290 posts, 866 comments, and just about two years service, my time (Jae) here at the Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors has been nothing short of amazing. But like any good sunbae one must know when it’s time to step aside and make room for the next generation to flourish, and like Cha Du-ri, I’ve decided that the time is now. So, let me just say . . .
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I of course, need to give special thanks to all the writers and contributors here at the Tavern. I have greatly enjoyed collaborating and working with all of you. On posts, series, podcasts, and Google Hangouts. And a special thanks to the old Tavern owner, Mr. Roy Ghim, for letting me jump aboard his wonderful site in the first place.
I’d also like to thank everyone who has read my posts and commented them on. Whether you thought I was spot on or completely wrong, thank you for considering them worthy of your time. My ego has (at times) grown far too big because of you.
I suppose if you’ve read this far you may be wondering why I’ve decided to completely step away from writing for the Tavern on a regular basis. The simple answer is time. My current job (teaching English in Korea) allows me plenty of time to watch and write articles about Korean football, but I shall be leaving this job in a month or so, and I don’t think I’ll be able to devote the necessary time to watching and writing any longer. Could I write shorter articles or just less? Possibly, but my personality doesn’t really allow for that, so this is just better for me.
Beyond that, but just as important, is the fact that writing about Korean football, and the Korean national team more specifically, has become too much of a job. Supporting the team has lost it’s joy for the most part. You may have noticed I did not write anything during the Asian Cup, this is why. I love the team, I love Korea, and if this was a paying gig than that’d be something else, but as it stands I won’t let a hobby ruin something wonderful.
Will I return like I did last year? Probably not. Life is short, and other interests, pursuits, and adventures beckon. Plus there are plenty of wonderfully talented people now with the Tavern to keep it going. That being said, I will still comment on articles here and will maintain my Twitter account (@armchairregista), so if people are curious what I’m thinking it’ll still be possible to chat about the national team, KPAs, K League, and everything else.
So, again. Thank you everyone for the last two years. It’s been a fantastic ride.