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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

I voted (did you?)

Remember… if you don’t vote, the terrorists win!


In case you hadn’t heard, the JIB Awards (Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards) are underway over here.

I’ve been chastised by some of my readers for not making mention of the awards during the nomination round a few weeks ago. At the time my excuse was that I had no idea which category might be broad enough to contain my unwieldy subject matter, so I decided to say nothing.

In the end I was nominated by some very nice people in the following categories:

Best New Blog 2004

Best ‘Life in Israel’ Blog

Best Personal Blog

Best Series by a Jewish Blogger (for Photo Friday)

Then I got more grief from the same readers (as well as my wife) for not mentioning the awards during last week’s preliminary round of voting. To be more specific, some readers were bothered that I hadn’t mentioned the awards… and my wife was miffed because I used up our one vote (both our computers use the same IP address) on blogs other than my own.

I responded to the readers who wanted me to post a plug for treppenwitz that I was uncomfortable with the "vote for me… vote for me" aspect of the awards. As I understand it, the goal of the awards was to draw reader’s attention to blogs that might otherwise have gone unnoticed… not just to reward the most popular blogs.

As for dealing with the flack from my wife… I agreed to let her cast our collective home vote as she wished, and I would vote my conscience from work.

Well, I’m a bit stunned to find that treppenwitz is a finalist in all four of the categories for which it was nominated. This is particularly amazing to me because my journal doesn’t fit well into any of the four categories. It is a trapezoid peg that a lot of good-hearted people seem hell-bent on shoving into a round hole.

Another issue that had me casting my vote for others is the simple fact that in each category there are at least one or two blogs that are far better written than mine.

Don’t get me wrong… if there had been a category for ‘Best overly-optimistic, stream-of consciousness blog lacking a central theme or structure and which makes far too frequent… and mostly incorrect use of ellipses (not to mention parenthetical asides)’then I would be out actively campaigning!

But since the powers-that-be wisely decided not to create that perfect category for treppenwitz, I feel honor bound to tell you about some of the folks who deserve your vote:

Best New Blog:

Chayei Sara is a sensitive, compelling read that conveys its message with humor, sarcasm and occasionally tears. Sarah puts herself out there for all to see, and has single-handedly put a face on the pain of being single.

Random Thoughts, otherwise known as Jack’s Shack, is an honest, straightforward, no-holds-barred look at the world through Jack’s eyes. He is a talented, prolific writer who even occasionally audioblogs (yes, you actually get to hear his random thoughts in his own voice).

Best ‘Life in Israel’ Blog:

On the Face is a journal written by Lisa, a young, witty Tel Avivian. She nails things with a journalist’s eye for detail without the typical journalist’s detachment or self-importance. She is a central character in her compelling story and is not afraid to portray herself as human. I actually wish she had started posting her most recent ‘How Lisa Came to Israel’ series before the nominations because that would have been a shoe-in for the ‘Best Series by a Jewish Blogger’ category.

Not a Fish is an extremely well written blog that allows the reader a glimpse at the often-conflicted views of an Anglo who has had the benefit of having lived in Israel since elementary school. Politics… literature… parenting… religion… nothing is out-of-bounds. The author, who writes under the name Imshin, is one of the original Anglo-Israeli bloggers.

The View From Here… the name says it all. Harry pulls no punches when discussing Israel’s place in the world… its culture (or lack-thereof)… and of course its television shows. The straight dope from a straight shooter.

I would add Allison’s ‘Unsealed Room’, but she is more correctly placed in the Best Israel Advocacy Blog category (why she wasn’t also nominated for the Best Politics, Current Affairs, Academic Blog category I’ll never know!).

Best Personal Blog:

Chez Miscarriage. It doesn’t get more personal than this folks. Besides being a fantastic writer, this lady (she calls herself GetupGrrl) makes her readers laugh, cry and rant along with her at every turn in her quest to have a baby.

