I was going through old mail files which included various notifications over the years from Twitter, Facebook, blog comments and so forth and came across a lot of names that haven’t been present in the blogosphere or on the Internet in general for quite a while. I do know from my statistics and so forth that some of you might be reading this.
There’s nothing that says anyone who has participated in online activities has to continue doing so. I read recently of one group who is targeting “backsliders”, that is those who haven’t participated for a while. Personally I don’t care for that approach. There’s nothing worse than forced participation in anything. Especially if one’s heart can’t be in it or if one is doing it only due to group pressure. Then it becomes fake.
And I notice quite a number have either closed their blogs or have recently announced their closure. Same deal. Go with what is moving you at present. And I do hope that the reason for such closures and unparticipation is due to these life movements and not from other causes.
Especially I hope that if there were “incidents” it does not cause you to give up your Buddhist practice. What is online is not necessarily representative of the whole of Buddhism by any means. It is the sharper edge, the louder crowd in many instances. That’s not for everyone. It’s hard for people particularly if they have a more sensitive nature.
I just want to let you know that I do think about you all. Not just during the time I was doing mail clean up but at other times as well. I wonder “Where is…now?” or “I hope…is doing OK.”
Maybe you feel like you were forgotten or trampled over by the more vociferous. Maybe few people visited your blog or responded to comments you left. Or maybe you’ve just got better things to do.
Whatever the case I just wanted to let you know that your presence was noticed as is your absence. I hope you have a good year and that withdrawal from online participation does not equate with withdrawal from all that Buddhism can bring about in your life.