Odds and Ends: Happy birthday, Dramabeans!
javabeans: It took us a week to recover, but we wanted to thank everyone who came to our 10-year anniversary party in LA last weekend, which was hugely fun. At least it was for me!
girlfriday: And me! And the rest of our minions, some of whom had never been to a Dramabeans meetup before and were just as excited as the crowd.
javabeans: Not to mention that WE hadn’t even met some of our minions in person before, despite chatting on a near-daily basis online! We somehow crammed 11 of us into one house and borrowed cars and made it work.
girlfriday: Okay THAT part was fun, the DB slumber party. I don’t even know how we managed to share bathrooms and squeezed everyone in, and I was convinced we’d leave someone behind every time we piled into the cars.
javabeans: The bathroom thing amused me greatly, because I realized halfway through the weekend that it was working because we had amassed a team of a dozen hyper-observant, introspective types, and while it looked like we were just sitting around, everyone was actually stealth-watching everyone else to find their shower-time opening. Every twenty minutes, somebody would slip away and come back with wet hair. At one point I realized I was noticing someone noticing someone else noticing someone else. Someone probably noticed.
girlfriday: They didn’t even complain that we put them to work all weekend long, and made them decorate the party venue and eat jajangmyun delivery. But the place looked great! So a very special thanks to HeadsNo2, gummimochi, awcoconuts, dramallama, LollyPip, chickachunga, tineybeanie, CandidClown, and murasakimi for being such a great minion army that weekend!
javabeans: Not everyone on the team could make it out, but hopefully at some point in the future, we’ll have more of them involved. We were grateful to have the team around to keep things running smoothly, because apparently girlfriday and I are big geeks and couldn’t just throw a party with food and drink and free conversation. We decided to keep everyone occupied with K-Drama Pub Trivia, which I think went off swimmingly, given how much useless trivia everyone seemed to know!
girlfriday: That’s the whole point though! We need a place to apply all this useless drama knowledge stored in our brains, so why not put people in teams and award them prizes for it? Trivia was super fun, even for us to run it, and I totally want to play again. I was also really thrilled to see people making friends on their teams.
javabeans: I liked how people who arrived early did a circuit around the tables, because we’d themed each table/team with an actor’s picture (Team 1 was Song Joong-ki, for instance), and picked based on favorite oppas.
girlfriday: That cracked me up, because whadduya know, Team Park Bo-gum was filled instantly even though it was at the back of the room. I hadn’t expected that, but it was hilarious to see how seriously people took the choosing of the teams. I talked to more than a few people who were standing in between Team Lee Jong-seok and Team Kim Woo-bin going, “But… you’re making me choose?!”
javabeans: I noticed there wasn’t that much angsting over the actual choice, however! We were glad people did well in the trivia (I was worried it would be too hard or too easy, but it seemed about right), which included rounds like Name That Drama Scene and Name That Drama Soundtrack.
girlfriday: The OST round was especially entertaining because you had the whole crowd going, “OH! OH!” and singing along before figuring out what drama it was from. There was even some dancing!
javabeans: We also thought our 10-year party would be a good time to preview Big, Important things that are in the pipeline for the very near future, like a total website redesign with more responsive features, easier navigation (we hope), more community features, a much-improved mobile site, and a new logo. Coming soon! Very, very soon! Just as very soon as we can manage!
girlfriday: Yes! There are big changes around the corner, and we’re working very hard to make the new site a place where the community gets to participate more actively and be more engaged with other fans.
javabeans: And merch! We plan to finally have Dramabeans merchandise, and maybe even sell some other drama-related items on the site.
girlfriday: I will buy ALL OF THE THINGS!
javabeans: I know K-drama and K-pop paraphernalia make for really random purchases sometimes, but I can’t help seeing a pretty face slapped on a pointless trinket and want it anyway. Partly, we want to make things easier and more convenient for our users to get their hands on stuff, and partly (to be transparent) it’ll help defray costs of running this site, because we hate glitchy ads (we hear you! We’re trying) and we want to be able to run smoother ads with less problems.
girlfriday: So… save up all of your money to splurge on merch? (Is not actual life advice! Don’t listen to me!)
javabeans: We expect there to be some glitches after we make the changeover to the new site, but hopefully those bugs will be kept to a minimum, and we encourage you guys to let us know if you come across anything. RIght now, we’re too excited at the prospect of finally getting a better design (fingers crossed) that I know we won’t catch everything.
girlfriday: We can’t wait to show you guys the new design. Soon! We pinky swear!
javabeans: Some of us might not even be crossing our fingers behind our backs!