As I begin the project of blogging for yet another media outlet, I find myself considering the purpose for this new endeavor. What will be the specific focus of this outlet, as opposed to the many others I am involved in writing?
Over the past few years, I have been publishing my opinion pieces on a variety of sites and publications. My genre, for the most part, has been providing my opinion on news and current events. Often, issues about Israel are presented in the international media with an inherent angle of antagonism and criticism toward the Jewish state. Much of my writing has focused on providing a wider perspective on those matters, so people can realize that these issues are more complicated than the media generally projects.
Although the Internet is an open platform, accessible to all equally, it appears from the feedback I receive on different sites that core readership varies between sites. I am appreciative to the owners of each of those sites who have hosted my writings and enabled me to reach out to their readers. Now, as I set out to start a blog on Times of Israel, I wish to consider how writing for this platform will be unique. (This consideration reminds me that we are a few weeks ahead of the Pesach [Passover] holiday, and that the sages of the Talmud teach us that thirty days before the holiday, we are to begin readying ourselves for the holiday. At the same time, I am preparing myself for this new blog.)
What I would like to do here is to be more personal than I normally am in my other writing. Here, too, I will share my views on public issues and current events, but I will allow in much more about my personal life experiences: where I have been, what I have seen, and what is going on around me. From some of the feedback that I have received when I have referenced personal experiences in the past, I expect that at least some of my readers will look forward to hearing more about me from this angle.
So, if you are more interested in reading about what I have to say about the news, you might prefer to read my columns on Arutz 7, yourmiddleeast.com, and others. If you have been following my writings and activity, you probably already know that I have a strong presence in social media. I will be talking about what I do on Twitter and Facebook, my efforts in international public diplomacy for the Shomron, my family and myself. My pieces here should be short, and will not demand a long attention span.
I would like to thank the people at Times of Israel for offering me this platform. I do enjoy being part of a wider marketplace of ideas. Preaching to the choir is nice, when all you want is a nice pat on the back and words of agreement on all you say and do. Getting out there to mingle with others who might not agree with your stand is a welcome intellectual challenge. Whenever I have a chance step outside of my usual circle to engage with others, I have found it gratifying.
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