already mentioned the coverage that Bikwil’s Web site has been
getting in search engines, etc. in the
Editorial in Issue 21, September
2000. There seems little point, however, in naming them all here. Suffice
it to say that thanks to places like
All the Web,
Australia, Google and
Lycos, which index the full text
of sites they list, Bikwil can now be found via any word that
occurs in its issues. This will assist those who don’t yet know what a
valuable storehouse of quiet enthusiasm our site can be until they search
for “palindromes” or “Wagner” or “Camp Creative”, etc. (Regular Bikwilians,
of course, can use the search facility we have provided just inside the
site’s front door.)
issue I am addressing a few Internet sites that have been
especially generous to Bikwil’s new electronic
there’s Australia’s Cultural Network,
which has the vision of “a dynamic Australian culture which is accessible
to and enjoyed by everyone”. It works to achieve this by promoting
“Australia's cultural endeavour, commerce, activities and events”.
realm for little Bikwil to be inhabiting, perhaps, but not only did
they have us listed within a day of my submission, but it wasn’t long
before they had done deep indexing too.
are, wonder of wonders, alongside icons like Southerly, Don Bradman,
Henry Lawson, Uluru, Jacket, the Australasian Computer Music
Society, Arthur Boyd . . . Thus, with people and topics like Bet Briggs,
Giorni, anagrams, Velikovsky, Abdera and the Mexican wave readily findable
at Australia’s Cultural Network, Bikwil is now well and
truly on the Aussie scene.
want to extend my thanks to Zinos,
one of many American sites that dedicate themselves to publicising
so-called ezines (Bikwil now being an electronic magazine as well
as a printed one). As some of you already know, Zinos run a weekly
competition where Zine authors can submit an article for display there,
and the “best of the week” gets an award. My submission was a piece
describing Bikwil’s Mesozoic history and affirmative purpose. I
didn’t win any prizes, but Bikwil did get lots of exposure and some
nice remarks from both subscribers and non-subscribers. Like these:
what Bikwil is trying to do
to write about
fallen faces that line our
but harder to write
spark that still resides in
souls, that spark
still keeps them going even
all seems lost, that spark
still keeps them alive,
to finish because perhaps
can still find within itself
“. . .
quiet enthusiasm.” It is the
that Tony Rogers and Bikwil will prosper in their efforts as such
avenues of writing are fast fading in to the wretched images of shock,
which often desensitize the softer side of our souls.
always give me a belly laugh, lots to ponder on, and plenty to relish and
fantastic pages . . . Gentle reading that inspires quiet thinkers,
One view of dinosaurs is that they were early birds — here’s hoping
all — those who made affirmative comments and those who voted anonymously.
following helping hands came quite unexpectedly.
of them were awards, several
presented by organisations or structured voting committees, and
undoubtedly carrying some weight. Others came from little known and
unpretentious individuals who express their support for good sites by
offering awards which they design themselves.
cases, Bikwil was complimented on content, loading time and
navigation. Images of our awards have been placed on our Web site (it’s
the least we can do), but here is a summary:
Web Works Designs Award
Tower Purple Distinguish Cross [sic]
Letters Silver Award
Web 110% Prestige Award
and the Beast Silver Award
Award for Creative Thought
City Aloha Award
Visions Poetry Award
Work Merit Award
King of the Web Award
Poetry Cool Site Award
35 Golden Award of Elegance
Man Passionate Pen Award
Is This Website of Distinction
surprise was an email from the
Be More Creative site.
This directory lists “websites that encourage thinking, living and working
did they choose to put us? Under the Creative Living heading, in the
subcategory they call Positive Outlooks. Where else?
* Since this
article was first published in Bikwil, some of the
awarding sites have vanished from the Internet or else have
ceased offering their awards.