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[Community] What Dramabeans means to me

When people ask about the origins of Dramabeans, it’s usually this story that I give: I had recently gotten back into K-dramas, a fixture of my youth that I’d left behind for some years, and was inhaling series like Full House and Goong and My Girl and searching for a place online where I could talk about them the way I wanted to. I didn’t find it, so I figured I’d make my own corner of the internet and see who else wanted to talk about them. As it turned out, a lot of people did.

I don’t think I’ve ever told the story of how I got to that place to begin with, because that always felt like the standard beginning of the story. But in order to answer the question of what Dramabeans means to me, I think I have to back up even further.

I was spiraling when I rediscovered K-dramas in the mid-2000s. I’d thought I’d overcome my “quarterlife crisis” (ugh, that term) and figured out what I wanted to do with my life, and I’d pursued it with all the focus and drive of a Type A overachiever. It wasn’t a pipe dream, either — I was accepted into a couple of well-known Hollywood programs for rookie writers that were meant to position me into my television writing career. I had an agent at a fancy Hollywood agency with a three-letter name. I went out for staffing season and took meetings with execs at studios. I was on my way. I was on the cusp of breaking into Hollywood and my life, and career, would be set.

And every day that I was in the rat race that is throwing yourself at the ever-narrowing gates of Hollywood, I was miserable, and desperate, and flailing. You know when you convince yourself that only one thing matters, like, at all? And you pin every hope and dream on that one thing, and it turns you into a nervous wreck, one that forgets everything true about you and instead turns you into a shell of yourself to be filled with someone else’s preferences and tastes. (My mentor would give advice like: “Just be yourself — but better.”) And the more I was in that world, the more I realized I might not belong there; I didn’t feel at home there, and my insistence on forcing myself in anyway was wearing away at me. After a couple years of running that race, I realized that it wasn’t the industry that I didn’t like — I didn’t like who I was turning into, in my desperation to enter the industry. Nervous. Overeager. Insincere. Where was I, in me? And when that realization crashed into me, it knocked me into paralysis. What do I do now? I’d worked so hard to get to that point, the thought of walking away was crushing. That seems so naive and young, looking back on it, but it seemed so all-consuming at the time. I had been raised to aim for the top — falling into the middle was failure. I couldn’t fathom giving it up.

About that time, I stumbled onto dramas online. I was surprised at how good the production quality had gotten in just the five or six years that I’d been away from them, but I was quickly learning how to download from fansites and clubbox and bittorrent. I joined Soompi. I was a megauploading pro (RIP mega). Then Youtube came along and was a revelation, and I was watching dramas cut into 10 parts, occasionally missing a part (an agonizing discovery), a slave to the twice-weekly drop schedule. And I was surprised by a new realization about how K-dramas made me feel — I’d always been a fan of television, but there was something different and intriguing about these K-dramas, which I hadn’t picked up on before. I was feeling a kind of fluttery excitement I didn’t get from American TV. I cried over the stupidest plot twists and wondered why. It was addictive as hell. I was vaguely aware that in diving into a new obsession, I was putting off doing anything about my own personal crisis, but I was too glad to feel relief in a new set of emotions — giddiness, excitement, angst, tears, and DRAMA — that I pushed those thoughts aside.

And this is where this story converges with that earlier standard story, of how I started a blog to get all my feelings out into words and discovered my tribe.

There are a lot of things to which I attribute Dramabeans’ success (and by success I mean longevity and general personal satisfaction in the running of), such as timing (in 2007, personal blogging was just taking off) and circumstance (there was an appetite for K-dramas but no other sites doing the same). But a lot of that is luck, too. Luck that the content was taking off internationally, luck that the producers of the content hadn’t yet caught up with fandom in how to proliferate it, luck that there was such a steady stream of output, luck that there was an insatiable appetite for consuming them.

Also, luck that just as I started Dramabeans, monetizing blogs became a thing and I could make it, at least in part, my job. I didn’t make much money that first year, but it was enough to justify devoting all that time to writing essays on Coffee Prince or Flowers For My Life and lovingly screencapping Gong Yoo’s face. I was juggling blogging with my “real” job, which gave it purpose, and it was such amazing fun that I threw myself into it wholeheartedly and never looked back. It was a thrill to find people from all over the world who felt passionately about something that I felt I couldn’t share in my offline life — people who wanted to talk equally at length about the symbolism in that one scene of Que Sera Sera as they wanted to squee endlessly about Eric’s abs.

