Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Time to Come Clean About my other Blog



(FYI, see the same post at Roboseyo here.)

OK, readers. It's time to be a bit more honest over here.

It all started with a bit of an experiment, playing around with anonymity on the Internet... but I really feel like the lie has gotten too big.

See, it started back in 2008, when The Korean from Ask A Korean! (now, with a festive exclamation point!) and I got together to do the "Why Do Expats Complain" series that really put Roboseyo on the map, back when nobody read my blog.

Well, that went so well, that The Korean and I (I even know his real name) have become quite good friends through e-mail correspondence, Skype, and stuff. I even chat online with The Korean Fiance when he's out. (She's really sweet, and hella smart.)

But here's the interesting thing... during the "Expats Complain" thing, one person e-mailed us and said that it seemed like there was an echo going on -- that our writing styles were so similar he suspected we were the same writer. That was amusing to us both, but you know, it's the internet... anything's possible.

So TK and I played around with that idea for a while: it became a running joke between us, and I'd put a phrase into a post that he'd recognize as similar to his style, or he'd do the same to me; nobody else would have noticed if they weren't looking for it, like we were. But then, in December, he asked me if I'd be interested in submitting a post for his site, and seeing if anybody'd spot that it wasn't him writing. So I wrote "Fan Death is Real" in January '09 -- I've always been a fan death believer myself, though deeply closeted, for the sake of the scorn people pour on believers, but I figured everybody's be shaking their heads so much with the "typical of a Korean" prejudice that nobody'd notice it wasn't The Korean's usual writing style.

Well, nobody even noticed a bit -- they just got into the back and forth on the comments, and barely paid attention to the different choice in adjectives.

Emboldened, TK sent me another shocker of a headline: you might not have noticed, but the "I want to Kill the President" post that went up on Roboseyo in March 2009, and discussed free speech in Korea, wasn't written by me at all. Did you notice? I don't know that anybody did.

So it worked... nothing else came of it, and things went on as normal, until a few months ago.

As you know, The Korean got engaged a little while ago, which, along with a promotion at work, left him with no free time to maintain Ask A Korean! at the standard he preferred. So he asked me to step in...

At first I was nervous about taking the extra work on, but honestly, the challenge of writing from a different perspective was so refreshing, I feel like it's been polishing my craft as a writer, so I've been writing both Ask A Korean! and Roboseyo since late January (switching from hotmail to gmail was so that I could manage the mail on an account separate from a few of The Korean's other important, connected online accounts), on the understanding that later, when I'm getting ready for my wedding, he'll take over Roboseyo for a little while.

However, the wheel of fate would turn yet again. Turns out The Korean's promotion led to another, bigger promotion (good for him, I suppose) and this means that, while he has enough time to keep commenting on The Marmot's Hole (that was never me), he's ready to set blogging aside for good.

Given that Ask A Korean! is more popular than Roboseyo ever was by an order of magnitude, and that the question and answer format is so simple the posts practically write themselves, and maintaining two popular, individual blogs is just a little too much, especially now that Hub of Sparkle's back online, I've decided to quit Roboseyo, and devote all my blogging time to Ask A Korean!.

I hope you don't mind, readers: I've really enjoyed doing the Roboseyo blog, and there might still be posts here, more aimed at my close friends and family (more stuff about the rash on my knee than the rash of celebrity suicides: personal, not social commentary), but you'll be happy to know that I'll still be blogging, if you just take the time to switch your bookmarks to Ask A Korean!. To avoid too much confusion, I'll change my own moniker to "The New Korean," to avoid being mistaken with the old Korean. And still feel free to send in translation requests: I have some friends I can farm it out to.

Finally: it's been a great ride. I'm grateful to my readers and especially all the people who left comments and wrote e-mails. I hope for your support at Ask A Korean! as well: Korea remains an inexhaustible topic, and Koreans are an inexhaustibly fascinating people, and i look forward to keeping up the exploration.

All the best, dear readers.

Roboseyo (The New Korean)

p.s. Check out my new "About Me" section here at AAK!

-EDIT 4/2/2010- Hope everyone enjoyed the joke. And a massive thank you to Roboseyo, who played the part superbly.

22 comments:

  1. and a BIG thank you to Roboseyo for ably taking care of AAK! while I was pressed for time. It is so nice to have a body double.

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  2. all this time?? you've gotta be kidding me...

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  3. As I said, it ain't April 1 yet in the U.S., but I guess we can also go by Korea time! Now that you've completed your post, I'm assuming you won't have to erase my comment again :)

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  4. You had me there for about 30 seconds, which is 30 seconds longer than it should have been. I think the lag is due to the fact that it's not yet April 1st here in the U.S. where I am.

    Anyway, happy April Fool's Day to you guys too!

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  5. LOL. Awesome April 1st joke...

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  6. wait, does this mean fan death is not real anymore?

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  7. At first I thought you will announce that you have another blog where you are collecting dope hip hop tracks. That would be cool. But I'm still happy seeing 'Jump' here.

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  8. Had me going for a little bit. So when's the Roborean/Koreseyo video due out?

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  10. I was buying this, hook line and sinker, until "I've decided to quit Roboseyo, and devote all my blogging time to Ask A Korean!."

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  11. Congrats on your big promotion Mr Korean, and heya! Mr New Korean! Looking forward to future posts and puzzling puzzles unpuzzled!

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  12. Yeah I won't even lie, I completely fell for it.

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  13. I totally fell for it. Hook, line and sinker.

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  14. Hahahahahaha you got me, bastard XD

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  15. Excellent one, guys! haha.

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  16. i totally believed it too till i read the comments (but in my defense, it was still March 31st where i live when i read it). I was kinda devistated and was like, "Ya, the Fan Death article didn't sound like AAK". LOL. Good one.

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  17. OMG, If that's an April's fool that's the best one, I really belived it 100% This is what you are http://www.cinemastrikesback.com/news/new%20dailies/Kagemusha/kagemusha2-1024.jpg

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  18. I fell for it, and I was quite disappointed. Glad to hear it was just a joke, you guys had me for sure!

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  19. Wow, it's two days after April fools and i still fell for it until i got to the bottom of the post...

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  20. That was a sweet prank. You win two hundred internets for having the idea.

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