The 'internet's highest honour'
We were very excited here at Fervr to receive an email last week letting us know we had been nominated for the biggest award on the internet - a Webby.
We're in a David versus Goliath battle, as we compete with some of the big boys of the internet. We're up against four other sites (including CNN) for best Religion and Spirituality Website.
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honour" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, SHFT.com co-founder Adrian Grenier, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio (creators of the Webby Award-winning game app Angry Birds).
An early thank you speech
Fervr only exists because of people like you, who visit our site, read the articles, and then let us know when we are doing things right, and when we need to make changes. It's cliched, but true - we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for helping spread the word about Fervr!
We are also humbled by the amount of hours our contributors are willing to spend to come up with godly, insightful, and challenging content. All of the people who write for Fervr are volunteers, who work very hard to build up young Christians, and encourage others to consider the claims of Jesus. Most of them have real jobs too... and spend half their weekends working with young people at churches and youth groups.
Of course, we all make the effort with Fervr because we believe the gospel is the greatest thing ever, and we want to help you "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you] heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
You can help us!
As a nominee, Fervr.net is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 26th, Fervr.net fans can cast their votes at pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/28
We would really value your support of Fervr, and hope you will vote for us.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and honoured at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 21, 2012 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous 5-Word Speeches.
Finally, if you are interested in writing articles for Fervr, and would like to become an official contributor, send an email to editor [at] fervr.net, and we will let you know how it all works.