I don’t know when exactly I let go of my television writing goals, but I do know that when I did stop and consider that question, I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t regretful. I was as fulfilled as I’d ever been, or could hope for, with what I was doing and while I wasn’t sure where this Dramabeans thing would take me, it felt valuable and I loved it. I loved how connected it made me feel to far-flung parts of the world — it shrunk our world of fandom and made it homey. I loved that we could talk intelligently about our entertainment but not forget it was entertainment, too — at the end of the day it was always about feeling free to love something, regardless of why someone else might not. I loved that our philosophy of welcoming all fandoms was appreciated. I met awesome lifelong friends through Dramabeans, like girlfriday, who was the best partner in crime a fangirl could ask for.

Dramabeans anchored me in a time when I felt lost and aimless, and while I would never advise anyone take up entertainment blogging as a career move, it has also been the best job I’ve ever had. It’s also the purest job I’ve ever had, in that it was a luxury to be able to write about things purely based on our editorial interest in them. There were a handful of occasions where we were pressured into posting something for business purposes that wasn’t quite in our wheelhouse, but girlfriday and I would resist until we could find a way to put our Dramabeans spin on them. When we couldn’t, we turned down sponsorships. That may have been dumb of us and to our partners, I’m sure we were frustrating to work with, but we’d always run Dramabeans as an outlet for our editorial tastes and we didn’t know how to do things any other way.

But of course, those business purposes became an increasingly prominent presence in our lives running the site, because while we were able to capitalize on the boom years of blogging, we were also facing their swift downturn. We made business partnerships that forced a certain amount of compromise, but felt worthwhile for the ability to keep Dramabeans open. Sometimes I look back on some of our best work (in my opinion, from 2011 to 2015) and I’m wistful at the freedom we enjoyed, but I’ve also always been ready to let Dramabeans go when the time came, because something that good couldn’t go on forever. I’ve never been that kind of optimist.

I’m sure everyone’s noticed girlfriday and I haven’t been active presences on Dramabeans in the past year, and we’ve always meant to address that more transparently but never quite found a natural way to do it. In order to keep Dramabeans running, we made the choice to step back (quite honestly, it couldn’t pay our salaries and we had to find new ones) and hand over the reins, which was a bittersweet decision but one we don’t regret. Because after 12 years, it would have hurt a lot more to turn off the lights and let the site fade into memories. And amazingly, far from being a hindrance to our careers (because blogging — wtf?), Dramabeans has provided a strong foundation for where we find ourselves now. We’ve been busy with our “real” jobs in recent days, but hold out hope that someday soon we’ll be back, in some form or another, because our fan love will always be alive.

Dramabeans gave me a sense of purpose when I needed it — it gave me a place to be completely honest and sincere and in that way, it gave me myself back. It also gave me a community I didn’t know would grow to be so big, or so meaningful. I’ve been immensely grateful for everyone who has found something positive or worthwhile in Dramabeans, which grew out of a whim but was held up by a whole lotta love. You guys have made the site into what it is now, and I’m thankful for everyone one of you.

 
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-sees by @javabeans-

-immediately starts crying without even reading-

-stifles my sobs long enough to see through the tears so I can read-

-starts crying harder-

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I love you, Javabeans. I know I don’t know you and have never interacted with you directly but I love you. And that’s all I can find to say to this.

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Javabeansssss!!!
I missed you! Thank you for writing this! It means a lot to go back to the origin story of the site I love so so much! 😍

You have done so well with DB! Congratulations!

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And by that last statement, I don't mean to sound patronizing at all! You really have done so well with DB and I am forever grateful for that!

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@javabeans, thank you for creating this community where so many of us have found friends. To be able to both squee and have an intelligent and civil conversation about dramas was something I didn't know I needed, but I really really did. I hope you and @girlfriday will be able to have a larger presence on the site again soon. Your voices, your sass, and insights are very much missed.

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Very much missed. I did a double take when I saw Javabeans in print. I was re-reading some older recaps and listening to podcasts, and missing you guys alot recently. So this was so lovely to see.
Maybe a podcast w/ your partner in crime ?
Loved your post, love your passion.

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I think a podcast is an excellent idea. It would be a great way of keeping the site going plus would draw more traffic to the site.

