Happy Birthday, Shalom Rav!

cake1.jpgThat’s right, it was just one year ago today that I launched this venerable blog. Who knew I’d be enjoying this so much?

When I orginally began Shalom Rav I hoped, as I wrote in my first post, that it would have “something to contribute.” I also hoped it would serve as a way to stay connected with my congregants during a year when JRC was living in temporary quarters throughout the Chicago diaspora. What I didn’t fully expect was the extent to which I would be connected with so many souls throughout the greater blogosphere. Though I had no idea of what to expect when I began, I am now a true believer in the power of blogs to connect people, share ideas, and create worthwhile conversations/debates.

As far as the hard stats go, in this past year, Shalom Rav has to date logged 50,943 visits, 171 posts, 366 comments (and a spam count of 2,399). Heartfelt thanks to all those who’ve dropped in for a visit – and special gratitude to all of you who took the time to weigh in with your thoughts and responses. Please keep ’em coming…

8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Shalom Rav!

  1. I have a question about the propriety of communication on your blog. Someone I know posted a comment of greeting to me, after I posted a comment. I don’t think it’s appropriate to carry on a private communication on your blog so I didn’t respond. Any instructions?

    Rabbi Rosen responds: Some blog etiquette, Shirley: Blog comments are really designed for responses to a particular post – they aren’t really an appropriate place to carry on private cross-conversations, which are best done via e-mail. Having said, this, I suppose I’ve just broken my own rule here, but I do think it is worth making this point publicly.

  2. Mazel tov Brant! I love your blog and hope that you’ll continue it after we return to our new home. Some of my favorite posts have covered the Israel trip, Combatants for Peace, JJ Putz (thanks for the laugh) and the construction diaries to name but a few. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

  3. Happy blogoversary (lovely word).

    Regarding the question of propriety: Every blog is different. Some contain hardly any comments at all. Others have long drawn out conversations in the comment section. Even some with personal shout-outs (and shout-ats). It’s up to the blog owner.

    And lest this seem inappropriate for the blog, I suggest that the one year birthday is a perfect time to think about what you (the owner and the readers) want out of this aspect of the community.

  4. Brant:

    Yom Holodet Samayach to Shalom Rav!! Your efforts here in the blogosphere are much appreciated. The blog has been a valuable resource to many, both within and outside of the JRC community. I am glad you took this on and look forward to where you take this in the future.

    Shabbat Shalom,
    Brad

  5. Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy and appreciate all the wisdom, information, and insight you offer us each week. I always learn so much and have so much to think about after reading your messages.
    Vickie

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