Awards Ceremony Presents Us with a Time for Reflection

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Several weeks ago I received an email from a group called the Dotties. It turned out that for ten years now this group has met and given out awards to the best websites in the Sacramento Northern California area. Recently with the rise of blogs, they have added blogs to their awards ceremonies. So on Thursday, I threw on a suit and gave out an award (those things by the way, weigh a ton and would serve as a good weapon against a mugging if you are an Olympic shotputter).

Mark S. Allen from Good Sacramento was the master of ceremonies. He did a very good job with a small and at times indifferent crowd. When he introduced me, he cited the blog as “bringing law enforcement together with the community.” An amusing line that indicated to me that he has read the People’s Vanguard.

The category I gave an award for–or at least was supposed to as the winner in my category did not show up to the event–was “Blogs and Online Categories.” If there was one criticism, it would be that some of the groups were overly broad. For example, “Health Care, Biotech, Agriculture and Engineering.” So we were sitting at a table with Mandarin Orange Growers who were competing against the ultimate winner, Sutter Health.

In the “Blogs” categories, MX Sponsor a site devoted to motocross sports. Highly technical in its design, and yet this would be the category that this blog might potentially compete against in the future. In fact, as they described the judging criteria–and its good criteria–they are looking at technical innovation, they are also looking as usability, and content.

The Dotties Awards Ceremony also presents us with an opportunity for reflection and to look toward the future.

This past week, the People’s Vanguard of Davis passed the 50,000 hit mark since October 10, 2006 when I finally realized enough people were on the site to install a hit counter. One of the lessons I have learned is that you do not need a flashy site to get readers, in fact, this site is just a “blogger” site that I enter my writings directly into a template. It is as non-technical as it comes.

And yet as they discussed on Thursday, it meets the key threshold of a successful marketing endeavor–this blog found a niche that was badly needed by a segment of the community. I cannot go to a public event without people telling me that they read the blog–even in Sacramento. People were disparately looking for an alternative source of information and I have staked this blog’s reputation on content rather than bells and whistles.

I hope as time goes on, the Dotties can begin to recognize blogs in their own right and judge them based on the information that they provide rather than the technical aspects. Blogging has become a valued addition to the fourth estate. It is a means by which to level the playing field. No longer is information confined to those with the money and resources to own a printing press. Knowledge and reporting has become unlocked. And in some cases for the good, and like all technologies, there is the potential for bad as well. The power of blogging is a constant reminder that we all must be vigilant and yet responsible.

That is not to say that this will also be just a “blogger” blog. As much as that format serves my short-term needs, I have already seen the limitations of the format. The future shall be interesting to say the least. This blog started as an outlet for my frustrations following the June 2006 primary in which it became clear that there was no accurate and reliable means to get information out to the public.

However, although this blog’s growth and direction–in terms of popularity and perhaps importance–was always part of my “vision,” I am not sure I ever really anticipated that it would end up being as successful as it has so far.

So the Dotties’ awards gives me a good opportunity to look back at the past and thank the people who have been readers from beginning and thank those of you who will be logging on for the very first time in the coming days. It also gives me a chance to look into the future and there will be some changes coming down the pike. I will not be changing the content of this site or the information I provide. But there will be changes nonetheless and hopefully these changes allow us to continue to grow and prosper into the future.

Thank you and good day.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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28 thoughts on “Awards Ceremony Presents Us with a Time for Reflection”

  1. truman

    Congratulations to Doug Paul Davis and the People’s Vanguard of Davis.

    Indeed, your rapid climb to success is due to the credibility of your stories and the reseach which supports those stories. Your peers and many in the media throughout the region have noticed and are favorably impressed.

    Again, excellent work and congratulations.

  2. truman

    Congratulations to Doug Paul Davis and the People’s Vanguard of Davis.

    Indeed, your rapid climb to success is due to the credibility of your stories and the reseach which supports those stories. Your peers and many in the media throughout the region have noticed and are favorably impressed.

    Again, excellent work and congratulations.

  3. truman

    Congratulations to Doug Paul Davis and the People’s Vanguard of Davis.

    Indeed, your rapid climb to success is due to the credibility of your stories and the reseach which supports those stories. Your peers and many in the media throughout the region have noticed and are favorably impressed.

    Again, excellent work and congratulations.

  4. truman

    Congratulations to Doug Paul Davis and the People’s Vanguard of Davis.

    Indeed, your rapid climb to success is due to the credibility of your stories and the reseach which supports those stories. Your peers and many in the media throughout the region have noticed and are favorably impressed.

    Again, excellent work and congratulations.

  5. 無名 - wu ming

    congrats, doug. it bodes well for this site that you understand what moves blogs and what doesn’t. while interface is nice, i agree that it’s filling a needed niche that is being ignored.

    on that topic, let me congratulate rexroad as well for his blog, which is the model of how our pols ought to take advantage of this new medium to close the distance between themselves and their constituents, IMO. whether at a local or a federal level, letting people know what one is thinking, the issues one is weighing, how one comes to a given contentious decision, ought to lessen the kind of confusion and lack of trust that often emerges when political discussion happens out of the public eye, even when professionally done.

    while initially written for corporate websites, the cluetrain manifesto works pretty well for the way that the decentralized, horizontally-linked internet changes the way things work. worth a read.

  6. 無名 - wu ming

    congrats, doug. it bodes well for this site that you understand what moves blogs and what doesn’t. while interface is nice, i agree that it’s filling a needed niche that is being ignored.

    on that topic, let me congratulate rexroad as well for his blog, which is the model of how our pols ought to take advantage of this new medium to close the distance between themselves and their constituents, IMO. whether at a local or a federal level, letting people know what one is thinking, the issues one is weighing, how one comes to a given contentious decision, ought to lessen the kind of confusion and lack of trust that often emerges when political discussion happens out of the public eye, even when professionally done.

    while initially written for corporate websites, the cluetrain manifesto works pretty well for the way that the decentralized, horizontally-linked internet changes the way things work. worth a read.

