A new job starting Monday

After several months of freelancing and studying and recovering from last August, I’ll be trying my hand at a new job in 12 hours or so. It’s still media-related, though more journalism than PR. We’ll see how it goes. I’m actually quite excited; finding this job underscored my sense that there are still plenty of opportunities for expats here in China, at least for those who look hard enough. (And in this case, I hardly even needed to look. I basically came upon it by happenstance.)

Of course, this will mean I can’t sit at home and blog. Or use Facebook or Twitter or other time-wasters. There’s still lunch hour and after work. I’ll do the best I can.

And thus begins yet another new phase in my life.

Update: Looks like blogspot blogs are blocked in China yet again. That would be an infuriating nuisance.

Update 2: For those working on their Chinese like me, please check out this post on the integration of Chinese Pod and the newest version of the Pleco dictionary. Pleco founder Mike Love explains how it works. I am a big fan of both, and I’ve discovered that Pleco flashcards really do work. I use them everyday when stuck in traffic and on the subway.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 19 Comments

Good luck, Richard!

March 22, 2009 @ 8:24 pm | Comment

Good work. A new job means new experiences and bread on the table.

March 22, 2009 @ 8:44 pm | Comment

All the best Richard. Best wishes for success in the job. And please keep blogging ….

March 22, 2009 @ 9:04 pm | Comment

Good luck with your new position! But I hope you don’t put blogging into the same category of “time-wasters” as Facebook and Twitter ;) .

March 22, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | Comment

As to be your new friend in Facebook, I am sorry to hear you say “time-waster”.
A Chinese saying goes like ” 新官上任三把火 “[xīn ɡuān shànɡ rèn sān bǎ huǒ], which means “A new broom sweeps clean.” Good luck to you!

March 22, 2009 @ 10:27 pm | Comment

The best of British, richard. Hope all goes well with your new job! Sometimes the best things come along by chance.

I second boo’s comments about facebook (not sure about twitter). :D

March 22, 2009 @ 10:59 pm | Comment

Best of luck Richard, good to see people making headway despite the recession, an inspiration to us all!

March 23, 2009 @ 12:30 am | Comment

Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

March 23, 2009 @ 4:25 am | Comment

Good luck! I hope it’s lucrative and fulfilling. Best wishes.

March 23, 2009 @ 5:06 am | Comment

Judging from your blog, I think you were meant to roll into journalism one day or another. Seems like a perfect natural transition to a new phase in your life to me. Good luck, Richard !

March 23, 2009 @ 6:22 am | Comment

Good luck

March 23, 2009 @ 7:08 am | Comment

Thanks everyone. This is actually a return to where I started; my very first job was as an editor. I left for PR years ago, following the money (I admit it) but I always felt I belonged more on the journalism side. We’ll see how it works out. In any case, it’s going to be interesting to be back in the field.

March 23, 2009 @ 7:23 am | Comment

Congratulations, Richard. Good luck in the new gig.

March 23, 2009 @ 7:50 am | Comment

Congratulations Richard and best of luck in the new role.

March 23, 2009 @ 9:16 am | Comment

Who are you working for? Who are the ultimate owners?

March 23, 2009 @ 1:07 pm | Comment

Congrats! Hopefully you’ll still find a minute here or there to still post some good debate topics up here.

March 23, 2009 @ 7:11 pm | Comment

good luck

March 24, 2009 @ 5:23 pm | Comment

hope things are well with u!

March 24, 2009 @ 5:23 pm | Comment

Good luck with the job! On the subject of language learning, I find this site is pretty useful: http://www.nciku.com

I don’t work for them, by the way.

March 24, 2009 @ 8:07 pm | Comment

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