Saturday, December 11, 2010

No more cmtan@serve.com etc

My cmtan@serve.com address, an email address I've been using since 1995, no longer works.  This is because my long-time webhost, Datarealm, decided to pull the plug on the serve.com domain.  My new email address is jollybodhi@gmail.com.  Some of my friends have been calling me 欢喜菩萨 ("huan xi pu sa", meaning the jolly bodhisattva), so I thought "jollybodhi" seems kind of appropriate in a fun way.

This change also impacts my Buddhism website, which used to be at www.serve.com/cmtan/buddhism, but is now at whatdoyouthinkmyfriend.com.  I honestly have no idea what to do with the website now.  When I started it in 1995, it was one of very few websites on Buddhism in the world and a key pioneer of Dharma on the web.  It was, at its time, the only website in the world presenting Buddhism in a highly personal and practical way with a generous touch of humor, which I think made Dharma a little more accessible to all.

And then life sort of happened to me, I moved to America to become one of those stereotypical overworked immigrant dotcom engineers, became a parent and, on the way, got distracted by other ways to serve the world, such as writing a book, creating Search Inside Yourself and co-founding Stanford CCARE and all.  During that time, the website got seriously neglected.

Today, the website is just one of very many Buddhism sites on the web, once a prominent global pioneer, now just some forgotten old guy sitting alone at the corner of a nursing home reading the New York Times on a rocking chair.

The question is, what do I do with it?  What is its next calling in life?  I have no idea.  If you do, let me know.

2 comments:

  1. As a self-proclaimed utter newbie, I found your practical and accessible style of writing on the site very helpful. It was also comforting: "Here's a guy I can understand." I've been sniffing around here and there and some of the buddhist sites and writings become rather technical rather fast. It seems to my uneducated eye that this is a very, very old and therefore very robust (complex) set of beliefs. It is varied. It is diverse. For the beginner, it is therefor a bit intimidating. Your approach is very light and personable. The site layout and things like white screens are not the most inviting, and I'd imagine that as a Googler you have plenty of folks around you to help soften and freshen the site into something more inviting. Why not hand it to a friend or colleague willing to take the baton for a while? All things change, but in the moment you wrote those things they were new and good - as they were when I read them five minutes ago. That has to be worth maintaining, right?

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  2. That makes a lot of sense. Thanks, JJ!

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