Frompers are tiny invisible beings who are simply marvelous to have around because they will accept the blame, or the credit, for anything  without a murmur. But the Fromper lifecycle is wholly dependent on the amount of human imagination in the vicinity -- no imagination, no Frompers. To encourage the amount of imagination on the Internet, therefore, I have created this Award, because if a small invisible being were to vanish I believe it would give me eyestrain, and perhaps a headache.
To qualify for this award, enter the following in my guestbook or email it to me. (Signing the guestbook is not mandatory.)
The URL of your site
Your name and email address
The title of your site
Your own comments about the site and your mission
The URL's of three people who were inspired to do something themselves, by your site. For instance, I would list all the bards at StreetWrites. I claim particular credit for inspiring the StreetWrites HaiKu and LowKu.
I list those items as optional because I should be able to get them from your site. If you don't give me an address or have an email address, guestbook or some way of getting feedback from your site, I won't be able to let you know whether you've won the award. If your mission isn't clear from your site, and you don't promote the work of others, this isn't an award you want to apply for.
I will be influenced if people linked from your site refer to you as inspirational or if other people who see your name in my guestbook testify that yours is a wonder-full site. Having your friends sign the guestbook is not mandatory. Having links on your site, however, is part of celebrating other people's creativity as well as your own.
I also strongly recommend you read Thalia's Tips for Accessible Web Pages, because if your pages take too long to load or are not readable by my friends with older browsers, you probably won't qualify.
The award is open to all sites -- personal, nonprofit, educational or commercial -- as long as there is content on your site that celebrates others besides yourself, and inspiration that others can get without paying for it.
No site that encourages hatred, abuse, or humiliation of any individual or group will qualify. With some exceptions, notably, lawyer jokes and anything poking fun at Mephistopheles, who gets entirely too big for his hatbrim on a regular basis.
I will let you know within 4 weeks if you have won the Fromper Award. However, I've got a lot of other mail to answer, too, so I don't send out notices if you didn't win. If you don't hear from me within a month, check over the criteria again. The two most frequent reasons I haven't given the award have been: 1) the site is about you and your interests, but does not celebrate others or contribute to their growth; 2) the site does not pass Bobby's accessibility criteria. If your site changes in the future (and changing either of those two characteristics can only bring you more traffic!) then you are welcome to re-apply.
If the Frompers agree that they like to dance on your pages, I will ask you to download the award graphic and post it in a suitable position of honor on your page, with a link back to my site -- and to give me a graphic to post on my award page and link back to you. If you do not have a graphic logo or button, I will be happy to help you create one.
If I find your site inspirational, I may even write something about you myself.
About AwardsAwards have several values:
- They help promote your page, *if* you get an award from a well-visited site that posts a link to each site it gives an award to.
- They give your page credibility, *if* visitors notice the awards page and believe that in the authenticity of the awards and the value judgement of the site(s) that gave you the awards.
- They boost your self-esteem, *if* you believe in the value-judgement of the people who gave you the award.
- They give you some nice content, *if* the award is well-designed and the site it is linked to consists of more than a few vanity-pages and "I'll give you an AWARD if you link to me!"
An award won't do much for you if you don't believe in yourself already, if you haven't worked on your page so that it catches attention *without* awards, if you don't admire the quality of the site that gives you the award, and if the sites that give you awards don't post links to you.
If you want to go for an award on those criteria, these are some other good places (besides mine) to look for them:
Focus Award Sites (rated awards)
Website Awards Worksheet
SelfPromotion.com is a great place to go to learn to fine-tune your site, get listed in search engines, and apply for awards.
I also think it would be fun to link sites together that not only celebrate creativity, but celebrate it in other people. Moondance, for instance, was begun to celebrate the creativity of women, and from month to month inspires both men and women to do even more in both writing and art. Rosewood originally grew out of a chat group, but its celebration of imagination attracted and inspired a growing circle, re-awakening Muses and birthing new ones.
Have you been told that your site inpired someone to create something new? Let's link up and inspire even more!
The problem with most link pages is that the Information Highway is constantly under construction. StreetWrites has moved three times since Thalia moved to Tripod; Anitra now has two home sites (one for activist work, one for personal and literary topics) and is building a domain. Just maintaining links is a full-time job.
But there are services that can take over the link-tracking for you. One of them is Webring.Org. Once you put a set of standard code on your page, pointing to the "next", "previous", etc. sites in your ring, you never have to change anything about them. Webring takes over keeping track of who is next, previous, etc.
This is a proposal for a Frompers Web, a webring to link sites that encourage and develop imagination, creativity and the sense of wonder. These are the criteria:
- On your website, name at least three individuals who have created something new inspired by your webpage. These creations do not have to be on the web, but please include enough information so that others can find the story / painting / whatever. You are promoting your friend's work!
- Put the webring code on a webpage that specifically offers something to aid or enhance another person's creative pursuits. This could be many things: workshop exercises, writers resources, art instruction, inspirational meditations -- be creative!
- Be sure that the page you register with the ring is the one that has the webring code on it; that it loads quickly and without errors for other browsers besides your own; and that visitors surfing the ring can easily navigate to all the other pages in your site and back to the ring page.
- If your site design must have a separate webring page, please 1) be sure the page loads quickly (this usually means no more than 3 webrings per page); 2) place a separate anchor at the Fromper Web code block, so that a Fromper Web ring-surfer goes directly to that spot (example: http://members.tripod.com/~AmusedMuse/wonderfull.html#fromper.ring takes you directly to the webring links on this page); 3) provide a link directly under or beside the code block that leads to your Creative Excitement page(s) (and be sure those pages point back.)
If you feel comfortable with those criteria, enter your site information here. A set of HTML code will be sent to you, tailored to your own site. You can also copy the standard code and modify it.
This Frompers Web site is owned by Thalia.
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Do you want to help Save the Vanishing Frompers?
Once your page is posted with webring navigation code, email Thalia. As long as your site fits the criteria, that's it -- we add you to the Ring. If we have any concerns, we'll email you and see what we can work out.
I expect to enjoy rubbing shoulders with more warm creatively giving people like the ones I like to give the Fromper Award. And with all of us linking pages of creative support and encouragement, there could be a population explosion of Frompers on the Web!
Visit Webring.Org to find out more about webrings
Learn more about frompers
Apply to join the Fromper Web
View the list of Frompers Web sites
Edit your site information
See the standard ring code
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