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i just miss hearing their input on the dramas themselves. I really enjoy our current recappers but I miss Javabeans and Girlfridays humor and in depth look into the dramas. i really would have missed so much without their explanations of word puns, cultural context and the the knowledge that could only gotten from growing up with dramas.

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I must say that I feel this way too. All of the other writers for the site are wonderful, but there's just something different about Java and Friday, something that's missing.

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Thank you for this wonderful write up javabeans. And thank you for creating dramabeans, and for not letting it shut down. I found dramas and dramabeans during what was a difficult time for me, and I relied greatly on this site to get me through that time. Now this little corner of the internet is my second home and I love it, and the beanie community, dearly. Many of my friendships here have translated into real life friendships, albeit long distance ones since we are spread out all over the world. So yes - thank you! We hope to see you back here again, one day. :)

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This is a common theme I see in a lot of us - that we turned to dramas at difficult times in our lives. And it's not just the stories but sense of community that got us through.

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Well, if you all weren't so darn sarcastic yet supportive I would have fled the premises long ago.

Crazy site filled with dumblings.

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Best dumblings in the world

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I’ve been a frequent DB reader since 2011 but it was last year when I faced the most painful time of my life that I realised how much DB community meant to me. Even without knowing it... because I never shared it with anybody... just being the part of this wonderful community it helped me survive. Thank you @javabeans and DB community to existing. Thank you for saving me from the darkest time of my life even though you didn’t know about it.

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When your tweet popped up on my timeline, I knew I had to drop everything and read your post.

Thank you for creating this community, javabeans! It's been a safe place online, when everywhere else felt toxic and depressing. Thank you for keeping it alive despite the odds. And thank you for posting. You and your posts (and girlfriday's too!) are very much missed around here. T___T But no pressure! Come back when you can. <3

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Exactly my experience, and more than what I said, but very much how I feel.

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I have missed your voice. Thank you for writing this.

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Nobody ever missed the good old days of torrent..
Ive been a visitor from way back then. thank you..

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I never torrented, but I honestly do miss those days, lol.

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I have missed you and your writing so much. Thanks for writing this!
T T I hope you always find this a happy place to come back to or to visit. <3

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Like others I just want to add my thanks.
I found dramas and then this site at a time when I really needed it.
I was late to dramas and dramabeans and had such fun discovering all the content. It felt like a treasure trove.
This is especially true when discovering a drama like Healer or Reply 1997. The context, humor (seriously you and girlfriday make me laugh) , and just the shared joy added so much to the experience.

Thank you.

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@javabeans we miss you. Thank you for taking the time to write this and for putting so much love and effort into this site. We love you!

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I knew this last one would be special! Thank you @javabeans for starting this little haven for us. I think you made this place strong enough to withstand tsunamis, and I hope some of that snark that your are known for will never be extinguished and that you do visit and maybe do a podcast now and then? Thank you. I am so grateful to have found this site.

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Thank you @javabeans for Dramabeans! 수고했어! 😊

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Miss you.

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I miss you guys so much. As I looked back over my life (not that I'm nearing the end), I realized that there aren't that many things that I consider to be prominent, yet my years spent reading through Dramabeans is one of them. Your podcasts got me through a difficult time in my life when I would spend the late (or early) hours working away, while everyone else would be sleeping. I was so miserable but you two kept me laughing.

Even though I have less time to devote to kdramas, I still find myself back at DB, checking "What we're watching" to see if you two are watching anything. I also hope to see you two back, even if it's for a "hello". You dropping in was a pleasant surprise. 😊

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Thank you @javabeans for creating this space, allowing enthusiastic drama watchers to gather and share opinions.

Dramabeans is part of my youth. I discovered dramas when I was in University and coincidentally learned the existence of Dramabeans. A place for recaps and drama updates. My 1st registered comment is in 2012, but I am quite certain I have been lurking on this site way earlier than that..pretty sure I was stalking Baker King updates here and maybe some other old dramas 🤣.

My drama watching will not be the same without Dramabeans. I relied heavily on recaps when streaming dramas was not the norm. The memories of clubbox, HJ Split, fansites, WithS2subs, bittorrent, DC++ etc2 is still fresh in memory. Drama watching has changed so much in recent years, Dramabeans has changed along the way. People come and go, but the sense of community and togetherness remains.

To many more years Dramabeans! 💜

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...and Mysoju... and waiting a WEEK for subtitles... the recaps were crucial then!! (One watch raw with a recap, one watch a week later with subs.)

