Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Personal Thank You to 29 Awesome People (and some blogs)

So the Hugo voting statistics are available, and it looks like 'nerds of a feather, flock together' received the 12th most nominating votes. That's still a far cry from the 68 garnered by nominee #5 (and eventual winner) Journey Planet, but it's also the first time we've made the longlist.

More importantly, it means that 29 individuals believe enough in what we've built and what we're doing here to cast a vote for this site, and that makes me happier than anything else. I am humbled by  and grateful to each and every one of you for your support. I hope that we continue to earn your time and attention in years to come.

Finally, I want to recognize a few other sites on the longlist who I think are really deserving:

#4 Black Gate

I'd kind of forgotten about Black Gate, to be honest, but I was hugely impressed with how they, and writer Matthew David Surridge, comported themselves after receiving puppy nominations. I've since fallen back in love with the venerable site--and especially with, you know, the stuff about books. Top notch content, though could use a site redesign.

#7 Lady Business

One of my shortlist nominees, and just an outstanding site.

#8 File770

Another one I'd sort of written off in past years, but now it has to be considered the frontrunner for 2016, due to Mike Glyer's decision to chronicle the whole sordid affair. Somewhere right now I suspect a sociologist is silently thanking you.

#9 A Dribble of Ink

The 2014 winner, and the site that convinced me to start this one. Beautifully designed and a showcase for Aidan Moher's elegant writing on fantasy.

#11 SF Signal

I mean, come on--these guys are just too awesome for words.

#13 SF Mistressworks

One of the few SF/F blogs I'd classify as important.

You are all winners in my book.