Whiling the hours away at home during my son’s high-risk pregnancy, I started a blog. My friend Ashley talked me into it, and as I recall, it didn’t take too much convincing. As a technical writer I desperately needed an outlet that would satisfy my creative desires and, if I was being honest with myself, I wanted to see how my writing would be received by others – assuming, of course, that people would actually be interested in anything I had to say.
I wrote about whatever topics happened to pop into my head, and while I had a propensity for writing about current events and politics, I rarely shared anything too controversial. I soon developed a very small following of readers and my initial foray into the blogging world was pleasant and uneventful. It was also short-lived; once my son was born, I could scarcely find time to eat let alone write, and blog posts slowly petered down to nothing. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
Welcome to the new blog! After five years of moving around, I decided it was time to create a permanent new home with a sleek, sophisticated, sexy new look. Oddly enough, I’m not any of those things, but I digress…
My standards weren’t terribly high. All I was hoping to create was a site that reflected my personality, a site that looked creative, professional and impressive, with just a few subtle feminine hints to indicate who the site owner is. In short, I was aiming for perfection. We all know, however, that perfection, no matter how hard we strive for it, is impossible. I think I’ve done a pretty decent job, though, and I hope you’ll agree. I’ve still got some more tweaking to do, but just couldn’t wait any longer to go live. Some internal links may still require updating and I have to recreate the blogroll, but otherwise, everything is ready. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
Whenever I’ve gone on job interviews over the years, there has always been one question that I’ve always dreaded – where do you see yourself in five/ten years’ time. I’ve never known how to respond, since I was always fairly certain that any answer I gave was not going to be the right one for them. I was never looking to climb the corporate ladder; I’ve never been interested in managing a team. There were several factors that came into play, but when it came down to it, I suppose I simply wasn’t prepared to offer any kind of verbal commitment for the long-term because I didn’t really know what direction I wanted my life to take. I’ve rarely been in a position of being able to admit to being so passionate about my work that I could see myself continuing with it far into the future.
Of course, there have always been fantasies about writing, but for many years, it wasn’t something I took seriously. It’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable enough to call myself a writer without feeling like a fraud, and admittedly, when I am in the company (either real or virtual) of other writers, there’s still a part of me that’s always surprised when they see me as an equal. After all, it’s one thing when you’re father tells you that you can write (which always reminds me of those poor, untalented souls on American Idol who lament that “their mothers always told them they could sing”), and quite another when people with little to no vested interest in your professional well-being and no obvious reason to stroke your ego are telling you that you’re a pretty good writer. (more…)by Liza Rosenberg
I’ve been following the latest brouhaha in the Anglo-Israeli blogosphere with some interest. Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) is sponsoring the upcoming International Jewish Bloggers Convention, due to take place next Wednesday in Jerusalem, and debates are raging about everything from the convention’s target audience to the list of scheduled panelists. Adding fuel to the fire was an article that appeared in the Anglophile section of last Friday’s Haaretz, where the journalist in question seemed more interested in writing a divisive, sensationalist piece that served only to highlight the differences between various local bloggers and create controversy, using predictable quotes and selective background information to reinforce stereotypes.
And he succeeded. The Haaretz article has been used, predictably, as a springboard to attack those bloggers quoted as not being supportive of the conference. Frankly, I have a difficult time understanding what all the hype is about. The NBN agenda is not everyone’s agenda. I may be a Jewish blogger, but only because I’m a blogger who happens to be Jewish. I don’t necessarily blog about Jewish issues, and in the rare instances that I do, it’s most probably because the issue at hand has something to do with Israel. I don’t consider myself to be an aliyah blogger by any stretch of the imagination, and don’t feel anything more than a nominal connection to the realm of the blogosphere known as the Jblogosphere. I’m not interested in the Jewish blogosphere, and while I’m sure I have Jewish readers out there, I don’t consider the Jblogosphere to be my target audience. I never have. When I blog about Israel, it’s to present some aspect of Israeli life to those who don’t know about Israel, not to those who do.
From everything I’ve been reading on the local blogs though, there are definitely people who have a problem with that. At least one blogger has expressed disappointment over Lisa Goldman‘s stance on the conference, based on her quotes in the Haaretz article. Aside from the fact that the journalist obviously selected quotes designed to garner attention (and let’s face it – everyone knows that this is what journalists do), I fail to see the problem of Lisa not being interested in a conference that’s specifically geared towards Jewish blogging. Not everyone who moves here chooses to focus on the aliyah experience. I’ve been here for 17 years and came on my own. Aliyah issues aren’t on my radar, unless they involve my friends, and even then, they’re just someone else’s (often amusing) stories. Like Lisa, I’m far more interested in issues that all Israelis are facing than the issues faced by new immigrants. And also like Lisa, I would much prefer a convention for Israeli bloggers (I can think of at least three blogs written in English by non-Jewish Israelis) than a convention that’s strictly for Jewish bloggers. I’m just not interested.
