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Building The Blog- Writing With Reckless Abandon

It has been almost a month since TheJackB set sail and we have enjoyed more than a few adventures together. Not unlike most new relationships we have had a few missteps that have been caused by poor communication or simple misunderstanding. We don't always recognize the signs that the other is giving off, but I have no fear for the long term because we're working on it. Every day we take a few minutes to share our thoughts and ideas about where things are at and where we hope they will go. As we grow more comfortable together I have introduced some new toys and tools that I think will help this relationship grow. Slowly I have begun to really let loose and the words are beginning to flow as if the tap has torn wide open. It feels good to write this way and I am confident that it is going to lead me to where it is I want to go. There have been moments where I have felt like TheJackB was hesitant but I have insisted that submission doesn't mean that there is a lack of e

Building The Blog- Community and Comments Edition

"We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.' Ralph Waldo Emerson The hardest part about building the new blog is my impatience with how long it is taking to build the community. That is not to denigrate, besmirch or demean those who are a part of it now. I am grateful for all who are there, just as I am grateful for those who helped to make this place what it was and what it is today. The difference is that in the past I didn't care as much about building that community. This was something that I did for a hobby and because it was cathartic. TheJackB is different because I am interested in monetizing it. It is different because I have realized that writing is a huge part of who I am and who I want to be. It is different because I am actively trying to leverage the blog to make writing into more than a hobby. So I find myself pushing to build the community and hopeful that more people will choose to be a part of it. It is not nec

Building The Blog- Branding and Traffic Edition Part II

Patience isn't something that comes easily to me. The new blog has been live for all of two weeks or so and I can't help but notice the large discrepancy between traffic here and there. One could argue that this is due in part to my still posting here but that really doesn't provide a complete picture. Quite a bit of the traffic that winds up here comes from the enormous number of links that have been generated through years of blogging. It is going to take some time for TheJackB to start to compare to this place and really that is ok. Because blogging isn't always that different from life, the moral of the tortoise and the hare is easily applicable here. Slow and steady wins the race. That doesn't mean that there are times that I won't notice the distinction or be frustrated by it. But as I tell my children nothing good comes easily. Ok that is not entirely true, but there is a certain sense of satisfaction that is generated by building something from scra

Goodbye Debbie Friedman

Goodbye Debbie. I was one of the millions you touched and privileged to have once worked with you. You touched millions and impacted people in ways that cannot be measured. JPost has a nice write up that is worth reading in its entirety, but here are two excerpts: She started writing Jewish liturgical music as a group songleader at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Olin-Sang- Ruby Union Institute summer camp in the early 1970s, setting ancient texts to modern, accessible, singable melodies. She published more than 19 albums of music inspired by American folk music greats, using English and Hebrew lyrics and often, the simple accompaniment of a guitar. Friedman performed to sold-out audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as in hundreds of other cities around the world. Her musical version of “Mi Sheberah,” the prayer for healing, is used by hundreds of congregations across America. According to her website, Friedman’s music is performed in synagogues around the world more th

Friday's Theme Song: Let Me Hear You Scream

via youtube.com Let me hear you scream! I'm black and bruised, beat up but still I take the blows 'Cause all I need is blood and sweat and skin and bones I'll take this bait, resolve your case, nobody said it's easy It's do or die, only the strong survive, get ready for the last stand! Get ready, I'm your hangman! Let me hear you scream like you want it! Let me hear you yell like you mean it! If you gotta, GO DOWN! GO LOUD! GO STRONG! GO PROUD! GO ON! GO HARD OR GO HOME! Let me hear you! (let me hear you!) Let me hear you! (let me hear you!) Let me hear you scream! I'll pull you up and push you right back in your place I'll take you down and wipe that smile right off your face I'll watch you break, you're mine to take, don't blink, you just might miss it! It's all or nothing, nowhere left to run, are you ready for the last fight? Get ready with the war cry! Let me hear you scream like you want it! Let me hear you yell like you mean

Recent Posts- Keeping You Up To Date

Building The Blog- Branding and Traffic Edition Building The Blog- Details Edition A Sneak Preview A Return To Normal Sunday Night Music Building The Blog- Never Say This To Me Don't forget to add TheJackB to your list of blogs to read. And if you so desire, join the Facebook Fan page .

