(A photo my 5-year old daughter took in January 2012 while playing with my camera-phone)
My online name is Doug, and I am:
- A computer technician by day, living in Seattle.
- Married to a nice Japanese lady, and father of one.
- A student of Japanese language, and JLPT N2 certified. These days I prefer to focus on practical Japanese more though.
- A beginning student of Korean language as well.
- A Pure Land Buddhist (Jodo Shu), but I am also keenly interested in traditional “Nara Buddhism” and Mahayana Buddhism in general.
- An casual student of Confucian thought.
- A fan of KPop music and to a lesser degree JPop music.
- A fan of the old 8-bit Nintendo system. Yes I still play Nintendo games I enjoyed 20 years ago, thanks to the Wii Console.
- A fan of old-school science-fiction books, especially the Dune series and books by Roger Zelazny.
Why a blog? Seriously.
This blog is the reflection of my efforts to explore fatherhood, Buddhism and my love of Japanese culture. Anything useful I can pass along makes the Internet a better place hopefully.
Lately I’ve expanded the blog to include my interests in Korean culture and Astronomy as well. No particular reason, just other subjects I like to explore too.
What’s the schedule?
I found that long-term blogging works best when you have a consistent schedule, both for your benefit and for readers. However, trying to find the right schedule and balance between consistent content and not getting burned out has been difficult. Work for me is also seasonal and gets extremely busy toward the end of the year plus other obligations.
Currently, the blog posts by default on Monday and Thursday around 3am UTC. Sometimes, I post three days a week, or I post off-schedule for fun, but it depends on work, family and such. At minimum it’s two days a week.
Why yet another Blog?
This is my fourth blog on the Intertubes. The first three blogs, one on Blogger and two here on WordPress, were written under the pseudonym “Gerald Ford” or “The Level 8 Buddhist”. These were focused on strongly Buddhist topics, and I did lots of research on Buddhism with some pretty faithful readers. However, over time I would put too much pressure on myself, and too many expectations about my image among the Internet Buddhist community and finally just cracked under my own pressure. Each time I got too stressed out, I deleted the blog, and lost the posts, then regretted it and started over.
This time around, I changed things in small, but beneficial ways. I blogged less about Buddhism, and more about things that just interest me. Having a fixed schedule helps a lot too as it lets me get through busy times by writing a little bit ahead, but also gives me room to add extra posts when I want to write more too.
In hindsight, I am glad I deleted the earlier blogs, because I was trying to be someone that I really wasn’t, and felt like I was pandering to a certain crowd of readers. This time around it made sense to just be myself and write about what interests me. If people like the blog, great. If not, I still enjoy putting all kinds of random information on the web because it helps disseminate information that is otherwise hard for Westerners to find.
More on the subject here.
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