This Month On Patreon: June 2022

Hi everyone! We are basically halfway through 2022, y’all! 🤯 I hope your year’s been going great! Because it’s the 1st of June, it’s time for another This Month on Patreon post!

This is my monthly post on:

1. What’s happening on Patreon in a given month,

2. Exactly when you can expect to see various Patreon-related reviews in the month,

3. What shows I’m considering for coverage on Patreon, to replace shows that have completed their cycles, and

4. What you can expect, as a patron.

I hope you guys find this helpful &/or informative, and I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon! ❤️

Click here to go directly to my Patreon page!

Why I’m on Patreon

My work has been on hold indefinitely, because of the pandemic, and this is my way of trying to create a viable alternative source of income. As it stands right now, it’s murky and uncertain, whether work can resume for me, and if so, when that might happen.

I love this blog and if I had to switch careers, I would most likely have to quit blogging (those of you who’ve blogged before, or are still blogging now, would know what I mean when I say that blogging takes up a LOT of time 😅).

Rather than quit the blog, I decided to try blogging full-time, and that’s where Patreon – and everyone who values what I do on this blog – comes in.

I am very grateful for all the support that has already been given (thank you to all my existing patrons, you guys are the best! 😘).

At the same time, the amount raised each month isn’t quite enough to cover my living expenses, and is still quite far from being a proper income, which is why I do hope that my Patreon page will be able to continue growing.

If you value the work that I do here on the blog, please consider supporting my work on Patreon. ❤️

Psst! If you’re curious about the nuts and bolts of the work that goes into maintaining this blog, here is a Dear kfangurl post about this very topic; I hope you enjoy! 

Patreon tiers and their current benefits

Foundation Tier (US$1): k-ent news and other tidbits + E1 notes of all shows covered on Patreon (with the occasional bonus show!) June’s bonus show will be Yumi’s Cells 2!

Early Access (US$5): +Our Blues

Early Access Plus (US$10): +The Sound Of Magic

VIP (US$15): +Bloody Heart

VVIP (US$20): +My Liberation Notes

Ultimate (US$25): +Love All Play (with the occasional bonus show!)

* Just to be clear, the tier benefits are cumulative, so if you sign up for the Ultimate tier, you wouldn’t only receive episode notes for Twenty Five, Twenty One, you’d receive episodes notes for all the other shows as well!

* I publish one set of episode notes each day, so each show’s episode notes will publish once in 5 days, since I usually cover 5 shows on Patreon.

For example, My Liberation Notes E11 will post today (1 June 2022), and My Liberation Notes E12 will post in another 5 days, on 6 June 2022.

* For actual examples of episode notes, you can go here and here. 😊 These are my E1 notes for My Liberation Notes and Our Blues.

When Patreon-related reviews will post this month

This month, several of the shows I’m covering on Patreon will finish their cycles. Here’s when you can expect to see the reviews:

The Sound Of Magic: 5 June 2022

My Liberation Notes: 26 June 2022

Do stay tuned for that! 😃

Replacement shows I’m considering

This isn’t yet cast in stone, because I’d need to check out the shows to make sure I like them enough to cover them on Patreon, but here are the ones that I’m considering:

The Sound Of Magic: possibly to be replaced by Why Her?

My Liberation Notes: possibly to be replaced by Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area

BONUS SHOW: Yumi’s Cells 2 (available to all tiers!)

* Other back-up shows I have in mind (in case the shortlisted shows don’t make my cut): Cafe Minamdang, The Witch Is Alive, Insider, Alchemy of Souls.

If you have other great shows to suggest, do let me know in the comments! Please do remember to bear in mind their airing schedules, though!

Patreon Highlights

If you’re new to my Patreon page, here are a handful of things you might like to know:

1. ALL tiers receive my episode 1 notes for any show that I’m covering on Patreon. 

Therefore, if you’re curious about my notes for Love All Play, but aren’t sure whether you’d like them enough to want to join the Ultimate tier, joining the US$1 Foundation tier will give you immediate access to Love All Play E1 notes.

After this, if you wish to upgrade to the Ultimate tier, Patreon would simply charge you the difference, while immediately unlocking all the posts that your new tier entitles you to. That’s exactly what Michelle did with Vincenzo, and I’m happy to report that it worked out really well! 😃

2. The Ultimate tier also receives E1 notes for all shows that I’m watching (or have checked out), INCLUDING shows that I’m NOT covering on Patreon.

This has included E1 notes for shows like:

True Beauty, Lovestruck in the City, Sweet Home, Shanai Marriage Honey (Japan), Must You Go?, Love In Between (China), A Thousand Goodnights (Taiwan), Zombie Detective, Here’s My Plan, Hello, Me!, Taxi Driver, At A Distance Spring Is Green, Monthly Magazine Home, Takane and Hana, You Are My Spring, The Witch’s Diner, D.P. (Deserter Pursuit), My Name, Forecasting Love and Weather, The One and Only, Everything and Nothing, You Are My Hero (China).

I call these posts Early Access Extras, and as a patron on the Ultimate tier, on average, you can expect to see about 2 of these posts each month.

In case you’re wondering, whether I eventually review these shows on the blog, really depends on how my experience with the various first episodes works out.

I’ve carried on to review a number of the shows listed above, but I’ve also chosen not to continue watching a handful of them as well.

I’ve also introduced the occasional bonus show for this tier, starting with My Name, Hellbound and Soundtrack #1.

