Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

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change of perspective, change in approach

January 28, 2012

I feel guilty I have not blogged in a while.

After some reflection, I discovered that this is merely because I am comfortable where I am, on many levels. I have gotten used to living in Jerusalem. The public transportation is easy to maneuver. I know what to do if I get lost. I have settled on some daily rituals. Coffee and oatmeal in the mornings, running three times a week, early commutes to the Academy, collective dinners with friends/flatmates, laundry every Shabbat.

Upon arrival in Jerusalem in early September—just five short months ago—I was not sure when I would reach this state of equilibrium. I feared that the views I see from outside my window, during my commutes and on my runs, of the Old City and valleys of Arab neighborhoods, would become commonplace. They have. It’s a common sight to look out of my living room window to see the Dome of the Rock. I don’t take nearly as many photos as I did those months ago.

Our friends enrolled in one-semester programs are almost all gone. These people traveled with us on our first experiences Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Tishbi Winery, Shuk Mahane Yehuda, and all our favorite corners of Jerusalem. They leave us here to continue their lives back home or elsewhere abroad. A number of us are here for five more months yet. And with the coming of a wave of new Spring semester study abroad students, and among them five new Dance Jerusalemites, I can’t help the feeling of being awarded veteran status here.

What does this mean? Well, with the change of perspective must come a change in my approach to blogging. This blog no longer serves me as merely a place to report all of my new tourist findings in Israel. It begs to go deeper. How do I feel? What am I actually learning? Perhaps it is time to actually discuss dance. This sounds good.

Of course, if anyone has any questions or would like me to write about something specific, don’t hesitate to ask. That would be fun, too.

 

With that, good day and shabbat shalom.

קרלו – Carlo

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Nobody tells this to beginners.

October 5, 2011

 

 

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

 

Ira Glass on Storytelling

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Will you read my blog?

July 29, 2011

There remain 31 days until my departure for Israel.

This morning, I had received a Tweet from my sister, Marla, referring me to Klout, a website that measures for you your overall online influence. I was highly interested to see my web presence measured by the content of my posts and numbers of comments, @mentions, retweets, and subscribers. Who knew that there exists a whole game of strategy in social media! Check out my Klout profile to get an idea of how it works. I’ve linked Klout to my Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare accounts. Klout seems to be most interested in Twitter activity, but I’m not sure about why or what it all means.

One neat thing Klout does is evaluate your content, using a number of variables. For instance, my number one influencer on Twitter, Brandon, has a higher Klout score than I do because he tweets so much. He retweets a lot of things other people post, and in turn is retweeted often by his followers. It also says here that the three main topics he tweets about are cars, cereal, and alcohol. This evaluation of content made me really think. What am I posting for people to read? Is it my goal to generate more and more site traffic? Will quality content alone generate subscribers or do I need to market myself?

I asked Google the questions, and I landed on this blog, from ProBlogger.net:  How I’d Promote My Blog If I Were Starting Out Again. This was the answer. Five great tips on how to promote your blog! I spent the morning reading this and learning the basics of blog promotion psychology. Even if I don’t take all of the advice Darren Rowse provided, I at least have an idea of what people will and will not read, and what kinds of things they would be willing to share with others!

It’s neat to see how far I’m coming along in the blogging arena. Blogs I had kept in the past were more like frivolous online journals. They were filled with a lot of words about nothing, and were read only by a handful of close friends. As you can see, I have been pretty enthusiastic so far about preparing this new blog for my trip to Israel. It is my goal to generate a community of interested readers and to share as much information about my experience as possible.

I’ll try not to blog too much about blogging in the future.