Best of the TC missing something

Citypages has unleashed their annual Best of the Twin Cities edition on us.

One thing curiously missing is any sort of “Best Local Blog” category. The Arts and Entertainment section is surprisingly devoid of anything technology oriented. It’s decidedly more old-school media oriented.

I guess I shouldn’t expect anything else from what is still primarily a printed newspaper. Though CP has ventured online more in recent years, so I was thinking they might finally get around to it.

Some of the Minnesota stuff on our sidebar deserves some consideration.

In other news, the City Pages readers are still decidedly very mainstream and chain oriented. At least the ones that take the readers poll are.

Edit: I totally missed the left and right wing blogs and best local website in the City Gritty section. Even still, my argument holds. There could be more.

6 Comments so far

  1. Ang (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    The Best locally generated website (Bus Tales), and the Best Left and Best Right winged blogs were in City Gritty category.

    That was it though. I feel that there are so many other categories of local blogs and websites, and they really missed a chance to let the light shine on some jewels out there that we may not know about. Definitely Hedy Devine should have been in there somewhere.

    I know a couple of my nice friends stuck up for me for not getting the win that Bus Tales walked off with. However, as far as originality, we have to give it them. Bus Tales is funny and fresh, and as much as I love my part-time job and the site, you have to admit that it’s not like I dreamt it up. :)

  2. Aaron Landry (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

    For the City Pages and what it is, I felt that listing three best local blogs was enough. I wouldn’t say it was “missing” but I would say that the choices have missed the mark. There are so many gems out there. Speaking of missing the mark, as I mentioned early this morning:

    Cuzzy’s? O’Gara’s? Whaaa?

    Either way, the quality of the “Best Of…” issue is, as far as I’m concerned, the least of the City Pages’ worries.

  3. Jason (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    Yeah, the Best Of issue gets a lot of chatter going, which is what it’s all about. I use it as an on-line reference for some of the ethnic restaurants… a quick shorthand. It’s fun to see how they change their tune about people from year to year… as I wrote about in my blog about Don Shelby today.

  4. Erica M (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    It is total bullshit that Bus Tales beat Overheard. I do really like what Bus Tales is trying to do, but there are a heckuva lot of stories submitted that are not local. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just sayin’.

    Also, it’s not that I don’t like Hedy DeVine, but I kinda don’t get why everyone loves her to death.

    Either way, the quality of the “Best Of…” issue is, as far as I’m concerned, the least of the City Pages’ worries.

    Got a point there. I’m not as into all the scandal and rumor of folks getting hired and fired as some folks are, but… yeah. I read one of their blogs (The Blotter), and I check movie times. I’ll occasionally read an article. I’ve been going to instead for restaurant info. I think they could have done more with blogs, but there are plenty of blog awards out there, and like Bill said, based on the results their readership is clearly pretty mainstream and maybe not so into that sort of thing.

  5. Erica M (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    Plus, if they did have more blogs and the uninformed readership picked some really stupid choices, we’d be all pissed about it.

  6. jenni (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 9:31 am

    i’m impressed that citypages realized there’s a local hiphop artist who’s not slug. the readers haven’t noticed that yet, apparently.


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