what I personally feeling is that still this isn’t much connecting and entertaining.
And as you are talking above about the data contenet in the past 24 hours. Thats I guess for about 48 hours not for 24 hours. By now 2 days has been passed. So it doesn’t matter that it is punched within the time frame of 24 hours. There are two dates that I can see..that is 07 aug and 08 aug..that means this is the total data we got to see for two days.
One more thing I would like to highlight is that in the “About the contest” section I have read once again that that..I would just copy past the exact lines you guys have put on there…—>
‘The Finalists are required to post and update their daily experiences through a MINIMUM of 5 still photographs, 1 video and 5 blogs.’
But after looking at the posts of ‘IIM outdoor’ & ‘One foot wild’ I have found that they have posted only three blogs Yesterday (08 Aug) instead of 5.. Though I like the quality of the work of One foot wild, also I am following them only.. but the rules are rules…Can I know what will happen to them now? R thay both disqualified now?
Ha ha thats all above was from the eye of a critic.. however I must say that overall the things are getting in line. quality is already there but the number of posts is also increasing. I think with in a day or two the team will pick up their pace…
I really appreciate your efforts guys (TGDC team) I know u must be literally slogging to keep us (the followers) happy.. Keep up the good work!! we’re with you guys..
And Ya a chat thread for the followers will be very much appreciated…n that should be atleast on real time not on reel time..
*PS hey please publish this comment…I was looking at the comments I posted, most of them are not put on here…:)
Caught up with Unni & Bindu this morning for Breakfast in Belgaum. Was a real pleasure meeting these guys.
Had lotsa fun!
Posted by Aadil Bandukwala on 08/09 at 05:49 AM
Pictures up on my facebook profile. Sent a link to you on the TGDC fan page.
Will upload more pics as and when I receive them from Unni. Btw, they’re a wonderful couple Unni & Bindu! Cherished their company!
Posted by Aadil Bandukwala on 08/09 at 06:02 AM
Hey TGDC Team,
I know I have spoken some harsh words but I still believe these came from disappointment of a real fan of TGDC and Mitsubishi.
I stayed awake late in the night to read the end of the day one blogs but except for a few did not find any quality there. I’m sure most of the real fans and drivers would understand that if you are expecting realtime and loads of content then it is impossible to expect good quality. However; 1 suggestion if I can make is to segregate the realtime content and (end of day) blog, this way you can do justice to both.
Finally looking at the day 2 content that I haven’t gone through completely looks like I spoke too much too soon (or may be it is the result of some fire from the fans). I can see some real good content flowing now and good pictures too.
Keep up the good work and keep making it better.
Posted by Rajat on 08/09 at 06:50 AM
Thats great Aadil!! put up pics and alsoany idea if they are passing by blore? i would love to meet them too
Posted by Leena on 08/09 at 07:24 AM
Real is never boring !! ....This is a misleading statement !.....who doesn’t want to be Real and Natural ???....That has a better face value, more attractive, appears more genuine, surely more appealing but may not have a greater Market Value with your kind of Commercial Propositions !!
i think all 3 teams r trying their best in keeping us update
and of course our dear blogger
guys might b away 2-3 days don’t feel like going but here v ‘ve a mini vacation
and vacation 4 us is a call from the jungle
we live in rajkot just 2 hrs drive from the home of asiatic lion
well c u soon
Posted by deepak on 08/09 at 12:24 PM
@ Leena - They won’t be touching Bangalore. They’ll be passing through Mysore instead. Pictures are up on my facebook profile!
Posted by Aadil Bandukwala on 08/09 at 01:12 PM
Awesome posts!! It’s exciting to be in touch and follow the 2 of them on their trips.
I only hope they don’t get too involved and stressed about their blogging and forget to have fun while doing it! The “fun factor” on every trip is extremely important. It will help the followers to relate easier to them as well.
Cheers to the three of them, and to you guys at TGDC! Looking forward to following them every step of the way
Posted by Zinaida on 08/09 at 03:03 PM
Hey Unny can u let me know when you are passing by Mysore i am in b’lore & can definetly drive up to mysore to meet u guys
Hey Sandip can u pass this message to them for me pls
Just wanted to say that you have a tall order for the top 3…....drive 300kms, discover the magical unseen, keep in touch with fans, keep the fans updated every day, blog, take pics,post…..and enjoy the whole experience! How???
A good blog is always read… though some of the things that prevent a blog from reaching out can be a combo of bad bandwidth, heavy pics, too many videos, excessive text that drones, and any server (where the site is hosted) related problems.
Posted by Arvind Passey on 08/11 at 08:27 AM