Monday, May 29, 2006

J-Blogosohere Exam

Please feel free to pick and choose.

1. Are you a blogger?
2. Are you a reader of blogs?
3. Do you have an opinion about blogs in general? Explain briefly.
4. If #3 was a yes, feel free to share your opinion fullyhere in answer 4.
5. If you are a blogger, does your blog name match your URL?
6. If #5 got a no, explain why you chose the URL that you did.
7. Why did you decide to be or not to be anonymous?
8. In what context have you heard about blogs in the media?
9. Would you compare your blog habit to anything else that you do? Explain.
10. Give one example of something you've gained from reading a blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll answer 5 and 6 because people have asked me before.... My blog name is "Mirty" but my Blogger address is Simple reason: Another Mirty got to Blogger before me. So she already had and I had to pick another. Why "12" added to my name? Because I like the number 12. Twelth Night. Twelve months of the year. The twelve dancing princesses.

Oh, I just checked on the other Mirty's blog and she said "Caio" --looks like she hung it up. Maybe will be available soon.

May 29, 2006 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

1. ayup
2. yup^2
3. blogs are a good way to express yourself and meet people to discuss the stuff you're interested in with
5. nope
6. i like using that name
7. i'm used to going by my nickname on the internet
10. friends in my new neighborhood

May 29, 2006 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Mirty, thanks. Is Mirty an actual name? I never heard it before. I thought you made it up, like the imaginary friend I had a s a child (Quigly).Fascinating.

Steg, thanks. Do you think there's a disproportionate amount of bloggers in your new neighborhood?

May 29, 2006 at 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's your answers RNF?

May 29, 2006 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10. gained insight, lost a lot of sleep

May 29, 2006 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Sam, thanks. I want to step back and fascilitate a bit (there's the old social work sensibility). Later, Please G-d, I'll chime in.

Bob, thanks. As they say at he close of commercials for alcholhol and casinos: USE WITH DISCRETION.

May 29, 2006 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes
4) Have the power for good and bad, with the good more common but in small does while the bad is less common but in large doses. In other words: Just like everything else.
5) Yes
7) Keeps me in line. By not being anonymous, I am responsible for what I write.
8) Exposing the flaws and biases in the mainstream media; catching stories that otherwise are ignored.
9) Not sure I understand the Q...
10) Deeper understanding of what others believe and what I believe.

Interesting Q's, Funny Rabbi.

May 30, 2006 at 3:57 AM  
Blogger Sarah Likes Green said...

1. yes
2. yes
3. yes
4. there are blogs out there (not all though) that are informative, educational or entertaining so i think they are positive tools when used appropriately. just like anything in life really.
5. yes, pretty much!
6. had to use the word 'images' for my URL instead of 'view' because i think the latter was taken already.
7. i'm semi-anonymous (some people know who i am). to make sure i am careful with what i say.
9. it's like any habit... i read the paper, have a coffee, check my email, check my blog, check other peoples blogs, update my blog etc etc
10. so much, mainly understanding and being made aware of issues that i otherwise wouldn't.

May 30, 2006 at 5:30 AM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. I actually have mixed feelings about it because people can write whatever they want, including things that are misleading or not true. But I enjoy the blogosphere for the exhange of information, and have actually gotten to know some wonderful people from it.
5. Yes
6. n/a
7. I'm semi-anonymous, and I would probably keep myself more anonymous than I do, except that when I started blogging, I didn't think anyone would ever read it (this was before blogs were so popular) so I just used my real name. And after that, I just felt like it was too late to switch.
8. They are all over these days, in newspapers, magazines and the Internet, of course.
9. It's a part of my life like going to work. Oh wait, I go to work so I can read blogs.
10. I have gained a few wonderful friends.

May 30, 2006 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Ezzie and Sarah thank you for answering. Sarah did fine with #9. I was wondering if people see it more in the sphere of entertainment or or news (People VS NY Times) or of bad habits or good {more like junk food or like exercise) or constructive or non (reading good non fiction/ book VS tabloid) etc

May 30, 2006 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Shoshana, yours came in as I was writing previous comment. Thank you very much. I like the going to work line. One thing about teaching is that mostly I'm locked into the job with no phone or comp or coworker at my side.

That reminds me, if anyone comments throughout the day, today or in general, I'm often (as long as I'm in my work building or at least using their comp) to read any blogspot blog, or comment on said blogs (though I can get into the blogger main site to post)

Thanks again Shoshana.

May 30, 2006 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Steg, thanks. Do you think there's a disproportionate amount of bloggers in your new neighborhood?

No problem!
I don't know... I feel that there's definitely a number that I know about, but there's also a bunch in other neighborhoods that I spend a lot of time in also.

May 30, 2006 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Jack Steiner said...

