Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I feel obligated to put up this post

You know those times when you sign up for something that is like, say. a month into the future. And it seems like it is a reasonably good idea. Or almost a good idea. And then that day finally comes and you say to your self, oh shit, I have to go to that.

So I had one of those moments this morning. My buddy Jameel from Muqata convinced me to go to NBN's international blogger convention. Admittedly, it didn't take too much for me to be convinced, but I did not really want to go, but he said it would be good, and anyway, I digress. He convinced me to go. And I got Veev to go, so at least I had someone to go with.

But as I was sitting in traffic this morning, as part of a special two hour commute thanks to some guy who jumped a curb on the four and killed a woman waiting for a bus, I kept thinking to myself, I don't really want to go from this two hour commute to sit in an office for six hours, to get on a 90 minute bus ride from Ranana to Jerusalem, to learn how to improve my web site traffic.

Especially since, as you few souls who trickle into this blog know, I haven't done anything to encourage traffic in about two years. That includes writing content, commenting on other blogs to get traffic here, or begging my friends om work to come visit.

After sitting through it, I have to say it was really cool when Bibi walked in and spoke for half an hour, answering questions and spreading his Likud Bibi agenda. I did not know that Jews continued to live in Israel after the destruction of Bayit Sheni until they were finally kicked out by the Arabs 700 years later, but I do now.

I can also say, without any fear of being wrong, the their are no hot girls blogging. If you are a chick, and you are blogging, and you think you are hot, check the mirror babe. Hot girls do lots of things, and even find themselves on numerous blogs, but they are not bloggers.

The event was nice. Other than Bibi popping in, we had someone from the Foreign Ministry office give us a very interesting talk about Branding Israel. Her content was interesting, but her presentation style needs improving, and she ran out of time before she got to the punch line.

I know you guys were all watching it online, so you don't need me to tell you this, but for the one or two of you that missed the live webcast, now you have it.

Nefesh B'Nefesh, which sponsored the event, did a nice job putting it together. I am a huge NBN fan. But I probably shouldn't have gone tonight. I don't really like the Jblogosphere, and prefer not to be a part of it.

And since Japan is playing Curacao on ESPN in the Little League World Series right now, its time for me to check out.

16 Comments:

Blogger Veev said...

"If you are a chick, and you are blogging, and you think you are hot, check the mirror babe."

Ahem, Dear - didn't the panelists say to be nice?

August 20, 2008 4:39 PM  
Blogger Raachel said...

There comes a time in everyone's life that they realize that when they are asked to do something or go somewhere and they won't want to do, they say NO right away, instead of getting annoyed when the time comes to do it...I was around 33 when I decided that I should say no straight away to things I KNOW I won't want to do...You'll get there my favorite brother in law...

August 21, 2008 2:51 AM  
Blogger Raachel said...

There comes a time in everyone's life that they realize that when they are asked to do something or go somewhere and they won't want to do, they say NO right away, instead of getting annoyed when the time comes to do it...I was around 33 when I decided that I should say no straight away to things I KNOW I won't want to do...You'll get there my favorite brother in law...

August 21, 2008 2:51 AM  
Blogger rockofgalilee said...

http://www.jr.co.il/pictures/israel/jerusalem/2008/jer2102.htm

August 21, 2008 3:42 AM  
Blogger Baila said...

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August 21, 2008 5:20 AM  
Blogger Baila said...

I'm with Veev on that comment. Didn't your mother tell you that if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all?

Sheesh. Someone is really cranky and perhaps should have stayed home.

August 21, 2008 5:22 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Because the male bloggers in the pics that Sim posted are all knock-outs...

August 21, 2008 5:51 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Veev - The panelists said to be yourself. Only be nice if you want to generate consistent long term traffic. If I wanted long term consistent traffic I would write a lot more often.

Raach - You're right, maybe when I turn 33 I'll be able to say no. Damn, it came and went, now what qill I do. Maybe guys just reach that point slower than women

Bay and Veev - Not sure what the problem is here. Did you see the group. How many smokin hot 19 year old girls did you see there? How about 25 year olds? They weren't there because they have better things to do with their time than express their feelings in some blog

Heidi - This may come as a surprise to you but when I walk into a room at no point am I looking at the guys saying, hey, he's a real piece.

Look, I'm not saying bloggers are social misfits, who feel more comfortable behind a screen than with other people. That's what the Jewlicious dude said. All I'm saying is that blogger chicks are not hot.

August 22, 2008 1:29 AM  
Blogger mother in israel said...

"I can also say, without any fear of being wrong, the their are no hot girls blogging."

It's embarrassing for a man with a kippah, sitting next to his wife no less, to make a comment like that. I will be "dan lekaf zechut" and assume you suffered past trauma on the part of the (female?) Jblogosphere.

"They weren't there because they have better things to do with their time than express their feelings in some blog"
Look in the mirror, dude.

August 22, 2008 7:36 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Mom -

Embarrassing for who? And what's the difference who I am sitting next to.

I have no idea what you mean by suffering a trauma in the jblogosphere, or what you being "dan lekaf zchut." It's hard to be traumatized by a bunch of bloggers who operate without any accountability and pop off the first thing that comes into their head, typically wihtout editing first, and frequently without caring how they are butchering the English language.

