Well, I made it to the JBloggers conference and was soooo glad I did. I sat with Batya and Yisrael, folks who I have known since keyboarding was called typing and electric typewriters were an exciting innovation in office machinery. Yes kinderlach, back in the days when people who made aliya from the US were verrrry ideological even blonged to Zionist youth movements , you know, before post-Zionism.
It was a fascinating mix of people. I was especially pleased to meet Gila of My Shrapnel who is an amazing young woman. She and The Sandman (who I saw but did not get to talk to although I would have liked to tell him that I enjoy reading his blog) both don't think their blogging is particularly Jewish, aliya oriented or even Zionist (the way we used to mean it). Well guys, that's exactly what's so great about it. Once upon a time you really had to be crazy - or well maybe just a little bit obsessed or ideological - to make aliya and encourage others. Not anymore, really sane normal intelligent empolyable people move to Israel and live here. Year after year.
Of course there were plenty of right wingers religeous folks settlers etc there to justify the kvetching before hand. I was especially happy to meet Rivka, Rafi, West Bank Mama, Chayyei Sara, and lots more wonderful people as well as the more famous bloggers who partcipated in the panels.
Rabbi Gil Student of Hirhurim began with some words of Tora which I thought were appropriate although there were some grumblers. There was someone from something called jewlicious ?which is not aimed at me or my likes. Well, good luck to a very personable young man and his friends.
I'm not sure why Bibi was relevant to this particular forum. He spoke well but in view of the fact that the bloggers had to keep it very short there was something disproportionate about the entire hour he took up.
Frum Satire turned out to be even funnier in person than on YouTube.
Lots was said about agendas and my dear friend Batya has one too. Hers involves roping innocent bloggers into hosting the KCC and guess who volunteered to do that for September?