I have seen various people on my flist declaring their intention to play therealljidol this year. I started following the competition midway through the last season and really enjoyed everything I read.
So, I'm debating joining in myself. It would be good to start writing again, and to have a structure in place to keep me writing. But I am concerned that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the time commitment of weekly, if not more often, essays. I occasionally lose a week in LJ-land. I always catch back up, but losing a week won't be an option if I'm playing. Realistically even if I keep up with the essays I'm not sure I'd have time to hang out in the green room and participate in all of the social parts of the game, which seem like a lot of the fun.
I'll gladly take any advice or opinions from the crowd. I've got until Friday to figure this out.