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I, once again, need to rethink what I want to do with my blog. I realized that it’s become increasingly difficult to actually write down the things I think would be great for my blog. I am pretty faithful in writing my quick takes, and then there are topics I promised myself I wouldn’t bring to my blog, and then there are things I’m not sure the rest of my family would be happy if I posted about. I also find that there are topics that are important to me, and they get the fewest hits and comments.

So what is it that you’d like to read about?

PS.聽Santiago Cabrera is hot.

40 Responses to “Blogging”

  1. michelle says:

    i think with regards to your blog. just wrtie what your passionate about and what your interested in.. a very wise man told me that!!!

  2. Siebe says:

    Don’t try to please everyone. You end up loosing yourself. We like reading about the things you think are important. If you only write about the things we already like, how would we learn anything new?

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Ah, I don’t want to please everyone, just those 25 people, who come here. 馃檪 I’m just really curious if you guys are curious about something in particular.

  3. Milena says:

    I find that the blogs I enjoy reading are those where the blog writer writes about what interests himself/herself, of course avoiding topics that might be too personal or too revealing about the blogwriter or her/his family. The heart and passion shines through and makes it interesting. I read quite a few blogs where I totally disagree with the blogwriter, but I find it interesting anyway, because I learn about different ways of thinking :-). So my advice would be to think less about blog traffic or pleasing your readers and more about writing about your own interests, and you will find readers that will find it interesting, wheter they agrees or not.
    I like the way you write, by the way 馃檪

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Thanks for your kind words, but you know you weren’t much help to inspire my next posts. I’ll have to write about Eurovision and punish the rest of the word…

      • Milena says:

        馃榾

        Alright; here goes. I like reading about little insights into your life, like your post above about your dinner, or some other little detail from your home, someone’s day or someone’s belongings/clothes/whatever. Just your random thoughts about minor stuff

        Cultural differences and language differences are subjects that could keep me up reading all night, totally absorbed, and giggling 馃檪 I also enjoy reading about Israeli and/or Jewish phenomena, since I always enjoy learning about other countries and cultures.

        I really like your posts abouts how we all are alike and how we should be kind and not judge each other. Most of the time I totally agree, but it’s so nice reading it at nicely written as it usually is when you write. Especially when there is some sarcasm thrown into it 馃檪

  4. Siebe says:

    Well, I’d like to know more about the food you cook. I also like to read about the school system, music…
    Does this help (a little)?

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      By music you mean more than Harel Skaat, I assume? 馃槈

      I think I’ll write more about cooking, my cholent post is quite popular.

  5. Nora K Sailor says:

    I *love* reading about your day to day life. The food you make. Your daily news and politics. Snippets of what it’s like living there. 馃檪 I’d love to see photos of your markets. What you cook. Your creations. The link to your etsy.com shop…. 馃槈

  6. doesitevenmatter3 says:

    I’d love to hear more about how religion has affected your life…positively…negatively.
    I enjoy hearing about your family.
    I enjoy reading about your relationship with Kevin.
    I enjoy your music posts. I get all skaat-tered sometimes!!! 馃榾
    When you write about serious issues of life or about your life and experiences, they always help me.
    Whatever you write…your bright mind, your beautiful heart, and your wonderful sense of humor come through in your words.
    HUGS!!!
    馃檪

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      I have a religion related post brewing, but I have a hard time figuring out how to write it that it will still fit Ciska’s description of my blogging.

      • Ciska says:

        Hahaha. Don’t worry Hevel!
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        • Hevel @KosherKola says:

          LOL, how could I not worry, if I lose that quality even on my blog, how will I be different from those I always criticize?

          • Ciska says:

            If the difference is that they voice their uncharitable opinions and you keep them to yourself, then the only real difference might be that you are humbler or have more self control. However, as I said, I regard you as charitable, because you strive to keep the peace. If you blog about religion, you won’t be blogging to hurt people or to tell them how wrong they are, trying to ‘convert’ them to your opinion. No, when you write, it is because you are honestly looking at a situation and you have a problem with how it is at the moment. Usually, you are writing about your struggle and when you do it, you try not to hurt others. And that’s how you are different from the ones you criticize.
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            • Hevel @KosherKola says:

              I do have uncharitable opinions, and alas, sometimes I voice them. The thing is, I try not to, because I don’t want to hurt others. Yes, the only difference might be that most of the time, I have better self control–and I don’t want ti get into pointless battles with people, who do want to hurt me or really anyone who disagrees with them.

