sponsor my cross country move

In January 1991, I put all my worldly possessions in my car and drove to Dallas for seminary. In June 2007, I’ll be putting all my worldly possessions in my car and driving cross country to California, somewhere in Orange County. This time with a wife and a son, but again with no moving truck.

We don’t have a date or a place set yet, but we’re moving in less than a month. Not motivated to plan it all out. Destination will be Huntington Beach, maybe borrow some space from in-laws, and then figure out school districts and housing options after we land. So while the exact details are sketchy, things are kinda randomly falling into place.

Since we’re going with fuzzy logic, let’s see if the viral power of blog buzz can help me out with a wish list of sponsors for this cross country drive. A guy can dream, right? I’ll commit to blogging this adventure so potential millions can virtually caravan with us — I’ll setup a new domain-named blog, make at least 3 posts a day, and leave the blog up for at least 2 years.

You never know who reads this blog, and knows someone who’d have the right connection to businesses that’d like webby viral exposure. So if you know someone, here’s the sponsorship opportunities for you to pass along, in order of priority:

  1. cell phone with internet plan to blog, to send photos and to post video – to share this ultimate road warrior experience, I’d like to make blog posts while going 65 mph, upload photos and videos right from the phone, even host chat hours via IM
  2. overnight stay at 3+ star hotels – candid reviews posted for free, but raving positive reviews + photos + links can be had for a comp stay
  3. meals at restaurants – candid reviews posted for free, but raving positive reviews + photos + links can be posted for meals on-the-house
  4. car-wrap advertising on a 2006 Nissan Xterra – yes, we’ll drive cross-country with your full-car ad
  5. web hosting – host the blog and domain name for 2 years with unlimited bandwidth and one-click WordPress installation – website launched at www.coast2coastmove.com
  6. bonus: GPS navigation equipment — for driving directions and more, we’ll talk it up as we use it all the way across the country

We’ll be taking the southern route through the following cities: Washington DC, Blacksburg, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and end at Huntington Beach. We anticipate the leisurely drive to take at least 14 days. All sponsorship terms negotiable. Small detours from main route are negotiable. Sponsors get appropriate links and prominent exposure. I reserve the right to select the sponsors (or refuse). Contact me to begin the negotiations now!

And a final word from the dear wife about this moving adventure:

Headin’ West after 12 years!

1995: DJ & Rachelle get married in Dallas, TX
1995-1997: Raleigh, NC- Jeremiah was born
1997-1999: Vienna, VA
1999-2007: Bethesda, MD

Rachelle says besides being nearer her parents, it’s time to return to sunshine, In N’ Out Burger, Jamba’ Juice, Disneyland, and the Pacific Ocean. (DJ disputes the In N’ Out Burger vote and prefers Five Guys.)

We’d love for you to come and say goodbye on Saturday June 9th at our Picnic + Open House. From 11am to 4pm, we’ll be picnicking at Lynbrook Park in Bethesda, MD, and then Open House will be at our house from 4pm until whenever. Please contact me to get the evite and pitch in on the farewell picnic.

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  1. Wow, what an adventure! You are almost to God’s country . . . just a little further north and voila! As far as sponsors, man, I wish I was connected more.

  2. One more thing. If I DID have a sponsor connection, do you have a sheet of click statistics?

  3. Justin says:

    Congrats on the move! Looking forward to following your adventure!

  4. joe says:

    DJ, you can be just like Justin.tv 🙂 And I might have a connection that just might help. Will email you

  5. Elijah says:

    sweet! Coming out to my neck of the woods.

  6. djchuang says:

    My high-level stats here are 10,000 visits and 20,000 page views per month on average, plus 282 subscribers according to Feedburner. Ordinary visitor profile would be those curious about web innovations that are useful in everyday life, and a mix of Christian ministry leaders, with a good percentage of random web searches too.

    So sponsors can come in several strategic categories: (1) looking to reach a particular audience that matches mine, (2) looking for added exposure by using a road trip story to showcase their product and/or service, (3) looking to use a road trip platform to market various brands, thus providing search-engine friendly content and links that would more easily connect searchers with vendors. (4) looking for proof of concept with a low-cost trial experimentation, (5) looking to integrate technologies that provide real-time interactivity while on the road.

  7. Rebecca Yee says:

    DJ, not sure if you remember who I am. Formerly, Becky Fong… roomies with Amy Chang Lee. (Attend CBCM) I enjoy reading your blog… almost every other day…. I check to see what you’ve written. Guess, it’s a way to peek into the blogging world. I enjoy it. May the Lord guide and direct your path as you head West. Sorry, we won’t be able to visit bf you leave, but I will follow your journey via net.

    God bless,

  8. yvonne says:

    Hey DJ! We’ll miss you (not that we’ve seen you guys a lot lately) 🙁
    But just the thought of no more stops on our way up north…yep the in-laws are still up there.

    Blessings to you all on your journey West!

  9. Josh Deng says:

    man, I guess I won’t be in town when you sweep by Blacksburg (I’m gone until July 20), or else I’d have to get with you for lunch! God bless on your travels, stay away from potholes…

  10. Joseon_Illin says:


    Blessings to you in your move to the west coast.

    I’m curious to know how you decided to move to the OC. I’ve thought of moving to Southern California numerous times mainly for its churches and high Asian-American population. It seems as though many AA’s find SoCal an attractive place to live for various reasons.

  11. Joe Chen says:

    Wow, talk about pick up and go. I pray you’ll hear God’s leading clearly as you trek westwards. We’ll miss you! Joe, Tina, Maddy and Livy.

  12. djchuang says:

    Joseon, decision-making is not my strong suit. So the location of the move was more predetermined b/c my in-laws are in the OC, and my wife has a strong affinity for that particular county.

    I’m not sure what the current statistics are, but several years ago, 1 out of 5 Americans move every year. And the population migration and surge seems to be most growing among the Sun Belt states: California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, etc. And, Phoenix is going to be the 5th largest city in America this year, surpassing Philadelphia.

  13. Lon says:

    DJ, congrats and all the best on the move. Very innovative way of going about it! wish i had connections for those particular items. Looking forward to following along!