I’m about to take off a few days from blogging and wanted to take care of a few housekeeping matters before I left. I should resume on Monday.
The Guardian’s Comment is Free published today, Who Speaks for American Jews, an expanded version of my post about the J Street poll on American Jewish attitudes toward Israeli-Palestinian peace and presidential politics.
Bloggers, no matter how successful, always wish they had more readers and more visibility. That goes for the blogger with 100 readers a day and the one with 100,000 a day. It goes for me as well. Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been very aware of who was reading and how many were reading. There are a lot more now than there were way back in the Ice Age of 2003 when I started. To me, this isn’t just a reflection on me, what I write or how well I write–it’s a reflection of the strong resonance of the issue of Middle East peace within the Jewish community.
Another aspect of the reach of this blog and its message is my weekly gig at Comment is Free and my blogging at Huffington Post which each began in the past few months. I’m also looking forward to the publication in September of A Time to Speak Out, which contains one of my essays. I’m hoping in the coming year to expand my publications to other media sources. I knock on many doors though relatively few are opened.
I spend a good deal of time reviewing my site stats, Google Analytics and other ranking sites like Alexa. I’m really pleased to report that Alexa ranks this blog at 189,000 which is quite good for a specialized blog of this nature. Many website owners will tell you that none of the site ranking services provide entirely credible data, so I’m not taking this ranking as torah l’moshe mi’sinai (“divine truth”). But it is an indication of the size of readership.
As a comparison with other similar sites (ones I like and ones I don’t), Mondoweiss is ranked 153,000 (kol hakavod l’cha, Phil), Jewschool 449,000, Jewlicious 292,000, Israellycool 341,000. The Forward is ranked 101,000, Haaretz (English) 5,900, Jewish Week 215,000, Tikkun Magazine 733,000, and JTA 76,000.
As I wrote above, for the sake of advancing the message of peace I hope you’ll do what you can to introduce your friends, colleagues and family who may be interested in this subject to Tikun Olam. When you read something that you like here, tell a friend. The greater our community the stronger our message of peace. I am grateful to other bloggers who link to my work here. This is especially important in building an online presence.
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