First of all, condolences on the lack of interest for the contest. I actually did follow the links, look at the page (silently mock the whole story), and then voted. And while I did vote for Blue, it wasn't just a pitying, "I'll vote for her because she's my friend" vote. I actually looked at over half of all those myriad entries (I had to quit because modems are slow and I was getting old), and I voted for Blue. Not only because I genuinely liked her picture, but also because I know that she takes a hell of a lot of pride in her work, and that she had spent a lot of time both drawing and submitting her drafts to us on LJ so that we could make suggestions for improvements.
Many people don't do that because they can't take critisism, or if they do it, ignore any suggestions. Blue doesn't do that, and to my knowledge, hasn't ever done it. Instead of falling in love with her first rough sketch, she actually cares about doing the best she can, and pushes herself to improve a long way. I don't have the nerve OR the patience to do that, which is why I'm a very poor artist.
It's really ungratifying to put so much time and effort into creative efforts (especially when they reflect so much of your personal pride) and to have them completely ignored. I sincerely hope that she won't let this affect her, and that she'll continue to grace us with glimpses of her art and writing...at ALL stages of the process...because I appreciate it, and have for quite a while (especially as a notebook-hanger-on).
I am not a mindless adoring fan...but I do have a hell of a lot of respect for Blue as a person, as an artist, and as a friend. And Blue, if you're reading this, please send me that story link. :)