“Disney Magic” Awards . . . ooo, touchy subject. But I’ll try to explain without insulting any award submitters reading this.
Getting a Response:
All award submissions are automatically put into a folder for future viewing (unless something catches my eye). After about a month’s (or two month’s) worth of submissions have built up, I review them all together——don’t ask me why . . . I just do. Because I wait so long, that explains why I may not immediately get back to you about your submission . . . if at all.
Not Getting a Response:
Most award applicants do not warrant an award, and I don’t like sending people bad news (that’s also a lot of emails to send). How do I tell a person that their Web site doesn’t meet my standards? It’s messy, and I don’t like doing it. So I find it best not to respond.
Another reason I don’t respond is that people will want details about how their site doesn’t measure up, and how to fix it so that it does. It begins with some small suggestions, followed by more suggestions. Some people could think I’m ripping their Web site to pieces——not fun for either of us. Those that know I’m merely giving suggestions keep coming back for more, and the next thing you know, I’m giving out free Web site advice to everyone who asks for it.
It’s best if I simply don’t respond. That way I don’t risk insulting anyone, I don’t have to find new ways to turn down a submission without insulting or embarrassing, and I don’t screw myself over by giving out tons of free advice. Besides, it’s best to improve your site on your own, that way you learn as you go. That’s how I learned.
I started out with a REALLY bad Web site, believe me! I only wish I had an image of it to show you.
So to recap: if you don’t get a response, I either haven’t reviewed your site yet, or your Web site hasn’t made the cut. If you DO get a response, you’ve more than likely won an award and should consider yourself lucky——I don’t give the awards out lightly.
TRIVIA: The links at the bottom of the Disney Links page at the Disney Experience are some of my personal favorites. If the Webmasters of those sites were to apply for the “Disney Magic” Award, they’d be a shoe-in!