Hey guys, it’s wonderful to see you again. After a year or so of taking a break from blogging, facebooking, and twittering, I’ve decided to come crawling back to the internet to promote my new book, Idol Smasher, which will be released as soon as I can get some people to review it for me on goodreads and amazon. If you’re interested in leaving a few sentences on either of these websites, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send you a copy.
So why did I stop using social media? There were a thousand reasons, but the one I think of the most, about facebook in particular, is that it seemed like a pointless endless race. I felt like I wasn’t only trying to impress a crowd of five hundred acquaintances (many of whom I hadn’t spoken with in years), but that I was also failing miserably to do so. Was it Napoleon who said that war is only fun when you’re winning…?
Anyway, I wasn’t getting anything out of facebook, the website seemed like a poor substitute for real human contact, its obsession with using my friends to squeeze as much profitable information out of me as possible was obviously creepy and NSA-esque (try deleting your account to see how creepy facebook can get), and a far friendlier and more interesting website called reddit eventually drew me away. I hated how facebook crept into my thoughts, how, whenever I dreamed up anything that seemed even slightly witty or interesting, I immediately thought of posting it on facebook for my increasingly distant acquaintances to like, all in the name of tossing a few more pennies into Mark Zuckerberg’s pocket. Months passed after I quit before those thoughts finally faded away.
I still wasted a lot of time on reddit, but I also got in a lot of writing, reading, running, and family time. That’s what I’ve been up to, more or less. If you’re curious, my wife and I also had another boy, which brings the grand total up to two, and all but ensures the continuation of my illustrious family line. I’m still working as an assistant professor of ESL at a university in Korea, which is about as good as it gets in the ESL world, and planning to get the hell out of here in a few years when my kids are ready for elementary school.
My wife and I really want to re-enact the journey my ancestors took, and sail into New York past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It’s been two years since I’ve been to America (or left Korea), which means that when I return home, if I ever do, it really will seem as though I’m an immigrant, more than a born-and-raised Amurkan. I’ll have spent a third of my life abroad by then.
I’ll be working as much as I can to make this website as awesome as possible, so please stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!