September 11, 2008

What belongs in a blog

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 1:04 pm

As I have begun writing my new book here on the blog, I have started to wonder what is the real place of a blog. In truth, I have never really read other peoples blogs to see what they do with them. In fact, when blogs first came out, I laughed at them as a easy mans way of making a website because they don’t know how. I never really wanted to make a blog because I thought it would take away my time from writing Torah. So lately, I have combined the two. I do fear though that it might push away some to see Divar Torah’s when the true place of a blog is to be somewhat of a personal journal of your life. I have seen the blog as being both hurtful and helpful in the development of ilovetorah. On the one hand it is a way of bringing many of us together & people return quite often for updates but on the other hand, I think if i used much of the time that I spent blogging continuing to write Torah like I did in the past, there would be a lot more to offer in this aspect. The blog has also become a quick link in peoples favorites and many don’t visit the main site often as was the original goal. This could be because my updates end up being on the blog instead of Torah added to the site itself. I think the blog has also brought many new teachers online and decreased my once stand alone Kingdom of kiruv online. The more the Merrie as they say but I certainly must ask the question, do you want this to be the place for new Torah as well or more of a journal. In truth, I have always held back much of my personal life so we haven’t really ever had a full blown journal. Maybe it would be best to just increase all aspects here, yet again, the goal of the blog wasn’t to be every ones direct favorites like but to increase attendance to the main site.


  1. to be honest i think probably what makes the most sense is to evolve your blog into the portal for the rest of your sites.

    when you add something new to your sites, you should post here with links, so people know things changed, etc.

    the major blog advantage is that people can ‘subscribe’ rather than ‘bookmark’.

    in a way, the rest of your sites should become the database that fuels/powers your blog/portal. your blog should be the meta-site.

    this is a bit of strategy/mindset shift but if people are coming to the blog, drive them where you want them to go; but know they will come back through the blog again, it’s the portal.

    my yetzer tov likes to see the torah, but torah is usually long content rather than short quick-read content.

    my yetzer hara likes to see the short fluffy personal stuff.

    in the end, my yetzer hara usually brings me here, but my yetzer tov is thankful i get here because your personality is so involved in torah and kedushah.

    (i went the way of a more or less exclusively torah blog, and it definitely doesn’t reach the masses because of the heaviness of the posts, but hey, i started the blog because i didn’t have time to build a site, and i wanted to keep track of my torah learning.)

    Comment by yitz.. — September 11, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  2. I like it when the blog serves as you’re nightly soul accounting (chesbon henefesh).

    You connect to what ails you, share it with the crew, and move on with life.

    Everyone has their own likes. But the reason I come here is to see a yid who never gives up, is earnest and true to himself (netzach, hod and yesod).

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — September 12, 2008 @ 5:49 am

  3. Well I know where you get your chochma bina daat. Well who is taking care of chesed gev tifferet

    Comment by Reb Moshe — September 12, 2008 @ 7:09 am

  4. The blog provides a context for less-restricted dialogue. I need that for growth.

    Comment by Paul Chipkin — September 12, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  5. i must admit that I come to the blog far more than the main site.

    Though I do go to torahvideo often as well.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — September 12, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  6. Yitz made a good point, it would be good if this were used for updates and a little personal thoughts.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — September 12, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  7. N-H-Y are the tools for encouraging yourself, and perforce others, in personal growth. Reassessing behavioral traits.

    C-G-T are more ingrained, instinctual, emotional qualities. They can change as well, but it can take a while.

    So for a blog, as with many things in life, focusing on N-H-Y is just more of an action oriented, practical approach.

    Comment by Yonason Shlomo — September 14, 2008 @ 6:42 am

  8. Yonason, you are asking for a lot you know… I mean chesbon henefesh…

    I will consider everyones thoughts and see how I can make it more personal about my own growth.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — September 14, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

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