Somehow, I was one of the 125 people nominated for the award and while I was off in the hospital having a new baby), some very generous people said some very very nice things, for which I am grateful.
A panel of judges from the paper, including Omar Gallaga (@omarg), Addie Broyles (@broylesa) and Robert Quigley (@robquig and @statesman) then culled the list down to 25. Somehow, I made that cut too. The criteria they used to judge us included looking for people who had given back to the community. If that is the reason for which I was chosen for the award than I am truly humbled and honored. To give back and share is the whole reason I started this blog and that I continue to write and participate.
I was also amazed by the depth of the social media community in Texas. The award winners are an amazing group of people, and the ones that I don't already know I am making a point of adding to my network.
I suggest that you check them out too. Even if you don't live in Texas, I think you will find them an amazing group of people.
Henry “Rizoh” Adaso, Houston. Music journalist specializing in rap and hip-hop.
Joshua Baer, Austin. Developed OtherInBox.com, software to streamline e-mail use.
Perry Belcher, Austin. Perry Belcher, Austin. Marketing strategist who blogs on topics from startups to real estate.
Michael Chapman, Austin. Former lobbyist who co-founded both Social Media Club Austin and the International Social Media Club.
J.R. Cohen, Houston. Café manager who uses Yelp, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with customers.
Michael Cote, Austin. Software industry blogger.
Sam Decker, Austin. Marketing guru and author of two books.
Jenn Deering Davis, Austin. Co-founder of Appozite, a company connecting e-commerce buyers and sellers.
Lori Falcon, Abilene. Blogger who reviews food, critiques products and services and shares blogging tips.
Kyle Flaherty, Austin. Marketing and public relations specialist.
Matt Glazer, Austin. Political and new media consultant who is editor of BurntOrangeReport.com.
Lisa Goddard, Austin. Marketing director at Capital Area Food Bank of Texas who uses the social web to mobilize nonprofit action in Texas.
Michelle Greer, Austin. Web marketing strategist.
David Guenthner, Austin. Social media steward for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and host of Texas PolicyCast, a weekly audio magazine.
Kami Huyse, Houston [by way of San Antonio]. Public relations specialist.
Cali Lewis, Dallas. Social media butterfly known for her podcasts of “shiny, happy tech news” at GeekBrief.TV.
David Neff, Austin. American Cancer Society communications specialist who developed SharingHope.TV, a Web site for visitors to share their experiences fighting cancer using multimedia.
Erica O’Grady, Houston. Social media consultant and award-winning Web designer.
Bryan Person, Austin. Founder of Social Media Breakfast, a multicity networking event.
Connie Reece, Austin. Social media consultant and co-founder of Every Dot Connects, an online social media consortium.
Benn and Lani Rosales, Pflugerville. Creators of AgentGenius.com, an online magazine for real-estate agents.
Dwight Silverman, Houston. His blog at the Houston Chronicle is a favorite stop for tech junkies around the state.
Aaron Strout, Austin. Vice president of marketing at Powered Inc. and former strategist at Mzinga, a social media consulting firm.
Paul Terry Walhus, Austin. Blogger, video blogger, videographer, Web developer and Web host with more than 8,000 followers on Twitter.
Michael Williams, Austin. The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission is using social media in his run for the U.S. Senate.
Even though SxSwi will be the most well-attended social media focused conference on the planet, and certainly in Texas, I hadn't planned on attending this year due to the fact that I just had a new baby less than a month ago. However, I think I will try to make this event, if only to meet my fellow Texan winners. If you will be at SxSWi, you can attend too on March 15 at Ballet Austin’s downtown building (501 W. 3rd Street). Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will include a cocktail party and an awards show.
I hope to see you there.