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Rethinking My Blog Content

I just spent hours trying out different themes on my blog – and I trashed my “Blogging Schedule” post and page. But the main issue is my blog CONTENT.

What inspired me to begin blogging three years ago was my son’s coping with mental illness and living (with it) in Israel. However, when I look at my posts today, I realize that I am losing focus and am deviating from my core subjects. John Saddington put it perfectly:

“… Content creep is where your blog begins to represent and communicate more than what you’ve implicitly or explicitly decided to write about and cover. You start writing about things that are outside your core area of passion and focus.

What is the cost of content creep when it happens? Simply a dilution of your blog, your content, your brand, and your focus. What is the cost long-term when it goes unchecked? Stifled growth, lack of engagement, and burn-out because of it.

I have seen more blogs that had unlimited potential in the beginning turn into a graveyard as the owner dabbled with content creep and areas of content that were outside their core set of passions. I’m not sure how this happens but it happens enough to where you’ve probably experienced it yourself!

One of the most typical examples of content creep is where your blog begins to represent the entirety of your life instead of the particular passions that first started the blog in the first place!” 


So I cleaned up my blog from stuff that doesn’t belong and I’ll be back in a few days with a new post on mental health and/or Israel.






Twilight of a Life

Au Crépuscule d’Une Vie

This movie has taken the edge off my fear of death.

“The mother of Sylvain Biegeleisen, a film director, is 94 years old, but in her mind she is still 20. She laughs, smokes cigarettes, sings and kisses. She is confined to bed, and her son spends hours of intimacy with her, which range from complete clarity and assertiveness to moments of loss of memory in which she uses another language, the language of caress.
This is a movie with a great sense of humor, joy and optimism, even when it touches upon the possibility of an imminent separation.”!film/cof9

Will She See Him Again? Alive?

An Israeli soldier reunites with his girlfriend during a 12-hour ceasefire, near Sderot
An Israeli soldier reunites with his girlfriend during a 12-hour ceasefire. Picture credit:


Thursday, July 31, early evening – The whole house and the ground just shook, accompanied by a dull but heavy boom. Another rocket sent to us from Gaza. Fortunately, this time it was not too close… no sirens went off here.


Dear Friends,

I am working (and choking…) on my next post. I hope to complete it within another few days.

In the meantime, I send you greetings from a troubled land.


Dear Ralph,


A month has gone by since you visited Israel.

I am very happy we met – you are a wonderful person and I really enjoyed the time with you. The timing of your visit was perfect: You were able to get an impression of the beginning of the mess we are having here now, and you left just in time before it became really uncomfortable.

Thank you for your great posts on your “adventures” in and impressions of Israel. You really know how to convey excitement and special atmospheres.

A strong hug from me and warm regards from Yuval. (BTW, how many camels and chickens did you actually offer him in exchange for me…? 😉 )

Ralph Heila and the Camel