Starting in February of 2007, I started this little blog with very little in terms of expectations. At the end of the month, I had a total of 27 views to the blog. Most of them were probably mine. 😉
The month after, I had a whopping 50% increase and jumped to 37 views. Well, it looks like I increased, but actually I decreased from two hits a day down to one because the month of February was only a short month of blogging. I think I started somewhere in the middle of the month averaging my views per day to being 2/day. So, yes, a total of 30 days of work got me a total of a view a day basically. It was depressing and like many who blog, I’m sure I was wondering “what am I doing?”
Somehow, the 3rd month gave me a little inspiration. Thanks to wordpress, our posts are not just optimized for the internet, but they also show up in some categories on the blog site where other “wanna be bloggers” are able to see our posts and give their support, if not just their curious fingers clicking on our well thought out post titles. 😉
It took me another 4 months (yes 7 months total) before I hit the 1000 views+ mark. In September, I had almost doubled what I had in terms of website traffic in one month. The google sandbox is reality. It takes a while to get a blog (and a lot of hard work & energy spent) to get it more traffic. Just a few months after in December, I increased my traffic 800%!!!
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Well, I was contemplating buying a $400 laptop (roughly $370, I guess if you do the direct exchange from Korean won to US Dollar) at Costco, but Apple just released their iPad today which kind of lets me do what I want with that cheaper laptop.
The problems I have though are that it may not be available here in Korea and also with the exchange rate and if the pricing is similar to the iPod Touch or the iPhone, I should expect to pay a bit more than than the original price tag for the iPad. Plus, Apple usually has a few glitches with their new products. I’m wondering now if I should buy the iPad versus the laptop (a Dell, by the way).
Also, I saw this product advertised while watching the videos of the iPad release called White Smoke. The product advertises that it helps you write even if you’re not a native speaker of English. So, will technology replace English instructors here in Korea eventually? My old company CDI (aka Chungdahm) struck a deal with the biggest cellular phone company (SK) to teach ESL on handphones.
Looks like Korea’s automobile industry is coming of age…
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a.k.a. Byung-hyu Na.
These days, I’ve been focusing on writing a book I’ve been wishing to complete for some time now. Actually, it replaces what I thought would be my first book titled “Hit or Stand.” I’m going to try and get this book done primarily for you great friends out there asking “So, why did you go to Korea?” and my boys who I hope some day will understand what their father was thinking all these years.
For now, I’m focusing on ER: The Urgency behind Korea’s Real Education Emergency or something like that. I have a few opinions on the future of South Korea and thought my 10 chapter book on it may help the future generations of Korea stay competitive despite Korea’s success thus far.
Back to the “day in the life of…” me…
These days, I focus a bit of time on Inside Out Busan at eFM 90.5. I should actually be writing for my radio show, in my opinion, but decided to take a couple hours for a break today since I feel like I’m non-stop with the radio show, my classes at the University and my privates which are nowadays on Wednesday, Saturday and a couple hours on Sunday. I’ve also been asked to do a couple more, but not sure if I want to spend more hours on Sunday and literally fail to have even a single weekend day off. The sad irony is that I’m still making less than I was before I decided to go solo and that I’m working every day of the week.
I do have Tuesdays through Thursday’s during the days off, but have to go into the station to do the show in the evenings so they’re just 1/2 days off with my only other day off being a 75% day off on Sunday. So, I guess I sort of have 2.25 days off split over 4 days. I use one of the half days though to catch up on sleep from the lack of it on my Mondays that are spent early in Korea Maritime University.
Oh before talking about my weekly schedule, I am very grateful in seeing my folks who visited recently. Also, on the near term horizon, I have Edwark Park, a Principal of a Chinese language school in or near San Diego, coming to visit. Looking forward to seeing Ed. What else? I think I need to find a cheap car for the winter as well. Any ideas anyone? Continue reading
Micheal Jackson Dies?
UPDATE: Looks like multiple sources are now saying the King of Pop is dead. CNN reports “Pop icon Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports” and the New York Times says “Michael Jackson, 50, Is Dead.”
Thanks to my best friend’s sister Shirley, I just saw her status saying that TMZ.com reported Micheal Jackson died. I looked on ABCNews.com and it says he’s suffered from a cardiac arrest, but hasn’t confirmed he has passed. CNN reports the same and so doese the NYTimes.com. Micheal Jackson (actually spelled “Michael” Jackson, but mispelled here just fyi) passing would really rock the music industry despite his lack of success in recent years. I think he was trying to do a tour or something to make up for all his losses and lack of funds, but of course, he’s not the same as he was at his height.
CNN though has confirmed or reported that Farah Fawcett (rather Farrah Fawcett) of Charlie’s Angels fame has died. She was 12 years older than Jackson. She died of anal cancer. She was also known for literally having the blond hair do that every woman wanted at the time (which I believe was in the 1970’s). She was THE sex symbol at the time. She probably helped continue if not start a new wave of people LOVING blonds in the United States.
Farah Fawcett Passes
Two HUGE icons passing really makes this an interesting & sad day for the entertainment industry. Not sure what to think of these two passing…(if it’s true that Michael Jackson died…)
Some of you already know, but I’ve accepted a job as the Evening Host of Busan’s English Radio station eFM. The station is at 90.5 on the FM dial and the website is http://befm.co.kr (where you can also listen off the Internet).
I’ll be starting on Monday, July 6th (2009). It’s definitely not something I had planned on doing for this juncture in life, but it’s a welcome change to the relatively stressful life that I was living the past 3 years with Chungdahm Learning (in the Busan region). I may blog about my time at Injoong Education (the parent company of the Busan+ branches of Chungdahm Learning & April English), but that will take a bit of time to write…
I’m looking incredibly forward to this experience and thus far, I’ve learned:
- I have some REALLY cool coworkers like my sweet & awesome Producer Hana Jo and stylish and kewl writer Ji-wook. Other cool foreign coworkers like Matthew, Petra and Dennis also prove I’m simply lucky in finding quality coworkers. Sohee & Haejin along with our cool Team Leader Mikyung also make the days extra special and of course our Executive Director Mr. Koo (General Manager) as well who seems very cool for Korean management. Continue reading
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