JLR turns 1 year old!Posted: February 18, 2010 | Author: Doug | Filed under: General | 5 Comments »
Until today, I completely overlooked the fact that the blog has turned one year old as of January 22nd! Long time readers may recall my frequent tendency to delete blogs after I get frustrated or overwhelmed, and the demise of my last blog, the Level 8 Buddhist, came as a surprise for many. To be honest, I wasn’t sure this new blog would last long, because the topics were somewhat different than those on the previous blog. My readership these days, based on WordPress stats, is about one-half to two-thirds what it used to be and hasn’t improved. I know a large reason is because I tacitly rejected the online Buddhist community and the constant bickering over dharma-lineages, precepts, politics and so on, and many readers probably either felt betrayed or that I wasn’t worth their time anymore.
However, to my own surprise, this blog has lasted a lot longer than the L8B did (the last incarnation lasted 8 months, the previous version 7 months), and I expect to keep going without tiring. I guess I can attribute this to two factors:
- Writing about what I love, not what might draw lots of readers from a given community, even if it’s a big one.
- Keeping to a reasonable fixed, schedule, rather than forcing myself to keep churning out more and more to stay competitive.
- Staying away from too many rants or angsty posts I would be embarrassed by later. In other words, trying to be a bit more professional.
For those of you who have stayed on to read after the L8B was gone, or are new readers within the last year: thank you!
Your comments, links and just general interest really kept me going, even when I thought I should just give up. I sincerely hope the blog has been useful or interesting, and here’s toward a second year!