It appears that on the already-memorable day the water heater flooded our basement full of boxes, Making Light received the 2004 Wooden Rocket Award (“for online excellence in science fiction and fantasy”) in the Best Fan Home Web Site category. I had previously been inadequately aware of the Wooden Rocket Awards, but of course I now have a much higher opinion of them.Seriously, this is swell. Thank you, voters. I’m a little startled by the numbers; according to the Wooden Rocket website,
At final count on July 1st 2004, 12,381 verified voters had made 68,725 valid nominations for various web sites.Which is not all that boggling compared to (say) BoingBoing’s traffic on a slow day; but it’d swamp the Hugo ballot. I suppose I’m showing my age by being startled by non-rinkydink numbers in connection with the SF communityl
The Best Fan Home Web Site category is for “Any SFF site created and maintained by an individual, focusing on their life and fandom activities. Including Blogs.” That sounded a lot like the online equivalent of Best Fanzine, so I looked up last year’s winner. That turned out to be a site I had previously been inadequately aware of, Lost Car Park. Currently, LCP’s lead news story is an announcement of this year’s TAFF winner, and it links to things like the James White Award and Ansible; so I’d say I wound up in the right place.