My email these days is pretty interesting. I get emailed comments from this blog, and AOL Alerts for people who are still posting on the AOL-J client. I also get individual notes from people: asking questions, highlighting something they've written, responding to something I've written, and/or sending out notices about where they're blogging now, today (which may not be the same place as yesterday). It all comes down to one thing: trying to stay in touch, and to reconnect amid the chaos. Hooray for that - it helps a lot, all this communication, this ongoing conversation about who and where we all are, and what makes the most sense to us at this particular moment.
But one email I got today attempted to make a slightly different kind of connection:
I want to award you with the great content award. Please visit your own award page at http://www.chicagoanimation.com/flash-awards.html
Chicago Animation - Flash Web Design
Posted by Chicago FLASH web site design to Outpost Mâvarin at 11/20/2005 10:46:06 AM
As you can see, this was done as a comment to my posting from late last night. I went to the flash-awards page, and I really am featured there, at least for the moment.
Now, I can't say I take all this too seriously. I'm sure that the main purpose is to make a connection, to hand out awards so that people will visit the Chicago Animation web site and purchase its flash animation services. But it makes me smile anyway, and I'm not opposed to Truong's service, or the means of promoting it. At least it's not a a banner ad, posted directly to my blog!
Of course, if it turns out that every blogger I know got this award today, then I'll delete it as comment spam. ;)