I’m always looking for new things to talk about and have even written a post or two asking for feedback and suggestions. Last week a new reader wrote to me with a few suggestions, which while fabulous ideas that I will soon be writing about, also made me think about what I HAVE (and haven’t) been writing about recently. Along the same line, in my search for a certain widget for my blog (which my template doesn’t support so I need to find the code for a similar one or finally make the leap to being self-hosted – so scary), I added a calendar which lists the days I’ve published.
The calendar was an unwelcome wake-up call that shouted at me that I am not writing enough and not publishing on a regular schedule. Which means that I am breaking one of my New Year’s Resolutions – don’t laugh, I did write a New Year’s Resolution about blogging/writing. And since I work better with a plan – I’m a Virgo, we like plans, lists and organization – I created a new topic writing schedule and will do my best to follow it for the rest of the year.
What’s my plan?
I am going to ramp up my writing (and scale back my reaching out & networking temporarily). My original goal for 2011 was to publish 3-4 times a week and I did for a while but I’ve slacked off during the summer as I’ve spend a lot of time reaching out to people and organizations involved in writing about or promoting Korean culture (with mixed results). For the last four months of 2011 I am going to publish 5 times a week – one piece on each weekday – with each day being a slightly different or topic. I’m also going to stop reaching out (for the moment) and focus solely on my writing, working on a few writing side projects and networking with the first flurry of people and organizations who did respond. That should keep me busy & happy for a while 🙂
Monday – News, Event Promotion or Korean Stories
I will either comment on a Korean news story or promote an upcoming Korean cultural event (generally in Toronto) that I think is cool, controversial or makes me angry. If you want me to promote or review your event/music/show/festival/product/etc.; please contact me (there’s a contact form under the “About” section).
Tuesday – Reviews
I love writing reviews – both good and bad – and I don’t pull any punches but give my honest opinion of products and services (but I’m not mean, just honest). And yes, I’m just as likely to write a good review as a bad one. What I don’t write are reviews of events/music/shows that bore me – who wants a “blah, blah, blah” review.
Wednesday – Food
This section will mainly be about cooking (including cooking Korean from my soon-to-be-had Korean cookbook), food I love & hate, and food customs/culture in Korea and Canada. Once my much-anticipated Korean cookbook arrives, follow my journey to recreate my favourite Korean dishes and learn new ones.
Thursday – Korean Culture, Shops & Food in Toronto
I love Korean culture (no surprise to my faithful readers) and on Thursdays I will explore Korean culture, shopping and restaurants in Toronto. This will be a great way to showcase some of what Toronto has to offer and highlight Korean culture from a city with two Koreatowns.
Friday – Culture Corner
I realized recently that I need to focus more on the interesting tidbits of Korean culture that make it unique and interesting. The things I fell in love with while living in Korea like the historical stories, museums and clubs. The things that make learning Korean difficult and interesting like the different levels of speaking and how to address people. And the things that foreigners find confusing, fun and unique like how to call a server in a restaurant and how to get around Seoul. Plus handy cultural points like Korean drinking culture, where to shop (and understanding sizes) and things you should try while in Korea.
What about my other topics?
I’ve also decided to write my non-Korean stories on a different blog (currently under construction but it’ll be up & running by September). At the moment I’m not transferring my current non-Korean articles to the new blog as it will split my SEO (I’m looking at ways around that). This took a lot of thought (as did whether I would move my already written non-Korean stories) but I think it’s necessary to continue building my reputation as a Korean cultural writer. I didn’t want to stop writing reviews, random observations and the occasional post about philanthropy and fundraising but they needed their own home. So if you are interested in reading my non-Korean blog, check out Toronto Thoughts (starting September 1st).
New writing schedule starts Monday, August 29th so check back often 🙂