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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

December27

This blog has an expiration date. It’s sad to think about, because blogging has become a major part of my life. It’s my way of reflecting, it’s catharsis, it’s a way to stay in touch with people… but I want to keep this blog pure. I want it to be a record of my time in Korea, and of my time with my students. That time is quickly reaching its end. I may or may not continue blogging, and if I do I’ll post my updated information, but as of right now nothing is sure other than this:

I need to get at least one viewer from Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, or I’ll be really sad.

One of the more fascinating things I’ve been able to do with this blog is track my viewer statistics. As I’m not actively trying to increase my readership, I don’t do much with this information other than look at it. The following graphic is a screenshot of my google analytics page. It’s a map of the United States, and it shows how many visitors have come to my blog from July 2010 to December 2012. Surprisingly enough, I’ve had a visitor from every single state, except for Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Now, I’m sure that for some of these states I’ve only had one visitor, and that visitor probably came to my page by accident and stayed for one or two seconds, but still, that’s a visitor.

 

If a state is green, that means that it has had a visitor. How saturated it is, shows how many visitors to my blog have come from that state. As you can see, most of my readers are from Virginia and Massachusetts (hi family!), but almost every state is at least slightly green. Every state, that is, except for the concrete-gray Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Blog readers, help me. Spread the word. Unfurl the banners. We have until July, 2013 to make this happen.

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  1. Avatar January 8th, 2013 at 3:26 pm Jim Groom Says:

    Your an awesome blogger, and this site can still stand as a testament to you time in Korea, but another space tracking new adventures might be in order depending on the motivation. The trick you figured out and which inspires me is the habit of it all. Your posts strike me as genuine reflections on an experience constantly unfolding, it is pure and that’s hard to do


  2. Avatar January 8th, 2013 at 5:07 pm Ronda Neugebauer Says:

    SoDak check! Bring the green! Safe travels to you and may your MT and ND visitors stop by your blog soon.


  3. Avatar January 9th, 2013 at 12:20 pm epotosky Says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my silly blog, one down, two to go!


  4. Avatar January 9th, 2013 at 12:21 pm epotosky Says:

    Thanks Jim, and thanks for the shout-out on twitter!


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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an ”읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.