The more astute among you will notice there’s not been an awful lot happening here. Due to some RL tragedies, I have been unable to have much access to the internet.. or electricity, hence the utter lack of any rounds of awards this year. While RL continues to beat me with a broom, I am hoping that I will be able to return to the awards at Christmas time.
As soon as I am able, I will consider doing another round of awards, should there be enough interest.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.
I’d like to take a moment now to wish you all a very happy and healthy christmas.
I know a lot of us, myself included, have struggled this year. A lot of disasters have befallen many, both emotional, and physical and while I hear many are on the way up again, I hope you can all find some time this holiday season to both find some cheer and maybe deliver a little to those others in the fandom and your personal lives.
I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas; may it be filled with love, laughter and joy, family and friends. If you are travelling, please be safe and leave plenty of time for your trip so you get there in one happy piece. Please don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth the risk to yourself or others.
Thank you all to those who have offered support, both for the awards and my own personal disasters. It is hugely appreciated.
You may now start voting. Please remember the following:
You may NOT vote for your own stories but may ask you family and friends to do so.
You may submit a maximum of three forms. On each form you can vote in every category should you wish. Use your votes wisely.
If you are unsure, please drop me an email or a tweet to clear things up.
If you try and cheat – firstly, what’s wrong with you, that’s not nice! Secondly, ALL of your votes will be classed null and void so not only are you doing yourself out of votes, also anyone else you might chose to vote for too.
Authors, there is still plenty of time to add your thanks to the page if you want to. Send an email to me with your message and pen name so that my poor smooshy brain doesn’t mix any of you up.
Well, the more observant among you will have noticed that the voting form isn’t up yet, despite the dates saying it would be. Let me tell you why.
The rules say an author can have a maximum of three stories in a maximum of three categories. Sometimes, some authors get nominated over this allowed limit during the course of the nominations period. When this happens and after nominations close, I then contact the authors and ask them to chose which of their stories they’d like to keep as I think this is the fairest way to do it. Obviously, due to those pesky real life commitments that people have, sometimes it can take a little while for the authors to both get back to me and make a decision. This is the cause of the delay at the moment. I am waiting for a couple of authors to get back to me about which of their stories they’d like to keep. As soon as I get a reply, I will get the voting form up. You will still have the alloted 14 days to vote in, it’ll just be a little later than we anticipated.
If you have been nominated, please check your ff.net account to see if you are one of the authors I’m waiting on.
Also, if you are a nominated author and you wish to thank those that have nominated you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your message and most importantly, your penname.
Just a little message to say hey and to thank you all for your ongoing support and participation and to let you know that you are under no obligation at all to participate.
If you want your story moved, removed or whatever, you can email me at email@example.com and I’ll do my very best to carry out your wishes. Nobody has to be involved if they don’t want to, its all for fun and there’s no obligation to join it, we won’t burn you at the stake or anything, they’re your stories and its your choice. If you think your story is in the wrong category, we can move it, its a copy and paste job, not a building reconstruction so please, don’t feel like you’re being a pain or a grumpy gus if you want a change made or a story removed.
If I haven’t replied to your email within about 24/48 hours, it may have ended up in my spam folder (bloody filters!) so if you have twitter, hit me up there, but I’ll be sure to check my spam more often.
Also, if you’d like to send a message of thanks to those that nominated you, please email me with the subject: ‘author thanks’ or something like that and your message and penname and I’ll include that on the site too.
If you’re unsure of anything or have questions, feel free to email me. I’m here almost every day to answer any queries you might have and I’ll do my very best to make the awards as simple and painfree as possible.
Nominations are open until the end of the month, so you don’t have too much longer to nominated your favourites. Please note, you CAN nominate your own stories, you just can’t vote for them!
Ok so its been decided that we’re definitely doing another round hopefully starting 1 nov depending on that pesky RL.
In memory of Lee, I think we should have a special award for him and therefore a special category. There will be a ‘Best Frost’ video category AS WELL as a ‘Best Video’ category! The Best Frost can be anything really featuring LTY, even just a memorial video if you wish.
If anyone has any suggestions for the next round or things they’d like to change, add, dance around naked in a fountain with, whatever. Let me know on twitter is your best shot @RizzlesFanfic or email firstname.lastname@example.org.