Anybody wanna write for us?
Despite our attempts to resist change—one might say to resist growth—Dramabeans is getting ever-larger (you may have noticed the growing pains. We promise we’re trying to work things out). That is to say, the readership and the voracious appetites are growing—but on the other hand, our manpower is not.
Dramaland keeps growing too, which is a happy occasion for viewers but a wearying one for recappers. It just keeps churning out so much new material that we finally realized we can’t do it all ourselves. Well, we knew this a long time ago but damned if we didn’t keep trying anyway. Rather than abuse our 4th dimension privileges and risk getting kicked out, we finally realized it was time to embrace growth, because not all growths are cancerous.
Girlfriday and I have always been much more interested in covering what we want to cover than in feeling pressure to cover everything, and that’s generally been our modus operandi here—because if we weren’t passionate about it, we would have burned out and fizzled into a cloud of frustration eons ago. We were thrilled when gummimochi and HeadsNo2 joined the family and love them to pieces… but we maybe also overworked them too and now we’re all tired.
So who wants to come and share in our pain? On the upside, you guys would get more dramas covered and we’d get more sleep. On the downside… wait is there a downside? Why have we not thought of this sooner.
Ideally, you identify to a scary degree with the person described below:
You love dramas. You’ve probably spent way too much time watching them, in fact. Your loved ones may have attempted An Intervention. But that’s okay, because you’re among friends now.
You can commit to writing two recaps per week on an ongoing basis. The number of hours this takes will depend on your speed, but you know it will take a regular chunk of time out of your week and can deliver reliably.
You can write a recap within a week of the episode airing. Preferably within 2-3 days. You probably understand the pain of reading an odd-numbered recap (Episode 7, say) and having the internet’s greatest jerk ruin the ending of Episode 8 for you in the comments, and vow to write faster, faster dammit, so as to never give him that triumph again.
You don’t overpromise and underdeliver. You might overtip and underdress, though, which is acceptable.
You understand Korean and/or read Hangul. Priority consideration will go to recappers who don’t need subs, but needing subtitles will not rule you out.
If that’s you, you should probably get some sleep, and then apply to be our recap minion.
- Write a sample recap of an episode not recapped on Dramabeans. Don’t worry about sounding like us or using our lingo; we want you to sound like you. Make sure to include a comments section, but you don’t need to include screencaps.
- Tell us a few of your favorite dramas from the past, oh, five years. You don’t have to write an essay; we just want to know how your tastes run.
- If you have a blog, send us your link.
- If you could recap any show airing now (or very recently), what would it be?
- Email your sample to talktothebean @ gmail.com.
Deadline: Midnight on Friday, February 7