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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Thank You

The final results of the JIB awards were announced… and there were a few surprises:

Best Overall 'Mega' Blog
1st Little Green Footballs
2nd Power Line
3rd  Winds of Change

Best Overall Blog
1st  Meryl Yourish
2nd Jewschool
3rd  Jewlicious

Best New Blog 2004
1st  Jewlicious
2nd Treppenwitz
3rd  My Urban Kvetch

Best Group Blog
1st  Jewschool
2nd Jewlicious
3rd  Israpundit

Best Humor Blog
1st  Protein Wisdom
2nd My Urban Kvetch
3rd  Dov Bear

Best Designed Blog
1st  Jewschool
2nd Jewlicious
3rd  The View From Here

Best 'Life in Israel' Blog
1st  On the Face; Treppenwitz (Tie)
2nd  Chayyei Sarah
3rd  An Unsealed Room

Best Israel Advocacy Blog
1st Little Green Footballs
2nd  Jewlicious
3rd  Jewschool

Best Politics, Current Affairs, and Academia Blog
1st  Sha
2nd  Bloghead
3rd Daniel Pipes

Best Personal Blog
1st  Ari Goes Down
2nd  Treppenwitz
3rd  JewView

Best Jewish Religion Blog
1st   Musings of a Jewish Soul
2nd  Hirhurim
3rd  Bloghead

Best Jewish Culture Blog
1st    Sha
2nd  Jewschool
3rd  Jewlicious

Best Post by a Jewish Blogger
1st    "Meirav was Two" - Meryl Yourish
2nd  "Young and Old Keep Making Aliyah" - Kumah
3rd  "Things My Shaliach Never Told Me" - Chayyei Sarah

Best Series by a Jewish Blogger
1st    "Friday Miscellaneous Pop Culture Entry" - Sha
2nd  "Singles Shabbaton Chronicles" - Chayyei Sarah
3rd  "Photo Friday" - Treppenwitz

I don’t know what to say, except are you kidding me???

There can only be one explanation for an upstart like treppenwitz taking a gold, two silvers and a bronze amongst a field of much bigger, better and more established blogs/journals: Most of the people who voted must be residents of Dade and Broward counties in Florida. Nothing else makes sense!

In all seriousness, this was a fantastic few weeks of discovery for me.

I discovered so many wonderful new (to me) blogs and journals that I'm going to have to completely revamp my ‘Good Readin’ list.

I discovered that my readers don’t take direction very well (I seem to remember giving you clear instructions about who really deserved your votes!).

I discovered that when all is said and done… there is still a tremendous amount that remains to be said… and done.

Thanks again to Dave of Israellycool for all his hard work. Thank you to all the talented writers who keep their readership informed and entertained, day after day. And thank you to all the people who surf their way through the Jewish Blogosphere each day for giving us a reason to write.

Here's to another year of sharing our thoughts... and mingling with our heroes.

Posted by David Bogner on February 15, 2005 | Permalink


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Congrats, David. I knew you when...

Posted by: Chuck | Feb 16, 2005 12:05:37 AM

Mazal tov!!

Posted by: Rahel | Feb 16, 2005 12:10:10 AM

Congratulations David!

Posted by: Steve Bogner | Feb 16, 2005 12:15:19 AM

Actually, it's Palm Beach County :)

Posted by: ACF | Feb 16, 2005 1:06:35 AM

Three cheers for treppenwitz!


Posted by: Doctor Bean | Feb 16, 2005 1:07:04 AM

Good job, you should be proud of yourself.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 16, 2005 1:28:28 AM

Congratulations! I am really pleased with the on the face/ treppenwitz tie in "best life in Israel blog". I myself decided not to vote, cause I couldn't choose between the two, LOL.

Posted by: Maria | Feb 16, 2005 1:37:32 AM

Oh, and put up your medals. C'mon, enough of this modesty stuff. Your fans demand to see them!

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Feb 16, 2005 2:37:47 AM

Congratulations on the great showing! I love that your blog is so positive about life - none of the sarcasm, jadedness, and foul language that is so rampant in personal blogs. You manage to inform and entertain without these crutches. So thanks for the blog, especially that amazing photo of the candy stand at the shuk!!!!!!!

Posted by: David's Ima | Feb 16, 2005 7:04:10 AM

great job!
mazal tov!

Posted by: timna | Feb 16, 2005 7:48:03 AM

And, may I add my personal congratulations, job well done?! Carol

Posted by: Carol Feldman | Feb 16, 2005 8:39:45 AM

Chuck... Your influence was felt here long before you 'knew' me. Kudos to one of my blogfathers. Looking forward to seeing the photos when your skir..., um I mean Kilt arrives.

Rahel... Next year we have to get the JIBS to add a 'Best Musical Blog' to the awards. Thanks.

Steve... At some point I'm going to have to point out to everyone that you and I are not related. Otherwise you might find yourself invited to the annual family Hannukah gathering. :-) Thanks for the good wishes.

ACF... Thanks for setting me straight. If that's the case I'm surprised Pat Buchanan didn't have a better showing in the JIBs.

