Rejected by fellow landsmen?

No love from Israelis

Like many other bloggers, I take time to search for like-minded writers on WordPress who share my interests. Obviously, I am interested in finding talented poets and creative writers, as well as bloggers who think critically about politics, religion, and various salient issues of our day. Also, as a Jew and an Israeli, I am always excited to come across other Jewish and Israeli bloggers.

Over my year (and change) of blogging, I’ve noticed that my readership numbers among Israelis are low – certainly lower that I would have expected them to be. Of course, Israel is a small country; but, even so, this is quite apparent.

Since beginning this blogging adventure, I have made multiple attempts at ‘liking’, ‘commenting’ on, and even ‘following’ blogs written by fellow Israelis, but, somehow, I have entirely failed to attract them to the Skeptic’s Kaddish. And, to be honest, I find this puzzling.

In fact, even RL friends of mine living in Israel barely read this blog. On more than one occasion, I’ve been told, “yeah, wow! you’re so… prolific…” which essentially means: “who has the time to read everything you write? I know I certainly don’t!” And, honestly, I completely agree with them – I don’t expect anybody to regularly read what I write – not even friends of mine.

But fellow WordPress users share this same blogging platform… where have they been hiding?


Writing about Israel

Just recently, before and after the recent formation of Israel’s new government, I wrote a series of blog posts on that subject. Generally, I’d avoided writing political posts, but with such a major, historic upheaval in Israeli politics, it felt unnatural not to write anything about it. Upon publishing those posts, I was curious to see if any other Israeli bloggers would crawl out of the woodwork… but – nope – nada.

So it would seem that the issue is not a matter of content… even when I explicitly write about Israel, nobody in Israel seems to take note of it. Those who were most interested in my posts on Israeli politics were neither Israeli, nor Jewish.


Jewish bloggers

Now, when it comes to networking with fellow Jewish bloggers on WordPress, I’ve had a greater level of success. Several who regularly interact with me here also maintain Jewish themed blogs (although they are not based in Israel). And other Jewish bloggers who write about more general subjects (not about Israel and Judaism) have expressed an interest in my written thoughts regarding our shared identity.

So it would seem that the Skeptic’s Kaddish is somehow more attractive to Jews in the Diaspora than it is to those in Israel. I do continue to hope that I’ll befriend a fellow Israeli blogger some day via WordPress… but perhaps that’s simply unrealistic.

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93 thoughts on “Rejected by fellow landsmen?”

  1. Interesting… I’m always a little nervous when I see hits on my blog form other Australians, I worry it will be someone I work with discovering my rants about HR and the overwhelming bureaucracy. 😀
    As an atheist from downunder, I enjoy your blog and find it very thought-provoking.

  2. You never know – I never dreamed that my best friend would be someone I met on Xanga and that we would live only 45 minutes apart! We regularly visit each other… I am forever grateful for the xanga blogging platform. Now I’m on WP and I can never predict when I’ll find a blogger who catches my interest. Hang in there! I was on xanga from 2006 through 2017 before starting here in 2017… eventually you will have a larger percentage of Israeli readers ….

  3. I don’t know the answer to that one, I fund your blog for your personality not your religious Affiliation. I find it very interesting. Perhaps if they think it is familiar they have contempt. You know the old saying.

  4. People often prefer to absorb ideas from the outside, I think.

    My blog is very small and I do little to promote it, so I can’t really expect much by way of support from like minded people in a strong way. Still, I have circulated my writings to people who I know are interested in things I write on and looking for ideas and solutions. And find these are the people least likely to even read my posts 🙂

    That’s so strange and yet so typical of what I see around me. Women struggling to find a way to break their own barriers so they get rest, like other family members – and making their journey alone.

    1. Women struggling to find a way to break their own barriers so they get rest, like other family members – and making their journey alone.

      Anita, could you please say a little bit more about this? You’ve made me curious!


      David

      1. Hi David, The struggle for women within the home often is the social conditioning they live with, that often comes from older women to younger – at home and through friendships. I write about these issues and have started compiling my poetry on this into stories, so they make more sense to others. Of course, there are other barriers too. But the ones in our minds are within our power to control and yet harder to demolish. My first story Becoming Microwave Madam touches on this a little bit and I intend to write some more. I invite you to read it and feedback much appreciated. Also read here on healing the parent wound – it’s very interesting and makes much sense to me. https://www.bethanywebster.com/

  5. I think Kate is right. It’s impossible for me to figure out the whys of the blogging world. But I value the core group of relationships I’ve formed. And the fact that many people I know from WordPress come from experiences totally different than my own. I’ve learned a lot. (K)

  6. I’m surprised too David and do hope you find others eventually. It’s perplexing really.
    It’s a missed opportunity.
    I totally get it about friends not reading your blog … I have that too.