  7. Ciska says:

    I love your blog, because you are honest, but are also very considerate in voicing your opinion. You try to combine honesty with charity and I love that. Actually, I want to be like that, I’ve got the honesty part down, but charity will probably take some more decades …
    As for which posts I enjoy most on your blog here, I really love how you write about parenthood, the little things your kids say or what you’re getting them for their birthdays etc. I also love reading about your great uncle and family history (I am a historian after all!). I couldn’t care less about politics. 馃檪
    Some recent posts I really enjoyed are ‘In my house’, ‘Snowballs in Eilat’, ‘His eyes’ and ‘Parenthood’.
    Ciska recently posted..7 Quick Takes FridayMy Profile

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Oh my gosh, I am just reading on index.hu that the pope is resigning. Wow. Just… wow. I know he had implied earlier that when he gets too old for the job he would, but… wow.

      • Ciska says:

        I just heard too. Hard to believe! I wonder if they will start selecting a new pope before his official resignation. Crazy …
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        • Hevel @KosherKola says:

          You know, I’m not a believer in prophecies, but I am kind of looking forward to finding out who Petrus Romanus will be, and what will happen after him. I could recommend Cardinal Erd艖 P茅ter to fit the last prophecy. 馃榾 Newsweek agreed with me on that.

          I do wonder about the conclave, just how soon it will be held, and what the Canon Law says about it. I mean I am no longer a Catholic, but these aspects are fascinating.

          • Ciska says:

            I just read there will be a sede vacante after February 28th, so they won’t start electing immediately. I have to say I’ve never heard of Erd枚 P茅ter and I don’t really like the prophecies, as it’s one of the conspiracy things that drives my dad crazy He’s absolutely convinced it’s a real prophecy and it will literally happen, even though it’s proven it’s a fraud. Oh well!
            So curious to see who will take Benedict XVI’s place!
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      • Boz贸t says:

        Exactly! Wow…just wow
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  8. Shauna says:

    I’d forgotten his name is Ratzinger…or what ever it is. Really, though, it’s so remarkable an announcement. I’ve been talking about it with my Catholic friends, practicing or fallen. The comment that struck me the most is this: “my 87 yo mother never asks to be taken to Mass anymore, she’s ashamed and embarrassed by all the troubles and hurt the church has created. We are no longer a ‘blind faith’ family. ”

    As for me, I’m so cynical that I am sure the announcement is going to be followed but some horrid confession.

    As for the blog, I like your variety and how you seem accessible to so much. Meaning, you are connected, not cut off emotionally or intellectually in any way. Which is a good quality, btw.
    Your variety is nice.

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      I have a hard time referring to him as Benedict XVI. No idea why. He has been just… ugh… not my favourite pope. Of course I was born during the papcy of the previous pope, so I don’t have too many people to compare him to.

      I don’t think the pope has some dark secret, really. I do think, however, that he realized that there is too much corruption.

      I wonder how he will be referred to once he resigns.

  9. Shauna says:

    Benedict is just a bad name, forever connected to the traitor, for Americans. We had no good history with the name before this Benedict came along. Benedict is the better name for a rat. For me he’s been sort of non-existent. I have perceived him/the church as v. Anti- rather than embracing, expanding, inclusive. Benedict never has helped resolve the issue of why do Christians kill each other in the name of Christ. We won’t even mention has he led to answers in the difficult current struggles of our times. He has instead done a reversal , relying on intellectual roots to define current dogma with a step backward, rather than forward.

    History assigns the term ‘minor’ to certain papacies. But, this one could well mark a turning point in history…for what could come next. The Post-Benedict church.

    The church has become more like a corporation, protecting its brand, though not growing its logic. I am curious to see what will come the way of this self designated one holy catholic and apostolic church. Will it survive? Is it ripe for a takeover? ( Whaaa? by whom or what?) Will it fade, further victim of the mis-management of its own internal scandals? The church could probably stand to have another JP XXIII now. That and a fabulous PR campaign. And, getting better music.

    I’d add returning women to the priesthood, but do we even need priests is the bigger discussion topic these days.

    PS: who besides me loved this line from Downton Abbey this past week? “There hasn’t been a Catholic Crowley since the Reformation! “

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      My never Catholic, blissfully news ignorant father-almost-in-law celebrated the news by making Eggs Benedict for breakfast today for 16 of us. You see, Ex-Benedict XVI. I thought it was pleasantly disrespectful, except I know that he actually kind of liked Ratzinger’s intellectual and dogmatic approach.

      You just said it perfectly: Ratzinger defined the church as anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-democratic, anti-whatever-fragment-of-the world rather than a real universal, real Catholic church. He, however, really is a great scholar, but not the type of leader the Church needs to overcome its struggles. In Ireland about 30% of Catholics attend church weekly… which is a sharp drop even from a decade ago. My two priest cousins say that the Church currently doesn’t need any outside help to undo itself. 馃檨 They experience first hand the damage that the image of the church suffered.

      I think the first step in expanding the priesthood could be allowing married priests. Convert priests and Byzantine Catholics are a living proof, that this can be done and well done!

      I am really curious about the next pope and whether Ratzinger stays in the Vatican…

  10. Shauna says:

    That’s the funniest breakfast story on earth! Made me laugh so hard! Felt so good I literally changed clothes and put on red and pink! My friends got a good chuckle, too.

