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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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Miss you @javabeans! Thank you for creating this site. It's been part of my daily routine to read through recaps, news, comments, etc and has been a comfort knowing that there's a lot of us in the world who loves watching Kdramas. Thank you!

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thank you @javabeans for creating and maintaining this site, been missing for your write-up for a while. I discovered DB since my early years in K-drama land during uni and have been silently and happily lurking here since then. Reading recap, info, insight and other contents cheer me up and refresh me after a long day. If K-drama is my lover then DB is surely our go-to place, you feel just like home :') Last but not least, cheers to all minions who work hard to keep DB running, please remember that we appreciate you guys a lot <3

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ah JB <3
I was on the way home from work, a tiring one, then checking DB, and your post popping up, and just like that I was recharged, seems you just know how to make my day :))
Thanks for finding time to say 'hello again' to us by this wonderful write up, to be honest I feel like it's long overdue haha..in my defense, when you announced that DB was looking for an editor, you said 'someone who will be closely working with girlfriday and I', so at that time I taught you'll still be popping up once in a while, but nooo..you and GF were like significantly (only) observing DB *cried*, but no worries, I truly understand your decision, and even can't thank you enough for giving a lifeline to this site *hearts hearts hearts* , however if it's not a trouble, (cough) I won't mind to have new podcast from you and GF and Heads and gummimochi and all :D
No pressure no pressure :D

wishing you all the best with (real life) job/career!

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This is the best surprise to wake up to!
Thank @javabeans and @girlfriday for everything you guys have done for this community that I’ll never be able to forget. You guys are amazing and incredible people: which makes waiting for your return worth it! Take care and hope to see you guys soon *finger hearts*

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I love DB because this is a place where everyone understands and respects us. Thank you for creating such a warm and loving space for us.

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@javabeans <3.
Miss you so much!
I've been around since the beginning and have seen blogs and streaming sites come and go so thank you so much for keeping DB alive.
Although things may not be the same when you and your crew were running DB, I'm grateful that it's still our home for K-dramas and we will still defend it from invaders like that one incident in 2013.

Well, Lee Min-ho is back and Lee Jung-jae is finally returning to dramaland so come back soon :).

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"Lee Min-ho is back and Lee Jung-jae is finally returning to dramaland so come back soon :)." <3

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I was shocked seeing javabeans's name and then I read the article.
Tearing up right now. T__T I barely have any words to add. Just thank you for sharing this and thank you for creating Dramabeans. ❤️

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@javabeans thanks hun for sharing and refreshing my memories again and why I watch dramas ,how they help me in getting through the though times in my life and made a happier person
So excited to see a post from you
Happy dance

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i love this site and i love DB and GF just as much for giving us so much over the years and for giving a home for sharing the kdrama love. this is so much a part of my daily life that i will go into mourning without it. i have been here from the start but not daring to de-lurk and actually write things til recently. this is THE BEST place in the world to come and share ideas and thoughts and feel a part of so many others! the best of luck with your real lives and thank you tons for all the things you gave us. we will be watching to see if you can come back occasionally to say hi and check in with it. you mean so much to me and i can sincerely say i love you guys and i love this site. 고맙스니다 사랑 해 영 원히

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Such a beautifully-written piece. I guess I came on board during the beginning of the Dramabeans's golden era. I first started reading recaps in 2011, when I was finally free of a demanding graduate program and could devote more time to drama watching. In those days, I was mainly watching dramas on t.v or YouTube. I then graduated to other websites. I'm still behind the times in that I don't download dramas. LOL

I also don't watch that many dramas compared to other Beanies here, but I keep coming back to this online community to keep abreast of k-drama news and to read the posts of my fellow Beanies. I also started off as a lurker but eventually started to share my thoughts.

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What a wonderful community you have created for us @javabeans. Thank you and @girlfriday for your immense hard work throughout the years and thank you again for creating this space on the internet for all of us to come together and do what we do best - fangirl!

