Wednesday, December 14, 2005

JIB Awards 2005: Thoughts, Issues, & Suggestions

I must preface all of this with a heartfelt thank you to Aussie Dave of IsraellyCool for beginning the JIB Awards and for all his hard work. He's doing an amazing job, and it's extremely well organized. Getting the JPost to join just adds to the fun. Wonderful job.

NOTE: Thanks to Dave for taking out the time to respond in the comments section! It's great to know you are listening to all of our suggestions.

Now, as with every type of award, there will be issues. The most obvious ones are the vagueness of certain categories, and the exclusion of certain types of blogs from just about every category. Orthomom and Krum have both discussed a few of these issues: Krum feels there should be a "Best Commenter" award, as there are bloggers who don't necessarily blog all that often. That one's a bit tricky, but would probably be really interesting. But there are many blogs, such as Krum's, my own, and Orthomom's, which don't really fit neatly into any one specific category. In addition, some (such as myself) don't focus our blogs on Jewish and Israeli topics, yet we're definitely part of the J-blogosphere.

So, while it's likely too late for this year, here are some ideas for next year:

Some of the categories should be split: Best Series should be split into Best Humor/Comedy Series, Best Personal Series, Best Special Series, Best Life Series, and the like. Perhaps retaining an overall Best Series is still a good idea, as there will always be many that can't be categorized. The same should probably apply to Best Post.

Best Political and Current Affairs should be split into Best Israeli Politics and Best Politics, and Best Current Affairs should be seperate.

Best New Blog should probably be split into 2-4 sections, as a year is a really long time in the blogosphere. For instance, I've been around for 5-6 months, and Orthomom and Mirty seemed like good ol' bloggers. Meanwhile, people who are just starting think I'm this 'well-established old blogger'.

Any more suggestions, leave them in the comments. I plan on emailing this post to Dave for next year, he seems to be very open to comments and critiques. Once again, thanks Dave for all your hard work; it's really quite incredible and we're all thankful.

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