Update: That’s a question above, by the way, not a declaration.
This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Hey, remember this blog? The one which made fun of Israel, cultural differences, America, Hebrew, “yiyeh b’seder”, and, oh yes….myself? Yeah, I know. It’s been a good several months since I updated it regularly. Every day, I think, “Man, I gotta write something….what is happening to this creative outpouring of goodness? What about my loyal readers? What about chumus talk?”
- Facebook: For two-and-a-half years, I felt zero inclination to write a status update. Who cares what I’m doing? Only last summer did I stop to think, “Hmm….maybe this is another way of marketing myself and making people laugh.” Voila-statuses. I still haven’t come to a happy place about whether to use my profile or my fan page (I’m doing the former) but it’s a fun place to write a quick one-liner and watch the replies come in.
- Twitter: See above. For those of you who haven’t figured out Twitter yet, I’m telling you, it’s a winner. It’s even less about the self-absorbed “Timmy is eating a Twizzler” than Facebook. It’s about community, sharing information, marketing something, and getting instant information. It’s been a great way to spit out short thoughts to my community, and occasionally to get the word out about something in a major way. My “62 Things…” list? ReTweeted to a shawarma-load of people.
- I have other creative outlets as well. Stand-up, my comedy troupe Hahafuch, and more. I even got my t-shirts online this past year, albeit at prices which piss me off. Maybe I don’t need to express myself as much here to be fulfilled. I have now been self-employed for over a year and am no longer a frustrated office employee who had to use his blog to feel at peace.
- It’s getting harder to justify. With the introduction of the above micro-blogging tools, it’s becoming harder to motivate myself to sit down and churn out a long post. Especially when, aleph, it takes a long time, and bet, it doesn’t pay. One of my free-lance writing/social media colleagues/heroes Esther told me once that I (or any blogger) should watch the amount of time I’m spending on something that doesn’t directly lead to income. Instead of spending four hours on my Madonna post, maybe spend two. I enjoyed every minute of that four hours which is why it became one of my most unique and favorite posts but I get the point: with only so many hours in the day, the fun of writing should be balanced by the reality of finances.
- And related to that point, it isn’t paying. I mean, not directly. Can I achieve the same great stuff and experience the same creative pleasure through the other stuff I’m doing? Facebook, Twitter, Hahafuch, my stand-up, etc? I don’t know. I had a monthly column in the Atlanta Jewish Times until the newspaper almost went under. I made a real effort to pitch my writing to several Jewish newspapers but they’re not just interested in paying. I’d love to have a regular place to share my thoughts (MASA, Birthright Israel, Nefesh B’Nefesh, etc) but it hasn’t happened yet and I’m not sure what else I can do.
- Is this stuff still funny to me anymore? Can I keep writing about the old man wearing tighty-whities in the Mediterranean? The guy with the horribly inappropriate t-shirt message? The ridiculous headline in Jpost? I don’t know. Even though those things will always be funny, something about it smells like oleh chadash (“Smells Like Oleh Chadash”, the highly anticipated new song by Nirvana). Do I still want to be laughing at floor mopping like someone who just got off the plane? I don’t know.