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Thank you, javabeans! Back in 2012, I was looking to see if other people are as invested as me in Arang and the Magistrate. That's when I discovered dramabeans and was hitting myself as to why I've never seen this site before. Dramabeans has become a second home for me since. It's the perfect mix of intelligent conversation and laugh my head off comments. You are all awesome! I love you all!

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Wow! It feels so good to read you @javabeans! You made me cry a little 😭😭😭 as I remembered how I found dramabeans and what it has been for me over the past years. I found dramabeans right when I entered the world of K-drama, that quickly became an obsession that no one, including my sisters from which am the closest to could understand. I was glad to find some place where I could read thoughts and fangirl with other k-drama fans. A world that could understand me! As I was struggling at that time both financially and emotionally, as an international student in grad school in the US, K-drama and dramabeans became a solace. And until now, dramabeans remains my community, because no one around me understands this obsession I have with K-drama. So thank you to you and @girlfriday for holding on, really thank you for keeping the site alive all this time. Good luck to you both!

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Dear @javabeans and @girlfriday

Reading this feels bittersweet to me. All those memories of being here with you guys (and everyone else) were some good memories I never knew I would enjoy so much. I’ve been part of this community for so long it feels incomplete not dropping by here at least once a day. Oh those were the days! But like you, life goes on, there are other committments and we... changed. We make decisions that we feel best for us (and for the others). We move on and make ways for others.

Thank you for this piece @javabeans. A closure to a lot of questions that I have and it finally feels like this is the end of an awesome era. I will remember you guys fondly and I will miss your writings. And I will forever stalk you on twitter 😉

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Thank you for creating this wonderful community, @javabeans! You (and @girlfriday) have definitely been missed but everything you have done to keep this place running is greatly appreciated. Although I've only recently started being an active user here, I've been regularly lurking since 2012. Dramabeans was a huge help to me when I discovered dramas and had no idea where to start. I started out using recaps to help me make sense of aspects of Korean culture I didn't understand or help figure out a scene that left me scratching my head due to bad translation. It also helped me figure out which dramas to check out. I've stayed all this time because of the awesome recappers and their analyses, as well as the great conversations they spark among beanies. I had no idea when I started visiting Dramabeans that I'd still be here 7 years later (and hopefully many more to come). But I'm incredibly happy I found this community, and I'm thankful it's still going strong.

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Dear JB,

Sweet child, I don't think you even realize the community that you've made here these past years. I've been on dramabeans for 8 years (!!!) and man the way I've been privileged to watch it grow is almost crazy to even think about. Without even realizing it, for nearly a decade, it naturally became part of my daily life. I would finish my everyday string of dramas and always remember to come here. Thank you for creating this warm little place where I could chatter with my peeps about dramas and fangirl over Jung Hae In's abs (I'm telling you, that man is _unreal_ ) and just be at home here. We're going to miss you and girlfriday so so very much (especially your weekly rants with each other and the podcasts too!), but sweetheart, I hope that happiness may find you easily wherever you are. And if a day comes where you and girlfriday feel lost or lonely, come back here!! We're all gonna be waiting for you with choco pies, dramas, and most definitely with open arms. So don't think of this as a goodbye okie? Okie.

Sincerely,

One of the many beanies who love you <3

tags: @javabeans @girlfriday

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Agree with the daily part life. Without even realising it I logged on into the site on a daily basis. It’s like social media addiction, except it’s not really my personal social media 😂

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Thank you @javabeans for such a heartfelt piece. I was so excited to see your name as the contributor.
I have been a dramabeans fan for the past 5 years and it has been such an integral part of my love for k-dramas.

Thank you very much for not turning off the lights on the wonderful community that is Dramabeans ❤🙂❤

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Hi javabeans 👋
As sad as I was of not being able to read your reviews anymore, I would forever be grateful for this site, the one where my alter ego can fully be a drama watching ahjumma and a fangirl.
I would sometimes re-read your 2d1n recaps and would reminisce the good old days when I was still a university student and did not have the luxury of watching shows. Now that I’m a working adult, I still don’t have time (less in fact) and therefore the constant presence of this site is a real blessing.
I hope dramabeans would prosper and exist for a long, long time.