1) Yes.
2) Yes, if I wasn't I wouldn't be reading this now.
3) I think that blogs are like anything else. You can find good and bad in them, but I think that the good outweighs the bad.
4) Oops, I guess that I answered part of this above.
5) Nope.
6) I couldn't decide what to focus on and since I have so many diverse interests/opinions random seemed to cover that. And as for the second half (Do They Have Meaning?) That is a reminder to me not to take everything so seriously.
7) Anonymity was chosen so that I blog more honestly about things than if everyone knew me. Of course a number of people now know my true identity, so some things have changed.
8) That they are the voice of the future.
9) Blogging is something that I do because I enjoy it. It is a hobby like other hobbies.
10) I have learned more about myself and about the people around me. Little details that I might not ever have gained otherwise.

May 30, 2006 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Jack, thanks. Interesting. I'm curious about number seven. That seems ubiquitous, the the blog changes with time (doesn't stay static). Many people start doing this with the hope of full anonymity, and then that fades away. Similarly, some start thinking it'll be kind of just for them and then it becomes a group thing and as that part of it comes alive things change.

May 30, 2006 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Okay, so...

9) I use it as entertainment, but I also use blogs to catch the news stories I care about that I wouldn't see otherwise. Blogging is not just a hobby or something to do like (say) sports, but rather something that's more a part of my daily routine. I get on the comp, check my mail, read the news/sports, and read a bunch of blogs.

May 30, 2006 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

1. Are you a blogger? Yep.
2. Are you a reader of blogs? Yep.
3. Do you have an opinion about blogs in general?. Yep.
4. If #3 was a yes, feel free to share your opinion fully here in answer. They vary as much as their writers do.
5. If you are a blogger, does your blog name match your URL? Nope.
6. If #5 got a no, explain why you chose the URL that you did. The URL was the easy part—I just added the words “Jewish Blogger” to “On the Fringe” because someone else had already taken the name “On the Fringe.” I chose the blog name "On the Fringe--Al Tzitzit" because it suits a "perpetual misfit" and gave this tallit-wearing woman a wonderful opportunity to pun on "Al Tzitzit." It was picking my signature that was the trick. With a sieve for a memory, I completely forgot for a while that, originally (in August 2004), I chose the name Shira Salamone (after the Renaissance Italian Jewish composer Salamone Rossi and his masterpiece Jewish choral collection, “HaShirim asher LiShlomo,” since I’m a former synagogue choir singer) because I wanted not only to blog anonymously, but also not to make it obvious that I was not using my real name. It was months before I finally ‘fessed up that I was using a pseudonym.
7. Why did you decide to be or not to be anonymous? One of the principal reasons why I began blogging was that I wanted to discuss the problems I was having at my neighborhood synagogue without repercussions, so, obviously, I had to blog anonymously.
8. In what context have you heard about blogs in the media? They show up in the New York Jewish Week and more than a few secular publications, as well.
9. Would you compare your blog habit to anything else that you do? Explain. I used to post on televised-science-fiction message boards. If anything, I’ve found blogging far more addictive. And I do at least as much editing when I write my posts as I do when I edit documents at the office.
10. Give one example of something you've gained from reading a blog. I’ve picked up some Hebrew and Yiddish vocabulary and information on traditional Jewish relgious practices of which I was not aware, and I got hooked on Jewish rock music when I followed a blogger's link to
his music website (warning: highly addictive :)).

May 30, 2006 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

thanks ezzie. thanks shira salamone. good info, much appreciated.

i may add on more another time, but must try to get to sleep.

May 31, 2006 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger blueenclave said...

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. I liked Shira's answer. In fact I was going to use it to answer Cynthia Ozick when she claimed that "'blogs' favor breeziness". Blogs favor short posts. But B"H every blog is not Wonkette. Blogs can express every mood and quality of thought and help to break up the tyranny of print.
5. For Blogspot yes
6. I chose my other name to respond to a post on Cold Fury about how no one actually liked Kerry. Then in the Dean-loving environment of Kos "4jkb4ia" was handy. Another user got to "kerrygoddess" before me :)
7. If I wasn't anonymous I couldn't post on Kos at all. My husband describes every post I write there, no matter how mild-mannered, as "troublemaker".
8. "We would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for those meddling bloggers". A poorly understood species of amateur. Of course now many mainstream news sources have blogs of their own.
9. I have many obsessive-compulsive activities.
10. Democratic races around the country

June 1, 2006 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger blueenclave said...

10b). I cannot forget that Gil flatly said not to use the Kitzur as an introduction to halacha. I was grateful because I had read the same thing on the soc.culture.jewish FAQ.

June 1, 2006 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thanks blueenclave. Good answers, articulate, smart, much appreciated. You've enhanced my site.

Regarding your post about what you were told by Gil Student and saw elsewhere: A Rebbe of mine, named Rabbi Sherman Siff told our shiur once upon a time that when he started as a rabbi on the Lower East Side he asked Rabbi Moshe Feinstein what to use as a text with his conngregants and without hesitation Rav Moshe told him: KITZUR SHULCHAN ARUCH!

June 4, 2006 at 10:35 PM  

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