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Thank you @ javabeans for this wonderful blog!!! This brings back many memories from when I first started watching kdramas and found your blog. Oh, the torturous hours of waiting for each episode to download on clubbox, bittorrent, hj split and mega! You made it bearable with your lightning fast recaps!! There is nothing worse that waiting for the next episode to come out when last week had a massive cliffhanger!! As with others, I watched things raw, religiously reading your recaps to follow the plot and I knew not a lick of korean. Then I would rewatch it again when the subs officially came out. The addiction was REAL!

You and Girlfriday will sorely be missed!! At times your recaps sustained me through my darkest days. Your voices were unforgettable and were often more entertaining than the dramas itself, like the Level 7 Civil Servant recaps where there was a copyright infringement on the screencaps, but the illustrations used to substitute it were epic!!

Thank you so much for the many years of blogging. Dramabeans will forever have a special place in my heart. I hope you see both you and Girlfriday active again!!

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😭😭😭😭 You And Girlfriday were my first connection to the fandoms in 2010. You taught me so much about Korean culture, interpretation and writing, period. I was able to take some of the stuff I learned from watching dramas and reading the recaps into my own career. I felt so connected to you two as fellow drama watchers, writers and critics that I would almost fan girl squeeeee when I knew ya’ll were going to be recapping a series. Reading your recaps was like watching the show all over again with a close friend. *sniffs* Because, like you, I didn’t really have anyone outside the internet that I could get excited about it with. You two would point out a small, awesome moment in an episode and I’d be screaming by myself in my room like, “YES!! YES SOMEONE ELSE GETS IT!!” LOL I reaaalllyy miss yours’ and Girlfriday’s writing, so I dearly hope one day you two will be able to do as you hoped and start contributing back into the community again. I miss your voices. Best of luck and love to you in this season of your life Javabeans, and the same towards Girlfriday too! I hope to read something new from you soon! Until then, I’ll keep up with your wine induced drama binges on Twitter 😜

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🥰💕💕💕

As with many others, Dramabeans helped me during one of darkest times of my life. Ever grateful to you, Javabeans for creating and keeping this site running, and to girlfriday, headsno2, gummimochi, and all the current minions and beanies for bringing a little light to the lives of all the readers like me.

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Thanks for the update, javabeans. And thank you for finding a way to make dramabeans continue even with your stepping back for RL reasons. It would have been easy (easier, less time-consuming, or . . .) to let the blog go due to changes in your life, but the effort to find a way for dramabeans survive is not lost on many of us beanies. You created this community and worked hard behind the scenes to allow it to continue. if anything is underestimated in this world it is the behind the scenes work that goes into what is seen on the surface. Much appreciation, and wishes for good things for you always. ♥owl

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Thank you for this special place that's Dramabeans. In hope you will come back to us soon.

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I... I’m sorry, am I supposed to comment anything coherent between my sons?

Because.. that’s not happening, and I’m sorry that I don’t have better words in return to the beautiful ones I have just had the utmost pleasure of reading.

Thank you, @javabeans. For being you, for sharing your story, for giving us this wonderful place. Thank you. I’ve missed your writing so very much.

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*sobs, not sons! Hahaha!

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I was a bit confused. Thanks for the giggle.

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Any time. I had to make up for the attack on the hair. 😉

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I was wondering how Stray Kids were consoling you...

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I can relate to this! I was mostly incoherent between my sons. And for a long time after.

Children - they do something to your brain.

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Is it weird I didn’t question the “between your sons” line?

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Same i was like oh wow PBG and co are such a prominent part of her? Ok I’ll accept it.

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I had assumed that Bams had adopted JB and GF and was just referring to them as her sons. It didnt seem off base. I mean, you know. Bams.

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Javabeans! thank you for dramabeans, for this community-- this place of so many meanings for so many of us. 🖤❤

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JB! That took me to memory lane with mega to YouTube in 10parts!

Thank you for creating this community! I miss a lot of contents from back then but the DB today has been fun and amazing as well! Hope to see you around soon 💜

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Javabeans!!!!!! 😭😭😭 My only regret was that I wasn't an active participant of your blog when you used to live and breathe this community. I really took that for granted. Thank you for everything you have done for the Dramabeans community!

I still clearly remember those times you had made me fall for Dal Ja's Spring because of your passion for it. You had filled those waiting gaps for subs (that you also helped translating) with your recaps on the blog. The rest was history.