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I found this site in 2009/2010 around the time I discovered K-dramas, and even though the most covered shows weren't always the ones I was watching, I loved the intelligence, warmth, humor, and joy that you, girlfriday, headsno2 and the rest of the team brought to the page. I'm glad the site is still here, but it's different now and I miss the distinctive personal voice and vision you all brought to it. So it's lovely to hear that voice again, even briefly. Thank you.

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Thanks, @javabeans, for building this community, for being a voice for drama fans, for your thoughtful insight into the stories you covered, and also for your patience with me for the short time that I served as your movie reviewer here. I've felt the blogging downturn myself, and am grateful that you've passed the reigns onto fans that keep the lights on here, so that fans here can continue to congregate.

I wish you well in your current endeavors, hope that your future is bright, and that we will meet again on the internets or perhaps in real life.

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Very few people can say "I made something great". You did. It is a remarkable achievement. Thank you.

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I think what would make this post perfect - if @girlfriday wrote a reply as well. Thanks so much @javabeans for all the great times. Love ya guys!

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Yes. We miss you @javabeans @girlfriday.

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I haven't been visiting recently but strangely , something called me back today and then I saw your post! Thanks for updating about you and girlfriday,I always wondered what happened to you two recently. Now I understand why you write so well, you worked in the TV industry! I Guess real life always beckons for us to do other things. Just want to thank you for providing all these years of interesting reads. Some of the recaps were even better than the actual dramas! I also admire you for keeping the site pure and clean, not spiralling into gossips. Wishing you all the best and hope you come back here Whenever you can! Hugz.

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Yay! Great to hear from you @javabeans. Dramabeans is my favourite place on the internet. Thanks for not only dreaming it but bringing into being. Good luck with your new project!

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I'm just thinking... what if Javabeans and Girlfriday are working on some awesome kdrama script?? 😱
New Hong sisters?? 😍😄😊

(...I just miss your voices so much, @javabeans and @girlfriday 😢 Come back in some form, please 🙏 😘)

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Oooooh, I would be there with Bells On to watch that! BELLS ON!!!

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Thank you.....I can relate to your experiences so much.....This place is my escape too....kinda going through the same crisis of faith and kinda clueless as to where I am headed.......You guys should be so proud...to be able to create a community that is so positive like the one we have here in Dramabeans, takes sincere and ardent effort, hard work. I miss your recaps, podcast. Hopefully, you will be able to comeback again. Good luck and once again thank you.

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These past 12 years have been great. I have also met lifelong friends because of Dramabeans and WITHS2. The fansubbing era was amazing because it came from the pure passion and dedication of fans like yourself, just like when you started back in 2007.

Dramabeans will always be "that house remains where it always was" (Shin Chaegyung, Queen of Seven Days). Drama fans, readers may come and go, but this site for as long as it exists, will always be there for those who come back.

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This has to be the first comment I've written on Dramabeans even though I've been a silent reader for years. Reading this post made me so nostalgic because I've grown up with this site and can't imagine where my love,...okay obsession, for all things Korean would be without this site. Even when I was oversees for the summers, I would borrow my cousins phone and use all of his internet data to read recaps of my favorite kdramas. I love to read through all of the comments from all of the other reads who usually have the same exact questions or feelings about the dramas and shout, "I feel the same way." I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing this space where I get to let out my inner drama addict and spend a little time everyday where nothing else going on around me matters. Hopefully this post gets me to actually start posting more, and it's all thanks to you javabeans and girlfriday.

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I am in tears. Thank you javabeans and girlfriday. I've been following dramabeans since 2009 and I will always be your fan.

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As soon as I saw the title for this post, I thought if only it would be a post by @javabeans. imagine my delight---well, you don't have to; it's the same delight shared by all these beanies. i don't think i can add much to all the comments already made. beanies say things so well!! this site has been the same wonderful, safe, happy, intelligent place to me that it has been to so many others. thank you. thank you thank you thank you. a hundred times over. thank you, too, for sharing your story. i hope that, as your time allows, you and @girlfriday will still pop in with updates, comments, sidebars, and wee hellos. you are very much missed. ♥ i had a friend once who signed off on all her emails with With every good wish,.

