Israellycool » JIB Awards Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:39:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Finals Are Upon Us Fri, 11 May 2007 01:57:19 +0000 The 2007 JIB Awards final votes have begun, and thanks to you, my readers, Israellycool has made it through in the following categories:
Best Jewish Humor Blog
Best Pro-Israel Advocacy Blog
Best Jewish Right-Wing Political Blog
Best Contribution / Jewish Blog that Made a Difference
Best Jewish Live Event Coverage Blog-Post

Since I achieved my objective of making it through to the finals, and increasing the exposure of this blog, I am not going to solicit for votes. I will ask you to check out the blogs on display, since you are bound to find a new worthwhile read.

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Getting Jibby With It Sun, 29 Apr 2007 17:40:43 +0000 Today’s the final day for voting in the first round of the 2007 Jewish and Israeli Blog (JIB) awards.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I would like this blog to make it in to the final round of voting, just so it can enjoy some increased exposure. After that, I really don’t care, since the “award” is not actually worth anything, and is not something I need as validation of what I am doing.
If you would like to help in my efforts to spread the word to a larger audience, please vote for Israellycool in the following categories.
And Be sure to click on the links of the other blogs on display, which catch your eye.
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Mandatory JIBs Post Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:35:40 +0000 As you probably already know, the 2007 Jewish and Israeli Blog awards are well under way. While there have been a number of hiccups, including the hacking of the JIBs website by a Turkish (Islamic?) group, and a hacking by someone obviously in need of a life, people generally seem to be getting in the right spirit of things.

If you haven’t done already, head on over to the JIBs website and check out the nominated blogs. You might just find a new regular read.

If you do intend on actually voting and you enjoy reading this blog, I encourage you to vote for this blog in the following categories:
Best Overall Blog
Best Humor Blog
Best Pro-Israel Advocacy Blog
Best Right Wing Political Blog
Best Contribution / Blog that Made a Difference

My goal is to have Israellycool make it through to the finals in all of these categories, which will give it more exposure. And for me, that is what these awards are about. So if you agree that it’s worth spreading a bit of Israellycool love, you know what you have to do.

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Jewish and Israeli Blog Discovery Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:33:04 +0000
First round voting for the 2007 Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards has commenced.


If you are interested in finding some new blogs, you can go to the main voting page, look at the blogs in all of the categories that interest you, and visit them via their hyperlinks.


And if you actually got to Israellycool for the first time by clicking on a link from one of the category voting pages, enjoy your stay.

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JIB Awards – Nominations Open Fri, 13 Apr 2007 17:44:00 +0000 I have been remiss not to point out that nominations for this year’s Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards are open.

Although I am no longer involved with running this competition, I encourage you to check out any nominated blogs that strike your fancy. After all, I conceived of the awards as a fun way to increase the exposure of pro-Israel and Jewish blogs, with the actual competition part a means to this end.

And if want to be more involved, you can always nominate your favorite blogs that qualify for any of the categories.

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We Interrupt Our Normal Programming.. Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:44:21 +0000 There are currently a number of posts and comments on a number of blogs accusing me of a number of things related to my past involvement with the Jewish and Israeli Blog (JIB) awards.

While I would love to ignore the comments and be the “bigger” person, the public nature of these comments is forcing me to respond, in order to clear my name.

1. Here is a past post detailing my reasons for starting these awards, as well as the reasons why I gave up my involvement.

I never started the awards for my own benefit, financial or otherwise. I truly saw the power of the internet, and its ability to do good. Being the idealistic fellow that I am, I was willing to volunteer much of my time towards this pursuit. Whether or not these awards achieved their stated purpose could be up for debate. But my motives are not.

I have never expected gratitude for doing this. Neither did I expect to be accused of – amongst other things – corruption, narcissism, lying, and posting on the Jewish Sabbath.