    Ratzinger is so intellectual, I couldn’t understand the one thing of his I attempted to read.

    Your cousin priests are right!

    And, whoever heard of the Episcopal priest scandal? (Though there was a little one here in the Greek Orthodox community a couple years ago….a truly rare bird).

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      What Episcopal priest scandal? Do you have a link? Seriously, I’m equal opportunity outraged by any religion.

  11. Shauna says:

    No, that was the point. Never have heard of one involving Episcopal priests, who are allowed to marry. As you know.

    Did I ever tell you my b-i-l’s story about the Chinese girl named Esther Goldberger making her first communion and confirmation? It actually never happened, but I thought of it when you mentioned making your communion and confirmation. I wondered if you were called Hevel Cohen then.

    Happy President’s Day weekend from this part of the world.

    Let me know if you need a pretty good noodle kugel recipe.

    • Hevel @KosherKola says:

      Actually, there are plenty of scandals about married, non-Catholic clergy out there. I was wondering if you have anything new! Of course the most trouble and scandal ridden churches or clergy are always the most restricted and most anti-something.

      My name wasn’t Hevel Cohen then, I had a very Irish sounding name, but everyone and their cat knew I was Jewish, and I was always the poster boy of being the Jewish convert. Oh well.

      What’s President’s Day? I don’t think we ever “celebrated” it when I lived in the States.

      • Shauna says:

        Yes, I know there are. Tongue in cheek, too, about them being married. As if there were never anything but.

        Well, the name Cohen suits you, and Hevel is just as good! Oy, I’m sure you were an excellent poster boy! I was not a poster anything for being the catholic girl in Hebrew school. Not even the rabbi knew. He’d mention the bar mitzvahs that would take place. Oh, and the bat mitzvah, too, he’d add. I doubt he ever thought….whatever happened to the bat mitzvah girl?

        It’s a combined observation of Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, which are both in Feb. and close together. GW is the father of our country, and AL was significant and worth doting on. Monday is a federal holiday and no work for a few of us lucky ones. And universities with Washington in their name seem to observe it, also. Banks are closed. Other than that, the sales at Macy’s etc just take that name for this week’s sale. I can’t say if anything else happens. Do they lay a wreath somewhere in WDC? I shrug my shoulders and wonder. No other president’s birthdays are noted with this distinction.

        btw- The movie Lincoln is very very good, if you get a chance to see it.

        • Hevel @KosherKola says:

          I’ve seen Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter if that counts? Now that you explained, there is some vague memory about not having mail delivered…

          I think for most churches converting a Jew is a BIG THING because it means Jews can be converted after all. Since we Jews don’t want to convert the world, it’s less of a triumph when someone joins Hebrew school, maybe wondering, “Why on earth would she do that?” In Hungary there was a non-Jewish kid in almost every class in the Jewish school, often more. At first it was strange, but then everyone got used to the situation.

          • Shauna says:

            No! It does not count! Though I’ve heard it was pretty good. And, humorous.

            I went to HS with several Jewish kids who converted to RC, most as adults. One in particular is super intellectual and Loves his Pope. Ratzinger. Writes books I cannot understand. Teaches. Such a convert! But, these conversion stories are everywhere, and throughout time. It works both ways, and always has! Tho not many contemporary stories rival the hate crime of your baptism. If your twin was also baptized, well….you do share a story with at least one other person!

            I bet you were in Hungarian Jewish school in the post soviet block era? That would explain others attendance. It was truly a time of Competitive educational opportunity.

            I attended Hebrew school in the ’60s. I was also the only girl student there.

            • Hevel @KosherKola says:

              Well, I don’t think I’ll watch the Lincoln film. It’s too long, and the ending was spoiled.

              I never went to Jewish school, my kids did, but there was always a Jewish education available in Hungary. Alas, the Jewish schools are usually not among the top ones these days, the charts are topped by state schools and maybe the Piarists in Budapest and Reformed school in Debrecen.

              My twin wasn’t baptised at birth, because while he was small he was not in immediate danger.

  12. Shauna says:

    That Jennifer of the conversion diaries blog, writes for that catholic paper founded by my great-uncle, the Smith fellow mentioned in About, below. They give the wrong date, though, of the Den ver Register.

    http://www.ncregister.com/info/about_the_register

    I think I mentioned once Catholic journalists in my family. There were more than Uncle Matt, but he trained more than a generation or two of catholic journalists in the US. The Register was also considered the voice of American Catholicism in Rome, or so Time mag said in his obit. I have his collected columns. My inheritance, I suppose, through his brother, also a msgr.

    Those sure were different times. But it was a msgr. who first told me of scandals priests sometimes found themselves in!

  13. Jon says:

    I just wish I was a better friend about getting over to read your blog. Sorry…
    HUGS, Jon

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