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Spread the Word

April 8, 2011

I cannot believe it is Friday already.  It is amazing how quickly time flies when you are trying to convince people to line up behind a slate of amazing local businesses for the designation of “Best of the Capital Region”.

Now is the time when I really need your help.

Hopefully you are at least partially convinced about the FUSSYlttleBALLOT 2.0 scheme. But even if all my readers voted the full slate, this blog still doesn’t reach nearly enough people to effect this change.  Despite a healthy discussion on the Table Hopping blogKevin Marshall mentioning this effort earlier this week, it appearing on the TU’s Schenectady Blog, and Kristi Gustafson featuring the FUSSYlittleBALLOT 2.0 in her post on the poll, this will only work if I can get your participation and involvement.

If you believe in what I am trying to accomplish, you need to help spread the word.  Here is what I would like you to do. And it has nothing to do with Twitter or Facebook. Please send an email to anyone you know who might possibly be interested in participating in this scheme.

I know. It feels a bit intrusive. And it sounds like a lot of work. But I’m going to make it easy.

Some things cannot be done in 140 characters. And Facebook messages lack a certain gravitas. To help, I have written the below template that you can cut and paste into an email. Writing your own would also be wonderful, but I understand everyone is strapped for time.

Here it is.

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Subject: The Best of Albany

This may or may not be something that you can get behind.  But in previous years I have found the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region results to be discouraging.  Despite what the poll has said, Subway does not make the best sandwiches in the region.

The 2011 poll is currently underway, and this year instead of complaining about the results I have decided to take preemptive action.

There is a ballot going around that I feel represents a good slate of businesses, and I would like to present it to you for your consideration.  It was assembled by a local food blogger and pulls from several sources, so it is not just one person’s opinion.

The ballot tries to accomplish a couple of things:
1) Removing most of the chains from “The Best of the Capital Region” list.
2) Sending a message to Trader Joe’s that they are wanted in the region.

You can read more about it, and see the full slate here:

Please consider voting for the full slate of boldfaced items on the ballot, even if you may not entirely agree with each individual choice.  The reasons the chains and popular but mediocre restaurants continue to win in multiple categories is that they represent a significant voting block.  If enough people adopt this slate, we will have a voting block of our own.

Here is the link to the poll.

Completing it only takes a few minutes. And if we are successful your efforts will have helped improve how those outside the Capital Region see our community. Far too often we get a bad rap, and I would like it to stop.

Regardless of what you choose to do, I appreciate you taking the time to consider it.  But if you do plan to join me in voting for change, please help further by taking the next step and sending this note along to your friends and relations.  We need all the support we can get.

Your name here

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And if you want to give out my email address to your friends, should any of them have questions about the slate, it is

I have a funny feeling I am going to regret this.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 10:10 am

    And, done.

    I have to say, I didn’t vote your entire slate. However, I did vote most of it. There were a few things I simply felt too strongly about for other reasons, and I voted my conscience. I also voted all local businesses (except Chipotle for the kids category – I don’t have kids, you do, I’ll take your word for that!). It did help me have a good gut-check for some, as well as an answer for ones that I really have no experience with. (For example, I gave up on good Italian food in the Capital Region some time ago, and am not aware of Katrinella’s. However, I value your opinion on local restaurant’s quite highly and will take your word for it … and also make a point of checking it out in the future.)

    I think the TU should take Olive Garden off the ballot and make people write it in. Sure, of course, many will, but maybe it will be a deterrent? Maybe? (UGH, GROSS.)

    In not so many words, thank you for doing this.

    • April 9, 2011 10:14 am

      Oh, and I facebooked about it. I would tweet, but most of my twitter circle is either already familiar with you or not local – facebook is a better way for me to reach my local friends and family who are not plugged into the Albany Social Media scene. :)

      • April 9, 2011 10:17 am

        Also, I while I usually agree that FB lacks certain gravitas, knowing the people I will reach, I think it is more effective, or at least equally effective. Many of my peers read email on their blackberry/smartphone, at work, etc., when they would be unable to revisit this. Facebook is done on downtime, usually when people are bored. I’d rather catch them when they’re bored. :)

        Except my husband. But I’ll just pester him about it. :)

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