Today I found out that Trailspace was nominated to win a Best of the Web Award from Maine’s Software and Information Technology Industry Association. The awards will be presented next Friday night at the Geeks In Black Technology Awards Gala in Portland.
For anyone wondering, I was not in the least offended by the possibility of being publicly honored as a geek. Or maybe it’s honored by geeks. Either way, I was far too easily flattered by the whole thing because it meant that someone nominated Trailspace for an award. That means that someone out there likes our site enough to fill out an award entry form on our behalf. So a big “thank you” to you, whomever you are!
While I know that thousands of different computers visit Trailspace every day—to view gear reviews and product info and submit gear reviews and forum posts—and that presumably most of those computers are being used by real live people somewhere, writing and publishing for the web can feel like working in a vacuum. There’s not a lot of personal feedback once you post an article or spend days reorganizing the product database. Sometimes I wonder if anyone beyond my mother will ever read something I wrote (hi, Mom!).
So when real people, especially people not related to me, talk to me (or call or e-mail) about Trailspace and what they enjoyed or found useful, it’s very exciting. And when someone recommends us for a “Best of the Web Award,” well honestly, it’s an honor just to be nominated.
As for the geeks gala, Dave and I are headed out on a backpacking trip next week. So whether or not we’re award finalists, we won’t be paying $79 a head to wear black tie next Friday night. Instead we will be in our new TarpTent in the woods of western Maine, eating rehydrated mac and cheese and chocolate bars. Sounds like a winning night to me!