Most official South Korean blog sites are run by city hall employees, independent contractor companies hired by city hall, or interns that come and go with the seasons. I guess that's why they're official, right? When I was a Daegu Citizen Reporter/SNS Supporter back in 2016-2017 I gained a vast amount of knowledge about Daegu, Korean history, teamwork, research, and amateur journalism. I can truly say it was the best side hustle I stumbled upon in my life. At the time I was living in a guesthouse in, you guessed it, Daegu.
Playing around at The Style
Guesthouse, circa 2015.
Volunteering at the 2017 Chicken and Beer (Chimac) Festival. Yes, that is a real thing and it's the hottest festival in Daegu. The article about it on the official blog HERE.
On the flip side, there were other areas that needed drastic improvements, but no one running the press seemed to want to address them. With this blog, I'm hoping to bring more transparency and clarity to this blogosphere while filling those gaps that I saw during my time as a blogger. When there's a new article, you know it's me who published it. When there is a Daegu-related meme on the LinkedIn company page, you'll know it was me who created it (it doesn't matter if I'm the only person who understands it). When a Kakao Story post is uploaded, you'll know it's me who did the copywriting and photo-editing.
As far as tourism in Daegu goes, the city gets a lot of flack for being not fun, or just downright "not cool like Seoul". The ranks of coolness go 1.) Seoul, 2.) Jeju Island, 3.) Busan, 4.) maybe Jeonju because of the Hanok Village, but it's debatable, 5.) Gyeongju......... 78.) Daegu. But take away the comparison, Daegu's a pretty cool place and has tons of unique history: the first piano on Korean soil, the second-largest independent movement against imperial Japan (behind Seoul of course), Parasite director Bong Joon-ho's birthplace, the national debt repayment movement, the only monorail in the country, one of the nine Confucian academies entered in the UNESCO World Heritage, a lake that was built by a Japanese farmer. I can go on for days, but all of these happened in Daegu. Still not convinced? Well just take a look at the site. I'll tell you what. You don't even have to click on any of the articles, just scroll down the homepage or browse the other links.