I was visiting a number of author’s web sites today and noticed a rather curious thing…most of them have "The Official Web Site" as part of their banner. Why? Do those words have some magical property to them? Do you have to possess a certificate of "officialness" to be able to put them on your site? And what if you don’t put that on your site, does something bad happen?
For example, Terry Goodkind has an offical site, as do George R.R. Martin and Orson Scott Card (who has a half-dozen or so). Michael Crichton went so far as to put it in his domain name but I think that was because he had to use a law suit to get michaelcrichton.com from a squatter. William Shatner has an official site that should be banned from the Internet. It makes your eyes bleed. (Too much MySpace, William!)
I don’t think this is a "famousness" issue. Terry Brooks‘ web site doesn’t say it’s official. Neither is Robert A. Heinlein‘s site nor Anne McCaffrey‘s. Note that being famous does not necessarily mean good site design either but that’s another topic for another day.
I think for the moment I’m going to tempt the Fates and not say my site is the Official Web Site of C.A.Williams.