PET CENTRAL - Last week I decided to enter the Beauty
Contest, so I could inform the rest of Neopia of what a fun and entertaining
experience it was. Oh boy, did I underestimate it! Here are some helpful hints
for everyone out there who's thinking of entering the contest.
Lots of people are really serious about the contest. Chances are you
won't win first place on your first try, because someone more experienced will
know the right boards to advertise on and the right people to Neomail. Don't
forget to save your favourite pictures of your pets somewhere safe, just in
case you're insane enough to enter a second time.
Choosing the Right Pet
It may not seem like a big deal to you, but it'll make a big difference in how
high you place in your species. If you're just starting out and are not sure
of your artistic abilities use a pet that less people will submit, such as a
Grundo, Skeith, or Lenny. I don't mean to be offensive to anyone with the 'less-popular'
pets, but in your average contest the Lennys and Grundos are (in general) less
well-drawn and less numerous that Lupes, Shoyrus, and other popular pets. On
the other hand, some people vote only for species they like. That meant for
me that a lot of people didn't vote because they didn't like Grundos Very few
of the people I asked actually had voted for a Grundo already. So, a pet in
a popular species might get more votes.
Don't criticise other's drawings unless they ask for your opinion. But if you
like it, say so! Be prepared to take some criticism, because chances are not
everyone's going to love your drawing. If you aren't in the contest, don't explode
if someone's spamming your boards. A calm, polite attitude can also gain you
votes and friends.
How to Advertise
Chances are that, sometime during the contest, you will post an ad on a board
other than the Beauty Contests board. If you do, don't overdo it! Don't flood,
don't put a zillion posts on the same board, and don't get mad when people tell
you to stop. What I did was put up polls on various boards- not asking people
to vote, but asking what they thought of my picture. The results were actually
pretty surprising, and they helped me a lot.
Being a Good Sport
Once again, be polite. Congratulate the winner- don't get angry at them because
you thought your picture was better or you deserved that shiny trophy. If you
know someone who lost, encourage them to try again. You'll probably want a week
or two to rest between contests: getting votes is hard work!