Questions – to myself and to the community

Reformulating.

Rethinking.

Lurking.

It seems to me that a sustained and useful Japan-related web community requires soul searching.

I know that for myself, for me to be a useful and long-term contributor, I have to do soul searching. I have to know what really drives and motivates me; what will really sustain my enthusiasm for this activity.

For me it is about Japan and it is about the web. But it is also bigger/more than just Japan and more than just the web.

It is about people, passion, mission.

So I have been rethinking and reformulating in the shadows. It’s not quite time yet; the ideas aren’t solid yet.

But the questions are firm and universal.

Why Japan?

Why are we interesting in Japan? What exactly is the nature of our interest in Japan? (ex: living there, want to live there, etc.) How can we satisfy that interest?

Why the web?

Why do we blog? Why do we build websites? Why do we write, podcast, videocast?

and perhaps even…

Why a community?

Why the need to organise? Why the need/desire to connect with others? How does the community benefit the whole?

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