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Wednesday, 27 June 2007

One Year Blog Anniversary: 378 days later!

When I first started the idea of blogging about our experiences teaching English in Korea, I had no idea that I would have come this far. The first post on The Daily Kimchi was a minor introduction. In the past year, I have posted 483 posts in 378 days (I started this blog on June 15th, 2006), which works out to roughly 1.28 posts/day, fulfilling my goal of keeping this kimchi coming to you daily. I completely forgot about my one year blog anniversary until I read about Jon Allen's post about Korean blogs that have lasted a year.

This blog now averages over 500 unique visitors and just under 1000 page views per day. Currently this blog has surpassed 90,000 visits! Thanks to ZenKimchi and My Korean Kitchen for the influx of visitors. I've had fun interacting with YOU, my loyal readers (some of you are: Sandra, hirocakep, john from daejeon, daeguowl, imoet, estlxlan, g^2, Natasha, Sue, Lily, Catherine June, annamatic, eliza bennet, yen nie, Leo, Ed, Michael, Carl, Mary, ROK Drop, Stephen, Katie, Susan, Jennifer, Bryan, Eva, and Cat--I apologize if I've missed anyone!) in the comments about the interesting things I've encountered in South Korea (and all my binge eating, hehe).

Also, the kind emails I keep on receiving have also given me incentive to keep posting daily. At the same time, I've also managed to monetize my blog thanks to John Chow and other tips from ProBlogger (special thanks to my sponsors Flying Cows Consulting and Education Connection).

Want to do some reading? If I could choose ten posts for you to read all over again, I would suggest:

My trip to the Demilitarized Zone
Christmas in the UAE
Serenaded by a taxi driver
Where my readers are from (the number of comments amazed me!)
Campus Couple Saturdays
Fashion in Korea
All my food posts
Top 3 Essentials for teaching English in Korea
Our journey to Jeju
My visit to Jogyesa temple

There are many more interesting posts but I can't list them all. I would highly suggest that you do some exploring through my archives. I'll make a post that has all my favorite experiences laid out month by month later on. Anyways, once again thanks for reading my blog. I will keep this blog continuing even after my time ends in South Korea.

Would you still be interested in following the antics of Gdog & Co.? I would be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments or by email.

Let's celebrate by having a piece of Philadelphia cheesecake (it's from Costco; topped with homemade blueberry compote--inspired by Michael Weaver of course)!


dannyboy said...

congrats on your blog's 1st anniversary!!
i am a korean guy who is now writing a book on 'how to make foreign friends in korea'.
while i was doing a research, i found your blog, and i have been really enjoying it, even though i haven't left a comment on your blog.
i really like your blog, because i am very interested in 'foreingers' thoughts on korea.
i have many foreign friends in korea.(i am an organizer of international culture exchange club.) so i heard a lot of things about korea through them, but, maybe because they are my friends, they don't talk about certain things, which you are talking about in your blog.
anyways, keep up the good work.
i just saw you might leave korea soon, but hope i can keep reading your blog no matter what it will be about.

thanks for taking time to read this.

Anonymous said...

Yay, congratulations!

Leo said...

Congrats on the 1 year!
Glad I found your blog and I look forward to many more years to come!

Anonymous said...

Hey, happy anniversary! I have enjoyed following your blog and hope you will continue blogging wherever you go next.

I keep thinking I should do a local food post in the style of Gdog - I'm not good at carrying my camera with me but stay tuned. Keep on blogging and have a good summer!

Tracy said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. I've just discovered your blog today and have already bookmarked it.

I love all cultures but South Korea will always have a special place in my heart. I studied Tae Kwon Do for a few years and my "Sabumnim" taught me so many great things.

I look forward to reading everything I've missed so far! :)

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hey Gdog,

I tried clicking on your link, Our journey to Jeju, but I am misdirected to some other link with a blue chair. How did you end up in Jeju so quickly after arriving here in S. Korea? As a water person, I'm interested in maybe teaching there for a year, but I don't know if I could live without the amenities of the mainland. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Hey Gdog,

How did you end up in Jeju so quickly after arriving in South Korea? I tried using the link, Our journey to Jeju, but was directed to Free Furniture instead. I'm a water person and interested in maybe teaching for a year there, but I don't know if the amenities are the same as those on the mainland. What's your take on Jeju vs. Seoul?

Congrats on the blog, and keep it up in your next endeavor. Wherever it may be.

Gary said...

Hey everyone, thanks for the kind words!

John from daejeon: When we arrived it just so happened that there were a bunch of holidays at the time. So we booked a trip to Jeju. As for comparing Jeju to Seoul...it is pretty much like Seoul. All the big chain convenience stores, fast food restaurants, they are all there.

Michael Kwan said...

Congrats on the one year. My blog celebrated it's one year in March/April.

Thanks for the link too :)

hirocakep said...

Happy one year anniversary!
I really enjoy to read your blogs. Thanks.

eliza bennet said...

Congrats GDog!

I enjoy reading your blog and plan on to follow it Korea related or not. Keep up the good and entertaining work and the food porn :)

Gary said...

Hey everyone, thanks again for the kind comments, and emails! I hope to keep blogging into the future, and I will be sure to let you guys know where I will be and what I'm doing! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy blogaversary!

I'll keep reading as long as you have something to write about. When I first started to do research about coming to Korea I read a LOT of blogs but yours was one of the few that I kept coming back to. Now that I'm blogging in Korea I really appreciate how much time and effort and organization it takes. :)

Thanks for all your time and hard work!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your anniversary from all at Flying Cows :0)

The Kimchi is invaluable to prospective teachers thinking of going to Korea and also great for Flying Cows who taught in Korea for years and still really miss it. We enjoy having a giggle at the photos of the Couple Clothes and the things you forget - like seaweed toothpaste!

One of our teachers told me yesterday that there are now Kimchi Donuts - is this true?????

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