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Thursday, December 07, 2006

OK, when did THAT happen?!

I hate to sound obtuse, but when the heck did treppenwitz get nominated for the 2006 Weblog Awards, much less advance to the Finals?!

I wouldn't have even known about this (what with having sworn off checking stats for a while), but Omri of 'Mere Rhetoric' sent me a thoughtful email giving me the good news.

Look, I don't mean to go all Sally Fields on you here but... YOU GUUUUUYS! [presses lips together and fights back tears]

There are about 45 categories of blogs in this thing, with each category containing ten finalists.  Somehow, treppenwitz ended up a finalist in the 'Best Middle East or African Blog' and one of only two Jblogs in the category, along with 'Elder of Ziyon' (and the only Israeli blog).

I feel like a complete poseur waking up here in the finalist box... but it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that I'll end up dead last, since I'm:

a) a citizen of the evil spawn of the Great Satan

b) not able to garner the sympathy vote like bloggers who can wave around an active civil war, genocide, or similar local tragedy on their blogs.

c)  a daddy-blogger who ends up nearly drowning every time I wade into the shallow end of the politics pool.

d) moderately famous among only dozens! [to paraphrase the tag-line from one of my favorite bloggers]

Even if the JIBs (Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards) would have taken place again this year I had sort of decided that I wasn't going to participate.  I figured that besides letting some of the up-and-coming Jblogs out there have their moment in the sun, I really didn't enjoy all the anxiety of watching the voting process unfold.

Yet, here I am in another horse race.  A race that will last 10 anxiety-filled days!

So here's what I propose. 

If you enjoy this site and want to spare me the shame of being at the absolute bottom of the dog-pile, please go cast your vote for treppenwitz. 

If you enjoy this site but don't really mind seeing me humiliated, go vote for Elder of Ziyon so that at least one of the Jblogs gets pulled up out of the mud. 

And lastly, if you don't care that much for either treppenwitz or Elder of Ziyon, go vote for the venerable Sandmonkey since (IMHO) he is one of the few Middle Eastern writers (he's Egyptian) who has the guts to tell the hard truths... ALL of them.

Thank you to whoever nominated me, and to the powers that inexplicably decided I should be a finalist. 

[Update:  It was just brought to my attention that Beth of 'Blue Star Chronicles' was the one who tossed my name into the hat.  Thanks Beth!]

I'd also like to thank the members of The Academy... and my parents... and my manager... and my publicist... [cue the orchestra as the ushers come to guide me gently (but firmly) off stage].

You can vote once a day for the next [gulp] ten days.  The link to the site is on the graphic below.

The 2006 Weblog Awards


Posted by David Bogner on December 7, 2006 | Permalink


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Posted by: Rafi G | Dec 7, 2006 1:40:30 PM

BTW, it is very uncleare and diffcult to find on that site where and how to vote. I would suggest you either give instructions or,as suggested in the forums over there, that you change the link of the image they gave you to point to the actual page to vote for you....

Posted by: Rafi G | Dec 7, 2006 1:47:41 PM

Congrats!! At the time I've written this, voting has not been set-up yet.

Posted by: seawitch | Dec 7, 2006 2:41:06 PM

Congratulations David.

Posted by: westbankmama | Dec 7, 2006 2:51:43 PM


I share your bewilderment, happiness, and conviction that I'm coming in dead last.

Good luck!

Posted by: Elder of Ziyon | Dec 7, 2006 3:00:13 PM

You’ve got my vote Trep… you cover the ‘or African Blog' part of my interests. :-)

Posted by: Rami | Dec 7, 2006 3:39:34 PM

Good luck!

Posted by: Essie | Dec 7, 2006 6:23:15 PM

Rats. I was hoping to make the finals in the most likely to drive an ice cream truck category.

Ok, stupid inside joke aside, congratulations.

The Shack did make it as a finalist in a different category too.

Somehow one Jblogger or another is going to win something.

Good luck.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 7, 2006 6:36:39 PM

Yes, Sally, we like you. We REALLY LIKE you.

I know it was just nerves that made you forget to thank your creative services director.

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Dec 7, 2006 8:11:26 PM

Good luck and don't forget our very own Yaakov Kirschen in the Best Comic Strip category. :)

Posted by: jennifer | Dec 7, 2006 8:47:54 PM

I just discovered you, thanks to Ellison and the Awards, and I like what I'm seeing . . . 'Would like to vote for both you and Sandmonkey. Should I vote for each on alternative days or just you start to finish?

If I vote for you, will you vote for me in the Best of the Top 250 Blogs category?

Posted by: Sissy Willis | Dec 7, 2006 11:28:03 PM

Congrats. Saw the mention at Elisson's place.

Posted by: Jim - PRS | Dec 7, 2006 11:32:02 PM

OK. *in a thoughtful voice* So if I divide 10 days by 3 excellent bloggers, that means they each get 3 days. And then, I have a choice of either voting for one of them and breaking the tie, or voting for someone different to be fair, or abstaining or..

Er... where was I?

Anyway, congratulations! That's great news! : )

Posted by: Irina | Dec 7, 2006 11:53:26 PM

This is a fantastic blog, always has been (yeah, since the very beginning of time) and it totally deserves to win anything. Good luck, and I hope the prize is something really cool :)

Posted by: Alice Bachini-Smith | Dec 8, 2006 12:10:47 AM

Congratulations! You deserve it. I don't go a day without reading your posts. I will vote for you, my friend!

Posted by: Tracey | Dec 8, 2006 12:53:37 AM

Yes, congratulations and you definitly deserve it!!

Posted by: beth | Dec 8, 2006 6:13:08 AM

Congrats... it's well-deserved for your interesting and entertaining regular posts.

Posted by: mercurial scribe | Dec 8, 2006 9:14:29 AM

Just curious, other than global recognition, is there any other prizes that go to the winner?

Posted by: jaime | Dec 8, 2006 3:52:12 PM

I promise not to vote for you. One whiff of success and -- boom! -- you'll be taking out a second mortgage to fund the limosines and caviar.

You spoke awhile back of your stats spike when you got off-topic and started opining on Hamas' little war thingy this summer.

Well, I'd like to tell any new readers out there what I learned: come for the war, but stay for the day-to-day miniature portraits of life!

Oh, and good luck on that Not Getting a Big Head thing.

P.S.: Get those coat-tails ready! I'm jumping on!

Posted by: wrymouth | Dec 9, 2006 7:16:02 AM

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