Monday, March 19

Goodbye

Goodbye Bloggers
Well, the time has come.
The second to last EVER post of Kasamba.
It’s been a year now, a journey that had its ups and pups, madness and mayhem.

I have enjoyed getting to know you, my readers and yes, even my lurkers. I started blogging because I had a lot to say and it seemed like an ideal forum where I would be judged on content rather than externalities. I loved the almost immediate feedback and enjoyed how I could spark off discussions between all of you.

BUT, I have always been aware that the blogashpere is not an alternate universe that people can behave according to their inner consciousness without any barriers. I actually don’t believe there is any place for that at ALL. In fact, as Jews, if we have bad thoughts, we are taught to replace them with good ones, not revel and salsa around in the mire of rotten reflections.
Yes, there is something to venting.
My blog posts are full of that.
But I would hope that I haven’t once cast members of Klal Yisroel in a bad light.

I believe that as bloggers, we have a responsibility that we can’t abandon just because we are anonymous. Once we say we are Jewish, we are accountable for every word we write, no matter if anyone knows who we are or not.

Whew!
Now that I got that off my chest, I can just tell you why I haven’t been going on your blogs or answering your wonderful comments.
Way back when I started blogging, I promised Hubby that I would only do it (all blogging activities) for one year and one year only. As soon as the year ended, he reminded me of my promise and he has kept me to it. And so, he has let me go blogging over the year only to post these final posts but not to visit everyone elses.
Well, who can blame him? He wants his wife back; as do my kids, and my commitments in RL (that’s Real Life for you lurkers!).
Blogging for Kasamba has come to an end. Finito. Full stop.
I will miss you all.

Well, not really, because the next post will be my last.

But I will forever be Kasamba.

55 Comments:

At 12:01 AM, Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Wow and sadly I am first on your last post:( I will miss your witty posts, you know you will be greatly missed by the blogosphere no need for me to tell you that. A very loyal wife you are:) Keep in touch!

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger Shoshana said...

:( I'll miss your posts.

 
At 2:41 AM, Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I will miss your blog..

 
At 3:42 AM, Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Enjoy life outside of blogging :)
I'll miss you, though.
Thanks for all the great posts. I hope you'll be leaving the site up so I, and others, can go back for the ones I missed.

 
At 4:08 AM, Blogger torontopearl said...

You are one special blogger, Kasamba. You have brought many a smile to my face and no doubt to others' with your wit, with your detailed observations and with your personality.

I hope and pray that life continues to be good to you...and you to it!

Chag Kasher v'Sameach. Have a wonderful life!

 
At 4:10 AM, Blogger Avromi said...

Hatzlacha to you

 
At 6:23 AM, Blogger Jewish Smörgåsbord said...

Maybe you could suggest hubby a new deal, a year with and a year without blogging. So take a year off and then come back :) You will be missed greatly!!!!

 
At 6:58 AM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

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At 6:59 AM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

I enjoyed your blog a lot and will miss you. hatzlacha in your endeavors

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Beingme said...

You are a very talented writer and I hope you continue to write in another capacity....for our papers or magazines. Hazlocha

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger the only way i know said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

(oh all RIGHT!)

:-p

LOVE YA!

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger MUST Gum Addict said...

Many times, we take things for granted. We get used to a good thing, and don't stop to think much about it.

Until that thing is gone.

Life will be different from now on. For both us, and for you. As someone who has stopped blogging oh so long ago, I still see things and say to myself "oh that will make a GREAT blog post..." and then you catch yourself... there are no more blog posts. No more for you to write. No more for us to read.

You go leaving a legacy. You've set a higher standard. You are the Queen, and there will be no other.

Thanks for the laughs and the tears (and the packages) Tanta Kasamba. Keep in touch, will ya?

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Scraps said...

I'll miss your posts and your comments. :(

I hope we'll stay in touch.

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Limey2001 said...

so i'll just have to look you up next time i'm in londontown

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger the only way i know said...

oh my gosh Must gum...
that was so touching!
i'm sure your comment will make Tanta Kasamba cry!

I call her the Queen too.
And she is beloved.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger The Dreamer said...

so you're really going?
:(

Hatzlachah in all you do!
Thanks for all the wonderful posts.

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Amishav said...

Wow, Kasamba- I'll be sorry to see you go. You were always interesting, funny and cool. May things go well for you and though I don't understand the arbitrary nature of the one year thing...its not my business. You've made things work for your family and I certainly didn't. Anyway...I'll be checking back to see what the last post will be. I'm sure it will be great.

 
At 4:00 AM, Blogger Maven said...

aw shucks.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

I respect you for keeping your promise to your hubby, though I don't necessarily agree with a hubby setting such rules on his wife.

Be well. I wish you all the best in the rest of your life.

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

awww... i'll miss your blog :'(
it always cheered me up so thank you for the year of laughs and lessons :)
all the best for whatever comes next.

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I have enjoyed your blog a LOT since i discovered it...you seem like a wonderful person and I've enjoyed getting a glimpse at life through your eyes! i hope you leave all your posts up because they are truly great. good luck in all that you do.

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger Hila said...

*tear* i am about to cry just reading that you really are ending the blog! i agree with everyone else's comments and i hope that you will at least leave the blog up so people can reminisce over old posts! please feel free to e-mail me, too! since you aren't looking at blogs i'll leave my address here:
hila-- soon2bejew@gmail.com

much love!

