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Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Inevitable Concession Post

Well, we all knew this post was coming.  :-)

On Friday evening the polls closed on the final round of voting for the Weblog Awards... and not surprisingly, the best man won. 

Since 'discovering' him back in July during the Lebanon war, I have been an avid reader of the Sandmonkey's blog.  It is, admittedly, a bit humbling to see someone from outside the country routinely demonstrate a better grasp of local events than we Israelis... but that is exactly what I said was happening back then... and continue to say today.

Does this mean I always agree with the Sandmonkey?  Of course not!

But there is something refreshing about reading someone who isn't personally invested in either the Palestinian or Israeli myths/legends that always seem to crop up whenever the ongoing conflict is discussed.  It is also instructive to have an Arab writer (albeit one who was educated in the west) taking Israeli and Palestinian extremist to task with equal fervor... and humor.

No, this is one race in which I was delighted to have been the runner-up.  We Israeli bloggers can certainly learn a lot from Mr. Sandmonkey... and I, for one, intend to study the lessons well.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2006 Weblog Awards: The bloggers who wrote (and continue to write)... the voters who voted... and of course, the loyal readers who continue to show up every day to make sure we navel-gazers don't end up sounding like a bunch of lunatics talking to ourselves.


Posted by David Bogner on December 17, 2006 | Permalink


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second is good...second is amazing...but tsvishen uns...sandmonkey is good, but there is only ONE treppenwitz...bravo trepp, bravo!!!

Posted by: marallyn | Dec 17, 2006 7:45:43 PM

I read sandmonkey pretty regularly. He's much more political than you so I get more jollies. I also give him more sh*t than I EVER give you. Problem is with sandmonkey is he's an immoral little puke. That is also why he is more popular. He's a blogwhore.

Posted by: Scott Fleming | Dec 17, 2006 9:33:05 PM

You're late for Photo Friday.


Posted by: Account Deleted | Dec 17, 2006 11:56:56 PM

HI there-- well I had never heard of your blog, but I will be reading you from now on, after the Sandmonkey and the Big Pharoe...congrats on 2nd too..kel

Posted by: kelly | Dec 18, 2006 1:08:39 AM

Well done.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 18, 2006 2:03:56 AM

You did great! : ) Am looking forward to continued greatness in the future! ; )

Posted by: Irina | Dec 18, 2006 6:56:35 AM

Is this the point where I apologise for only having voted twice?

Anyway- I'm still pretty impressed. Bet you predicted nothing of the kind way back when you began your blog... Yasherkoyach

Posted by: PP | Dec 18, 2006 9:39:13 AM


You are a good man and a demonstrate the kind of sportsmanship that I admire. That's why I keep coming back to read more.

Best wishes to you family,


Posted by: christopher | Dec 18, 2006 11:28:11 AM

marallyn... Just call me Avis. :-)

Scott... Yikes, how do you really feel about him? ;-)

a. ... It'll be up any minute... hold on! :-)

kelly... Why thank you... welcome aboard.

Jack... No, I prefer medium rare... but thanks.

Irina... Considering I didn't even know I was in the race until I made the finals I don't know how I could possibly top this! :-)

PP... If I knew then what I know now... :-)

christopher... Kind of you to say. It's easy to be a gracious loser with competition like this. Now, if 'd been beaten by a jerk I don't know what I would have written. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Dec 18, 2006 3:50:31 PM

Thanks scott! :)

Posted by: The Sandmonkey | Dec 19, 2006 1:29:53 AM

Well actually sandmonkey I HAVE noticed you behaving in a bit more mature manner lately. Pressure of wide public scrutiny haveing its effects? Guess we won't be seeing naked Lebanese girls on your site any more. No ... please don't. I like the grown-up sandmonkey much better. I have to give you credit for doing what you can to make a difference in your country.

Posted by: Scott Fleming | Dec 19, 2006 8:17:13 PM

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