Building The Blog- Branding and Traffic Edition

The new blog is officially up and running. If you haven't been there you are invited to go visit and check it out. For the time being this one is going to remain open and semi-active. Most of the posts here will be a reflection of my thoughts and ideas about the transition. It is both exciting and unsettling to have my own home online. I have spent an enormous amount of time working on this place and it shows. The work that I put in here has led to a number of business opportunities that I am pleased to say turned into paying jobs. Friendships have been created and it is fair to say that I have created some brand awareness and decent traffic. The new joint doesn't have that yet. It doesn't benefit from being linked to from all parts of the world and web. It will someday, but not yet. If I compare it to a child I can't say that it is a helpless infant but it is not quite out of elementary school yet either. Fortunately it has a good father who is carefully watchin

Building The Blog- Details Edition

The work continues on the new blog . Slowly the pieces are falling into place and I am growing more pleased with the progress I am making. While I can't say that has been exceptionally difficult I can't say that it has been all that easy either. I have agonized over themes, designs and layout. I have spent time considering the structure and trying to determine what elements are required to make it work effectively for me. I suspect that to some extent I have over analyzed it and have tried to let some of it go. Tried to let go because it is blog and to an extent success is based more upon luck and sustaining my effort than any anything else. There is a low barrier to entry to blogging so the field is exceptionally crowded. There is an enormous amount of noise and a ton of distractions. I am not competing solely with other blogs but with Facebook, Twitter and life in general. Not to mention that I have limited time to work upon it. So I have developed a strategy and attitu

A Sneak Preview

I have been teasing you with rumors and words of the new blog for some time now. The purpose has been to hopefully gain your attention and interest so that you'll want to go check it out. But it has also been sort of a long goodbye to this place. Yes, this joint right here holds a special place in my heart. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that it has borne witness to my greatest joy and deepest sorrow. It is where I rediscovered many things about myself. A place of learning and introspection. It has served as a vehicle for new friendships and at time been wielded as a cyber sword. My first home and headquarters online it hasn't easy to decide to move to the new place. Truthfully I should I have done it a long time ago but didn't for a variety of reasons. In part it is because Blogger introduced a number of features that made it seem less important to move. For a while I considered hanging up my keyboard and starting over fresh. The idea was to not let anyone

A Return To Normal

The midnight hour is fast approaching and I am wide awake. For months now I have been unable to fall asleep at what most folks would call a decent hour. It is not completely out of character for me as I have always been a night owl. Ask those who knew me in college and they will confirm that it wasn't unusual to find me up and about at all hours. But that was then and this is now. I can't sleep through my political science classes confident that I will ace the exams. The mornings around here aren't quiet either, there are rug rats running through the halls. Little people who expect me to help them get ready for their day and that is ok with me. I may not be much of a morning person but I don't mind helping them. These children of mine who insist on disobeying my orders to stop growing are tucked away in their beds, the picture of innocence. Tomorrow they return to school and normalcy shall return to life, or so I pretend. I pretend because I lost track of what that

Sunday Night Music

Getting the kids ready to go back to school tomorrow. After I finish dancing a jig and get them to bed I'll have time to put up some new posts here and on that other one. Got a feeling that I might revisit Daniel and Anne. Might even let you in on the URL for the new blog, oh the new year is filled with possibilities. In the interim here is some of the music that I have been listening to: Into The Mysti c-Van Morrison Calypso - John Denver Mess Around - Ray Charles Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones Home - Motley Crue Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Please Read The Letter - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Gone, Gone, Gone -Robert Plant and Alison Krauss I'm In the Mood -Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Building The Blog- Never Say This To Me

"I want to swim away but don't know how Sometimes it feels just like I'm falling in the ocean Let the waves up take me down Let the hurricane set in motion, yeah Let the rain of what I feel right now, come down Let the rain come down" When I realized that I have begun to dislike every picture I see of me it became apparent that it was time to make changes. Not a change, but changes because the reality is that the reasons that I grew to be unhappy with the pictures made it impossible to limit it to one. The funny in a not so funny thing here is that this isn't because I don't like the way I look physically. I am not thrilled by my appearance, but some of that is due an unwillingness to accept that I am not 25 anymore. In fact regular visits to the gym have made a significant difference in my appearance. I feel stronger than I have in quite some time so that pleases me. What doesn't please me is the look in my eyes. Unless you know me really well

Haveil Havalim #298

Founded by  Soccer Dad , Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs -- a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest collected from blogs all around the world. It's hosted by different bloggers each week and coordinated by  Jack . The Velveteen Rabbi  presents  Top Twelve Posts of 2010 . Thejewishteen  presents  The Jewish Teen: The Rebbe Is Like The Pope . The Rebbetzin's Husband  presents  Hypothetical question . Antisemitism Ariel Ben Yochanan  presents  Appeal for Pollard by Baruch Levy . Culture Here In HP  presents  JPiX Post Chanukah + Babies Edition  and   Calf, Swallow and Wind . To Kiss A Mezuzah  presents  Is “Xmas” Disrespectful?   Batya  presents  Katzav Rape Verdict, Are Other Israeli Politicians and Big-Shots Next?   Humor Our Shiputzim  offers  Kol oto halaylah . Cosmic X  presents  Terrible Translation at Jpost.com . Israel Esser Agaroth  presents  The Jewish Unity Which Threatens The Left .

Baptizing the Bear

A little humor for you. A Priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop. One day, someone made the comment that preachingto people isn't really all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another and they decided to conduct an experiment. They would take a trip to the Smokey Mountains to go find a bear, preach to it and convert it. One week later they reassembled to discuss the results of their trip. Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages on his body and limbs, spoke first. 'I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism. Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around. So, I quickly grabbed my Holy Water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of Go