Tuesday, June 06, 2006

We've got a new Xenite Cool Site (and calling all IMPs)

Xenite.Org doesn't give out Web site awards, but we do like to recognize special Web sites from time to time. So early last year I created the Xenite Cool Sites program, whereby we feature cool, interesting sites without telling their operators they were chosen.

The idea is to send visitors to these sites without making it seem like we're trying to get something in return. There was a time when many search engine optimizers set up Web site award programs just to get other sites to link back to their pages. While some SEOs might have truly done their best to recognize good Web content, I just never had the desire to create what seemed like a faux program to me.

But I still wanted to feature cool sites on Xenite, so eventually I settled on just writing featurettes about selected Web sites without telling the site owners they were selected. Once in a while, we get caught passing on some recognition. Julie Tam, a news reporter whose site we selected last year, links back to Xenite.Org. Thank you, Julie. That just makes you even more cool.

Anyway, we've now selected a new Xenite Cool Site, discovered by Dr. Mark Hall, one of our moderators at SF-FANDOM's Science Fiction and Fantasy Forums. Mark has a passion for pulp adventure stories (Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, etc.). So do I, and he found a great site! Check it out on our Xenite Cool Sites page.

In other Xenite news, we're now going to start contacting Compuserve IMPs for a series of feature articles I've been wanting to do for the longest time. We want to hear from the Classic IMPs who were published from 1992 through 2000 (the 20th Century, 2nd Millenium IMPs).

That isn't to say that modern IMPs don't deserve recognition. But you have to start somewhere.

Lisa Mantchev, who is still active with the original IMPs group, took up the annual Seven Stories In Seven Days May challenge. Ask her how well she did.

I've been wanting to roundup the IMPs ever since I heard from John Urbancik earlier this year. My health and other projects have delayed the start of this project, but it's remained on the list of priorities all this time. Anyway, if you're an IMP, or if you know an IMP, please contact me and let me know how you're doing or where to find the IMP of your choice.

Finally, if you're going to be in Houston on Thursday, June 8, the Inklings Roundtable of Houston is holding its monthly dinner party at the Black Labrador Restaurant and Pub on Montrose near Richmond. The fun begins at 7:00 PM. Dr. Jane Chance occasionally stops by to join us. Hope to see you there.


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