So I won a Golden Spider and people somehow suggest (on their award winning Golden Spider “blog”) I’m a begrudger for it. Despite the dripping sarcasm in the other post some people think I’ve somehow rolled over because I showed up and accepted the Award.
Some people suggest I was a hypocrite for taking a photo with Philip from Bebo. Er no. Apologies for missing Gavan’s sarcasm there.
Some even thought I’d pull a stunt at the event. I had threatened something like this before but after organising three Blog Awards and one Web Awards and other events I wouldn’t dare do that anything as insulting as disrupting an event. I know how much work and headspace goes into making an Awards show run well and by eck the Golden Spiders were a masterclass in how to do this. I chatted to a few judges too who exist and worked hard too to evaluate the websites they were given.
I’m very very grateful for the Award and for how I was looked after at the event. They covered the ticket too, not like I’d pay for one! The Golden Spiders staff were awesome and made sure everyone had a good time. 790 people were at this event. All at tables. That’s a hell of a lot of people to look after. Des Bishop rocked as MC too and was very gracious with picture taking and people pestering him, like us:
The points I’ve always made about Awards shows still stand though. For the Net Visionary Awards, the Digital Media Awards and the Golden Spiders. Now, I’ve said I’m going to bring out all the second round scorecards for the Web Awards and I will once I’m back in the home office for more than three days (October and November have been chocka with work) and I’ve love to see more than vague suggestions of areas being marked by the Spiders and any kind of clarity from the IIA about how they rank their winners. I was told I won by votes at the Net Visionary Awards last year but Arseblog got more votes than anyone in the Podcast Category and didn’t win at the same Awards.
So that’s the transparency issue and the other issue is paying to play. I do not like it. The web is meant to be open and was built on open standards and using many open source tools. If you want to run a show honouring the hard work for developers and companies that invest in the web then the playing field should be level. It’s like having an Olympics but only for rich white men. Not going to be the same is it?
People say the Golden Spiders are good for business and they certainly are. I already got calls after the win but I’d never pay to enter them or advise a client to do so. Lots of things are good for business. If you do anything with the tobacco industry or drink marketing you’ll make a fortune too. I’d like to win an Award where as many others are able to win the same Award and it is out of ability and skill that will win it and not how much we can afford. That’s why I started the Web Awards and that’s why I turned down a buyout offer for the Blog Awards as the potential buyer would have changed them to pay to play and ignored some people. There’s plenty of room for both styles of Awards show and maybe even a few more types. I’m sure many of the people at the Golden Spiders would have had to breathe into a paper bag if they got teleported to the Web Awards and away from the safety of their tux. 🙂
So thank you to the judges, well done to Business and Finance and congratulations to all the winners even if I didn’t clap for some of you, like the OSI. Stop robbing people blind for maps. Give our data back to us.