Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 26th, 2007
Someone is watching us! Actually, lots of people. For several months, Cryptomundo has ranked #1 as the most popular cryptozoology site in the world, beating out, in overall rank by three times, the next most visited site, and by six times, the third ranked cryptozoology site.
This week your universal praise and readership reached a level for which I could hardly have hoped. Cryptomundo was “invited” (a form of “nomination”) for a Webby. The Webby Awards is the preeminent International award for the Internet, honoring the world’s best Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites – the Oscars of the Internet, so to speak.
This year, an unidentified (which we think is crypto-appropriate) member of the Webby Awards’ judging body, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, specifically suggested cryptomundo.com for the Weird category, a virtual nomination for the 11th Annual Webbys.
The Webby Awards official definition of the Weird category reads, in part: Sites so forward thinking they seem strange when viewed without the future in mind. This category includes sites that reflect a fresh perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution, change in behavior pattern, or advance old thinking lodged in bad habits.
This, by the way, is not the “People’s Award” part of the Webbys, where people have to encourage their readers to vote. Nope, we are in the division of the competition juried and awarded by the Webby Awards judges alone.
Look, I think we’ve already won. Being nominated is a great honor and I thank the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences for acknowledging the hard work Cryptomundo puts into the often multi-hourly efforts on the site. Indeed, one of the unique things about the Webby Awards is when you win and then accept your Webby, this year in New York City, you are allowed only a five word acceptance speech. Here’s mine for just winning this nomination: Still covertly cryptic quite overtly!
Cryptomundo keeps high standards of information exchange, timeliness, humor, groundedness, imagery, popular culture, and newsworthiness, regarding a subject many have thought had to be reserved for the fringe sites and the tabloids. We are continuing to prove this is not your grandparents’ cryptozoology, and the topic is indeed part of all of our futures. The response we have received since fully launching late in 2005 has been outstanding and heartfelt.
Cryptomundo is being noticed, read, and appreciated. All of us here thank you, our readers, for spreading the word.
The more I think of it, there are various people I know who have voluminous blogs which are updated several times a day, and which probably stretch to something in the region of half a million words a year. Now, I don’t know how they do it, but I suspect that some like Loren Coleman are driven, ever so slightly obsessed – as am I – and get very little sleep. I am incredibly impressed with the sheer volume of material that Loren gets up in his blog, and I really don’t know how he does it.Center for Fortean Zoology‘s
January 20, 2007
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.