Ok this is absolutely the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. Rocketboom was nominated for the Webby Awards in two categories! This is like the Oscars for the Web! I have never even imagined that something like this would happen to us. . .
1. Nomination for Cultural/Personal
2. Nomination for Best Use of Video or Moving Image
In the Cultural/Personal category we are in the company of two of my all time favorite sites on the whole internet: Boing Boing and we-make-money-not-art. Boing Boing IS my all-time favorite site and all around the biggest inspiration to me for everything that Rocketboom is. One of my biggest interests is interface design and we-make-money-not-art is my favorite daily index for the crossroads at art and technology.
Rocketboom's nominations are not just because of anything Amanda and I have done. Absolutely all nine of our current correspondents around the world have been quintessential to our definition and every single one is there because they took the initiative to do this entirely themselves, showing up with their own style without any need for guidance or direction - they each set their own directions. They also bring the crucial and refreshing citizen journalistic integrity to Rocketboom. They bring diversity in culture and the spirit of the real world onto the internet.
There are also countless others who have been giving us the greatest support, I won't bore you with a speech right now, but thanks everyone - we now have two editors who have been working since December and covering ALL of the editing since February, Kevin Chapados and Sherng-Lee Huang, Mario has been developing the creative for our ads, Tim Shey is coming on board as a business partner and has been working full-time on ad sales, Ellie is working as a full-time office manager (now we just need an office), Kenyatta has continued to help us manage some server issues, Josh Kinberg has always been around from the start lending a hand, my dad was always throwing money at us while we were trying to stay afloat, Amanda's mom invested in our first T-shirt order, it's just crazy, the list goes on!