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Chasidishe Shaigitz said...

I hope you aren’t thinking of deleting this blog when your done :o is there any way you can perhaps program your blog to repost pasts posts starting from the beginning? Plllleeeeasssse!

Oysh I'm going to miss this blog and the amazing kasamba!

:(

Best of luck in everything, I'm sure you've got plenty good coming your way for all the smiles you have brought to peoples faces.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger RaggedyMom said...

We'll miss you!

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Hey Kasamba -- some advice:

1. Please don't delete your blog!

2. Don't disappear completely from blogland...you can lurk even without commenting, right?

3. Why don't you put up your last post AFTER Pesach, since I'm sure you'll have tons to write about that!

4. Thanks for the blog...a responsible, yet funny blog that shone above the rest...well, second best. After all, it was only a silver award.

;-)

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Mrs. Jude said...

we will miss you!

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger nuch a chosid said...

U will be missed!!! i wish I had your strenght to leaaaaaaaaave!

 
At 1:51 AM, Blogger Bas~Melech said...

I'm with smorg-- after a year, we'll all be desperate for more Kasamba (in Yerushalayim habenuya, amen, etc)!

Anyway, one more thought--
You should write what you would blog. In those moments as Must mentioned, a pen and paper will suffice. You can be the next frum Erma-Bombeck-with-a-soul. G-d knows the world needs you, and not just online. Now that you've quit blogging, the frum magazines will gobble you up!

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Bonnie B said...

I never thought I'd come to this blog and read those words. you have been such an inspiration to me over this past year. when I first started blogging, you were the medicine, the words of wisdom I needed to get through some really difficult times.
I don't know what I will do without you-- miss you I guess, maybe look inside myself for the answers. But you-- you at times gave me the answers to question I never knew were inside me. I will miss you terribly.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger RR said...

Oh Kasamba, I'm so sad to see you go! Your blog was always so witty, so entertaining- you'll definitely be missed in the blogosphere.

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Bonnie B said...

I am still in shock. I can't believe it.

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

It's a huge shame, I need your blog for my daily dose of laughs!
You will let your old posts online, right?
Yours was truly the bets blog in all areas, fun, deep, etc...

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger cruisin-mom said...

wow, I was shocked to come over and read this...but since it's March 30th, and I'm just now commenting...you can see how often I've been blogging! I have enjoyed everthing about you kasamba...your humor, what you've taught me about Judaism, your wonderful comments on my blog. I wish you well.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger BagelUndertheCouch said...

::cries unconsolably:: bless you, either way. you brought many a laugh to my short blogging life.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Many people have tried to leave blogging but they always come back. But should you really leave allow me to say that I really have enjoyed your posts.

Hope you're having a great Chag.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Lady-Light said...

NOOOOOO! NOOOOO! NOOOO! I have a post pending tagging you for a Pesach Meme!! You can't DO this to me! Besides, I agree with Lakewood Venter's comment: why would a husband put such a restriction on his wife's activities? He has his hobbies, I'm sure; and so do you...
Don't leave ('say it isn't so!')!

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger Amishav said...

Hey...I see that last post hasn't shown up yet...any hope that you've reconsidered?

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger the sabra said...

hi kasamba.
hehe.
i have enough posts to pore over so im not too worried that ur leaving.
after that, the threat letters start coming.
definitely not worried.

be well and i dont needa tell u how much i loved ur writing.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Open Up! said...

aww nooo say it isn't so!

even though i'm not such a loyal commenter i still come and read every so often and your posts are just what i need to give me a laugh for the day...

i hope you know you really made an impact on other peoples lives and you should be proud of what you've done...
i will truly miss your blog and i hope your hubby will reconsider bec some of us need your funny way of looking at life :)

i agree with all the comments about you publishing....i could totally see a best-seller in you!

wishing you all the best for you and your little salad there...

 
At 3:03 AM, Blogger Sara with NO H said...

oh no...:( as one of the first blogs I ever read, please say you'll stay in touch...

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Dont forget to VOTE KASAMBA in the JIB Awards under Best Humor Blog!

jibawards.com

(This has been a paid political announcement)

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Chana said...

whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat????????????

say it ain't so!!

ok then, I don't believe you.

LOL.

xoxoxoxo

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Hila said...

i thought you were gonna write a post-pesach post?!?!?! ohhhh kasamba! please give us one more!

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Limey said...

i guess no time to blog
hubby isn't busy watching arsenal in the uefa champions league playoffs
um because they're not there......
but man u is.........
nuff said

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Limey said...

way to go liverpuddle!!!!!!!1

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Hi

Please consider writing news pieces or an op-ed for Jewrusalem: Israeli Uncensored News. We strive to present different views and opinions while rejecting political correctness. Ideally, we try to make the news "smart and funny." Thus, your input is very welcome.

Best,
Alex
www.jewrusalem.net/en

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Shogun_Grievous said...

This is my first time viewing your blog and your leaving already? I understand why. If you feel you should stop blogging to keep your promise, then keep your promise. It's more important than blogging. I didn't get a chance to know you better, but I'll still miss a fellow bloger all the same.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Semgirl said...

Goodbye...Another nice girl/lady disapears ..

All the best to you...

 
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At 8:24 AM, Blogger Ibrahimblogs said...

I will miss you. Can't you blog for just a couple of days in a week?

Please ask your hubby to consider.

This is Ibrahim from Israeli Uncensored News

 
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