JIBs Results and Full Medal Count
Thanks to everyone that voted for my blog. Point of Pinchas won a Silver and a Bronze. The Silver for the NBN Aliyah flight landing photos and the Bronze for Best Photo Blog. Another post that appeared on this blog (which I also posted on Kumah) - the Shabbat Candle Ladies also won a silver (on Kumah). So thanks! And welcome to all our new readers!
Now a word about a minor controversy the JIBs generated.
Things heated up a bit on a few blogs after Arutz-7 post this article about the JIBs which included voting links for Arutz-7 owned blogs and Aruz-7 employee's and (in my case) contributor's personal blogs. My blog was listed (I did not ask for it to be listed though was glad it was) since I'm often asked to contribute material to Arutz-7. I do not work for Arutz-7 and have never received a dime from them.
Some bloggers felt this was unfair. They felt the people that read Arutz-7 are mostly brain dead (I'm of course reading between the lines) individuals that would spend 25 minutes blindly voting for all the links that were listed there. And by the way - many of the blogs were actually running against each other thus it would be impossible to vote for all of them. Some proclaimed that A-7 "stole" the awards.
Well now that the results are out and all those bloggers could eat their words. I've put together a total JIBs medal count based on the winners list and as you could clearly see Arutz-7 steamrolled nobody. That's not to say there weren't some blogs that did some serious steamrolling but they weren't blogs listed in the Arutz-7 article. The "Arutz-7" blog that did the best was the group Kumah blog – which I write for as well. And if I may toot my own horn it's a darn good blog and deserves even more medals than it won! Even with Kumah's medals the total "Arutz-7 medal count" is only: 3 G, 6 S, 6 B for a total of 27 medal "points." Compare that with 40 G, 36 S, 39 B and 231 medal points handed out. Hardly a steamrolling by anyone's standards...
In terms of total vote count too there was no Arutz-7 steam anywhere... not even steamed carrots... no steamed lasers... and no steamed bones.
I was happy Arutz-7 wrote the article. Let's be honest. The blogs that complained would be happy too if they were listed. In any case it did bring publicity to the blog awards and thus to all the blogs that competed in them. And that's what the awards are meant for. Find me another media outlet that would interview the JIBs staff! It's perfectly reasonable for a paper to tell its readers which of its blogs or it's staff's personal blogs are competing in the awards. So lay off Arutz-7!
Below is the total JIBs medal count. Blogs that Arutz-7 mentioned in the article are denoted with a star. Also note that not all blogs listed in the article won awards.
And a final word. I've hotlinked every blog that won here so if you never seen one of these blogs check them out. I think the JIBs (and everyone complaining) should post a hotlinked list of ALL the blogs that competed - not just those that won. But that's just me...
2007 JIBs Awards Medal Count