I’m a huge fan of other blogs in this category such as Celestial Blue and Chayei Sarah… but I’m sorry, nobody comes close to Chez Miscarriage. It was just bad luck that the rest of us have to compete with that kind of greatness.

Best Series by a Jewish Blogger:

Here again, there are just too many good one’s from which to choose!

Harry’s hilarious commentary on the ‘Ambassador’ TV series is priceless… pure gold. I’ve never seen the show, but I wouldn’t dream of missing one of Harry’s posts about it. That should tell you something about the way this guy writes.

‘Pop Culture Entry’ is an ongoing Friday phenomenon over at Shai’s place. These aren’t some dashed-off movie reviews or half-baked cultural observations. Shai spends G-d knows how many hours compiling a truly scholarly weekly dose of Israeli culture. The only way you could learn more about old Israeli Movies and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories of the Israeli entertainment and political arena (hard to separate the two, actually) than reading Shai’ pop culture entries would be to actually grow up here.

‘Shabbat’ was not a long-lived series, but it was compelling none-the-less. It was Sarah’s diary entries for the singles shabbaton from hell. For two breathless days, the entire Jewish blogosphere cringed in unison as Sarah described the horrible things to which singles must subject themselves in order to try to find their soul mates. Plenty of frogs in this story…and a decided lack of princes.

Well… what are you still doing here? Go vote! 219_12

Posted by David Bogner on February 8, 2005 | Permalink


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David, I think that people are voting for you because they really like reading your blog - and rightly so. I would also say that people are attracted to your obviously generous and kind nature - as manifested, for example, in your taking the time to write these thoughtful, warm comments about other people's blogs - including mine. Thank you so much for what you wrote. It means a lot to me.

Posted by: Lisa | Feb 8, 2005 12:57:27 PM

Well, we are both kind natured. Actually, that's not true. I'm quite grumpy. But anyway, thanks for the kind words David. I rarely get feedback and coming from you - one of my favorite bloggers (or journalers!) it means a hell of a lot. Respect.

Posted by: harry | Feb 8, 2005 1:28:03 PM

" but I’m sorry, nobody comes close to Chez Miscarriage"

OUCH!!! not even *close*??
tsk. and here I voted for you, despite the fact that you're slaughtering hte rest of us.

Posted by: celestial blue | Feb 8, 2005 3:22:15 PM

Lisa... No, thank YOU for the compliment. I finally understand what the actors mean when they say 'it is an honor just to be nominatet'.

Harry... feedback is what comes out of badly placed speakers... I was paying you a well deserved compliment. :-)

Celestial... I lumped myself in with those who 'were not even close'. If Chez Miscarriage doesn't win I'm calling for a recount!

Posted by: David | Feb 8, 2005 3:44:16 PM

A trapezoid peg in a round hole - I love it! And I certainly enjoy reading your blog the past couple months.

Some nice blog-friends nominated me for a Catholic blog award, and I was surprised I made the cut for the final round too. I just had to chuckle at the thought of people voting for my blog in the 'most insightful' category. People find my writing 'insightful'? I suppose one man's blather must be another's insight...

Posted by: Steve Bogner | Feb 8, 2005 3:49:04 PM

A trapezoid peg in a round hole
Yes. Specifically, I'd say your blog is a rhombus. That's what keeps me coming back.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Feb 8, 2005 4:45:34 PM

Hi David,

Just wanted to say thank you for the kind words. I enjoy your blog too and tend to check it out throughout the day, in part because of your insights and comments as well as the other readers.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 8, 2005 5:34:19 PM

David, I'd vote for your blog even if you weren't my brother. However, the fact that you are, makes it that much more special. You should be very proud of yourself. Love reading the comments from your fan base! (and I knew you way back when!!! ;) )

Posted by: val | Feb 8, 2005 5:45:43 PM

Steve... I have to admit, as surprised as I was to be nominated for the JIB awards, I would have been shocked speechless if the Catholic Blog Awards had singled me out for recognition. :-) In all seriousness, you should be very proud. We both seem to have readers with incredibly low standards. :-)

Doctor Bean... Yes, a rhombus would have been a better word. That's one of those words that sounds enough like rumpus that one can't help but giggle.

