The voting experience for November's Post of the Month was, shall I say, challenging. I'll provide more details below, but in the end, Carlos Miller was the winner for his post that announced his acquittal in Miami-Dade court.
Short explanation on the voting: I had to run the poll a second time this month because of a discrepancy between how many votes I was getting versus how many Editors were telling me they voted. The 2nd poll resulted in a whole other set of numbers which necessitated the 3rd poll. Those results turned out to be a duplicate of the second poll.
This is how the 14 SFDB Editor votes were distributed, poll by poll...
Here's what a few of The Editors had to say about their choices.
Miami Beach 411:
Carlos Miller did a good job documenting his trial with photos and video, and I began to give him my vote for that, but reconsidered because I started to question whether he would have gone to such lengths, if the story was not about him. Long Play's interview was fun to read, but he lost my vote because the article was too similar to the other stuff he's written. Transit Miami pulled at my heart strings, and I gave them extra points for the original photos and the "Rest in Peace" artwork, but I think it should take more than 3 paragraphs to win the "Post of the Month." Therefore, I voted for Random Pixels. His article was not only packed with interesting details about Sam Cooke's history in Miami, but it also taught me about the process of naming streets after people, which is something I've always wondered about.
Tough choice between Random Pixel's plea on behalf of the great Sam Cooke and LP's Della Humphrey interview, but I gave my vote to Long Play for the investigative aspect of the post. Also, for introducing me to a Miami artist I had never heard of.
This was a real tough choice. It came down to RP's post on Sam Cooke and LP's post on Della Humphrey. Both were fantastic posts and gave a nice look at Miami's music scene of yesterday, the type of music that seems to be nearly nonexistent here today. Although I like the music of Cooke a bit more, LP's detailed post of persistence paid off when Ms Humphrey granted him the interview. I thought that was just awesome. My vote went to LP with a tip of the cap to RP for a post well done.
South Florida Lawyers:
Tough choices, but who can argue with naming a street after the great Sam Cooke?
Hello, I'm Scott:
Near impossible this time, really. All of them deserve the title, in my opinion. Was interesting to read the details of Carlos' trial, though the outcome wasn't a real shock, based on the details surrounding the case that he kept us informed of along the way. Random Pixels and Long Play Miami did great pieces on Sam and Della. And I honestly loved the story behind both of them. Just fascinating and told well. Transit Miami brought to light an issue that should raise eyebrows today, though, for everyone in the area. And for that reason alone, I voted for them. Great and informative reads, one and all.
Bark Bark Woof Woof:
Tough choices this month, but since I grew up listening to R&B as an integral part of my music education, Sam Cooke has a very special place in my heart.
So there you go. Carlos Miller is on a role, I'd say.
You can view all the nominees here and check out all the past SFDB Posts of the Month at the bottom of the right sidebar.