The SxSW Web Awards: Not A Big Winner

Since neither Jason or I are at SxSW this year, we have to find out through twitter, e-mail, etc, if we’ve won or not. I have to tell you, it’s stressful waiting to find out. I think it may be more stressful than the first time we went through this with ficlets!

And so the big news is… We didn’t win this year. And that’s OK. I’m happy that we were finalists for the second time.

But, so it doesn’t go to waste, here’s the acceptance speech I put together from all of your lovely sequels. Thank you guys for doing that, and for caring enough about Ficly to share your thoughts.

Maybe next year!

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, for the judges and for all of you for sitting through the next 45 seconds.

Ficly is a creative oasis in a sea of sameness. It allows anyone with five minutes to create a world, a character, a scene or an emotion – all in 1,024 characters or less. In fact, this acceptance speech is a Ficly, written by the community to express what it means to be part of the community and to thank you for this award.

Before we get to that part, we have a few people to thank. First of all, Jason Garber for pushing to build Ficly after ficlets went away, and writing all the CSS that won us this award. Viget Labs for helping us out with such an amazing design. Seimitsu for being there with the hosting for us, and the Ficly community who help keep us going!

Now here’s what the community wants to tell you about what Ficly means to them…

Ficly is more than a writing site, it’s a family. It sounds cheesy, I know, but it’s true. Here you aren’t shunned by what you are in real life, you’re accepted no matter what your background is.

In the world of Ficly, we get the greatest assortment of people. Nerds, gays, even the odd robot or three. Ficly has challenged it’s members to use their brains in any way possible, writing short, writing long, writing different languages, writing new genres. Ficly has provided some gems for any genre you can imagine.

Ficly is a place to shout and be read.

Ficly is a giant, online creative writing class with no teacher and a lot of eager students. That’s how I like to think of it, and its why I love it.

Ficly is about that brief creative burst, middle of the day or late at night. Ficly forces you to choose your words wisely and accurately in order to create something coherent.

Ficly is a platform for me to stretch my brainpower to its very limits just to pen down that story to express my sadness, happiness, excitement, anxiousness.

It is a joy to ficly.

Thank you!