Yesterday I wrote on Twitter, “Likely half the "Buddhists" on Twitter now won’t either identify as Buddhist or be on Twitter under their "Buddhisty" avatars in a year” and someone asked me why I thought that. So I’ll answer here because it’s too long for Twitter.
There’s a lot of people who use internet names with Zen-this or Dharma-that or who identify as Buddhist for the purposes of the little biographical sketches that accompany Twitter accounts or on blogs. I used to try to keep up with them follow-wise until I realized that quite a good portion of them get deleted or abandoned within a few weeks.
That’s the same with blogs.
I’ve removed the blogroll I used to keep here because I don’t have time to maintain it. I have had a policy to only include those who’ve been blogging for a while and at least putting up material semi-monthly. I have a list of about 300 more that had just started but apparently went nowhere after the initial post or two. I have no idea why this happens in every case, maybe blogging isn’t for them or the subject matter isn’t something they feel as comfortable writing about as they thought or they started it at someone else’s urging or they’ve decided to write about yoga instead or they’ve gone back to their Christian roots or they don’t have the time to commit or they get too much hassle and harassment from the “Official Good Buddhists Club” to make it worthwhile-we’ve lost quite a number of really good bloggers for the latter unfortunately and a lot of others have really decreased their blogging due to the snipers out there who only like to hear their own voices and those who agree with them-or there is family pressure or other reasons…quite a few people do actually explain before they delete their blogs.
People now and then have dropped me notes telling me this or that blog is now deleted or no longer writing about Buddhism or just abandoned. And I’ve adjusted the lists accordingly. And on Twitter name and account changes are pretty common within the Buddhist-interest group. In blogland such changes occur with quite a bit of frequency as well-I’ve changed the name of this blog from it’s original “Enlightenment Ward” to “Smiling Buddha Cabaret” some time last year though I kept the original url
These kinds of lists go defunct in months-that’s just the attrition rate on the Internet. I may put some of the reference material on a separate page if I’m looking for something to do one day, but I want to focus here on writing more, replying to comments more consistently and getting into a broader range of topics I’m interested in exploring, rather than other distracting and time consuming things.