Yet with Scroozle.com primarily concerned with cataloging the Korean EFL experience, I really should restrict myself from non-Korean topics. At least for consistency's sake. However, some of the entries I wrote about Canada throughout the years have been favourably received. Many people are finding the Korean blog because they searched for a Canadian topic, and get one of my entries as a result. Ironically enough, I've seen my blog used to settle online disputes over Canadian issues (usually via a non-Canadian audience).
In recent months, I've been planning how I could go about and introduce a blog that targets Canadian issues. A blog about Canada, written by a Canadian expat, and aimed at an international audience. Thanks to my familiarity with the Korean expat blogosphere, I set about to search for similarly high-quality blogs about Canada. I was disappointed by the lack of decent quality sites. As far as I'm able to tell, there aren't any blogs that present Canada in a manner similar to Korea's Marmot's Hole, Gusts of Popular Feeling, or even mine.
Does the vacuum exist for a reason? Is there a real lack of interest in Canadiana? I somehow doubt it. As far as I'm able to tell, our star has risen considerably in the past few years (maybe buoyed by the 2010 Vancouver Olympics). The antics of our government are starting to ripple outwards from Ottawa. Our researches make headlines, as does the muzzling of our scientists. Our video game, film, and animation industries are firstclass. I think most Canadians view our country as too dull to devote a blog to it.
What I want to do is present the real side of Canada, much like I have done with Korea. There's this idealized version of Canada created by the American media that has spread further than it should have. The environmentally-friendly, gun-free, socialists' wet dream Canada, where corporations are held in check, and everyone gets free healthcare is about as realistic as Gangnam Style.
There also exists quite a bit of confusion abroad as to what constitutes Canadian culture. Try as the government might, they haven't been able to crack that particular nut. I'll have a go at it, but I'll primarily concern myself with current social issues and how they affect the greater Canadian framework. I'll also discuss political issues, as Canada lacks something like The Daily Show (This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Mercer Report don't count, as you need to be Canadian to understand them).
History will also play a part in the blog posts. I'm still of the belief you can't fully understand something unless you understand its history. I'm planning on doing a series of entries on historical topics throughout the blog's run.
I'll try to have it ready to launch on July 1st, which is Canada Day. Stay tuned.