Exactly one year and, erm… three days ago (I’m bad about anniversaries) I started this blog with pretty much zero experience and only the vaguest sense of what blogging was all about. But the discipline of posting every day was an attractive challenge. And I had a ton of opinions (and a backlog of 2012 reviews I’d written as a sort of test-run), so I took the leap.
And I’m so glad I did! I discovered a wonderful community of fellow bloggers and fellow drama-watchers and I’ve learned so, so much! I’ve learned that my first drafts are always terrible and to just get that mess down and then get to work whipping it into readable shape. I’ve learned that posting every single day is a bit much — but an average of 3 days a week is pretty doable. And I’ve learned that chatting with fellow drama fans can make a bad drama fun and make a great drama awesome. (Seriously — I’ve adored sharing both the twirling glee and the confused side-eyeing that comes with drama-watching — both here and on other blogs. I love how enthusiastic and friendly this community is.)
Where I’ve grown the most is in tightening up the focus of the blog. I began with the largely unfocused idea that I’d write about Korean dramas — but without a strong sense of the what or the how. As I went along I discovered that I enjoy sharing my mainly emotional — subject to drastic change as I processed my thoughts, filled to the brim with spoilers — reaction to dramas. But I also enjoy sharing more disciplined, thoughtful, and spoiler-free reviews. The moment I realized I could do two entirely separate posts on one drama was a huge epiphany for me — and the separation of “Reactions” and “Reviews” was born. (It’s the little things.)
So I expect the substance of my blog to remain much the same into this next year. I’ll continue to write babbling Reactions and orderly Reviews. And I’ll definitely continue the wild-card, “Weekly Drama Check-in Post,” where I talk about dramas or blogging or my week (or a mishmash of all three). But that doesn’t mean there won’t be changes…
Where I’d most like to improve is the style of my blog. I plan on doing a great reorganizing of the banner-line pages. I’ve decided that they don’t make a whole lot of sense (for some reason I was obsessed with release years when I started) so I’m working out something that should be a bit more user friendly.
The header itself has graced the top of my blog for almost the whole year. I am all thumbs when it comes to that sort of thing and it took a great deal of effort on my part so I was really, really proud of it, but… change is good.
Seeing all the lovely blog-headers out there (you all are such a positive influence!) I’ve decided on a new challenge. I’ve downloaded GIMP and I’ve been watching a ton of how-to videos (seriously — so, so many videos; I ♥ YouTube) and hopefully — if all goes as planned — new banners will start to appear. At some point.
In a huge burst of nostalgia — and in excited anticipation of the visual changes to come — I’ve sprinkled examples of my current blog style throughout this post. Hopefully by next year, they’ll be a fond memory… Let’s go Year Two!