Those clubbox, megaupload, d-addicts torrent links, hjsplit, YouTube only allowing 10min max each video were really good great golden years. We really did used to go great lengths just to watch Korean dramas TT____TT

Again, thank you so much. And please, let us know how we can be of assistance to you especially financially-wise. If there is a way we can donate to the site, please let us know! We cannot be always on the receiving end. We have to give back to the community ^_^

Still waiting for that day you and girlfriday will be back.

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I really regret not being really active back then too. It took me a really long time to get comfortable interacting with strangers online though, so I lurked most of the internet back then.

And I second letting us know what we, the community, can do to help keep this site running. I know everything has to end sometime, but I'm not ready for this little corner of the internet to end yet. (They already took Han Solo and Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia from me. I can't handle anymore.)

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Thank you for keeping this site going.
We miss you @javabeans
Love, February.

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yes. ♥

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Well, I wasn’t read for feels tonight but here you are, @javabeans. I don’t think I can ever put into words what this site has meant to me — thank you for helping launch this community and for giving us a space where we can simultaneously analyze scenes and squee over gratuitous shower scenes. It’s been a trip!

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Crying in public reading this omg 😭 was there in your early days and stayed on through your best - 2011-2015 as you’d put it - and though I’m no longer a regular (RL consumes, as you know) I’m glad I made this my home during my high school and college years. Thanks for the love and community and great writing, JB ❤️

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Oh Javabeans!
I love you & Gf. Love to see your writing after so long, it's still you. (Expanding on that later on...)

I was holding myself back but the concluding para... ;_; *sniff*

Thank YOU both..
Thank you so much for creating this amazing place. I don't...have proper words to express but all i can say is thank you very much!!! ^^

Hope your rl will be great & i too hope that one day you'll be back <3

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Okay now that I'm a bit more stable...

So i happened to clean my computer yesterday AND i came across this folder: DB.
You see, 10 years ago when i used to visit db, my internet connection was very poor, it went on & off.
So whenever it was fast enough, i used to download all the web pages to read offline. I made sorted folders for each drama, & i saved every episode recap in that folder, from 1-16. Looking back, it was quite some work 😅
But Totally worth it! Back then (10-8 trs ago) the major recappers were JB & GF. And i loved to read their writing (i mean who doesn't)
It was very fresh at that time, they used to put in more thoughts while recaping & it was quite entertaining at times.

Every writer has their own essence in her/his work & you could see that in (JB & GF)'s works too (also all the recapers till date hehe.) It's more fun to read when you recognize their style & pattern ^^

IN CONCLUSION, it was fun.

And yesterday, i opened some of those old pages offline, & read their recaps just for fun. The old layout & comments from readers, it made me nostalgic.
And then, i finally decided to delete them permanently.
There were SO many folders, seriously :O I had really saved a LOT of recaps 😅
Ofc i couldn't let go of all, i did keep one web page that had all their headers. (Remember they had that special page for retired headers...? ^^)
And a couple of other dramas that I liked & were recaped by JB & GF.

I held onto them for so long,

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And i intended to make a post on it today but then i saw this & i had to mention it here.

Back then i used to be so shy of online forums, DB felt like this community of intellectuals & i didn't interact for a long time. I guess that was also a reason why i used to save the pages to read offline.

After the makeover i finally mustered up the courage to sign up & things have taken such a positive change since then! 😃

That's why I'm both grateful & thankful to you JB. You did an amazing job. Really. And we all love you for bringing us all together here.

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thank you @javabeans, for everything you, girlfriday, and your team of amazing minions have done for us by creating and maintaining this lovely site.

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thank you @javabeans for sharing your heart with us :) i'd been told that there'd usually be one more post to round up TOTM submissions and yours truly is such a welcome one for all here! thanks for all that you and @girlfriday have done to create this great space and community for us kdrama fans to gather and discuss and share and get to know each other. it's not the same without you both!

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@javabeans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @#$%^&!!!!!! I miss you so much!

Dramabeans is my first and now only blog which I participate in. When I first started kdramas around 2010, it was to me a new, fascinating but strange world. Reading the recaps, comments and JB & GF sharing Korean culture and insights helped me immensely.

At that time, there other blogs like Softy's, Thundie's Prattle, Dangermousie and a few which I cannot remember the names. Over many became inactive and new ones came about. I'm not sure however if anyone noticed, there are now hardly any blogs which does recaps, features and has an active online community like Dramabeans.

