Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Why I started this blog
I was thinking about Shimon ending his blog (which he explains here), so I asked myself (1) why I started this blog, (2) what I intend to accomplish with it, and (3) whether yatza scharo b'hefseido (whether the benefits outweigh the pitfalls). According to my own cheshbonos, the answers to the questions are these:
1) I started this blog primarily because I often learn something, have an insight, or hear a ma'aseh that I really enjoy and feel excited about. That feeling creates in me a desire to share that Torah, thought or insight. In some circumstances and with some Torahs or thoughts that I have, I have someone to share it with. For instance, I started learning some Shabbosim with a local bacur the Torahs of the Meor Einayim. But since circumstances often don't allow me to share what I learn, hear of, or think, I started this blog as a place to share those things with anyone who cares to read it.
2) I merely hope that some others who read what I share here are uplifted by those Torahs or thoughts, or find them as fascinating as I do! I also hope to simply fulfill my own desire to share certain things that I learn with others.
3) Do the detriments outweigh the benefits? This is a bit harder. I'm not a big blogger, posting 3, 5, or even 10 posts a day. I post one or two things 2-3X per week on average. Mostly I do this during my lunch breaks at work or sometimes in the evening before I go to sleep. Neither one of those times takes away from any time when I would have been learning or spending time with my children or wife, had I not been blogging. So at this point, according to my cheshbon, this activity does not create significant problems, which might counterbalance the gains.
One other important thought.
I believe that I cannot trust myself to make this cheshbon alone. I believe that it requires Daas Torah and I intend, when things are a little calmer for him after Pesach, to ask my rebbe this question.
Update: Please see the answer I got for my own situation in this post, Dixie Yid will remain.