culaavosa & Aloka, thank you!
It's mostly because i want to show them, but that is based more on their own curiosity than my own proselytizing
; when i tell them of my interest in Buddhism, they may be interested, but might not have the time for a long conversation. A pointer toward a short article (instead of a book) would allow one who is moderately curious to get a better idea of what Buddhism is without having to put in a lot of effort. (Though one has actually asked me to give them a book, and i will give it.)
Some are not as curious about Buddhism, but are interested in *me* enough that they are curious about it and my relation to it, and want to learn more.
When i have mentioned this idea of writing a short text (based on my own--and therefore naturally limited--understanding), it usually sparked more interest and people enthusiastically requested i send it to them when done -- something written in my own words seems more appealing to them, perhaps because it seems more personal or approachable, perhaps because it indicates i have made an effort ("well if he wrote something about it, he's invested in it, there is value in this to him, this makes me more curious").
I'll review the links provided by culaavosa & Aloka (thanks again). I may end up writing something regardless of what i offer others as a resource, for myself, as it could be a mirror of my own understanding and help center or structure it.