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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Saw this from Time Magazine. I guess this is the South Korean Special Army soldiers demonstrating their martial arts skills during a rehearsal for the 61st anniversary of Armed Forces Day at Gyeryong military headquarters.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/picturesoftheweek/0,29409,1927323_1957148,00.html#ixzz0WChsDQVb
A beautiful gallery of photos of the 2009 Busan (Gwangali) Fireworks festival is here on Naver.com
Sometimes the city is spelled “Pusan” with a “P” and so if you want to look up more photos, video and other details about the Busan (aka Pusan) Fireworks Festival, you may need to type in “Pusan” with a “p,” just fyi. Nevertheless, this show was one of the most AMAZING shows you’ll ever get to witness. They did it up quite well here in Busan and it seems to get better each year.
Following are some great photos taken by John Bernardi and also a link to the actual show on Youtube. It was impressive… Continue reading
Looks like Korea’s automobile industry is coming of age…
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It almost makes me want to download “Scent of a Woman” and watch it again:
My roomate Devin Nowroski gave some of the best advice to me the other day about working out, your food intake and not being misled about the misconception that running for example equals more energy or that you lose weight via traditional methods. I’ve been running about 5-6 kilometers 2-3 times a week, but still feel my gut getting bigger or less “thinner.” I do have to admit I’ve been reducing my stomach and back exercises a bit recently, but Devin’s advice still is some great stuff I don’t ever want to forget.
I pointed him to an article here on Time magazine which points out that exercise doesn’t necessarily mean that you lose weight. The writer actually argues the contrary.
“Thanks for sending the article. It was an interesting read. The author was not entirely inspiring though. I feel like the average person who reads it could be less inclined to exercise all together, which is not really ideal. The point they are trying to make is fine, and correct in my opinion, but not giving enough info to the reader. Stuff like that makes me angry. Continue reading
I’ve been around the (Korean) block a few times…
More specifically, I’ve been in the English as a Foreign Language (and as CDI or Chungdahm Learning likes to call it their patented ESL programs) industry for more than five years in Korea. I get questions constantly about how to enter the industry, who to choose for work and honestly what to do if interested in this field if you want work.
Well, I just got another question (or should I say set of questions) asked of me about work here in Korea as an English teacher. Instead of just answering this gentleman directly and minimizing the impact, I thought I’d write it up here so a few more can read and hopefully benefit from my advice. In addition to reading the following, you can also read my piece called “Advice for Teachers” (they titled it that way even though I didn’t) which should actually be named “Advice for ‘Prospective’ English Teachers (in Korea).”
The guy asks: Continue reading
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Just in case you want to know how to find it, just search for “My Redeemer Lives – Team Hoyt.” It’s a tad religious, but just take the message to heart instead regardless of your standpoint on religion…
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Is it me? Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”
Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends. It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).
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The language, the offbeat content and quotes like this:
“…we’re going to be a family if I have to kill all of you!” by the lead character “Nancy Botwin” or “Shane goes on a paint rampage. Get’s suspended. Two of you ditch school to fuck in my guestroom,” after accidentally walking in on her son & dysfunctional gf are why I’m watching seasons 1 through 4 when I can. The first episode of Weeds previews enough good stuff including the walking in on her teenage son, blunt racist sarcasm, adultery, homosexuality and of course the drug dealing perfect suburbia mom who knows how to wield the “f” word better than most gangsters.
My life these days in a sentence: Work, my boys/family, emails, SEO Testing/Experimenting, Facebook, OCW classes when I can, Weeds & a periodic flick or two here and there.
Pretty sad, eh?
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