SXSW Web Awards Finalists

The SXSW Web Awards Finalists were announced last week. Congrats to everyone that made it as a finalist…including two 9rules members:

Blog Category: The Bygone Bureau
Student Category: Think Artificial

Congrats! Thank goodness they aren’t in the same category so they can both win. 🙂


Round 8 emails sent

Emails have been sent out to the new members that were listed the other day. If your domain is not on that list you will not receive an email from me today.

In the email there are specific instructions you need to follow so I can set up your site. It’s not hard but I need you to follow the instructions otherwise it delays the process in setting up your site. I will be processing them in batches as they come in.

If you did not receive an email from me, please let me know at [email protected] (that’s the email address it was sent from). If you have any questions, you know what to do.

***Read this very carefully: if your blog was accepted but not on this list linked above you will get an email later. Do NOT email me saying you didn’t receive an email. It’s coming later…promise.***


The Network

Round 8 New Members

Below you’ll find the list of new members from Round 8. We will not be releasing statistics on how many sites submitted, the percentage of sites accepted vs. submitted, etc. This moment is about those sites that were accepted without the drain of analytical observations.

I’ll be talking about blog/site improvement later (you might want to follow my Twitter if you’re interested in that topic), so let’s get to the list shall we? I will be contacting new members this week to get them processed. I will make a separate entry to let everyone know once the emails have been sent.

On with the list…Congrats to the new members. I look forward to working with you. 🙂


Round 8 Update

Just a quick update to let you guys know we’ll be making the announcement after New Year’s. I’m more than 1/2 way through the 2nd pass. I must say, it’s a darn good thing I took a second pass because many of you changed your sites around completely (which is a good thing, improvements are a good thing, right?). Thank you for making your sites easier to navigate and find your content. I’m sure your readers love you for that. Anyway, I’m looking at the first week in January tentatively. I need to nail down a date with the guys.

For those of you looking to increase traffic to your blog, I wrote an article about extending your blog on 3by9. End of the year is a good time to fiddle with your site. Start the new year off with a bang. Remember there are many tools available to assist you in achieving your blogging goals. Use them wisely.

Have a wonderful holiday (if you celebrate) and a safe New Year’s. Scrivs wishes that you guys would stop blogging. yes, that’s a joke – no one gets his jokes 🙁


SXSW Web Awards: Submissions

If you know 9rules you know 9rules members usually attend SXSW. One of the nice things about SXSW is finding new sites via their awards (yes, I hear the parties aren’t too shabby either!). People can submit their sites and during SXSW maybe your site will be a winner.

I’m posting this because, as per the instructions:

Only Websites Launched in the Calendar Year 2008 Are Eligible to Enter (Except For “Classic” Category)
This year’s competition is open to all sites launched or redesigned in the calendar year 2008. The only exception is the “Classic” category, which consists of sites launched before January 1, 2008.

Let me be blunt: there are some new sites we’ve seen during 9rules rounds that have a good shot. Submit. Please. Do it. What? You’re still reading. Dang it! Go submit!

If you’d like more information, you can find it here. Adobe will be presenting the award this year. Submissions end December 19th at midnight (CST – NOT EST).

Good luck!!!!!