I created The Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards as a celebration. Yes, it's a celebration of the 1 year anniversary of this blog. But it is more than that. It is a celebration of a community that I have come to know and admire. The Tableteers that make up the Tablet PC Community are an amazing collection of individuals who know and work with the Tablet PC platform. They are fiercely protective of it, insatiably curious about advancing it, very intelligent, often wickedly funny, at one time very forgiving and patient, and in the same breath, scathingly critical when the need arises. They are also exceedingly willing to evangelize the platform to anyone who will listen, and in my humble opinion, have helped keep the spotlight on The Tablet PC in ways that may, in the long run, prove to be responsible for keeping the platform thriving.
There are no rules for inclusion on the list other than mine own and basically they boil down to what has struck my fancy throughout the last year. Some of the entries are for true "best of breed" entries. Some are just for fun. Some may say that this "best of" list has too many categories and far too many winners. My answer? Go make your own list. There's much to celebrate here.
So without any further delay take the jump and enjoy the 1st Annual Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards.
- Best Tablet PC Forum: Tablet PC Buzz
- Best Tablet PC Software Site: Tablet PC Post
- Best Tablet PC Reviews: Stephane Torres (HPClean) Tablet PC Corner
- Best New Tablet PC Software Of The Year: ActiveWords InkPad
- Most Promising New/Improved Tablet PC App Hopefully Soon To Be Released: TEO 3.0
- Best Tablet PC Artist: Chad Essley aka Cartoon Monkey
- Most Fun New Tablet PC Blog: Tabletology
- Best Tablet PC Podcaster Guy: Tie-Guy#1 and Guy#2
- Best "Ok, I admit I make mistakes and drop my Tablet PC" Post: Tracy Hooten
- Best "Let Me Whet Your Appetite For Windows Vista" Posts: Colin Walker
- Best "Let Me Not Only Whet Your Appetite For Office 12 But Tell You Everything You Could Ever, Ever, Ever Want To Know About The Office UI" Series: Jensen Harris
- Most Consistent Ink Blogger: Mark Sumocat Sumimoto
- Best Tablet PC Cartoonist Who Needs To Do More Tablet PC Cartoons: Ian
- Best Crink (Crappy Ink): TDavid
- Best Tablet PC Poem: Olga Kits
- Best Tablet PC Haiku: Mark Sumocat Sumimoto
- Best "I'll Have Eggs With My Tablet PC" Post: Tabletology
- Best and Most Frequent Use Of The Word "Cool" in a Tablet PC Blog Post or Podcast: James Kendrick
- Best First Family Of Tablet PCs: The Heniy's
- Best Stall Surfing Post: Greg Hughes
- Best Tablet PC Software Developer Tease: Tie-Josh Einstein, Chris Pratley and The OneNote Team, Tom Clarkson, Hilton Locke
- Best Exhibit Of Restraint When It Comes To Opening A New Tablet PC: Eric Mack
- Best Kids Explain How To Use OneNote And A Tablet PC: Amy and Wendy Mack
- Best I Felt The Earth Move Experience When Finally Ordering A Tablet PC: Crashless Aspirations
- Best I'm Tired Of Waiting For An Apple Tablet, So I'll Go Ahead and Buy A Tablet PC Because They Are Really Cool, Even Though I Prefer Apple: Tie-Eric Rice and Michael Sampson
- Best Start Of A Humorous Thread On Tablet PC Buzz About Waiting For A Tablet PC To Be Delivered: DrDan and the Message Board For IBM Reps.
- Best I Don't Blog But I Use Scoble's Blog To Rant At The World And All The Problems With Tablet PCs: Chris Coulter
- Best Running Battle With Toshiba Technical Support: Tie-Tracy Hooten and Eric Mack
- Best Simple Reminder of Why I Use A Tablet PC:
- Best Let's Get A Discussion Going About The Future Of Tablet PCs: Lora Heiny
- Best Tablet PC Batman Fan: Marc Orchant
- Most Obnoxious Tableteer Laugh: Tie-Robert Scoble and myself. (The only reason it is a tie is Scoble's laugh is heard more than mine.)
- Best I'm Tired Of Waiting For Developers So I'll Develop My Own Tablet PC App: Craig Pringle
- Best Tablet PC April Fool's Joke: Rob Bushway
- Best Tablet PC OOBE: Eric Mack with Those Tablet PC Podcaster Guys.
- Best Photo Of A Tablet PC Being Delivered By The Delivery Guy: Rob Bushway
- Best And Most Famous Tablet PC Acronym; YABHTU-Eric Mack
- Best Jump The Gun On A Tablet PC MVP Announcement Whether Knowingly Or Not: Robert Scoble
Correction: There are too many member of the First Family Of Tablet PCs with a first name beginning with L. Layne, not Loren should receive the Ink Blot for Best Simple Reminder of Why I Use A Tablet PC. Thanks for the correction.