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Sep 04

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Static content makeover + a change to the way this blog & Twitter feed will work henceforth…

As the post history of this site may suggest, I’d taken some time away from the aggregation of North Korea-related news to this blog. It really wasn’t turning into what I wanted it to be, I wasn’t enjoying doing it, it became more labour than love to regurgitate the same stories that much more articulate and educated people were already writing/reporting on. I didn’t want this site to become a "dumbed-down" version of the news, but that’s what it inevitably turned out to be.

Where do we go from there? Well, I certainly still want to share the news and stories coming out of the DPRK with everyone. And over the past 13 months of operating this site I have learned a lot, read a lot, learned the who’s who, the what’s what and the where’s where (?) of North Korean journalism on both sides of the hemisphere. I had accumulated a lot of resources. I needed to make it easier to share.

A new feature you’ll see in the menu at the top is the "Shared Articles" section. When I’m going through the hundreds of items that pop up in my Google Reader subscriptions each day, I’ll share the stories and they will show up on that page. I’ll be using my Twitter account as well to share a lot of these sources directly. So that’s one change.

I have greatly overhauled the Links section of this site. I think there are a lot of good resources there for both the newly interested and the seasoned watcher. I’ve updated the Books and Documentaries/Videos sections as well. These sections will always be works in progress.

For the main site, rather than share the daily news (unless it’s really blockbuster), I’m going to post interest stories.. whether they are mine or someone elses. Profiles of a featured blogger/Pyongyang watcher, information about specific DPRK topics such as the state of food aid, military assets, satellite imagery analysis, leadership profiles, offbeat articles, Youtube videos… these are the things you will see more of on the front page.

So, here is a video of two North Korean children executing a flawless drum duet:

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