RBJ: Home is Where the Virtual Heart Is

rbjWe Got Lost.

Somehow, amidst the rise of social media and networking sites, an older community like Rice Bowl Journals had somehow lost its way.

No One’s Fault

I don’t think it was anyone’s fault per se. It’s just that there’s no competing with such popular sites as Facebook and Twitter. Everyone, including me it seemed, jumped onto the whole social networking thing and many of us never turned back.

Tomorrow, November 20, 2009, Rice Bowl Journals goes into its 9th year as an Asian online journal community. It seems like only yesterday that I launched the project, but at the same time it feels like it’s been a long time ago and I personally had gone through a lot with the site.

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Coming Back Home

So, recently RBJ members suddenly started coming back to the old forums, and it makes me happy that people are taking an interest again in the site. In the community. And I am just grateful that people came back. From a webmaster’s point-of-view, it feels great, actually.


A while back I launched the RBJ social network at Ning.com, and it seemed a good thing at the time. People seemed to want sites with a social networking feel and functionality, so I started that one night.

It seemed fun at Ning. Anyone can build their own social network easily, so it was worth a try. But then people once again seemed to begin losing interest. Facebook and Twitter and other popular sites seemed so powerful, their allure so great.

As webmaster for Rice Bowl Journals, I noticed that both the original site and the Ning site were losing interest, it seemed.

We Are Family

But yes, right now I’m just glad the old forums have become alive again. It definitely does take a community. It’s just like the old days. I hope we can keep it going strong again. Thanks to a few key individuals for helping people come back.

We are like a close knitt family over there. I guess when all is said and done, it all comes down to the friendships we’ve made, and the bonds that have been built throughout the years. May these friendships continue to grow…



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

3 thoughts on “RBJ: Home is Where the Virtual Heart Is

  • Thursday November 19, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    It is kind of sad that RBJ has been punted to the side due to popular social media sites, but I think RBJ is special in its own way, and sometimes it's better that the community is more closed-knit! ^^ 9 years is nothing to sneeze at! That is quite an accomplishment. 🙂 Congrats to RBJ!

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