Epic Win! Westword #Webawards.

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elephant wins 3 Westword web awards. Thanks to who? You.

Denver Westword Web Awards at Casselman’s in Denver.

Boulder’s Tweety Got Back also honored. Merton rocks house.

File this one under “you know it’s gonna be a banner night when they put your business up on the big screen with the half-apology that ‘you’re gonna see a lot more of elephant journal tonight…so much you’d think we were giving them a handjob’ or something like that.”

Many more awesome crowd photos at Westword’s Slideshow:

Westword, the alternative-yet-huge-popular-bigtime Denver weekly, held their first annual #WebAwards, or Web Awards for you non-tweeting ungeeks, last night in Denver. No business or individual won more than one award—except for elephantjournal.com and your shameless Waylon Lewis, who took home three awards—and four if you count Drew Levin’s Boulder Fire photos that we were the first news site to feature.

We went down with some loud, rowdy lovely friends and were happy to see some of our dear friends take home wins, one for an image that was featured first on elephant (unless you count that little site, Flickr). With huge thanks for the honor to Westword, and Upslope for the free local green microbrews, and with congrats to Tweety Got Back and big ups to Merton…click over to Westword for the rest.

Best Political Blog: ElephantJournal.com
Sustainability to yoga, ElephantJournal.com covers more than just politics and it’s updated often, making it a go-to for Denverites with a wide variety of interests.
Nominees: theironmike.com, blog.ariarmstrong.com, coloradopols.com, coloradoindependent.com, coloradowins.org, completecolorado.com, facethestate.com, blogs.denverpost.com/thespot, peoplespresscollective.com, politicscolorado.blogspot.com, huffingtonpost.com/denver, truthpluslies.com.

Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business: Elephant Journal on Facebook.
Updated often — some may complain its too often — EJ’s Facebok presence certainly is powerful. Nearly 30,000 fans can’t be wrong.
Nominees: Andrew Hudson, Atlas Purveyors, Camelflage, Denver Browns, Dumb Friends League and Paramount Denver.

Best Shameless Self-Promoter: Waylon Lewis@elephantjournal
“No one works harder than Waylon Lewis when it comes to slipping links into your lunch. The man is a driven communicator and would ordinarily be exiled from the state, but his vehicle of expression (Elephant Journal) actually wants to save the world. Elephantine exemption!”
Nominees: Adam Leech, Andrew Hudson, Carissa Passerella, David Booker, Erika Napoletano, John Baxter, Leah Charney, Patricia Sommer, Peter Black.

Images, some from Westword Slideshow, some mine, some from fellow honoree Heather Capri:

I leave you with…Merton, youtube sensation.

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24 Responses to “Epic Win! Westword #Webawards.”

  1. John Cargile says:

    Great job, Way

  2. Roger Wolsey says:

    Woo to the Hoo! : )

  3. Brianna says:

    Congrats, Waylon! 🙂

  4. Andrew says:

    Haha, so much for my rebuke of your "insane" amount of FB posting. Congrats on the awards. 🙂

    • elephantjournal says:

      Well, your feedback and others have encouraged us to never post more than once per hour…I used to post every 30 or 40 minutes if I was really going at it trying to bring new readers in. Those days, you'll be relieved to hear, are over.

  5. Great news for the whole team!

    • elephantjournal says:

      The awards really are for the team—and our readers. I just get to be the one to go to the awards ceremonies, pose like a fool and win cool hats.

  6. Amelie says:

    Wow! Three in one!!! Big congrats.

  7. Lynn Hasselberger says:


  8. Blake says:

    HA! I told you I wouldn't ruin everything for you!

    Congratulations! It's well deserved!

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks, Lisa. Love your stuff. You should write one of those book things, you're such a talent and sweetie.

  10. Ramesh says:

    "Best Shameless Self-Promoter!"
    I'd say: Best Shameless Promoter for all of Us! Way to go Waylon!

  11. candicegarrett says:

    yeah! way to go!

  12. Lasara says:

    Great job, Way! And great job, Elephriends!

  13. swati jr* says:

    congratulations!! glad to see someone's hard work really paying off!

  14. Linda says:

    Congrats son,
    Love, mom

  15. diana says:

    whoo hoo! very exciting. you've earned, and deserve, all of it!

  16. Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

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