JIB Awards 2005: Hear Me Roar Well

For the second year in a row, I find myself having to write a JIB-related post that I wish was not necessary.

 

You see, it seems that there are plenty of people out there who take the competition aspect too far. There are blog readers who leave snarky comments at blogs who have been requesting votes in the JIBs (and even those not really requesting votes). And there are bloggers who have seen it necessary to either disparage other competing blogs, or send their readers to skew the results by voting for selected blogs that conform to their ideology.

 

Of course, there have also been those who have tried to taint the entire awards with their baseless accusation and petty jealousies, but I have already devoted wasted enough time on them.

 

Well I’ll be damned if these ninkenpoops are going to spoil the months of hard work the Jerusalem Post and I have invested in this endeavour.

 

The JIB awards were conceived as a fun way to bring attention to the plethora of Jewish, Israeli, and pro-Israel blogs out there, which I consider absolutely necessary in light of the mainstream media bias against Israel (and, to some extent, Jews). The voting aspect is a means to an end, the end being to attract readers to the web pages listing the participating blogs, clicking on the links, and visiting them. This is why the voting is left to the readers, and not a panel of judges as some people (who have entirely missed the point) have suggested.

 

Now pay attention to what I am saying. The results themselves are irrelevant. They may not necessarily be indicative of the quality or worth of the blog. They may very well only be indicative of the blogger’s readership, or their ability to garner support.

 

I have been asked for my opinion on the tactics of some bloggers who have been very competitive. As far as I am concerned, it is not against the spirit of the awards to ask for votes, even when it involves emailing your family, friends, and acquaintances. What I ask though, is that you encourage them to not just visit the site and vote for you, but to visit the site, look at the wide range of blogs in all categories, visit the ones that seem appealing – and then vote for you. This is a great way to bring more readership to the blogs. Think about it. If most of the participant blogs sent such an email to only 10 of their friends, then this could result in thousands more visitors to the site, and potentially increase the traffic of many participating blogs.

 

This is also the reason why many of you need to be rejoicing at the inclusion of certain “big name” blogs, rather than lamenting this fact. When they promote the JIBs on their sites, they are sending thousands of readers to the voting pages. I won’t pretend that in many – if not most – cases, their readers are merely voting for them and leaving immediately, but I am sure, in some cases, there are readers taking the time to check out the other participating blogs.

 

Some of you have to think outside the box and see that you can all be winners in this competition. And that has absolutely nothing to do with receiving one of the logos for top three placegetter.

 

You can quote me on that.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

comments

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree more, Dave. And thanks again for all your hard work.

  • Anonymous

    Very well said Dave. I have to tell you, I admire your fortitude and integrity with these awards. I also think you accomplish so well that which you ultimately set out to do and that is promote Jewish bloggery. I am sorry that I have to feel the way I feel. I did try not to this year. I just wish everyone IN the contest would have to get a user’s manual so they, too, could get what you’ve said here. The votes mean NOTHING! It’s the fact that you’re helping drive people through the J-sphere that means everything.

    Z at Matzah and Marinara (www.matzahandmarinara.com ) (formerly JewView)

  • Anonymous

    Nicely said, Dave. Good points.

  • Anonymous

    Here Dave provides further ammunition that the purpose of JIBA is to promote a “pro-Israel” ideological goal. Not to mention that he’s finally cottoned on to the fact that LGF is going to win whatever category he’s in because mediocrity with mass readership is gonna win JIBA every time.

    All of your readers including Dave himself are welcome to come visit & raise a ruckus as you did last time.

  • Anonymous

    You still on about this? You clearly are just trying to drive traffic to your site. I encourage my readers to ignore this latest begging for attention, and not visit your site.

  • Anonymous

    Richard,

    You are not going to be happy unless you can play the victim, are you.

  • Anonymous

    Dave,

    Last year’s contest was really a great opportunity for me to find a lot of blogs that I would not have otherwise read. Several of them, including some that did not go on to become “winners”, I still read.

    So, when my blog got nominated in three categories (and I do not know how that process worked), I was very excited. Naturally, I told everyone, and proudly posted the nominee graphic. I am even more proud that, in the category that most mattered to me, Israel Advocacy, I made it to the final round of voting.

    It does not matter to me that also in this category are blogs that have more readers online at most hours of the day than I have all day. To be recognized in such company is an honor.

    This may sound like I simply am trolling for votes, but I am not. In fact, today I went an posted a long message extolling the virtues some of the “competition”.

    Besides, my traffic has gone up, and that is good. It is good for me, because, although I was writing the same amount when I had ten readers a week, I would rather have more. It is good for Jblogs in general, because I link to others, including some I do not always agree with.

    The first time I stumbled across Israellycool was when I was reading someone’s rant and decided the site they were ranting about sounded better than their site. I have forgotten what the other site was, but I doubt they are partnered with the Jerusalem Post.

    I want you to know that some of us really appreciate what you have done, the work and time you have put in, and the irritation you have suffered. I am sorry you have to put up with so many of the web’s little irritants (what I call chiggers). I hope you realize that they are not the majority, just the noisiest, sometimes.

    So, thank you, again. No matter if I get another vote or not or if I am ever nominated again, I am looking forward to next year’s awards.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all the hard work Dave! And great move NOT showing the results anymore until voting is completed. I thought it should have been done that way all along. It will keep things a little more relaxed this way. BTW any chance in producing a “Finalist” gif like you did last year – for those that made it to the finals? Kol Tuv!

  • Anonymous

    I just realize only “best series” is not working. Is it broken?

  • Anonymous

    What do you mean by not working. The best series is the best ain’t that what it sounds like ? how can it be broken.