Monday, April 18, 2011

We Won at the 12th Philippine Web Awards!

I've already posted about the 12th Philippine Web Awards awarding ceremony at my personal blog. I've already thanked many of the people who have contributed to my growth as a webmaster and a blogger. This time around, I would like to thank the people who have contributed to the beginnings of this website and what it is today.

My cousins and sister, who make up the Senshi contributors: 
Firesenshi (Virna Naomi), Thundersenshi (Alex), Icesenshi (Aggie) and Lovesenshi (Rae). There were  more of us senshi cousins, but us five were the most active online. We all began from the Sailor Moon community of the late 90s, with The Otaku Fridge being our first website. If I remember correctly, belonging to that community meant serious competition when it comes to web design, content and technology. Heck, one of the pioneers in design and technology within that close-knit but controversy-driven community was one of the spearheads of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome (Ben Goodger of Netherlands). How else were we supposed to keep up?

The international contributors:
Bluemaxx (Malaysia), Elfboy (Malaysia), Aoshi (USA), Kenryoku Maxis (USA), Larghaz (USA), Status (USA) and many others. I hope I can name them all, but Blogger's database is so simplified (compared to the last CMS we used) that tracking has become quite difficult.

The local contributors:
Mark Poa, Voldemort (Mistervader, Kel Fabie), Shunichi Sakurai (JM), Kaoko (Chrissie Mata-Peria), Ficsation (Christelle Mariano), Animetric (Rowena Lim-Lei, the original owner of Vash (Noel Soller), Lizard (Nicco Mapua), Xellos (Juan Luis Singson), Snakecharmer (Marcus Ruger Ramirez), Katana no Miko (Tin Ramirez), Mookamori and many many others. It was a difficult task, maintaining content of this magnitude but because of your valiant efforts during the early days of The Otaku Fridge, I was able to continue where everyone else left off.


Going through a two-step journey was nerve-wracking, even though I try not to care. Hehe. It's been a while since I competed for this award and it's sometimes nice to feel validated...especially since not all Web 1.0 webmasters were able to transition successfully into Web 2.0. Hopefully, though, The Otaku Fridge would have a local presence and I was thinking that The Philippine Web Awards could help me gain that.

Since 2010, I had been aiming to have a local presence and it seems like this is coming true these past few months. It looks like we're slowly getting there. Here are the Google Analytics comparison charts of the territories The Otaku Fridge covered from December 2006 - December 2007 and December 2009 - December 2010. Click for a larger view.

As you can see, the United States and Canada are still predominantly where most of the visitors are coming from but the Philippines is starting to get greener and greener with each year. =^.^= We've journeyed 14 years. 1997 and GeoCities seem like a long long time ago. (My gosh, I was in college then. Haha!)

Lastly, I would like to congratulate all the awardees in the 12th Philippine Web Awards. I believe in the Filipino ingenuity and innovation. Let us all continue to strive for excellence in all our endeavors.

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