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Answering Some Questions, Getting Things Straight

By Batya Medad
5/13/2009, 12:00 AM

I try not to "interfere" too much in the "converstions" which go on in the comments.  They have a dynamic all their own. 
The only thing that Arutz 7 bloggers have in common is blogging on Arutz 7

There's a problem I sometimes sense, a negative one.  Frequently, I'm surprised and even offended by the use of the word "you," as if I'm the employee or slave of the readers or Arutz 7 management.  Typical is this statement/question by DACON9:

WHY ARE ARUTZ SHEVA BLOGGERS LATELY VERY CONTRADICTORY?

This is an angry question, and according to the norms of internet correspondence, the use of capital letters indicates "shouting."  There's also a very strong indication that the writer believes that Arutz 7 bloggers are some sort of group, that we coordinate and communicate.  I hate to rain on your parade, as the saying goes, but you are 100% wrong.

The only thing that Arutz 7 bloggers have in common is blogging on Arutz 7.  We have never had a meeting.  We don't correspond or plan, unless we knew each other before.  For intance, my husband and I both blog on Arutz 7, but we don't coordinate our posts, our opinions and nor policies.  It's the same with our other blogs.

When I got that call from Arutz 7 over a year and a half ago, asking me if I'd like to blog on the site, I was told that I'd be able to post whatever I wanted, and that was the last time we discussed content.

I don't get paid by Arutz 7, and I don't even get the "holiday gifts" given to those who do, even though I do believe that there are people who go to the site to read my posts.  Some A7 bloggers may possibly get some salary for work on other aspects/departments of Arutz 7.

Please relate to us, the A7 bloggers, as individuals.  I doubt if any of us even read all the other blogs posted.  That's how little we know of what else there is in the blogs.  I do read the comments to my posts, even when I don't reply.

Thanks for listening,

Batya