Lygsbtd Ties with Chocolate Covered Xanax for 5th place,
in NCJ Readers poll for Best Blog in Humboldt
Well, with 2.7% of the vote, lygsbtd (this blog, in case you didn’t figure that out) didn’t even come close to winning the NCJ’s readers poll for Best Blog in Humboldt, but we had enough votes to get mentioned in the paper. As a result, Thursday the 22, lygsbtd had more traffic than any day previous.
Since I don’t have internet access at home, I haven’t seen the stats for the weekend, but I’m sure we’re getting a bump from the ink. We made a great showing, and raised the profile of lygsbtd a lot. Thank you dear readers, especially those of you who voted! And thanks to the NCJ for putting on this whole stupid contest,and giving me something to write about for the past month.
To all the new readers who just discovered lygsbtd because of the NCJ readers poll, welcome! Thanks for stopping by. Make yourself at home. You’ve got lots to catch up on, so enjoy your stay, and come back often. New material usually shows up on Tuesdays. See if you don’t agree that this is the best blog in Humboldt Co., 2.7% of NCJ readers couldn’t be wrong, at least not this 2.7%.
Early on in this contest, I predicted that a lot of people would vote for Hank Sims’ new blog at Lost Coast Communications, the big radio empire he works for, as a way of saying “In Your Face!” to the NCJ., since Sims used to edit the NCJ, back when it was good. Sure enough, Sims and Co. won the “best Blog” category with 28.3% of the vote.
I also predicted the SoHum Powerhouse: Red Headed Black Belt as a favorite, and Kym Kemp’s excellent blog took third in the contest, with 10.9% of the vote. But consider this:
Red Headed Black Belt serves SoHum primarily, a sparsely populated, backward, rural community with an extremely low computer literacy rate. Also, Kym Kemp does not have a commercial media empire actively promoting her blog. Hank Sims has Lost Coast Communications Co. with how many local radio stations. And despite the home-court advantage, and 10,000 weekly full page ads, she even beat the NCJ’s own blogthing (which only won 5.8% of the vote)soundly! So Kudos to Kym Kemp’s Red Headed Black Belt.
I said before, that NCJ’s blogthing should be disqualified from the contest, in general, since the NCJ conducted the survey. But if we also disqualify the the other commercial media empire, Red Headed Black Belt comes in second in the “amateur division”, behind The Humboldt Herald, with lygsbtd and Chocolate Covered Xanax, tied for the bronze medal. Lygsbtd and Chocolate Covered Xanax each had more than twice as many votes as the next placed contender, The Mirror, but came up with exactly the same number of votes as each other.
Clearly this tie for third in the amateur division is the real story here. Andrew Goff’s journalistic sensibilities must have been clouded with sentiment, rage, and nostalgia for those bygone days when Hank was “The Town Dandy” and before the NCJ started sucking. NCJ’s own blogthing proved no match for his former boss’s new cyberdigs. The NCJ’s quality has sunk like a stone since Sims, and labor correspondent Jennifer Savage left the paper (Even though her labor column, “Savage Money” only appeared in the NCJ twice a month, it was still half of the reason to pick up the Journal. Seldom mentioned, but sorely missed, the NCJ suffers as much from the loss of Savage’s voice as it does Sims IMHO). You could tell from his pained coverage that Andrew Goff is hoping against hope for some kind of reunion, but it was more like looking at the twisted wreckage of a fatal car crash, months after the accident. This is all old news, no surprises here.
The real story is the dead-heat tie between lygsbtd and a blog called Chocolate Covered Xanax. I had never heard of Chocolate Covered Xanax, but I love the name. I had to go check it out. It’s a really sharp looking blog, written and wonderfully illustrated by Keri and Kristabel. They take their own pictures!! There seems to be a lot about food in it, and its really funny. You should check it out. (Then report back to me on how we can destroy them next year)
While I have never read the Mirror, I congratulate them on their 5th place finish in the amateur division, even though they were way, way, back there…way, way, way back there. They still managed to pull together 1.2% of the vote, which is more than lots of other Humboldt blogs. I would like to mention just a couple of these other blogs, who no one cared enough about to vote for:
Savage Henry’s blog didn’t get enough votes to get mentioned. I think their blog sucks, but they have a magazine to promote it, so I figured they’d get a few votes. Hell, they even have paid ads on their blog. Still, no one voted for them. Hey, La Dolce Video, I’ve got space for your ad here on a blog people like!
SoHum Parlance II, because SoHum Parlance I was so popular they had to kill it. SoHum attorney Eric Kirk, created this blog. I find it pretty dull, personally, but I check in from time to time, because Eric has, in the past, sent me threatening letters. So, I consider him a friend.
To these bloggers especially, who work hard and put themselves out there for the world to read, but no one liked enough to vote for, I say IN YOUR FACE, LOSERS!!!!!!!