With every good wish,
anothernicole, beanie ♥

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we miss you. that is all.

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All I can say is, thank you @javabeans, and @girlfriday too, for giving us Dramabeans!

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I stumbled onto Boys over Flowers in August 2017, really late and after completing searched the internet on all BOF trivia and came across Dramabeans. I watched BOF all over again just to read the episode recaps and have been doing it since. I am watching a lot of old dramas but after each and every episode I go and see the editors' recaps and comments! This was such a superb idea Javabeans! One doesn't even have to watch the show to know what's going on. This is my very first time commenting on your article. Thank you so much for everything you've done and are doing. You've not only created a community of fans but also a community of great writers who share the same passion as you. Thanks again!

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I haven't been an active member of the site very much, but I've always seen Dramabeans as an invaluable resource in the English speaking drama community. I've never stopped checking in from time to time to see what's being re-capped, to read all of the posts dissecting drama tropes and mechanics, and to catch up on a little drama news here and there. The importance this site has to the English speaking drama community simply cannot be over stated. To me, it's more important than the legal streaming sites such as Viki and Dramafever and Kocowa. It's Certainly as important as sites long dead, like MySoju, that formed the foundation of this community and allowed it to exist in the first place.

It will be a sad, sad day when Dramabeans closes shop. (And I'm afraid that day will mean the end of the drama community the way we know it now.) I simply cannot imagine a world without Dramabeans in it.

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I have gone through and liked every single comment on this article. And then I liked my own comment to make it even.

This is a beautiful place.

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me too ❤️❤️❤️

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@javabeans 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
GIIIIIIIIIRL ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is my first time posting even though i have been an avid reader of dramabeans since 2011. thank you for all the years you dedicated to this site it has been a place where I could indulge in my kdrama addiction. Thank you Javabeans and i miss you and girlfridays wit and take on dramas.

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I'm ever grateful to Dramabeans but I do miss javabeans and girlfriday something awful. What I'm about to say may get me run out of 'beans territory but I, for one, would be willing to donate if Dramabeans ran regular donation "marathons" (similar to Wikipedia's "everybody donate $3-$5"). Or even pay for membership, although that might not work as it might reduce the amount of traffic here. My point is I'm willing to pay for my 'beans addiction.

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i am open to discussion along this line

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And just to be a little clearer, my meaning is so much javabeans and girlfriday can take a salary and come back to the site full time. :)

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@javabeans @girlfriday let this be clear. no one writes recaps like you guys do. Your recaps and podcasts are sorely missed!

Thanks for providing such a safe and vibrant place for drama fans. I've been here since you began and technically "grew up" with the site into adulthood. I was a student at the time the site began; now I have become a teacher, and some of my student watches Korean dramas! It all comes full circle.

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*students watch

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I agree. I also find that javabeans and girlfriday, in their recaps, understood that one of the reasons some of us frequent the site is for extra tidbits in the recap that explains things that culturally those of us who are not of Korean descent might be going crazy trying to figure out the "why" characters behave a certain way. I rarely read the recaps nowadays because after reading, they rarely provide the answers I'm looking for.

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This. So true. Wasn't there once a series on Korean pop culture? Hopefully it can be brought back...

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I wish they would start a Q&A for cultural stuff, especially where you could ask about specific things in specific dramas.

THINGS I LEARNED ON DRAMABEANS:
- what licking your finger and touching your nose meant.
- what ducks symbolized for a guy bent on marriage.
- holding your earlobes
- running out with your shoes on backwards.
And so many other things. And still I have more questions with every new drama and saeguk.

