"Weird" is a very Good thing!
Sites so forward thinking they seem strange when viewed without the future in mind. This category includes sites that reflect a fresh perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution, change in behavior pattern, or advance old thinking lodged in bad habits.
It was 2001 when I was first told I was nominated for this award, and I was skeptical. I'd never heard of the 'Webbys' (bet many of you reading this never have either!). So I thought: 'that's nice, but go all the way to San Francisco from Tampa, Florida? It would be a costly trip, and even if I did win so what... I already know a lot of people see the site as weird'.
Well I guess back then I was not as 'forward thinking' as the Webby Committee's description! And when the funding almost miraculously came through at the last minute, I realized that many good things could come out of this. As a result, the site literally went viral, and the ongoing email kept telling how the site continues to encourage many, with this simple message I condensed into 5 words, for the Webby's traditional 5 word acceptance speech:
That really says it all, and I believe is the reason this silly website (Yes I laugh at myself too!) continues to speak to the hearts of so many with this simple message, now highlighted by this award. No matter how strange or how weird you or others think you are, if you're being true to yourself, you should embrace the person God has made you to be, and enjoy the gift of life he's given you.
Please forgive the low quality of the pictures here. As with other photos on this site, you can zoom. BUT... As I lost my own camera that night, several images are screen captures of a "web cast". I did replace my camera the following day, but remember that digital cameras at the turn of the century were not very "hi-Res"
Special Thanks to Kim Corbin
A huge thanks to my Kim Corbin, the first friend I ever made in San Francisco. I met her earlier through email, and was happy to have her be my guest at the Webby event. Kim is the author of another fun website called Iskip.Com, whom I've mentioned on my on my main INTRO page. ISKIP promotes the same spirit of releasing the inner child as I do, encouraging adults to skip for both fun and exercise. No, Kim is not 'Tinkerbell'. But as you might guess, Peter Pan has been skipping through the forest for a long time. Since she lives in San Francisco, it was the perfect chance to finally meet an internet friend and kindred spirit. This is what the internet is really about! As you see, Kim certainly was dressed in the spirit of 'pixyland' for the occasion, and I had worn my best version of my favorite outfit too.
When I got to the Webby event, I really thought I had a taste of what Princess Diana went through. Although my site is very small compared to some of the major corporations represented, it was clear that many had been waiting for me to arrive, and I don't remember ever having so many cameras and microphones pointed my way.
A big recurring theme question I was not ready for concerned the major downturn in a lot of hi-tech and so called "dot-com" companies involved with the web. In fact, some companies represented were no longer in business, though their sites remained on line. But my site is not about anything commercial, so I did my best to emphasize how the internet allows people all over the world to communicate and share ideas, and that this quality remains despite current business trends. Of course like many good things it is business driven, but I've always said that the internet is about people communicating more than it is about money or technology.
In any case, as you'll see in some of these pictures, the Webby event was a huge party, with the emphasis on fun and good times.
The award presentation was excellent, with lots of great dancing and entertaining presentations. Then the big moment came for me, when the nominees were announced for my category. It was encouraging that even by the level of applause, I could tell my site was a favorite!
'scuse me... while I kiss the sky!
Remember this was 2001! Followers of my site should consider the unlikely pure coincidence that 5 years later, I'd meet the awesome lady I ultimately married, whose name really is Dorothy!!
And Now, for my five words, though my voice showed I was a bit nervous...
And here are some other webby winners I met that sent me pictures from the party afterward. To the left is Dancing Paul!, and to the right some grrls from another winning site formerly called ChickClick (no link, because its no longer online). I asked folks that wanted a picture with me to send a copy, and it was a good thing (Remember I foolishly had lost my camera, and wouldn't have been able to take a lot of pictures than night anyway!) If more pictures come in, I'll probably add them to a sequel page. In the mean time, In the meantime, check out this link to a page I set up especially for
My Friends at ISKIP.COM!. Kim Corbin, the skipper girl, set up a "skip along with Peter Pan" party a day after the Webby event, and a good time was had by all!
I'll call this 'sequel' page The Pixie Tourist where Peter Pan Tours San Francisco! After all, this was the first time I was ever there, and had some people and things to see! The photos from that 2001 camera aren't the best, but for my die hard fans you'll be able to share some of my visit.