Back in the early days of blogging (this blog began in 2004), the bloglist was an integral part of connecting with fellow writers and following their work. A growing list meant a growing network of fellow-minded travelers. For me this included academics, travelers, friends, photographers, and philosophers.
From 2011 or so through the last couple years, the blogging world has shifted. Or perhaps I have shifted alone and away from much of the “Buddhist blogosphere” as this amorphous space was once dubbed. The list, which was once maintained dutifully as part of the right-sidebar of our content was booted somewhere along the line by “management” who likely needed the space for those ads or just wanted a more uniform and tidy general appearance. My list, like many others, was moved to a “page” which can be found somewhere up above all of this with the title “Recommended.”
Right now it looks like this (but that’ll change in mere minutes, so don’t expect this when you click that link):
- 100 Reasons (to avoid grad school)
- a raft
- Angry Asian Buddhist
- Bhikku’s Blog
- Buddha Space
- David Chapman @ WordPress
- Homeless Tom
- Mind Deep
- Monkey Mind
- My Buddha is Pink
- New City of Friends
- New Mandala – on SE Asia
- Notes in Samsara
- One foot in front of the other
- Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Course
- Rev. Danny Fisher
- Rowve Blog (My mom’s yoga life)
- Smiling Buddha Cabaret
- The Buddhist Blog
- The Endless Further
- The Existential Buddhist
- Wandering Dhamma
- Zen Peacemakers: Bearing Witness
The list is, for me, a grand walk down memory lane. A good lesson on impermanence. It’s also a rabbit hole of clicks and conversations past and present.
And such is the stream of life. Stepping back. Catching one’s breath. Smiling, sighing. Missing many. Overall, grateful.
My blogroll obviously has lost some of the importance it once had. Facebook seems much more a source of the latest and greatest, or google news, or even twitter. But I’ll revisit that “Recommended” page and see what I might make of it.
Do you have a favorite blog I should include? Or a blogroll you regularly consult for all that is near and dear – especially, but not exclusively – to American Buddhism? If so, I’d love to hear from you as I lay this list to rest and consider the building of a new one.