As bloggers, we all have our own opinions and agendas. If we didn’t, we probably wouldn’t have begun to blog in the first place. My agenda is me – my thoughts, my opinions, my experiences – I don’t think that’s too unreasonable. NBN also has its own agenda, and there’s nothing wrong with that either. What is wrong is when people are bashed for their agendas, or more accurately, for having agendas that don’t mesh with the party line. One commenter (who seems to be connected with the convention’s organization) on the aforementioned blog stated “as to ONE of the agendas of this convention… this convention is hosted by NBN, and what of? They have an agenda, just like most bloggers have. If you don’t like it, then don’t make Aliyah.” So, if I don’t agree with NBN’s agenda, I shouldn’t be in Israel? Rather harsh, no? If this comment is representative of the convention agenda, it looks like I’m better off not attending. Somehow, I don’t think I’d be very welcome.by Liza Rosenberg
I’ve been a very bad blogger lately. Work issues have been sapping up all of my time and energy, and stringing scintillating sentences together for pleasure has been forced to take a back seat to the currently unfolding drama that I have yet to resolve.
Until I manage to get my groove back (which will hopefully be soon), I invite you to take a look at the posts I’ve included on the Memorable posts page. I spent most of Saturday reading through nearly every post I’ve written during the past three years, selecting and categorizing the entries that, for one reason or another, stood out in my mind.
I’ve also created an In the news page, which includes links to different articles and essays of mine that have been published elsewhere, as well as interviews and other miscellaneous media mentions.
Happy reading, and watch this space…by Liza Rosenberg
In an ongoing effort to update and improve the blog, I’ve created a new page of favorite posts. It’s still a work in progress, as it takes a long time to go through more than three years of posts. So far, I’ve included political posts such as this one, current events rants like this one, personal posts such as this one, and humorous posts such as this one. As I said, the list is far from complete, so feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments section (or email me privately) about posts you thought were especially good, posts that, for one reason or another, really resonated with you, and so on, and I might at them to my list of faves.
I’ve also been sprucing up the blogroll. Family & Childraising has been changed to Fertility & Family, and I’ve added a number of new blogs that are definitely worth checking out, especially An Island Life (which has one of the most beautiful blog themes I’ve ever seen) and Stirrup Queens and Sperm Court Jesters, which is probably one of the more comprehensive infertility/pregnancy loss blogs I’ve come across. If you’re looking for a good mom site, be sure to check out 5 Minutes for Mom, which is an excellent portal into the world of motherhood and mommy-blogging.
As a result of my journey into the world of freelance writing, I’ve discovered a number of excellent blogs and sites, including The Anti 9-to-5 Guide, The Urban Muse, TheWritersBag, and of course, all of the sites that I mentioned in this post.
Happy reading, everyone, and don’t forget to offer your suggestions for best blog posts!by Liza Rosenberg
He pushed for months. He knew it was something that I’d enjoyed before, and that it was something I hadn’t had time to even think about since the Little One was born. And, if I was really being honest with myself, I knew it was something that I’d like to do again.
I was worried about the time commitment, and told him so. “You’d only have to do it once, maybe twice a week. I’ll do the same, and that should be enough to keep it going.” I fretted. I debated. Would I have time? Would I be able to keep up? If we did it together, I should be okay. “Count me in,” I told him. After all, I reasoned, I could surely write one to two posts per week for a group blog with good pal Anglosaxy…
We came up with a name (I had suggested “On the Face”, but was informed that it was, of course, taken by another blogger…), created the tagline, and fine-tuned the template. Three years ago today, we posted our first blog entry, and something something was born. While the format has taken a variety of twists and turns along the way, I’ve done my best to maintain the tone set in that original post. And so far, it’s definitely been something something…by Liza Rosenberg
While I don’t often write about the state of my attire (besides, one can only say so much about jeans and black tops…), I’m feeling rather pleased, given that my attire of choice today would definitely have to be Pajamas.
Check out the article I wrote about my recent UN coup.by Liza Rosenberg
Late last week, I posted two blog entries about a rather disturbing error on an official UN web site. I mentioned the story to a journalist friend, who agreed with me that it was indeed newsworthy, and promptly wrote an article about the unfolding of these events.by Liza Rosenberg
Happy New Year! Not, of course, that you’d know it was any sort of special day around these parts, given that both December 31st and January 1st are considered regular days here, and while more and more local establishments are going out of their way to offer special New Year’s Eve meals and celebrations, I think it’s safe to say that Tel Aviv won’t be giving Sydney, Australia a run for its money any time soon.
Of course, just because Israel doesn’t celebrate the New Year in any official manner, that doesn’t mean that Israelis aren’t spending time summing up the past year and making resolutions for 2008. And, as you can see, I’ve decided to use the occasion to give this blog a makeover. As of today, January 1st, 2008, something something has both a new home and a sleek new look.
Once you’re done admiring the new format, be sure to check out the different pages I’ve created, from the two new “About” sections to the “Come find me” section, and don’t forget to check out “The rules“. As for content, let’s see what the future holds, shall we?
All the old posts and comments are here, but please be patient as a I rebuild the blogroll, add the bells and whistles, and continue to tweak the template. Oh, and for those of you who use Microsoft Internet Explorer, you may want to consider switching to Firefox, as the blog doesn’t display properly in IE (a problem I hope to iron out with the WordPress Tech Support Department).
So, what do you think??by Liza Rosenberg