I don't really have a huge number of readers. I've been at this for about a year and a half, but either I'm no good at promoting my blog, or I'm just no good at blogging. Let's just say it's the former, and we'll be done with it. I do, however, have at least three or four new international visitors every day. For example, I had my first visitor from Cyprus this week, and I've also recently seen my first visitors from Belgium, Peru, and New Zealand (they finally caught on, as I've been a major presence in Australia for quite some time...seriously, like one every other week, at least!) But despite my frequent mentions of Korea and Koreans, I only received my first visit from Korea yesterday. In fact, there were three separate visitors from Korea just yesterday. I can attribute this to only one thing, and that is Wednesday's post, in which I delivered a crushing insult to a staple of the national cuisine.
Three in one afternoon, after a year and a half of total obscurity on the Korean peninsula. Was this coincidental, or was I the focus of a hard target search of every farmhouse, doghouse, and henhouse on the internet? Is there a Kimchi Anti-Defamation League with a team of volunteers who spend hours Googling to find disrespectful online references to kimchi? If so, what are the consequences for those who speak out against this alleged "food"? Will my blog be boycotted, or worse, if I continue to ask whose idea it was to take cabbage, an only-marginally-edible vegetable at its best, ferment it to near-rottenness, and then add a combination of peppers and spices that render it among the greatest gustatory atrocities of all time?
If this cyber cabal exists and its members think they can silence me, they should think again. I will continue to expose this culinary crime and its perpetrators. And readers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, you've been served: Haggis is next.