I regularly visit my Sitemeter.com account to review my referrer data. I especially like to know what’s bringing people to my site & most especially I like to read the blogs of those who come to me from individual blogs. You learn the most interesting things and meet the most interesting people that way.
This happened today when I noticed a visit from Rua de Judiaria, which appears to be a blog of a Portugese (or possibly Brazilian) Jew. As near as I can guess, the blog title means “Jew Street” or “Street of the Jews” an apt title for a blog devoted to Jewish culture, politics and history. Though I know no Portugese whatsoever, you can tell a lot about someone you meet online by the graphic images they display and cultural references within their blogs. Nuno’s blog contained lots of historic images of Jews and Jewish cultural and religious institutions. He posted a photo gallery of images from an Israeli Peace Now rally. He translates Yehuda Amichai poetry into Portugese. He posts about a CD of Iraqi Jewish music and a CD by Shlomo Bar, founder of the seminal Israeli Sepharic ensemble, Ha-Breira Ha-Tiv’it. He displayed a postal stamp with an image of Franz Kafka.
So I know s/he is a dove regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, loves world music, Hebrew poetry, Jewish literature and Jewish history…a person after my own heart! This is someone I know I like even without a means of communicating with him or her. Now, I hope that my site visitors will visit his/her site and that s/he will communicate directly with me.