  7. 無名 - wu ming

    congrats, doug. it bodes well for this site that you understand what moves blogs and what doesn’t. while interface is nice, i agree that it’s filling a needed niche that is being ignored.

    on that topic, let me congratulate rexroad as well for his blog, which is the model of how our pols ought to take advantage of this new medium to close the distance between themselves and their constituents, IMO. whether at a local or a federal level, letting people know what one is thinking, the issues one is weighing, how one comes to a given contentious decision, ought to lessen the kind of confusion and lack of trust that often emerges when political discussion happens out of the public eye, even when professionally done.

    while initially written for corporate websites, the cluetrain manifesto works pretty well for the way that the decentralized, horizontally-linked internet changes the way things work. worth a read.

  8. 無名 - wu ming

    congrats, doug. it bodes well for this site that you understand what moves blogs and what doesn’t. while interface is nice, i agree that it’s filling a needed niche that is being ignored.

    on that topic, let me congratulate rexroad as well for his blog, which is the model of how our pols ought to take advantage of this new medium to close the distance between themselves and their constituents, IMO. whether at a local or a federal level, letting people know what one is thinking, the issues one is weighing, how one comes to a given contentious decision, ought to lessen the kind of confusion and lack of trust that often emerges when political discussion happens out of the public eye, even when professionally done.

    while initially written for corporate websites, the cluetrain manifesto works pretty well for the way that the decentralized, horizontally-linked internet changes the way things work. worth a read.

  9. Anonymous

    Congratulations Doug!

    I can honestly say I have read all of your posts and frankly I have been impressed by the variety/detail of issues covered.

    If you add any topics I think you should add something that most Davis folks agree on. Draw in more bloggers by adding one post a week reviewing any aspect of the George Bush administation. This will help increase readership and accordingly will help focus more attention on Davis/Yolo County issues. SAH

  10. Anonymous

    Congratulations Doug!

    I can honestly say I have read all of your posts and frankly I have been impressed by the variety/detail of issues covered.

    If you add any topics I think you should add something that most Davis folks agree on. Draw in more bloggers by adding one post a week reviewing any aspect of the George Bush administation. This will help increase readership and accordingly will help focus more attention on Davis/Yolo County issues. SAH

  11. Anonymous

    Congratulations Doug!

    I can honestly say I have read all of your posts and frankly I have been impressed by the variety/detail of issues covered.

    If you add any topics I think you should add something that most Davis folks agree on. Draw in more bloggers by adding one post a week reviewing any aspect of the George Bush administation. This will help increase readership and accordingly will help focus more attention on Davis/Yolo County issues. SAH

  12. Anonymous

    Congratulations Doug!

    I can honestly say I have read all of your posts and frankly I have been impressed by the variety/detail of issues covered.

    If you add any topics I think you should add something that most Davis folks agree on. Draw in more bloggers by adding one post a week reviewing any aspect of the George Bush administation. This will help increase readership and accordingly will help focus more attention on Davis/Yolo County issues. SAH

  13. tansey thomas

    Doug, I am really delighted. I agree with all who have preceded me about the quality of your work and the recognition and credibility you have gained. I could not have said it better. Please don’t include George Bush because I fear the bigtime dirty tricksters would overwhelm the blog to the detriment of local issues.

  14. tansey thomas

    Doug, I am really delighted. I agree with all who have preceded me about the quality of your work and the recognition and credibility you have gained. I could not have said it better. Please don’t include George Bush because I fear the bigtime dirty tricksters would overwhelm the blog to the detriment of local issues.

  15. tansey thomas

    Doug, I am really delighted. I agree with all who have preceded me about the quality of your work and the recognition and credibility you have gained. I could not have said it better. Please don’t include George Bush because I fear the bigtime dirty tricksters would overwhelm the blog to the detriment of local issues.

  16. tansey thomas

    Doug, I am really delighted. I agree with all who have preceded me about the quality of your work and the recognition and credibility you have gained. I could not have said it better. Please don’t include George Bush because I fear the bigtime dirty tricksters would overwhelm the blog to the detriment of local issues.

  17. Dave Hart

    I, too, must congratulate you on setting up this site that is easy to read and navigate. I doubt many people can fully appreciate the amount of work you must put in to keep the posts coming on a daily basis. In fact, I’m concerned about you getting burned out…I hope you plan on letting this blog idle out now and then for well-earned vacations and leave your computer at home. Pace yourself, man, pace yourself.

  18. Dave Hart

    I, too, must congratulate you on setting up this site that is easy to read and navigate. I doubt many people can fully appreciate the amount of work you must put in to keep the posts coming on a daily basis. In fact, I’m concerned about you getting burned out…I hope you plan on letting this blog idle out now and then for well-earned vacations and leave your computer at home. Pace yourself, man, pace yourself.

  19. Dave Hart

    I, too, must congratulate you on setting up this site that is easy to read and navigate. I doubt many people can fully appreciate the amount of work you must put in to keep the posts coming on a daily basis. In fact, I’m concerned about you getting burned out…I hope you plan on letting this blog idle out now and then for well-earned vacations and leave your computer at home. Pace yourself, man, pace yourself.

  20. Dave Hart

    I, too, must congratulate you on setting up this site that is easy to read and navigate. I doubt many people can fully appreciate the amount of work you must put in to keep the posts coming on a daily basis. In fact, I’m concerned about you getting burned out…I hope you plan on letting this blog idle out now and then for well-earned vacations and leave your computer at home. Pace yourself, man, pace yourself.

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