    1. I’m really okay with that last part – not everyone’s a blogger, and it really does take a lot of time to read that much poetry every week… It’s not offensive or even hurtful to me ❤

      -David

      1. Yeah you’re right, they’re not crazy like us.. 🤣

        when they ar blogger friends, and they text you and ask how you are tho in a text and you’ve already written it……I’m like… love me… love my blog. don’t know about you but after writing so much, I feel like i’ve explained it and can’t verbalize it anymore. This is a new feeling for me.❤️

  7. How interesting.. David… I guess it’s true neither prophet in your own land nor blogger it would seem.❤️ This Muslim appreciates your blog very much:)

  8. It’s a curious phenomenon, David. My readers and followers are predominantly non-Jewish, and of the few that are Jewish, most do not keep kosher. Why are they interested in kosher recipes? I guess it’s one of those universal mysteries.”Пророков нет в отечестве своем, да и в других отечествах не густо.”

    1. Dolly, I didn’t know that phrase… and I just checked with my wife (born in Russia) and she doesn’t know it either – where is it from?


      David

      1. I hope you know who Vladimir Vysotsky was. He took a phrase from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke “Несть пророка в отечестве своем” and used it in a song. I quoted the song.
        How old was your wife when she left Russia?
        Air hugs,
        D
        😻

          1. Unfortunately, she had no chance to see him in Hamlet or in Master and Margarita… There are a couple of films with him, but it’s not the same as seeing him live on stage with a brilliant ensemble of Taganka actors.

  9. ha welcome to the wonders of blogging! Nothing is predictable here … when I post a poem I love it gets little attention. But then I compose something hastily thinking it’s not so good, the readers love it.

    If you leave your heart open and read like minded people what matter their location or beliefs … you are still touching hearts David and that’s what really matters!

    I just saluted you as Ben coz it rhymed with amen 🙂

    1. that’s what really matters!

      Kate, I agree with you! None of this is to suggest that I am somehow disappointed with having met all of the wonderful people that I have.


      David

      1. I’m saying that no bloggers I’ve found who live in Israel, regardless of whether they are similarly inclined to me or not, have followed my blog.

  10. Some thoughts/theories (from a non-expert on blogs or Israelis):

    1) Is it that you had a bunch of Israeli readers and then noticed a drop-off? Or that you never really attracted many in the first place? If the latter, I don’t think it’s fair to say your fellow Israelis have rejected you; more likely that they haven’t found you in the first place.

    2) I wonder if the Jewish and Israeli blogger/readers of blogs world is smaller than you think. My anecdotal evidence to support this:
    a) I also have relatively few Jewish/Israeli readers relative to Poetry-Bloggers or other Writer-Bloggers. I suspect the Poetry blogging and Christian blogging communities are just much, much larger.
    b) The Jewish blogs I used to follow years ago, before I started my own, seem to have gone inactive. It’s said that blogging as a medium has decreased in popularity with the rise of Instagram and podcasts (I wouldn’t know, as I hate Instagram and podcasts)
    c) I looked at a couple of top posts on Times of Israel blogs, which target a huge Jewish/Israeli readership, and there aren’t as many unique commenters as I might have expected. I’m sure there is a ton of readership, but fewer unique commenters than I would have imagined. (Side note: Is there really no way to comment on Times of Israel without engaging in a Facebook flame war? Ugh. Commenting here is so much more pleasant!)

    1. 1) Ok, fair enough… there was a drop off, but I suspect that the drop off was among Israelis that I know IRL.

      2)
      a) of course they are
      b) this is true, I think
      c) that’s complicated because TOI blogging is unlike blogging here on WP… it’s much less personal because the bloggers don’t get notifications about comments on their posts, and also, blog posts get pushed down quickly as more posts by other bloggers get published… plus people aren’t looking at TOI for social interactions the way they are here on WP.

      But – just to clarify: I am talking about bloggers who live in Israel, and they do exist – I’ve seen them. I’m simply talking about normal human beings like you and I who have blogs and happen to live in Israel… I’m not talking about “major” bloggers that focus on Israel.

      1. Fair enough re: TOI. Definitely not a good comparison.
        Re: your offline (I don’t care for the terminology of “RL” – online life is real life too!) friends who quit following your blog, I suspect that offline friends just have a different relationship to reading our blogs than blogger friends do.

  11. I have enjoyed your authenticity. I too struggle with finding a following or people who resonate with me. As a wanderer of the world, losing my home country, I can empathize deeply with the Jewish people, and as a Christian, our faith is based on the Jewish faith and I often ask the same questions as you do! Our humanity and creativity unite us. I may not look at all your posts, but those I do I enjoy.

          1. Great! So you will understand! There was a large Jewish community when I was growing up there!

            Deryn

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