Friday, May 18, 2007

A Shout-Out to Blogland




I first found myself in the blogosphere in October 2004, when I discovered Seraphic Secret...and boy, am I glad I did. Learning about Robert's family's ordeal and great loss opened my eyes to someone's personal story made public.


I'd scan Robert's list of favorite blogs too and began to read some of them, too. That's how I discovered Treppenwitz, and A Simple Jew. And from those blogs I discovered Jack's Shack, PsychoToddler, Kerckhoff Coffeehouse, NY's Funniest Rabbi, Mirty, Elie's Expositions, Life of Rubin and several others.


And in December 2004, I took the plunge and became a blogger too. And eventually, I had three blogging gigs. Okay, I've let up on the other two quite a bit, but I still have access to them.


I began to write posts, and continued to read others', finding new blogs on other peoples' blogrolls. I came upon some fabulous blogs later in my blogging career -- Jew Eat Yet?, Citizen of the Month, Ezzie, Oriyenta, OldOldLadyoftheHills, Shalom from Jerusalem, to name but a few -- just by reading others' blogrolls.


I don't update my blogroll too often because even if I don't read someone regularly anymore, I take a peek every now and again to see how and what they're doing in their life and in their blogging corner.


So this post is just meant to be a shout-out to bloggers whose paths have crossed mine -- both in real time and virtually. You don't realize how big or small an impact you've made on my life, but you truly have. With your words on your blog, and sometimes in my comments, you've made me laugh, cry, think, understand or question. Sometimes we've even taken our comments offline and into our email InBox.
And you've made me write, and write, and write....
Thank you. Todah rabah. Merci. Gracias. Danke.

14 comments:

Elie said...

The feeling is very mutual.

muse said...

funny I got into it the other way

Jack's Shack said...

Hello back atcha.

David_on_the_Lake said...

Ditto Pearlie..
You were actually one of the first I read

torontopearl said...

Elie: Good writing makes for good reading. And you, my friend, are a good writer!

Muse: I'm not quite sure what "the other way" means.

Jack: YO to you!

David: Thank you, and I'm flattered that I'm one of the first blogs you read. Did I also inspire you to write that wonderful, thought-provoking poetry that you do? I read the poems, but am more often than not "commentless"!

orieyenta said...

Awww Pearl, what a nice post. I feel honoured to be a part of your blogworld.

Danny said...

Back at you, Pearl! I always enjoy your posts and still marvel at what a small world this blogosphere this is.

PsychoToddler said...

Huh, what, did somebody call me?

marallyn ben moshe said...

me2 me2 me2...loveyourblog...love your friends blogs...yoffi nachon? chag sameach my dear friend...and thanks for the thumbs p

marallyn ben moshe said...

up :))) sigh

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Thank you Pearl. You should win an award for kindest blogger!

David_on_the_Lake said...

Hmmm sorry u can take no credit for the poems..lol
But the prose...absolutely..
:-)

cruisin-mom said...

I feel so sad, that I'm so far off the radar that I didn't even make the list :(

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Thank you my dear Pearl for including me in this distinguished group of bloggers...I am humbled and deeply appreciative. I Love your blog and am so happy that the circle beginning with the Danny connection has grown to include you and me...! Mazel Tov!