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to keep a site like this running. Even if one can monetize it, the returns probably won't justify the time and effort put into it.

What attracted me to Dramabeans and why do I stay a beanie all these years?
- javabeans, girlfriday and their minion recappers. I can't find the same brand of humor and snark elsewhere. I prized laughter a lot so thank you DB for bring that smile and often, side splitting laughter to my life.
- @mary - I haven't fully figured what you do, mary but I know it's got to do with IT, running of the site and a Botslayer. We definitely can't do without you!
- beanies
I have taste that don't always go with the majority. DB is the only place that allows minority voices and don't tell you to shut up just because you got nothing positive to say about a drama or actor. Like I can't deal with 100 comments on how great an actor Lee Min Ho is or has to agree that he is the best because no other views can be tolerated.
Sure, things get hot sometimes and fanwars threaten to flare up very occasionally but this community somehow effectively self-police.
Most importantly, Beanies is the most interesting, warmest and funniest community I've seen.

Looking forward to you and girlfriday popping by or coming back. To more good years Dramabeans!

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I really like the self-policing part. We all come from different walks of life; we react differently to what we see, heard, know, absorbed, but at least the majority in this community are mature enough to handle discussions and differences. There will always be outliers, of course, but at least it’s not to a point where we would need to be policed by a designated Dramabeans minion and that rules had to be enforced.

And that’s one of the main reasons that makes Dramabeans a home to all of us.

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Yes I came for JB, GF and other minions critic on show and not endless praise for sth which just had good looking actors but stayed for the beanies who are civil enough to tolerate different opinions from people belonging to different walks of life. And also OT, I love OT. Thank ypu JB, GF, minions and beanies for giving us such a safe corner on the internet to talk our heart out about literally anything and be listened.

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We have missed you around here .
Thank you for this heartfelt post, Javabeans, and again for everything you have done for this site and for us!
Hope to see you around more often!

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Before Dramabeans, I have never felt part of a community. I've always watched and enjoyed media on my own. And I had never even thought of commenting about anything online. Thanks to Dramabeans I have found a part of my online voice! I have found my people, who know and like much of the same things I do too. Who make me not feel like the only one, because we are never the only one. I've been given the privilege to share my thoughts and writings here, while gaining some confidence that I was lacking. I could go on, but the point is: Thank you @javabeans. You created a space for somemone like me to also share her voice! I wish you the best in your career and hope to be here when you return. Fighting!

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**hugs @javabeans I miss you! Thank you for creating this site, rather this community!

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I haven't really cried that hard with Theme of The Month posts but this one is special.

Thank you for making DB a place where people like me can be at home, @javabeans! This site will always have a special place in my heart.

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Through this site you have created such a wonderful, caring, and thoughtful community. I have met so many beautiful people with whom I can share both intelligent conversation and incoherent fangirling with over the captivating world of dramas. Thank you so much for your passion and giving us this little corner of the internet. We miss you @javabeans!

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Thank you Javabeans for creating such an intelligent, funny, fun and dare I say nice corner of the Internet. We miss you!

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Ah a wave of excitement spread through me when I saw Javabeans as the poster.

Dramabeans has been synonymous with my entire dramawatching experience. I doubt both at almost exactly the same time.
And although I only first used DB as a way to read recaps and fill in anything I missed in translation (and that's how I missed the Healer Craze despite it happening within weeks of me finding kdrama), and I only starting commenting a year and 2/3rds after getting into this world, there is no way for me to think of kdramas and everything they are and everything they come with without also thinking of Dramabeans and thus also Javabeans and Girlfriday.
Your recaps were just as fun as the dramas sometimes.
And then I got more into the community and now we're here.
Thanks for all the years Javabeans and for sharing your story in full!!!!!

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.... And I'm thankful for you dan DB ! (to say the least)

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javabeans!!! It is so wonderful to read a post from you!

I add my heartfelt thanks to the ones expressed here by our fellow Beanies. Dramabeans is truly a site like no other. Not only do I thank you for creating this space for us, but also for finding a way for Dramabeans to continue. The drama-watching experience wouldn't be the same without it!

I miss you and girlfriday very, very much but I am hopeful that we will see both of you around here in the not too distant future. In the meantime, I send you good wishes in all your endeavors. Many thanks once again!

