Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It May Make Sense To Close The Blog When It Reaches Ten Years On Nov 21

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why? :(

November 12, 2014 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks for the comment.

:)

With very little commenting and acknowledged readership I worder sometimes about why I put my writing here out there.

November 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't go, don't go. i really do read, I just don't always comment. I will join with my name and not anonymous if you want.

November 17, 2014 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw - the 2nd anon was different from the first.so there are at least two of us. so skipping the if there are 50, 45, 40, 30, etc., can you keep the blog up for the 2 of us?? I'm the 2nd anon and still willing to come forward with my name if you want.

November 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Neil: I'm a bit embarassed to pop in here out of the blue after so prolonged an absence, but I wrote a poem today, a tanka, and where would I share it if not here? Hope all has been well with you. *Kishke


Youth's dream overtaken
Clear sky darkens, rain comes down
My son needs me now

Colors were more vivid then
In the time before this time

November 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks A and A. There's no compelling reason for you to reveal your identity. I've always, over these ten years, been open to anonymous commenting on the one hand, while on the other always foun what i've come to call the one way mirror effect that readres have to be fascinating.

Over the years I have become more cautious I think as to what I share. I do some sharing, sometimnes, on Facebook and if you're someone I know and feel comfortable maybe we (me and one or both anonymouses) could be Facebook friends.

I am getting somewhat tired of the blog, have already cut back a lot from what and how I used to write on it. the jury is out as to what I'll do with it...

Thanks for reading, that is meaningful to me.

Some years ago, when I was writing a lot here, including a lot on the parshah of the week, I set up another blog just for parsha- parshapost.blogspot.com. I've often wondered if people read it and/or use it for preparing Divrei Torah. I just noticed this enlightening statisting about that blog:

Pageviews today
6
Pageviews yesterday
4
Pageviews last month
360
Pageviews all time history
16,529


I don't think I ever received one comment on that blog (it's possible I got a few, but I really don't think so). Clearly people are viewing it on a regular basis. Who knew? Cool that Torah I writ about seems to get around via that blog.

Here are the same stats for this blog, which also surprised me:


Pageviews today
138
Pageviews yesterday
182
Pageviews last month
5,911
Pageviews all time history
210,890

I guess I'm doing my anniversary ost inside this comment. I am doing what I often do- revealing and hiding at once.

I am glad that this blog has been meaningful to people.

From the start I shared openly here. In my first post I shared a poem about eating alone in a restaurant and never imagining as a kid that I'd be doing that one day at that adult age.

For old times sake (though I have done it not that long ago, do share my days and feelings now and again) I will share some personal stuff, the kind of writing I see as blogging.

As I write this i'm sitting at the same spot in my apartment that I've been sitting at for these ten years of blogging. I'm oscilating between writing and watching an Odd Couple episode. I remember that it aired on Motzai Yom Kippur origunally. Some one in Shul (I think it was mark Fogel) mentioned that he was looking forward to the Odd Couple that night. it's the one about the frog. That night I had the TV in my half room, my brother and I, I think, used to switch off whose room it was in. i had fasted, though i may not have been bar Mitzvah age yet. My room was a step away from the kitchen and I ate a bit and mostly watched TV. All i recazll is something about the frog and a blender...

I am feeling flu-ish, maybe the effects of having had the flu shot two days ago. My ear hurts. It's hurt for about a year... Saw a specialist last january, then 2 weeks ago. he was recommended ny my ENT. Got last minute appointment with ENT tomorrow. He's not avalable again for weeks.

May G-d bless me and All of us with health and more.

Connection, that's why I started that, that's what I live for. Connection.


November 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Kishke, just saw your comment. I like the poem! I think these were to me most original sounding of the lines, the ones that most took me- "youth's dream overtaken" and "in the time before this time."

November 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM  

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