No shocker here: I don’t love Fresno Magazine’s annual “Best of Fresno” list. But each year I look forward to its publication, for the ensuing debate, if nothing else.
I will say, and this might seem totally biased once you read further, that the winners this year seem a little bit better. Just itsy-bitsy. Most of it is still pretty useless stuff that’s primarily meant to sell “thank you” ads.
The entire list is below, but I have a few thoughts first:
THE BEEHIVE WINS: Here is a shocker: We won in two reader-voted categories — best blog and best local website. On one hand, I’m thankful that people voted for us. On the other hand, I’m not going to act like this is anything more than what it is — a bunch of our fans voted for us in a rather meaningless online contest. So thank you to those people. And thanks to Fresno Mag, for not disqualifying us because we’re mean to you. In fact, should The Beehive ever start its own awards, we’ll definitely consider you guys for best glossy health-related ads.
A RIVALRY? In addition to the reader-voted awards, “Fresno Magazine vs. Fresno Beehive” was named best rivalry in the “Editor’s Picks” section. Sorry, Fresno Mag, but your rivalry is in another castle. See if you can beat HiS Magazine first. Then come back and we’ll talk.
BALLOT STUFFERS: Last year, it looked like Cool Hand Luke’s was stuffing the ballots. This year, Fleming’s is all over this list. Casa Corona seems to pop up A LOT. Hmmm. And I don’t know a single person who would say they have the best Mexican food in town. For the record: I didn’t vote for The Beehive, nor did I ask anyone to vote for us.
THE ONLINE EFFECT? Do you think the winners are better this year because Fresno Mag allowed online voting? I’m wondering.
MOSTLY MAIDS WITH ‘M’ MONIKERS: My favorite category this year was “best house cleaning service” for its masterful alliteration — Molly Maid, Merry Maids and Mini Mops.
MUSICAL MUSINGS: WTF is a Rockflight? Seriously, never heard of ‘em.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN FRESNO WHEN … The No. 1 conservative radio blabbermouth is the “most influential local person.” And I know lots of people probably won’t agree, but I think Chris Daniel has a better show than Ray.
BECAUSE I’M (MOSTLY) NICE: The annual Best of Fresno party is Dec. 1 — and it’s back in Fresno this year. Downtown, to be exact.
YOUR TURN: What’s right on this list? What’s a joke? Let’s hear it.