It's official! gt house are a cult favourite... with the
e-correspondence to prove it.
Other Web sites display their awards proudly. And there are numerous
awards since, face it, Americans love awards. Honours are bestowed
in every category because, if there's one thing Americans love more than
awards, it's Categories.
Remember when Capitol records had the instruction File under: Jazz?
Luckily, they never recorded Kenny G or Jazz would have been de-filed.
But we digress.
gt house have never sought fortune or acclaim. We would accept an award, unless
it did not include cash, making it pointless.
The site was conceived as a magnet for free stuff and free
people. People like Yazz or Yamila Diaz or Yancy Butler or even
you. Well, maybe not you. But someone very much like you.
If we had been cultivating volume, we wouldn't have devoted space to
obscure artists like Linda Lewis, Tasmin Archer, Carleen Anderson, Gail Ann Dorsey,
or to unfamiliar models like Naomi Campbell. And we definitely would have
avoided pointing out government abuses and cultural hypocrisy.
Yet nothing beats free stuff, especially when it's rare.
A compact disc can be played over and over. What can you do with a
trophy – stick it up on a shelf, reducing valuable CD storage space?
Most Web awards are for inane accomplishments, anyway, like how easily you can
blow your money. Or how many distracting whistles and bells must be
hurdled. They usually honour the most
"commercial" offerings by organisations dedicated to raking in
money, not inspiring quality. Just like most non-Web awards.
At gt house, we keep things simple, though apparently not as simple as
Our reward is hearing from delighted users, learning about our favourite
artists and, oh, free stuff.
If you're still reading, which seems unlikely, you're probably saying, "That impudent dolt
gt is just a sore
loser." Not really. He is writing this piece to qualify
for the Whining Idiot site of the year. Wish him luck.
- We don't advertise.
- We don't try to fool search engines.
- We don't offer a chance to win a new SUV.
- We don't guide you through virtual sex.
- We don't even carry the latest gossip.
- Many of our features are about artists nearly as
obscure as gt slade.
Recently, learning that we were ranked the number 369,842
site on the web, we felt as if the past five years were worth it.
Does that seem low on the list? Say there are approximately
three billion, eleven thousand sites worldwide, we're like, well, relatively near
the top. Maybe the top 0.2%. (Hey, we're using freakin' Windows! Don't expect
flawless calculations.) We've been active five years, consistently doing it.
Our visitors scattered all over the globe appreciate that.
Awards be damned.
You, my friend, are what this site is all about. You. And a burning
need to dump our shit out into the world. Thanks for visiting.
May you be blessed with some free stuff yourself.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, 19 MARCH 2003