Retiring the blog, for now

Hi all,

I decided tonight to finally announce a hiatus from this blog. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but wasn’t sure if I should take a break. The past year has seen a lot of changes in my life, both positive and negative, and so priorities and interests in my life have changed with it. I have been trying to decide where I want to take the blog (or just retire), and haven’t been able to decide yet, but I do know I need a break. I’ve shelved some posts I had coming up, and haven’t decided when I will post again. Comments and feedback always appreciated from readers. :)

Long-time readers have been very patient with changes in blogs, and I didn’t want to go and just delete the blog again, so I decided to take a break, think about what I want to do next, and get back to readers.

Thank you everyone for reading!
–Doug

P.S. Off-topic, but if you’re looking for some good music out of Japan/Korea, I highly recommend Kanjani 8 (関ジャニ∞) album, 8UPPERS (some awesome rock in there) which I often listen to at work, and Girl’s Generation (소녀시대, 少女時代), a Korean girl-group that’s big in Korea and in Japan. Girl’s Generation song, “Genie” is awfully catchy.

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A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.
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7 Responses to Retiring the blog, for now

  1. It’s going to be lonely without your entries!!! ToT but taking a rest is a good thing ^_-
    thank you for everything and please come back someday, 色々おしえてくれてどうも有難うございます!またね!

  2. Anonymous says:

    As a Pure Land Buddhist and Japanophile who works in the IT field, I hope you take the time to post at least once a month due to my own greed to read your unique posts. :)

    These days there are a lot of Dharma Lite bloggers who lack the scholarly background to convey their ideas to a mainstream audience in a coherent way that is relevant to these times we live in. I think you are doing more for the Dharma than you think.

    Best to you in your future endeavors.

  3. Kendall says:

    I can understand the need for a break. You posted quite often, and that surely takes up some important time. I’m still catching up on your posts from January so I should be able to keep busy for a while.

    Hope you’re able to enjoy your break an be able to focus on other interests in your life. We’ll be here when you get back if you decide to continue.

  4. cocomino says:

    Thank you for your posts till now.I appreciate your support.
    I hope you will come back someday.

    twitter とかfacebookはこれからも見ますか?

  5. nardalee says:

    I am an avid reader of the blog, and will miss the diverse posts. But we all move through different spaces and need to let go of attachments in order to transition with our whole being.

    Thank you for leaving the blog up as a resource. :)

  6. arunlikhati says:

    I am immensely delighted that you will not be deleting this blog! Of course, I am quite sad that you will not be blogging. Your blogs are a fantastic contribution to the blogosphere, writing across several different topics, no less. I must admit that I too am a bit tired of writing. Every other day, I jot down a few notes for a new post, but these ruminations ultimately find their way into a drafts box soon to be 100 topics deep! I even have posts ready to publish at a moment’s notice, but something holds me back still. I haven’t published anything (online) in almost a month. Many of those in the online Buddhist community who were blogging three years ago have since moved onto other great endeavors in life, and it looks like you and I are not far behind. Hopefully we can still keep in touch. I have plans to visit Seattle next year and would to grab lunch (even coffee!) if you should be free and in town!

  7. Doug 陀愚 says:

    Hi Everyone, and thank you for the kind words. There are some people I’ve never met before.

    @Yrene: Thanks very much. I appreciate your support all these months.

    @Kendall: I hope stuff past January proves useful. :)

    @Anonymous: Thanks very much. I don’t know if I can even call myself a Pure Land Buddhist anymore, but glad to see I wasn’t alone. :)

    @Cocomino: Twitterにいます。どうぞ、ご連絡ください。:)

    @Nardalee: Thanks very much.

    @Arunlikhati: I know what you’re going through, but my problem is somewhat different: I’m running out of topics to write. I have less and less time to read books and then write on them due to work, and to some degree JLPT. So, I have a few posts left, but they’re not very good, and I admit lately that I am too tired to be inspired to write. Maybe I just need an extended break (hence blog wasn’t deleted).

    I’ve got other reasons too, but I’ll get into that some other day. As for coffee@Seattle, I would certainly look forward to it. I get to meet readers so rarely.

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