Jack... The comments are my favorite part (even more enjoyable than writing the original posts). You never know where the thread will lead.

Val... I'll bet you say that to all your brothers.

Posted by: David | Feb 8, 2005 5:59:16 PM

Jack... The comments are my favorite part (even more enjoyable than writing the original posts). You never know where the thread will lead.

All together now, "It's a Long Way to Tipperary......."

Posted by: Jack | Feb 8, 2005 7:46:27 PM

I think I will nominate you for the J-blogger that uses the worst computer monitor...

Posted by: Geoff | Feb 8, 2005 8:05:59 PM

Is that blue ink on your nail or is it the monitor's reflection? This picture gives the whole concept of "voting for fav blogs" a totally different perspective...

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Feb 8, 2005 8:40:08 PM

Jack... I want to hear that on an audioblog!

Geoff... My home monitor is much nicer... really!

Mademoiselle a. ... I inked up my finger to suggest that whole Iraqi voting thing, but it seems to have been lost on everyone!!! Oh well.

Posted by: David | Feb 8, 2005 9:03:00 PM

Jack... I want to hear that on an audioblog!

I'l try and remember to have a little whiskey before I hit that one. One day I will get out there and sing for you, but believe me, it WILL hurt you more than it hurts me. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Feb 8, 2005 9:39:14 PM

OK, so I was going to say something really disgusting about your finger. There was a picture on the frontpage of the Monitor of the purple fingers and members of Congress who dipped their fingers in solidarity.

And of course I voted for your blog.

Posted by: Alice | Feb 9, 2005 1:15:26 AM

wonderful list of blogs.
thanks for the tour.

Posted by: timna | Feb 9, 2005 7:17:56 AM

Jack... I'll take my chances [passes Jack a bottle of Jim Beam].

Alice... thank you for your vote. I promise that if elected I will deliver an extra 15 minutes of recess and a 30% reduction in homework! :-)

Timna... Glad you enjoyed the list [as much as I do]. I incourage you to check out all of the people who are up for JIBs... there really isn't a bad one in the lot. The only limit (as always) is time.

Posted by: David | Feb 9, 2005 9:34:42 AM

Jack... I'll take my chances [passes Jack a bottle of Jim Beam].

Okayyyyyyyyyyyy, I'll get the pipes warmed up and get back to you. Actually did a little singing on the last one, but maybe I'll really let her rip with some kind of '80s power ballad.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 9, 2005 10:27:26 AM

Well, again, you have to forgive me. Things really seem to sink in on me -- I am being trained to ask and ask before encoding a thing for myself: He is going.- Who is going? - The servant is going. - Where is he going? - He is going to the field. - Any attributes? - The servant is going to the great field.

I can say I am afraid this is a habit I'll be picking up for the rest of my life. wah.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Feb 9, 2005 11:16:02 AM

madmoiselle a. ... But at least you'll be able to conjugate properly! I mean, you never know when you'll get into a heated discussion in Latin and have to dazzle some centurian with your command of his lingua franca. :-)

I know... I'm having a little too much fun at your expense. Enjoy your stay up north and do well in your studies. I don't expect you to be focused that closely on the nonsense here at treppenwitz.

Posted by: David | Feb 9, 2005 11:41:29 AM

bwaaaha. it's allright. i can use a little fun in larger doses.

just keep the moblogging requests coming in. grant me at least the illusion of sanity.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Feb 9, 2005 8:40:13 PM

Goodness me! Thank you for the kind words, David.

Posted by: Imshin | Feb 9, 2005 10:42:00 PM

mademoiselle a. ... I'll get to work dreaming up my next request. Now back to work! :-)

Imshin... No, 'kind' is telling a maiden aunt that she looks pretty in a dress that actually makes her look like a refrigerator. About you I was simply being honest.

Posted by: David | Feb 10, 2005 12:01:59 AM

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