…And a New Direction

AS I SLOWLY EASE IN TO a new life here in Seoul and struggle to muster the energy to write, I’ve been forced to ponder the direction this blog will take. When TDT first began, there was hardly a method to the madness — things have shaped up a bit more recently, but it still lacks a proper form. And I suppose I like it that way.

What I mean to say is that, while there will no doubt be a lot more posts offering personal anecdotes and meditations on my life here, I have firmly decided that this will not become a “Korea blog.” Opinions and ideas about the nation are already in abundance on the internets (coherency is another issue entirely) and so I would point readers looking for expat perspectives on Korea to more consistent sources; the Metropolitician, The Marmot’s Hole and The Grand Narrative, to name a few.

If I want anything to change on this blog, I would like to more clearly focus it in the direction of capturing cosmopolitan culture and philosophy; writings for the “citizens of the world,” so to speak. Even in my short couple weeks here in Seoul I’ve managed to encounter people with unbelievable backgrounds; globe-hoppers and polyglots whose roots transverse borders. More than travel itself, what seems to be at the core of this community is awareness — of world issues, of their role in them, and of the damaging effects of a limited perspective.

And of course, I’m always working to make the blog truly “daily,” a goal I’m afraid I won’t be able to quite deliver on until things calm down a bit more — not to say I won’t be trying.

For now, safe journeys, and keep reading.

4 Responses to “…And a New Direction”

  1. 1 James Turnbull June 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Hello, and thanks for the link! I confess that I’m not much of a traveller myself (lived in too many countries in my childhood) but I personally would definitely be interested in reading anything you write about “cosmopolitan culture and philosophy”.

    May I ask what kind of editing job you have?

  2. 2 Kathy Gehrke June 13, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Mike and I look forward to reading your daily transit comments from afar, vicariously enjoying the travelers visions. We wish you well. K&M Gehrke

  3. 3 dailytransit June 14, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    @James — Thanks, and I hope I can deliver a fresh perspective on the topic. As far as the editing gig, I’ll simply say that I work in news.

    @Kathy, Mike — I’m glad to hear you’ll be tuning in! Take care.

  4. 4 jared June 20, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Glad to hear you’re well. Tattiya and I booked our flights so we’ll be seeing you come July. Can’t wait.

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