The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy has been absent from the blogosphere for what amounts to a generation. In our organic, fast-paced world of blogging, you’re either aggressively active and publishing pillar content or you are considered dormant. Nevertheless, I’m hoping to slide back into The New Jew and hope you will support me in doing so.
(On a personal note, I’ll share with you that the reason for an my absence was due to pregnancy and the resulting bundle of joy, evident above.)
The Importance of Pillar Content–
In blogging terms, the most vital lesson of my absence has been to re-emphasize the importance of pillar content. My last post of substance was on February 28, 2008 (I can’t believe that it has been so long), yet my blog is more popular than ever. How can this be?
The secret is the strength of my pillar content.
Despite the duration, my blog has thrived and its readership has continued to grow and expand into previously unexplored channels. Through this website, I regularly receive e-mails from people wanting me to write about their ideas and programs, as well as network, and I even receive a regular flow of inquiries through my Hire Me page.
What Is Pillar Content?–
I attribute all of this activity to an ability to convey key ideas. Pillar content tells your readers what you are all about. It touches on the themes that make your blog unique and in essence, gives your blog a reason for existing.
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The New Jew’s focus is apparent through its name: to report on and promote Jewish philanthropy (although how we define Jewish philanthropy is a topic for further debate). I explore this world in four primary ways. By writing about:
- Jewish Philanthropy: What we can learn from giving in the Jewish world
- Israel Advocacy: Expanding the paradigms for supporting Israel in the Jewish community
- Jewish Communal Innovation: Ideas on how we can further advance and develop as a nation
- Jewish Service: Opportunities for pursuing mitzvot throughout the world by volunteering and other forms of service
The hits on The New Jew reflect that the importance and efficacy of this content.
I anticipate you will have several questions for me after such a long absence.
Constant Improvement: First, know that this blog is under ongoing construction as I strive to continually improve my content delivery and writing style to best fit your needs and interests. Constructive comments are always welcome.
The Big Idea Series: Second, you ask, what about the Big Ideas Series? My hope is to bring it back gradually. I will be in touch with each author who submitted a proposal to me and see if his/her interest in participating still stands. In keeping with my original intent, proposals will be posted within categories so that we can learn from them as a group and understand from the writers what we should be learning and thinking about in these broad categories (education, Jewish community, new Jewish media, etc).
My Return: Third, and the toughest to answer, you ask, “Are you really coming back? You left so abruptly the last time.” My answer is yes and that is the best that can offer right now. As I’ve noted here and personally over e-mail, unfortunately the pregnancy was physically hard on me and there was no way that could have been anticipated. I simply didn’t have the capacity to maintain my blog in the way that I wanted during that time.
So, come join me in The New Jew’s Return by continuing to read, joining in the discussion, expressing your interest, and subscribing below. I can’t wait to get started on this journey with you again. A warm thank you to my loyal readers and friends for their support.
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