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@javabeans
I am mainly a lurker, but I have been a devout follower for 11 years. I admit that since you girls stopped being present, I also stopped checking the site as frequently as I used to. Nevertheless, I cannot express enough how thankful I have been for this site. With all the respect to others who have been part of this community (great, articulate, funny people), I have to say that you and then @girlfriday were the main reason I came back to this site again and again. I loved you writing style, I appreciated your insight, I really cherished all those extra pieces I would never understand if not for your cultural background and what seems to be a vast knowledge. For a few years Dramabeans was the first site I checked first thing in the morning, even without actively following the dramas. (I made up for it ;) My work allows me working hard and then choosing my days off- so hurray to marathons). My professional and personal world is so far from kdrama watching, so there is literally no one I can discuss my watching experience with. Dramabeans was some kind of one way communication, because you voiced so many things that I couldn't put into words. Kdramas, kmovies, kvariety shows... Even after "Parasite" won Palme D'or in Cannes people still don't understand why this KMedia Content World (for the lack of a better expression) has such a grip on me. I would appreciate so much to read YOUR take on the latest movies and dramas, I really miss it. Thank you so much for an opportunity to enjoy such an intelligent, articulate and captivating writing.

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Should I say, Welcome Back, Javabeans, though you never really left? Feels good to read an article from you. Missed you and hope you are doing okay.

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So happy to see a post by you Javabeans! I have been following this blog since 2007 when I was teaching English in Korea and started watching K-dramas - loved it from the start!

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I started watching Korean dramas in 2008, around which time I also discovered Dramabeans. I was reading this drama recap and from then on, I knew my life would never be the same. (Cliché, I know.)
Dramas became an escape from the pressures of high school and it gave me an outlet to express myself freely without prejudice. It was a way for me to keep up with ongoing dramas and I realized, more than knowing how the story progresses, I was actually looking forward to DB and girlfriday's comments at the end, how they would break down the episode into its pros and cons, their personal opinions with a dash of witty, snarky, but good-humored comments, and other squee-worthy moments that I find myself chuckling at 2 in the morning while on study break. I remember scrolling through the master list of drama recaps when it was still a long page with a small thumbnail of the drama poster at the side and looking forward to the banner art at the website header. Now 12 years later, I guess you could say I grew up with this site. 😊
I am amazed at how the site has grown but most of all, I am in awe of how our sense of community is still the same. We're all just fan girls/boys looking for a welcoming outlet to vent our villain frustrations or how our oppa could be so handsome but clueless at the same time 😅
I'm immensely grateful to you both because at a time when people stared and smirked when I started rambling on about Princess Hours/Goong, there was this tiny corner where I can feel camaraderie from fellow Beanies. It made me appreciate and be more mindful of other cultures. Though I am more of a silent reader, I appreciate all that you have done and are still doing for this site. It is refreshing to be part of a mature community that welcomes different opinions and intellectual discussions. The international K-Drama community is what it is today largely because of your hard work and dedication.

Thank you. 너무 감사합니다.
Much love from my tiny corner here in Cebu, Philippines. ❤

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Thanks to u javabean from the bottom of my heart. Reading this site has been my routine and go-to place for me to recharge. It really made my day when everthing else was gloomy. Love u!

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miss you guys @javabeans and @girlfriday

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Javabeans!!! I have missed you A LOT. Dramabeans mean a lot to me too. I have been a life-long fan, since the said when Dramabeans was at its peak. It's great hearing from you Javabeans. I hope you enjoy whatever you're doing right now. :D

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Miss you guys super. Honestly. I swing by here occasionally. Also, it was this piece of your story I was most curious about. I kept thinking... there's no way this genius writer was just sitting around watching dramas, right?? Lol. I mean, yeah... but also, she has to have a story? Ha. I grew up here at Dramabeans... my writing and analyzing abilities as well. Grateful for the two of you, always. Be joyful wherever the two of you are at. :)

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Also... GAKSITAAAAAAAL. Lol. Omgah, you guys are my forever faves.

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Your writing so captivating and the reason I keep coming back for more. Reading this made me realize how much you are missed. Though you are busy, please keep dropping by more. Looking forward to read your recap.

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OMG, THE @javabeans dropped by! Love you and @girlfriday so much. We wouldn't have this lovely community if not for you! Thank you and we hope to see you back real soon.

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JAVABEANS! I love you. This site has been my childhood. I've always been a fan of your writing. I miss your recaps, sass, and basically everything.

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