Just when you thought that the posts about the JIBs were finished there arises yet another post. I hadn’t planned on writing anything else about them but I just stumbled onto two or three posts about them on other blogs so…
For a while I had considered constructing a post about the purpose of the JIBs. I still believe in them. I consider their purpose to be sound but like so many things in life the intent is sometimes different than the actual execution.
In the most recent incarnation of the JIBs there was a tremendous effort to make them into something that transcended the past. The goal was to avoid the pitfalls and problems of the past. It wasn’t a complete success, but it wasn’t a total failure either.
A small number of people worked hard to sow dissent and create chaos. They went so far as to create a blog which was used to smear various participants and members of the Jblogosphere. They called it satire and I called it a pathetic attempt by second rate hacks to be funny. Satire is a great thing, but it requires humor. It failed miserably, as did the attempt to besmirch the awards.
But the attempt to do so speaks volumes about the character of those involved. It is similar to the toddler who demands that the world attend to their needs. “Play my way or I am taking my ball and going home.” Quite impressive.
Not unlike the past I still found the pandering and begging for votes to be silly. The blogs that used email lists to solicit votes didn’t do much to prove their worth either.
However the JIBs did provide exposure to blogs that I had never encountered and that is a primary goal. I am appreciative of that and for that reason alone I want to see them continue. There is never going to be a time when everyone is satisfied with how they are run. You can’t make everyone happy.
The management of the Shack is still going to push Haveil Havalim as being one of the keys to promoting your blog. It is still a great way to be a part of a community. Every time I host it I see my traffic go up. These posts continue to generate traffic long afterwards too.
That is enough on this for now.