Exactly four months ago today, while the men of the country were watching the Super Bowl, and the women were watching the Super Bowl commercials, I was on the phone with three bloggers — Gabrielle, Laura, and Rebecca — and we were talking about how cool it would be if there were one spot online where we could find a variety of excellence. A portal of cool. Something like Digg, but with stories aimed less at cute techie boys and more at, well, us.
Because although Digg is clearly brilliant, thirtysomething moms and twentysomething hipster girls are just not their target audience.
So, Gabby, never one to shy away from a creative challenge, said something likeâ€¦”Well, let’s make it happen.”
So we did.
sk*rt is an online media ranking site created for and by women (and also Bob), featuring topics women dig. It is designed to promote sites, blogs, video, products, articles, ideas, art, etc. to women (and to the men who want to get in our heads). So check it out. We’ve tried to make it pretty self-explanatory — and just in case it isn’t, there are several explanation sections here and here and here and here (including a FAQ and even a quick instruction video featuring our spokesmodel, the lovely Gabrielle/Design Mom).
But overall, it’s a one-stop spot where you can go to find other cool stuff. It’s designed so that you can browse through the most popular items pretty quickly and hop onto other sites that interest you. Or, you can browse through it for quite a while, finding new stuff all the time. The content is completely developed by users, so it’s always updating, changing and growing.
I’d be thrilled if you could do a few things to help spread the word.
- Visit sk*rt and have a look. Play around on it. Vote on a few things that look interesting to you. Or submit something (put your favorite blog, product, organization, news item, whatever, on there). Mainly, I’d just love to hear what you think after you visit.
- Tell your friends about it. If you have a blog, post something on it. If you have any other ideas to spread the word, let us know.
- If you have a blog or website, put a sk*rt link, badge or button on your site. You can find a variety of fine sk*rt links, badges and buttons (and corresponding code) here. (And yes, I’m proud to say, I did design the sk*rt logo.)
Then let us know you’ve helped spread the sk*rt love by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org . (If you have any problems with it, let us know that too.) Anyone who publishes a sk*rt button to her/his site (and lets us know about it) is entered to win some amazing prizes in a fabulous package sponsored by 6 hip vendors — companies owned and run by women.
You could win:
- Two four-color silkscreen prints from Jaime Zollars Studio. Limited-edition prints. Signed and dated.
- A vintage print “cupcake” apron and “green blossom” tablecloth from Funktion Home.
- A 10th anniversary edition of The New Intercourses, an aphrodisiac cookbook. In hardcover, of course.
- A honeycomb truckette bag and a retrolite darlydove pendant on a sterling-plated chain from Darlybird.
- A large rectangle serving platter and 6 interchangeable minis from Nora Fleming.
- A custom birth necklace from Little Jules — the perfect baby gift for you or a friend.
That’s some serious loot, y’all! Retailing upwards of $500. Our sponsors totally rock! The winner will be picked at random and announced on July 16th, 2007.
But wait! There’s more!
If you go to sk*rt right now — starting today, Monday, June 4th at 1:00 pm est/10:00 am pst — and you are one of the first 25 people who vote for 5 or more items on sk*rt you will be automatically entered to win a free, year-long subscription to the brand new Organize Magazine. You can read more about that contest at the sk*rt blog.
How cool is that? Very.
And 1-in-25 is pretty good odds. So go! Git thee to sk*rt!
Then come back here and tell me what you think — we’re dyin to hear what you think.
We’re so pumped about this site — we designed sk*rt because we wanted to have something like it for ourselves. And also, we’d love to do a little part in helping get the word out that there are smart women leading the social media revolution. And we don’t even have to carry around pictures of Chairman Mao.