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@javabeans thank you so much for sharing this. Your discussions in your podcasts about characters, character arcs plus what viewers want, were so interesting and useful to me as a writer, that it might have taught me more than most writing courses. Plus it was about kdrama which I love!

So I owe you a huge debt of gratitude for all the work you've done here. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your views on dramas plus creating this amazing community.

(okay, now I'm crying)

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Like with so many others, dramabeans was this safe place I found during a rough patch in my life when I found it hard to be honest about any of what I was feeling, but here I could be utterly transparent about my drama thoughts and squees and somehow that just made everything better. I also found myself again, here, as Cocoa. I discovered parts of myself I had forgotten, buried in the everyday busyness of life. I started dramas in 2010, but didn’t discover DB until prolly 2015-2016~ I still remember the night in 2017 that I finally started commenting after a long day at work when I just wanted life stuff to shut up and talk about dramas instead.

Thank you for creating this space, thank you for not giving up on it. It means so very much to so many of us.

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Javabeans!!!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘

And thank you for creating my virtual home. 😘

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*Cough* Hotel the Luna *cough* recaps? *cough* 🙂

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I was here in your golden time (2011-2015). I was admin of fanbase korean drama in one social media account and DB was really helpful as trusted source. Almost similar with you, DB helped me to cheer up when i'm juggling with my routines. As time flies, i'm also busy with life, but i was never really left.

Until now, i'm still trying to read your recap and review and everything.. i always love DB. What i love the most in DB are the thoughtful contents and neat layout.

I may not join the discussion here and maybe doesn't know anyone, but i always read every comments and it makes me happy to know that there are many people like me out there. Thank you so much for creating Dramabeans. Hopefully, DB community will stay forever (^^v)

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Dear @javabeans thank you for creating this wonderful DB. Really love to see @javabeans and @girlfriday dropped by sometimes. DB is one of the site I visit every day. Love to have a place to discussing drama.

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Ugh... memories!!! Major nistalgia rushing in

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Thank you, Dramabeans. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't found a home for my love of kdramas. Exploded, most likely, all over, they'd still be finding bits and pieces....

This is a magical place. Thank you for creating it, thank you loving it enough to let go.

(Hugs and kisses)

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(.......takes autocorrect out to the back and quietly puts it out of its misery)

but,🤔

javabeans IS dramabeans😀

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I’ve been reading Javabeans since I was a first-year in Uni from halfway across the world (Brunei/Australia) in 2006/2007 and found such peace in reading about a world I was just getting to know and love. Countless recaps, essays and reviews later, I am still here! Even if I am less of a drama addict these days, I count on the reviews here to decide what to watch next hehe. I’ve never commented or interacted before but I just wanted to say thank you for colouring my youth and helping me put words to the FEELS, Javabeans! <3

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You and GF are sorely missed, JB.
I can't find enough words to express how thankful I am to have chanced upon Dramabeans while I was looking for recaps for Dalja's Spring, which was one of the early kdramas that I watched in my way younger years. Since then DB was--and still--is my main go-to in checking which dramas shall I give my 16++ hours of devoted watching or not. I also used to comment a lot here (using diff aliases--lol--this was before the registration thingy existed) but now I'm fine lurking as I enjoy reading through some well thought-out comments/insights from other beanies.
Anyway, thanks again for gracing us with your presence thru this piece and I wish you (and GF) all the best! Hope to meet you both again here sometime (^-^,)

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How do you explain to the people surrounding you that you’re crying for someone you’ve never met? I loved this piece, loved your story and love love love dramabeans. And... the story of the making of dramabeans is similar to my discovery of it which makes me feel validated and feel connected to you?! (So cool!) we miss you @javabeans and @girlfriday but im so glad you’re at a place we’re you’re comfortable and where you’re looking back thinking that was the best you could do and feel proud of it. I hope you enjoy your new careers and hope to see you here! THANK YOU SO MUCH for creating this wonderful, heartwarming and insightful platform. From someone who is now experiencing a sorta quarter life crisis, this piece helps me put stuff into perspective and I think Ill come and read it back again from time to time!

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I discovered this website on 2007/08 and have logged on almost daily since then.
Thank you for creating a non-toxic space where k-drama lovers drop in, particularly those of us who've never been to Korea and sometimes needed a breakdown of the meaning of things (the podcasts were awesome).
Hope to have you and girlfriday back more regularly down the line, as your voice and humour is missed :-)

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