The rambling thoughts of a Modern Orthodox Chassid (whatever that means). Contact me at emansouth @

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Decline and Fall of the JBlogosphere UPDATED

Update: In my haste, I left out The Chief Rabbi of the Jblogosphere, Rabbi Gil Student as a blogger who keeps delivering after all these years.

I was talking to the Great Joe Schick earlier today about blogging. It is clear to all with eyes to see that, with certain exceptions, the Jblogosphere is a total wasteland.

As someone who's been at it over four years, I lament that decline. (I myself am a shadow of my former self. The glory days where I was blogging about things like macaroons are long gone).

Let's face it. J Blogging is SO over.



  • At 6:32 PM, Blogger Special Ed said…

    I have to disagree with you.

    J-blogging is just over populated, kind of like the kollel system.

    With so many bloggers many spend their days in the proverbial coffee room. The good ones are still out there, they're just harder to find.

  • At 6:36 PM, Blogger Erachet said…

    I agree with special ed. There's a whole, flourishing corner of the JBlogosphere going on, maybe even more. There are so many Jewish bloggers and plenty of new ones cropping up, too.

    Maybe it's just...JBlogging - the next generation?

  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    MoC --


    The J Bloggosphere is so over ... that observing that it's over is already over.

  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger Chaim said…

    It's not over, you just have to find the neighborhood that you like. There are many blogs if you invest the time to find them. Sure, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and it was just you and dovbear it was easy to find the best blogs, but along with progress you just need to find the right block.

  • At 8:06 PM, Blogger Gil Student said…

    I take offense at that observation. But I will note that I predicted it a long time ago:

  • At 8:52 PM, Blogger Ezzie said…

    Basically what e/o else said. Your corner is pretty dead, yeah. The only ones still going really strong are the ones you mentioned. But (particularly among the younger crowd) there are whole groups of bloggers/commenters/readers who treat blogging in a much different way than y'all did. It's just another part of life to that generation, not a fad that has fizzled.

  • At 5:31 AM, Blogger treppenwitz said…

    oh, and mining my trip to the grocery store for blog fodder is what you call gold? :-)

  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I would say mea culpa but that probably isn't quite the right term. I should have added you to the list of those still worth reading.


    keep those grocery posts coming...

    Ezzie, special and erachet

    I will explain why I disagree with you in more detail soon.

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Gil Student said…

    I was joking. I took offense but then agreed with you. Sorry for being unclear. That's probably why I'm not worth reading anymore. ;)

  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    I knew you were joking, but, nevertheless. The reality is that there is nothing harder than what you do, i.e., churning out content that is worth reading day after day. Most bloggers who once posted very regularly are burn-out cases (like me) or started to run out of material.

  • At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Jordan Hirsch said…

    Maybe Gil is worth reading because he starts off with good material like Chazal?

  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Joe Schick said…

    I think everyone is right. For those of us who have been blogging for years, the Jblogosphere usually appears old, tired and boring. And we are too elderly to start looking for new blogs that are worthwhile to read.

  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said…

    MoC: Chopped Liver. Thanks.

  • At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Not only are you wrong about the blogosphere being over, but the three self-important, ultra conservative, grouchy old-man freaks you claim are "still going strong" were never that hot in the first place.

  • At 2:25 AM, Blogger treppenwitz said…

    "the three self-important, ultra conservative, grouchy old-man freaks you claim are "still going strong" were never that hot in the first place."

    I'd much rather be all of the things you called me (which I am, by the way) than be some housebound agoraphobe who insults people from behind the convenient veil of anonymity.


Post a Comment

<< Home