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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William Henry Gates III better known as “Bill Gates” is the world’s richest man (at least for now) according to Fortune Magazine. Many people are fascinated about the man who’s accrued more wealth than anyone else for most of the years Fortune has compiled their list for the past 20 or so years. I’ll admit I also wonder what the richest person in the world thinks and wonder if what he says and thinks that may inspire me to do the same.
So, where can we find these profound thoughts? He wrote “The Road Ahead” in 1995. So, here’s the first chance beyond his emails and communication to his coworkers and friends that the public could read about what he was thinking. He followed up in 1999 with “Business @ the Speed of Thought. ” Of course Gates is profiled in the media quite often, but since that’s unpredictable when he’ll be quoted, there’s a few other ways to follow this very successful individual. Continue reading
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Looks like Korea’s automobile industry is coming of age…
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Byeong Hun An - US Amateur Champion
Last year, it was Korean Kiwi Danny Lee who broke Tiger Wood’s 14 year record of being the youngest golfer to win the United States Amateur Golf Championship. This year, An Byung-Hun (also spelled Byeong-Hun An) decided 18 years and one month was too old for the prestigious event which has bred professionals Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and recent PGA winner Ryan Moore (from my hometown of Puyallup). High Schooler An was 17 years when beating Clemson University Senior Ben Martin 7 to 5. Continue reading
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It almost makes me want to download “Scent of a Woman” and watch it again:
This should be mandatory reading for CDI and other English teachers in South Korea. I found it to be entertaining. I got this from a book of essays of high schoolers who obtained admissions in the best Universities in the U.S.:
I. Kids always say it’s theirs when it isn’t (i.e., cookies), and claim it’s not theirs when it is (i.e., a mess).
II. The ability of kids to do as they’re told is inversely proportionate to the number of kids in the group.
III. The worse you feel, the friskier they act. Continue reading
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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