2. Here is a past post detailing why I asked Israel Forum to dissociate their awards from the JIBs. The decision had nothing to do with me “losing control” over the awards. I honestly do not want any control over these awards anymore. I am done with them. That is why I asked for volunteers to take over in the first place. Israel Forum was one such volunteer, but they morphed the awards into something which I felt did not serve the purposes for which they were created. Now there is a new group trying to organize the awards, and my involvement is solely restricted to rebutting the nasty allegations against me.

To those of you who feel the need to drag my name through the mud, pehaps you need reminding that this blog is not the work of some lifeless, unfeeling robot. Just like you, I am flesh and blood, with a life outside of this medium, and family and friends who read blogs and their comments. Your lies can do damage, and that is why I feel compelled to post on this.

If you do not know what I am talking about, I am glad…and sorry for boring the pants off you with this post.

If you do know what I am talking about, I’m sorry you’ve been exposed to the petty and malicious posts/comments on the subject…and sorry for boring the pants off you with this post.

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2007 JIB Awards – Full Steam Ahead Fri, 23 Feb 2007 18:39:53 +0000 The Third Annual Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards are on their way. The dedicated organizers have already put together a spanking new website, and seem to be progressing along nicely.

But of course, as Bagel Blogger explains, help would be nice.

We have managed to gain some good corporate Sponsors, more are needed.

Each day we sail forward solving navigation problems with our sextant, maintaining direction, resolving programing problems and trying to foresee other complexities before they arise.

We have the need of a creative and well versed writer for Press releases to the media.

There’s a cabin vacant for someone who is not scared of knocking on doors and asking questions, if you’ve got belief in your abilities and you’re looking for a challenge then climb aboard.

It’s only when you take on these responsibilities does the enormity of the situation and the work required become apparent. Akiva, Chaim and Aaron are putting together the graphics and website, there’s a need for a volunteer with possibly PHP experience.

The team could do with some motivated volunteers, if you’ve got a lot to offer including demands on your time, then jump aboard what is going to be the biggest promotional event of the Jewish Blogging World.

I can attest to the amount of work involved, which is a major reason why I decided to step aside for now. So please help if you have the time and inclination.

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Not the JIBs Fri, 19 Jan 2007 03:33:12 +0000 A few months ago, Israel Forum kindly agreed to run this year’s JIB awards, due to my inability and lack of desire to be involved this year. And I want to state for the record, I think they have tried their best to make it work. It is a thankless job, especially when you are subject to nasty and unfair criticism, as I believe my friends at Israel Forum have been.
Having said that, I cannot pretend to be pleased with the format of the awards. I voiced my displeasure at the concept of the voting being based solely on the JBlogCentral voting, since I believe this voting system is being abused (as Bagelblogger noted a few weeks ago).
And there are other issues – such as the fact that entries in the category Best Post/Series are not reflective of the category, but are merely pointing to the blog itself.
But for me, the main problem is that the lack of publicity, and the rushed nature of proceedings, have compromised the very aim of the JIBs – namely to promote Jewish, Israeli, and pro-Israel blogs to the general public.
Consequently, I have requested that the name JIBs be dropped from these awards. The JIBs will be back soon, true to their traditional format.
Again, let me stress that I think Israel Forum has tried very hard to make this work, admittedly with very little in the way of assistance from me, and with much in the way of undeserved criticism (a major reason why I gave up running the JIBs). Therefore, I ask that you fully support these awards. Just don’t call them the JIBs.

Update: Israel Forum have graciously changed the name of their awards to the People’s Choice Jewish and Israeli Blog Awards.

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JIBs Page Fri, 17 Nov 2006 17:04:00 +0000 JBlog Central has already created a JIBs page, as well as a forum for making suggestions, and discussing the upcoming awards.

Please note that I am no longer involved with the JIBs. Which means:
1) Do not ask me any questions pertaining to this year’s awards
2) Feel free to nominate Israellycool when nominations open

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Return of the JIBs Wed, 15 Nov 2006 05:34:11 +0000 In response to my JIB-related post from a few days ago, David of JBlog Central has kindly volunteered to host the awards this year.

He tells me that within the next few days, he will open up a special section of the site for the JIBs, through which anyone can submit suggestions. So Irina and company, here’s your chance.

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