We learned late on Friday that this blog has been nominated as a finalist for the “SXSW Web Awards” (in the “blog” category). The category recognizes blogs created in 2007 that “revolutionize the power of publishing by providing regularly updated content of a personal or professional nature.”
Wow. “Revolutionize” sounds so, I don’t know, high-pressure. When we started this little venture, we did it for many of the same sometimes-mundane reasons other people blog: to reach people on a more personal level, and to talk with them, not at them.
Ironically, at the time we launched, one of the entities that should arguably be among the most responsive to its constituencies–the federal government–had been one of the slowest to adopt this tool of ultimate responsiveness. In fact, as far as I could tell in April 2007, ours was the first blog that was attempting to tell a federal agency-wide story.
So while on one hand it might seem common-sense, I guess it might be a tiny bit revoluntionary. Hopefully it will send a positive message to those who haven’t yet dipped a toe into the bloggy waters.
Congrats to all of the other nominees, and I promise not to “pull a Faith Hill” when the awards are announced.