June 27th, 2001


I might have a good reason to wake up on Saturday mornings again...

Looks like John K. finally has a new animated show... it's been ages since Ren & Stimpy was basically ripped from his control by a bunch of no-talent bastards who thought that they could disect the golden goose and get something other than entrails all over their hands.

It's called The Ripping Friends and it will be on Fox. Hopefully, John K. will live up to his reputation, but even if he doesn't, it should still beat 95% of whatever else is on... and that, while not great, isn't all that bad.

Is LiveJournal losing its edge?

LiveJournal seems to be slipping in the polls, dropping to only a 3% lead over Blogger in the Personal Site category, and leading PayPal in the Services category by just 1% of the vote.

For the past couple days, I haven't had to ask for anyone's vote or post about the race. That's a good thing, since I really don't like having to ask for votes. Still, part of my job is to do what is needed for LiveJournal to succeed, and LiveJournal really could use a Webby award in order to get a fraction of the attention that Blogger or UserLand get for their weblog applications. I hate to do it, but I am willing to ask, plead, and beg in order to accomplish something that would very much help LiveJournal become a more successful open source project and a more successful business. It's just part of the job, even if it is my least favorite part, and I am not willing to explain to Brad when he comes back from his vacation that LiveJournal lost its chance at a Webby because I failed to do my job.

Everyday, Blogger and PayPal pick up votes that we, frankly, never get a chance at, since we are not on the ballot. At this rate, it is quite possible that we can lose our lead in both categories unless we do something about it now.

Please, do what you can to stop this from happening. Write in your vote for LiveJournal for thePersonal and Services awards! If you want to be especially supportive, post to your journal about it. Let's all get together and win this one as a team!

My apologies about having to ask for your help again. I want to thank those of you who have helped us or who have been patient and supportive through all of this. It really has helped to hear from so many of you who really care about LiveJournal and want us to win this thing. So let's win it, already!

All for now,