when they announced tickets being on sale, i thought about whether or not i would like to attend this year. to be completely honest and give full disclosure, i went last year because adam, carrie and i were nominated for fresno pub quiz. i'm not exactly sure what category it was that we were nominated in (i think it was action or connection). i'm not exactly sure who nominated us or how many nominations we received, but i know we (adam) did one. i don't know how it was judged, or who won our category. what i do know is that we didn't win. and please believe me, i'm alright with that. of course, i would have loved to won, but that's alright, you don't always win. and, what we do @ pub quiz that i'm so proud of is our weekly event, and how we manage to decently interact with our attendees through the net, especially facebook.
last year, the event itself was fine. adam and i bought tickets (i wonder if oscar nominees buy tickets?) and went to the award show at the downtown club. they had a nice appetizer spread, and the bar was serving decently priced drinks. we mingled with people, and i actually met a few local twitter folks i hadn't met in person. i thought the keynote presentation was decent enough, but really, i was there to find out if we won. i would imagine that is what all the nominees wanted to know. anyway, after the event, we hung out for a little bit more and then took off.
like i said before, the event was fine, but it's an awards ceremony. i 've been to plenty of those through my academic and athletic careers. i've won some, lost some, but in general, an awards show is only so fun in my opinion. i don't know if i've ever met someone that said they just love to go to award shows, even if it's not connected to them at all.
so, when this year's event was announced, i decided that i probably wouldn't go. when i heard the price of admission had gone up, i was less inclined and pretty sure i wasn't going. since none of the stuff i do on the 'net were nominated, and i didn't nominate myself for the blog, podcast or pub quiz, it pretty much sealed it that i wasn't going.
but something interesting happened today on twitter. roque of dumbdrum.com asked via twitter, "
rightly so, @frebbyawards replied, "
@alisa_m, who works for paprika studios (who puts on the frebby's) also replied, "
being me, i stuck my nose in where it probably doesn't belong and asked "no dis intended, but can anyone not connected to frebbys give
i received two responses. the first, was from @abelopez and i'm only assuming that it was in reply to my question, "
the other was from someone who has a protected account, so i won't say who it was, but here's the tweet, "
one of the other people behind paprika studios and the frebby's, james collier (whom we've had on the podcast, speaking about paprika & the frebbys) replied, "beautiful - thanks (name redacted)."
james also tweeted, "@brodiemash I can only speak as someone connected to the event, but several of your peers were nominated"
i dunno, that answer just doesn't do it for me. why would a non web designer go? i mean, i can get good and network at a lot of events. i mean, creative fresno has blenders every month, and has a bartender challenge, featuring my anonymous twitterer as one of the bartenders, tonight. there is flyp, putting on events. we have art hop. the beehive consistently puts on great events were people can come, meet up with the creative/cool folks in town, and on and on. why would i want to go to an awards show?
let's throw some more stuff into the mix:
- the fresno internets has their "cool kids." the top blogs, the ones that get links on other blogs, the ones that either are the new hot shit or the tried and true cool ones. i'm not bragging, but i was in that cool kids group. i'd like to think that i still am to some extent, but i realize my blogging has gone to crap and i rarely do it, and our podcast takes off two or more months off between episodes. not exactly the way to stay top of the heap. to me, and this is only my opinion, there is a bit of "the cool kids of fresno's internets are going to be there, so you should be there." i was listening to the fresnan on a recently episode of the dirty dowdy podcast, and they mentioned the frebbys, what it was and so on. they were nominated, and going to the show. but, they did bring up the "inner click" of the fresno interwebs: mike oz, the fresnan, james collier, travis sheridan - and how they (dirty dowdy) were outside of it. furthering that, let's throw out another event that fresno internets cool kids routinely mock, including myself...
- fresno magazine's best of fresno event - in no way will i defend how they pick their winners. i have no idea how their ridiculous winners. then again, all we know about the frebbys is that they have a panel of judges that rate each nominee on a 1-10 scale looking @ creativy + innovation, effectiveness, & expertise. most award ceremonies are pretty subjective, and i would imagine that fresno magazine has some criteria for their awards. but, i will defend the event itself. the best of fresno has a ton of food samples from legitimately top restaurants in town. they have free wine samples from local vineyards. they had free stella artois on tap the year i went. but, i could say from my experience that the best of fresno event is, "great food & drinks, an awards presentation, and a ton of people. some you'd want to talk to, some you wouldn't." honestly, i had a better time at the best of fresno awards than at the frebby's. that isn't said to knock the frebby's. i just had a better time.
what do you think?