This blog was started, in part, because I had nothing better to do. Over the last two years, if you are a regular here, you might have noticed a severe dropoff in posts, and a complete dropoff in comments on other blogs.

If I had better things to do with my time, no I would not blog. I would not attend a blogger convention. And I would not bother answering your odd comment.

August 22, 2008 9:30 AM  
Blogger Commenter Abbi said...

air time, maybe your wife is cool with your scouting for hot women at Jewish blogging conferences (more power to her if she is) but I think most religious women would be uncomfortable with such scouting in such a public. What's odd about this?

22 year old non religious frat boy commenting on the hotness of jewish bloggers- typical, annoying but not particularly embarrassing.

30 something married religious blogger commenting on the hotness of bloggers- odd and a bit embarrassing. It's just not a frum thing to do publicly.

As for the old "having better things to do than blog" cliche- I always find this very curious. If you really have no interest in blogging anymore, why not close up shop and use your time elsewhere? Why whine about writing posts that you feel obligated to put up but would rather not? I agree with your SIL- it's time to grow up and stop doing things you don't want to do.

August 22, 2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger concernedjewgirl said...

Air Time,
I am not sure why all these women have such a hard time with your comments. I saw nothing wrong with you expressing what you wanted to say on your own blog. If people have issues with it, maybe they should read other blogs where they have no issues.
I too blog because at work when there are no projects it gets boring, plus I like controversy and to see what people think about in ridiculous, and sometimes non ridiculous situations.
I agree though, I’d rather be out doing cool things. But since I’m being paid to sit at work, I might as well do something productive ;-)

August 22, 2008 11:36 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

I have been writing Air Time in one form or another for 11 years. I have made numerous comments regarding hot women, fat women, women who go to the zoo dressed like the only people looking at them are the elephants. I have written about titty sightings in the street, typically on nursing mothers.

And never, in any of those posts, have I gotten a reaction like this. I don't evem know where you peple are coming from. I've never met you, necver been to your blogs, and haven't been linked by anyone. The topic is so off-putting I can't believe anyone bothered to read it, and comment on it.

I never claimed to be one of the beautiful people. I have written numerous times that I'm just a regular fat guy. This blog isn't even anonymous. Anyone who takes about five minutes of searching through here will find both my first and last name sprinkled throughout.

If you are uncomfortable with the idea that a 30-something married religious guy categorizes women based on appearance, that's fine with me. But you are delusional if you think I am the only one who does it, and if you think it makes me an anomaly.

For the rest of you, Shabbat Shalom.

August 22, 2008 11:58 AM  
Blogger Commenter Abbi said...

Um, you write a post on a public blog and you don't know where pple are coming from? You only expect pple whose blogs your familiar with to comment? You are still on more than a few jbloggers' blogrolls. If you'd like to be less "out there", I suggest asking that your blog be removed.

If you want your posts to remain private, then turn your blog private and only pple you know will comment.

"But you are delusional if you think I am the only one who does it, and if you think it makes me an anomaly. "

So, according to your defense, because you're fat, not anonymous, not the only religious guy who does this, therefore, we shouldn't be offended by your comments? Fascinating logic.

Also, who said you're an anomaly? (Although you are a bit anomalous in that few choose to air out what's usually hidden deep in the minds of most religious men. (is that why your blog is called "Air Time"?))

We're just offended by what you wrote. You seem very comfortable offending pple, so unless you turn off your comments or turn your blog private, expect to hear from pple who are offended.

August 25, 2008 1:26 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Hi Abbi -

Because you asked...and then some

I have offended a laundry list of people over the years, including my wife, my mom, my sister in law who commented earlier in the thread, her husband, my in-laws, siblings and a number of people I am not related to. You are now part of a very indiscriminate list which seems to now include the 100 or so female bloggers who were at the convention.

But know this. I believe that you if you are going to have a good blog, you have to imagine that no one is reading it, and then write your best material just for yourself. Is commenting about female hotness my best material? No. But if falls directly in character with this blog.

I am surprised people commented on this topic. Yes, it is a public blog, and yes, at one point it was a somewhat popular blog. But I have managed to drive away almost everyone except for the devoted few who still want to read what I write. I can't explain why they come here, or why anyone comes here.

For the record, for the most part, I hate reading other people's blogs. I find them to be overly negative, poorly written, and rarely contain original thoughts.

I make no effort to undo the links that have been attached to this site, and no effort to develop new links. Unmarketing my blog is not worth my time.

Moving on, I was told by commenters, both in the comments and in person, that I am no Mr. Hot myself. My comment about my physical appearance serves to agree with that comment.

So as for being offended, there's not much I can do about that. I wrote what I saw, its perfectly consistent with the material found throughout this blog, and if you believe that you're smokin hot, well, either I didn't see you, or we have different definitions of hot. I have no truck with that.

August 25, 2008 5:19 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

for the record, I was not offended by your comment. I was simply hypothesizing that maybe its about bloggers in general as opposed to just female bloggers. IMHO AT is at its best when its offensive :)

August 28, 2008 8:55 AM  

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