Welcome to our new editor, stroopwafel!
javabeans: Hi everyone, we’re super excited to introduce you all to Dramabeans’ new senior editor, stroopwafel!
girlfriday: We’re so excited to have her join us; we honestly weren’t sure we’d ever find our unicorn, and we don’t know what we would’ve done if we hadn’t discovered her. Probably cry a lot.
javabeans: Yes, we know our requirements were pretty strenuous, but we really felt it was important that our editor fulfill all of them, and stroopwafel definitely does — she’s a genuine K-drama fan with a deep knowledge of the industry, who loves fandom as much as the rest of us, loves Dramabeans, and is dedicated to keeping it going with our high standards of quality.
girlfriday: And by high standards of quality, we mean having the right opinions about which oppas are best. You know which ones we mean.
javabeans: You might be wondering why we needed to bring on a senior editor in the first place, so we might as well talk about the elephant in the room and where the heck we’ve been this year.
girlfriday: Working jobs to pay the rent, you mean?
javabeans: Pretty much. Real life intruded into our Dramabeans life, and to put it bluntly, Dramabeans life wasn’t paying the rent anymore. At least not all of it.
girlfriday: So we had to go get second jobs, just like any plucky Candy would do. See, dramas do teach you stuff about life.
javabeans: Well, a lazy Candy, because I didn’t get six jobs. Just the one other one.
girlfriday: To be a little more serious for a second, we were faced with the dilemma of whether we had to shut Dramabeans down for good. It was just too expensive to run, and revenues were diminishing. We’re bad at math, but we knew this much — we wouldn’t have lasted through the end of this year.
javabeans: That was a real wrench to consider losing all the content we’d produced over the past decade, and I was honestly gutted. But at a point, it no longer was a choice but an inevitability, so girlfriday and I decided we would rather find full-time jobs and run Dramabeans part-time than to lose it altogether.
girlfriday: That’s why we were light on content for a while, while we were figuring out how to run the site alongside our other jobs.
javabeans: We wanted to let you all know our rationale back then, because I know there was a lot of confusion about it and we would have liked to have been more transparent. But the reason we didn’t disclose the information earlier is that we weren’t in a position to; we were searching for ways to keep Dramabeans alive, and were in talks with potential investors or buyers, and it wasn’t appropriate at the time.
girlfriday: But after a lot of searching, we finally found a buyer that was committed to preserving Dramabeans and our vision, and has invested in bringing it back and even growing it.
javabeans: Rest assured, we will still be here.
girlfriday: Not that we were ever really gone though.
javabeans: That’s true, I know it seemed like you and I had left the site, but we were actually working on it every day — it’s just that keeping it going took precedence over writing stuff ourselves, so our bylines went away, although we didn’t. And that’ll still be the case now; I’m still editing, reading, watching, living and breathing dramas. Maybe just more quietly now.
girlfriday: We’re definitely not going anywhere, and neither are any of the writers. And we promise we’ll try to write more things. That’s the best part of having our new editor onboard, because she’ll get to handle the day to day stuff, and we’ll get to pop in for fun things.
javabeans: Shhh, she can hear you!
girlfriday: No! What I mean is, she’ll get to do the glamorous, rewarding, and sexy work of reading all the recaps, assigning every news article, striking every wayward comma, programming editorial series and reviews, wrangling the minions, getting the oil changed, squeegeeing the windows, and keeping Dramabeans online.
javabeans: Welcome, stroopwafel! We’re so glad to have you! Please don’t run away!