The Year in Review – Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post, I want to take what I’ve learned and look ahead to 2011.

Questions For You

I want to reiterate the questions I put forward yesterday: What would you like to see on EdibleTorah (or GoingKosher, for that matter) in the coming year? What needs to change? What do you want to see more of? I consider you to be as much a part of this process as I am.

Challenges for the Future

  • My top challenge for this coming year is getting the word out. I’m not 100% sure how to do that, or if my current readership is the maximum amount I can expect. I believe my 2010 successes are pointing me in the right direction – more participating in the larger Jewish blogging community.
  • My other top concern is how to get “The Book” out the door. I’ve been working with some great folks but at the end of the day it’s MY project and if I want to see it take shape I’m going to have to hunker down and get it done. That responsibility flat our scares me.
  • I worry that my writing is still too amateurish to draw a larger audience. I recognize that improvement is an ongoing process and the only way to get better is to keep writing. I appreciate your willingness to keep reading even when my ideas are clumsy, trite, or just plain poorly conceived.
  • The final challenge for me in 2011 will be to find some balance. To be honest, I juggle my family, the day job, money-making and tzedakah-based projects at night, another blog and The EdibleTorah. Which of those comes second (because my family is always first) changes week to week and sometimes day to day. I’d like for the management of those responsibilities to become easier this year.

Goals For the Coming year
So what do I plan to focus on this year?

  1. Get “The Book” written, finalized and publishes somehow even if it’s just on Lulu.
  2. Stop obsessing about “The Book” and put out a few smaller guides.
  3. I’d like to extend my electronic publishing to include iPad/iPod, Android and Nook formats.
  4. Reach out to the Jewish blogging community and provide more guest content on those sites.
  5. Re-design the website. It’s time for a makeover.
  6. Add the ability to deliver each post via email, for those folks that still like good old inbox-style communication.
  7. Convert the weekly email to a different technology which is less cumbersome.

Dreams For the Coming Year
“Goals” are items I feel I can actually achieve when I put my mind to it. But what about “Dreams”? Those are things I would love to see come to fruition, but may require a faerie godmother.

  1. Did I mention how I’d love to get “The Book” published?
  2. I’d really enjoy a chance to speak to groups live and in person, and maybe run some workshops.

Finally, (for those who missed the separate post), I thought no year-end wrap up would be complete without a top-10 list:

Top 5 Posts of 2010 (according to the numbers)

According to my handy-dandy WordPress site statistics, the top 5 posts were:

Remind me why we do this again? 289
Bread Machine Challah Recipe 159
Shopping-nuts Boasting by an Open FireSale 149
National Daven Like a Pirate Day 89
Heart-shaped Chag? 72


Top 5 Posts of 2010 (my opinion)

  • For the sheer fact that it signaled the start of observing a new mitzvah in my life, I love “Intertwined
    A young man a few rows down  just wrapped Tefillin and began his morning prayers. Oblivious to the physical world he is immersed in a different place. Surprisingly few people stare. Maybe he really is in a different place.
  • The essay Riding Uphill was also a great memento of a turning point in my Jewish journey.
    Only for true tzaddikim are new mitzvot easy. For the rest of us, the way that we know we are on to something important is by how difficult it is.
  • Obviously, the computer geek in me loved writing the entire “GeekMatria” series
  • While it was an older post, I still enjoy going back and reading  “No Comfort At the Edge of the Sea“, both for the thoughts in it and also the original idea from Seth Godin that inspired it..
    …honestly it’s not going to be OK. It’s going to be different. Some things MIGHT be better, but there’s a good chance that at least some things won’t be better, that some things won’t be the same and that some things could get worse. In fact, when we introduce change, there’s always the chance that everything will get worse, at least for a while, and sometimes for a long while. Standing at the edge of the sea – the vast expanse of water in front of them and the might of the Egyptian army bearing down on them from behind, the Israelites may have realized this.
  • Of all the posts in the Israel Diary series so far, “Parve-ect Dessert“, posted on the GoingKosher sister site, was my favorite so far.
    At the end of a long day when you think you have seen all that is holy, and come face to face with the Divine, sometimes you find the greatest blessing in a spoonful of chocolate souffle

Once again I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for everyone that takes the time to read what I’ve written.