In my spare time When I’m procrastinating, I like to check out the myriad of Korean drama-related blogs that pepper the internet. It’s really fun to explore the different concepts and personalities that make up the blogosphere, especially when you find a writer who shares your love for a certain celebrity or whose posts seem to correlate with exactly what you’ve been thinking all along but never could find the time or words to say. Occasionally I leave semi-coherent, rambling comments on the blogs I discover, which recently happened during my visit to Mitta on her wordpress blog. She, in turn, did not hold my ramblings against me and nominated me for a Liebster Award!
The Liebster Award is an award given to bloggers from other bloggers to welcome newbies to the blogosphere. It’s a way to not only recognize and promote new blogs, but to facilitate bloggers getting to know each other in the blogging community. I love the concept and am very excited that Mitta nominated little old me for the award.
The rules for the award are pretty simple. As a nominee, you must:
- Thank and link back to your nominator.
- Answer 11 questions given by the nominator.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
- Create 11 new questions to ask your nominees.
- Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media/blogs.
First and foremost, thank you Mitta for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I really appreciate it! Just in case you missed it above, you can find Mitta’s blog here.
ANSWERS TO MITTA’S QUESTIONS
- What do you love about blogging?
Writing. I’ve always loved to write and now I get to combine two of my favorite pastimes: writing and Korean drama watching.
- Has your blog presented any surprises for you?
Of course it has. What new undertaking would be complete without a few surprises and bumps and bruises along the way!? The two things that surprised me most are (1) how hard the technical aspects of blogging can be. WordPress is not as intuitive as I thought and I realized pretty quickly I’ll have to take teeny tiny baby steps before this blog becomes all that I want it to be; and (2) the part of blogging I looked forward to the most being the very thing I have the least amount of time to do. I was really excited about being able to voice my opinions on a larger scale through my own blog instead of being limited to the comments section of other blogs. But I found that recapping takes up so much of my time I actually have very little time or energy left to say all of the things I want to say. Perhaps when I’m more experienced this aspect of blogging will change, but for now it’s something I did not anticipate.
- What are the top 3 blogs you follow? Why?
Dramabeans—it was the first K-drama blog I’ve ever read and for a long time it was the only K–drama blog I read. It has the recap game on lock and I love the sharp writing and witty commentary it offers.
Problematic of the Unproblematic—it’s hilarious and entertaining and, as the inventor of the squeecap, fakecap, scruffcap, KimJiCap, and more, it has touches of genius too.
K-Drama Today—I love Odessa Jones’ smart and stylish writing as well as her creativity.
- What have you learned from someone else’s blog and have incorporated into yours?
Before I launched, I spent time exploring other blogs for things I liked and didn’t like about their particular site. I tried to ensure my blog didn’t have any of the things I didn’t like, and I came up with a blog design based on my research. However, my current blog looks nothing like the design I had in mind (due to the aforementioned technological challenges I experienced) so I have not actually incorporated any of the things I found into my blog. However, the Find-a-Recap page came from a similar page on another blog and I’m not surprised to find it has quickly become the most popular aspect of my blog.
- What’s your go to kdrama snack?
SmartFood White Cheddar Popcorn and Coke Zero. Bad, I know, but sooooooo good!
- Has a friend or acquaintance ever discovered you through your blog and how was the experience?
- If you could star in any of your beloved kdrama, which protagonist would you want to be?
It’s really unfair that I can only choose one, but because I am limited to one, I’d have to say I’d be Choi Hee-jin in Queen In-hyun’s Man. I really (REALLY) want a Kim Boong-do in my life.
- Where do you blog from? Mac, PC, or tablet?
All three (unfortunately). My Mac literally broke on the day I launched this blog (due to my stupidity in choosing that day to stop ignoring the prompts to update my system). Since the update, despite paying wasting my money for Apple to fix it, my computer has only partially worked so I have to do a weird shuffle of typing, writing, editing, and grabbing screenshots between my broken Mac, my decades-old Dell, and my iPad. It’s not fun or easy so if you happen to notice that I am late with a post (or two), it is often due to the fact that I have to use multiple devices to produce a single post.
- When do you do most of your blogging?
After ten p.m. when the little ones and the hubby are asleep and the house is quiet.
- Your blog goes viral and you are asked to vlog – would you want to? Why or why not?
No vlogs in my future I’m afraid. I can barely stand the sound of my recorded voice so the thought of seeing myself on camera for all to see is a no-go.
- If you could choose where to live anywhere in this world, where would this be and why?
Hmmm, I’m not sure, especially when I consider that the thought of living somewhere can be very different than the reality of living there. Carrie Bradshaw’s aborted relocation to Paris to be with Aleksandr Petrovsky in the tv series Sex in the City comes to mind. Like Carrie, Paris is on the list of cities I’d love to live because of the food, fashion, history, and romance of the city. But I don’t speak French and have the unfortunate American language-learning disease in that it seems almost impossible for me to learn a second language (case-in-point, the fact that I speak and understand more Korean than I do Spanish in spite of taking Spanish throughout middle school, high school AND college). So if this is fantasy-land, I’d say Paris. If I had to live in reality, I’d probably stick with something State-side and go with Savannah, Georgia, because it is one of the loveliest American cities I’ve visited.
There is just no way I can come up with eleven nominees, at least not now when I only have three months of blogging under my belt and am still learning the lay of the land so to speak. So far I have come up with the following four blogs, two of which I do not actually “know” the authors but hope they are open to receiving a random nomination from a random newbie blogger. If I stumble upon any other newbies in the next few weeks, I will update the list. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy discovering the following nominees if you’re not already familiar with their blogs:
QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES
- Why did you start blogging?
- How did you come up with your blog’s name?
- What have you found the most challenging about blogging?
- What was the first Korean drama you ever watched and how did you discover it?
- What is your all-time favorite song from a K-drama OST?
- If you were stuck on a deserted island with only two K-dramas to watch (in perpetuity), which dramas would you choose? Why?
- Name your top three favorite second leads from a K-drama.
- What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
- What is your favorite word?
- Coffee or tea?
- What inspires you?
NOTIFICATION OF NOMINEES
Thanks again Mitta! I’m off to notify my nominees now. See you on the other side . . .
Photo credits: heidirun.me and oliviainjapan.wordpress.com
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