Doctor Bean... Given my freakishly strong showing at the polls, I should probably ask you privately how many Internet Cafes you had to visit in order to cast so many votes for me? :-) As to my 'Medals', Dave of Israellycool didn't send me mine. I'm sure he assumed my wife would have given them to me directly. Not so much.

Jack... Proud... no. Humbled... yes. Considering the 'Boutique' appeal of my wildly varying subject matter, I'm surprised I have been able to hold on to any readers. I promise I'm really not trying to do a 'Sally Fields' thing here ("You like me! You really like me!!!").

I started treppenwitz with the assumption that if I pestered my family and close friends into logging on once in awhile I would be able to get out of the painful task of sending out those chatty little 'update emails' that nobody will admit to not reading. See mom... laziness does sometimes pay off! :-)

Maria/Hatshepsut... Not to turn this into a mutual admiration society or anything, but your site has quickly become the 'must visit' source of all things pro-Israel. I admit that I still don't completely understand what Israel did to deserve your unwavering support, but I'm glad that it caused our paths to cross.

David's Ima... Thanks for the good wishes. I hope little David Daniel has recovered from his recent encounter with the mohel. [shudder]

Timna... Thanks! By the way, I was especially impressed with the way you and your husband seem to communicate on your blog (over the bedroom/study thing). I have to try that! :-)

Carol... I'm assuming that roughly half of my votes were due to you organizing a 'get-out-the-vote' campaign in your lovely community (the other half of the votes coming of course from Doctor Bean). Thanks for your support and encouragement. By the way, how is the painting going? I expect a private showing when your 'shuk' watercolors are completed.

Posted by: David | Feb 16, 2005 9:20:54 AM

Congratulations. Germany also voted for you.

Posted by: sandra | Feb 16, 2005 10:04:14 AM

Sandra... Good lord... the entire country?! That seems unlikely (given how close the final score was). Although maybe my worhty opponents we backed by other similarly poulated European countries... yes that might explain it. :-) Seriously, thank you for being an important part of why I write.

Posted by: David | Feb 16, 2005 10:57:24 AM


Did you not receive the logos? I sent them this morning.

Posted by: Dave | Feb 16, 2005 11:21:02 AM

Congratulations! Your excellent writing makes this a daily stop for me.

Posted by: Gail | Feb 16, 2005 1:33:36 PM

You the man. And your wife is quite talented as well.

Posted by: Alice | Feb 16, 2005 3:07:31 PM

Dave... I got them. My email is just really slow today for some reason. Thanks.

Gail... I appreciate the compliment. Crossing the Rubicon2 is required reading for me as well. Thanks for keeping me informed (although I'm still getting crushed under traffic from people looking for the song about 'you know who' the little 'you know what'). :-)

Alice... You're very kind. Thanks for being part of the conversation.

Posted by: David | Feb 16, 2005 4:05:56 PM

My husband doesn't read my blog: too much English. Hebrew is still the language of our lives, though the kids slip away until the summer in Israel re-immerses them.

Posted by: timna | Feb 16, 2005 5:09:51 PM

Jack... Proud... no. Humbled... yes. Considering the 'Boutique' appeal of my wildly varying subject matter, I'm surprised I have been able to hold on to any readers.

You shouldn't be surprised. You touch upon many stories and issues that people can relate to, and you present it in an interesting and easy to read fashion.

That is a good thing, there are a lot of people who are unable to make that happen.

Posted by: Jack | Feb 16, 2005 5:46:59 PM

Congrats! I really like your blog; you shouldn't be so surprised that you won.

Posted by: Essie | Feb 16, 2005 5:53:16 PM

Timna... I'm still getting to know you through your blog. It sounds like there is an interesting back-story that I'm missing. No problem though... I like when a story reveals itself a little at a time. May I ask where in Israel you guys summer?

Jack & Essie... I'm surprised by almost every part of this process. I sit down in front of the computer, often without the faintest idea of what I feel like saying, and 15-20 minutes later I'm spellchecking a finished blog entry. Granted I toss out almost as many entries as I publish, but I'm always a little stunned at what my mind spits out through my fingers. Also, I'm always surprised that things I find interesting are of interest to others. Let's just say this has not always been the case. :-) And lastly, I am always surprised at the one or two details that people will invariably zero in on. Without fail it is something that I considered to be inconsequential.

Posted by: David | Feb 16, 2005 9:55:18 PM

Congradufabulations, David! I must say you deserve every award. Because you, m'dear, do indeed rock.

As Chuck said, I too can say I knew you when...

Posted by: Carol | Feb 17, 2005 1:09:49 AM

"(although I'm still getting crushed under traffic from people looking for the song about 'you know who' the little 'you know what'). :-)"

Yes - it hasn't stopped on my blog either. Just amazing the number of folks looking for that silly song.

That'll teach you to link to me. ; )

Posted by: Gail | Feb 17, 2005 1:23:40 AM

We spend summers with the kids' grandparents in Beer Sheva and a kibbutz in the western negev. Maybe we'll meet this summer?

Posted by: timna | Feb 17, 2005 5:54:22 AM

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