The Little Dorama Girl – 1st Anniversary Post
A Good Year
by Ender’s Girl
The Little Dorama Girl has just turned one! I know, I know… surviving a year in cyberspace may not seem a big deal for longtime bloggers and other active netizens, but for people like myself, whom Nature has… *gifted* with the attention span of a Jack Russell terrier pumped full with uppers, one straight year of doing this kind of stuff IS a big. fuggin’. deal, yo. So, 365 days, 72 blog posts (438 if you count the unfinished drafts, hahaha. again — Jack Russell terrier!!! can’t fight Mutha Naycha, yo. lulz), 1,460 comments (3,380 including the spammy variety), and over 76k+ page views later… I’m still here! Like it or not! Still dorama-ing to the beat of my own drum (or so I’d like to think), still inflicting my meshugaas on hapless wayfarers, still adding to the content pollution of the blogosphere — or at least, a tiny corner thereof — one review/rant/rhapsody/rumination at a time.
Any blogger – whether their site has a readership of 10, or 10 million – will tell you that blogging is truly an experience like no other. For starters, I had to learn the ropes on the fly, but thanks to the user-friendly WordPress platform I got the hang of things quicker than expected. (WordPress is a godsend for non-techies like me, whose learning curves are asymptotic to… zero, haha.) And it took me a while to establish my rhythm of watching, reviewing, editing and posting – each step a time-consuming process in itself – though to be honest I still hit a few snags and roadblocks now and then, not to mention the occasional detour that I end up taking whenever a new drama catches my fancy before I’m done reviewing my previous one. (Ah, self-diagnosed ADHD – you are my blessing, you are my curse!)
As you very well know, The Little Dorama Girl isn’t one of those superblogs that get a bajillion hits a day and churn out new material every five minutes or so. I don’t watch dramas in “real time” or recap/live-blog whatever’s currently airing on both sides of the Sea of Japan. I don’t stay au courant (as in, “I know what YamaPi had for lunch today” au courant, heh) on the latest dirt on Asian entertainment. And as far as producing new content is concerned (and by “new” I mean “everyone watched this drama six months ago” new, lol), I’m well aware that I tend to finish and post reviews at a rate somewhere between that of a three-toed sloth… and a barnacle. (I honestly don’t know how the superbloggers do it, but I doff my hats to them, fo’ shizzles! Even if I had the time, energy and political will (lulz) to keep abreast of the J-/K-/Tw-/C-drama scenes AND write about them every night AND STILL have time for that leetle thing called “Real Life,” I don’t even know if I would. Just thinking about it makes me exhausted already, lol. So to the superbloggers, may your creative vats be ever brimming!!! And may you never run out of English vocabulary words like I do from time to time!!! *Buzzer Beat salute*)
But what I do know is that I’m very satisfied with where I am right now, in my little cyber rathole – er niche, this happy medium where I can let my thoughts (and, uh, fangirl tendencies) run amok free. It humbles me to know that people out there actually read this sh*t, lol. At this blog’s onset I had absolutely no idea how readers would take my hard-wired predilection for writing fiendishly long, discursive (and oft-incoherent) drama analyses. (And I know my writing style has turned off many a casual visitor – not that I blame them, lol.) As a blogger you write primarily out of the need for self-expression (because if you don’t get the crazy voices out of your head you’ll go even MOAR batsh*t crazy for sure), but at the same time there’s that not-so-little part of you that hopes other people will also like the stuff you put out, and that they’ll come back for MOAR of whatever it is you have to offer.
For that reason, I consider myself very blessed with a small but active readership. Thank you, dear readers, for inexplicably deeming my posts worth checking out on a regular basis, as frivolous and deranged as they often sometimes are, lol. The massively deregulated comments section of my posts is where this blog truly comes alive, so I thank all of you who have taken the time to drop me a line or two. (You know who you are!) The comments here swing from insanely hilarious to fangirly-crazy to thought-provoking and insightful at turns, but they’re always fun to read. Whether or not we share the same views is immaterial; for wherever and whenever minds meet – whether it’s to discuss something as picayune as Kame’s nailpolish for goodness’ sake, or something as weighty as… the legal ramifications of fangirling Miura Haruma, lulz – we always come away the richer, do we not? Um… DO WE NOT? Taking the fifth, are you? Lolll
To be honest, when I began blogging I was bracing myself for the positive : negative comments ratio to be something like 10 : 90 (since I knew that most of my reviews could hardly be considered the “benign and politically correct” variety). But what I didn’t expect was a 99.9 : 0.1 positive : negative ratio, oh wow!!! (Not that criticism isn’t welcome here; I’ve had a couple of not-so-favorable reactions regarding my writing style and that’s cool. Appreciate the honesty.) So as much as possible I try to reply to comments because really, it’s the least I can do. And because I enjoy it, duh.
Above all, I guess what I’m most thankful for is that this dinky little blog has given me a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow drama fans all over the world – be they bloggers themselves or ex-lurkers turned serial commenters, lol – and share our love and passion for Asian entertainment “…and a lot of other crap” (to quote the Candy.Me blog header, lulz). Some of the sites linked to mine are run by people whom I’ve known and admired long before I took up blogging, while the other blogs I just serendipitously found – and became an instant fan of – only this past year. I didn’t really expect to make new friends in the course of blogging (as my initial philosophy was, “crawl out of cave. publish new content. crawl back into cave. crawl out of cave. publish new content…” lol) but I did anyway, in a lovely stroke of good fortune. (You know who you are!) Glad we met, yo.
So please count this anniversary post as my big DOMO ARIGATOU / KOMAPSUMNIDA / THANK YOU / SANKYOUU (lol) / MARAMING SALAMAT PO – to everyone who’s supported this blog and made it what it is. I look forward to another year of MOAR!!! Johnnies drama and film watching, MOAR!!! Johnnies fangirly exchanges, MOAR!!! Johnnies bad poetry and fiction, MOAR!!! Johnnies music vids and pic/graphics spams!!! And if there are three things I’m determined to do better in Year 2, it’s the following: to watch and publish more balanced K/J content; to actually finish what I start – especially if it’s a series of related posts – and not leave readers hanging; and to be nicer to Tegoshi Yuya. No, on second thought, scratch that last one, LOL.
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