Last night Mimi of Israeli Kitchen and I hosted a Blogger’s Evening in Petach Tikva. Really, Mimi hosted, baked and prepared and I just showed up. We gave out suggested questions and assigned partners at random to interview. Then each blogger presented his or her partner to the group.
Mimi from Israeli Kitchen wished her title appeared earlier on blog listings and is considering changing it to “Aardvarks and the Israeli Kitchen.” I hope that name isn’t taken yet. Although Mimi would sometimes like to write about politics and other non-food topics, she wants to avoid alienating her regular readers. See her report on the event here.
Michelle of Baroness Tapuzina is also a food blogger. Her title comes from her noble Jewish ancestry in Verona, Italy, and a variety of orange. When she left the southern US to make aliyah, her Christian neighbors prayed for her. She keeps her blog positive, saving rants for a private blog.
Sarah Melamed of Foodbridge, originally from Montreal, is a mother of small children. She is starting to learn about the SEO and marketing side of blogging so she can share her love of Middle-Eastern cooking with more readers.
Sarah Peguine of Oh So Arty was born in France, lived in Brussels and London, and now works in an art gallery. She blogs about exhibits and other art news, and gave us a short lesson in Tel Aviv street art.
Baila of Ill Call Baila explained that when she was younger, her friends changed the words of Naomi Shemer’s song, Al Kol Eileh, to “I’ll Call Baila.” She didn’t explain why Ill has no apostrophe. She writes about the challenges of making aliyah with teens and sometimes wishes she were anonymous. Baila finds her apostrophe.
Michelle’s husband David Nordell writes on the group blog Terror Finance. A journalist by profession, he now has a startup company in the terror finance field. He is happiest when he meets political and financial policymakers who have read his work, and is starting a new writing project on financial corruption around the world.
Yesha Settler has been blogging in one form or another since 1998 (!). When the news didn’t represent the reality of her everyday life as a mother in the West Bank during the Second Intifada, she set out to share it with the world.
Robin of Around the Island (her kitchen island, not a tropical island) started blogging in order to develop her creative writing skills. She now devotes her blog almost entirely to photography, and enjoys close connections with bloggers from all over the world. See her report on the event here.
Fern Chasida of My Heart Is in the East began her blog as a way to connect with Israeli friends and family while she spent three years in California. Now that she is back she is not sure what direction the blog will take. She is working on a post on digital copyrighting, which can be found here.
Abbi commented for three years before opening her own blog, Confessions of a Startup Wife. She promises to get to the subject of the blog’s title soon, but in the meantime she has a lot to say about life in Israel as a mother of three. Here’s her report.
Jonathan of Shomer Shekalim is new on the blog scene but has already gotten attention with his tips on finding jobs and stretching your Israeli income.
Besides A Mother in Israel, I share time and money-saving kitchen tips at CookingManager.Com. I mentioned how “spoiled” I am by the camaraderie and close-knit Jewish and Israeli blog community. Step out of it, and it’s harder to get noticed.
Several themes came up more than once: How much to reveal of our personal lives, the responsibility of representing Israel to the English-speaking world, and finding time with our work and family responsibilities. And though we all love to blog, sometimes it’s just hard to sit down and do it.
Several bloggers had transportation problems. Abbi got off at the wrong exit and ended up on the opposite side of the city. Sarah from Oh So Arty’s bus had stopped running by the time she got to the bus stop so she ended up taking a taxi home. And Kate, who was giving Baila a ride back to Modiin, found her car wouldn’t start and was ultimately rescued by Robin. See Kate’s account again.
Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come from as far as Nes Tziona, Rechovot, Holon, Modiin, the Shomron, Tel Aviv, and Raanana. The conversation didn’t stop for a minute, and we are looking forward to another meeting.