3. You can interact with me and with one another, on Patreon.

There is a comment feature on Patreon, so, much like here on the blog, you’d be able to comment on posts and share your thoughts with me and with other patrons.

There is also a private message function, so you’d be able to message me directly on Patreon, if there’s something you’d like to talk with me about, but you feel isn’t relevant to the posts on Patreon themselves.

Aside from a web browser, you can also access my Patreon posts and messages on the Patreon app. You can find the Patreon app on Apple’s app store here, or on Google Play here.

4. You can feel safe to pause your subscription, or move between tiers at any time.

Moving between tiers

Because you are charged upfront on the 1st of each month, that tier’s privileges will continue to be open to you, even if you choose to move down a tier sometime during the month, or if you choose to pause your subscription.

For example, if you were on the Early Access Plus tier, and on the 15th of the month, you decided that you’d like to move down one tier, to the Early Access Tier, you can make that change right away.

But because you’ve already paid for Early Access Plus privileges, those will remain open to you until the end of the month. And then you will be charged your new tier rate, at the beginning of the following month.

If you choose to upgrade your tier, you can also do so at any time, and you will simply be charged the difference, eg, US$5, if you’re moving from the Early Access tier, to the Early Access Plus tier, and the additional privileges will be immediately unlocked for you as well.

You will then be charged the new rate on the 1st of the following month.

Pausing your subscription

If you choose to pause your subscription on the 15th of the month, you will not be charged on the 1st of the following month, and your Patreon benefits will remain open to you until the end of the month. Thereafter, feel free to reactivate it at any time.

Please let me know if this explanation isn’t clear!

5. There’s now an annual subscription option available!

I only activated this option recently, because someone expressed interest in it. I just.. hadn’t realized that you guys believed in me enough, to want to sign up on a yearly basis. 😅

With the yearly subscription, you receive a 5% discount, and you will be charged on each anniversary of your join date. The only downside to this, is you don’t have the flexibility to move between tiers from month to month, according to which shows spark your interest.

6. The Patreon page has become a cool little community!

Besides the episode notes, there are lots of other conversations going on, on the monthly Drama Exchange posts that I create.

One is the Drama Exchange: Spoiler-free zone, where you can safely exchange drama recommendations and chat about other things, without the danger of encountering a spoiler, and the other is the Drama Exchange: Deep Dive Zone, where you can discuss other shows that you’re watching, that I’m not covering on Patreon, in all its spoiler glory.

Since these posts have been introduced, literally hundreds of comments have been exchanged, on each one!

ALSO. As part of the Patreon community, you’ll get various updates from me, including personal updates that I don’t share elsewhere. I’m very blessed that the Patreon community has turned, effectively, into my inner circle. I’d love for you to join me, if you can! ❤️

I suppose it goes without saying, but just in case it isn’t clear, these conversations are open to all patrons at all tiers.

What about one-time contributions?

If you prefer, you can also support the blog through easy one-time contributions by clicking on this other cute lil icon below.

I’m told that you don’t need to have a Paypal account in order to do so, but if that changes, or is different in your region, a Paypal account is pretty easy to set up; there are no sign-up fees involved, and you don’t have to keep a balance in it, unless you actually want to.

You can choose to link a bank account, a debit card, or a credit card, to facilitate your contribution.

Click here to go directly to my Paypal.Me page!

Thank you!

..And that’s about it, for this month’s updates! If you have suggestions for other things that you’d like me to include in these monthly update posts, do let me know in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do, to incorporate them into future posts.

I aim to publish future update posts on the first of each month.

Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and thank you for being here! Big hugs to ya! 🥰❤️😘

Once again, you can find my Patreon page by clicking on this cute lil icon below:

Thank you for your love and support! ❤️
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1 year ago

So this is way late, but having finished watching this yesterday, while you might have to figure in my old guy bias, Our Blues is among my all time favorite K Dramas, an ensemble of all stars who clearly did not just show up for the job, but because the script was phenomenal, If you need action, adventure, murders, rich people melodrama, thirty something angst, beautiful women complaining about not having boyfriends, impossible nostalgia for adolescence, cliff hangers, gangsters, outer space, time travel, nothing but otp, dystopias, forget about it. This is a collection of short stories taking place in an enclosed world, among people you want to hang with warts and all, not a plot burning bit of complexity (that the show runners have an impossible time of finishing). The vignettes are small and manageable and very, very human. The ensemble are nothing short of wonderful, actors you have seen in many roles before doing stuff you have not seen them do before, all in doing it with selfless generosity, no real leads, all character roles. Lee Jung Eun and Go Doo Shim are wonders, as are many of the lesser known actors, and Kim Hye Ja, who bides her time for most of the series, with a tiny role, along with Lee Byun Hun, who demonstrates once again that the guy can play any kind of role asked of him, any kind of role, and as a result has become my favorite Korean male lead actor, in the final two episodes–the two of them together, a master class in acting, brilliant, humane, moving.

1 year ago

June is a bad drama month.
Well at least we have Yumis cells 🙂

1 year ago

Fangurl – I am really excited for Yumi’s Cells.

1 year ago

I’m down for Why Her? Money Heist is a maybe, but the original didn’t drag me in, so I will have to give this some more thought.

As for The Witch is Alive – that is a yeah, nah. A yes to, Insider and Alchemy of Souls (I always have great expectations re JSM).

1 year ago

Yay! for Yumi’s Cells 2 as a bonus! We have missed our cells and their shenanigans… Why Her and Money Heist are also definite adds to the drama slate for this month.

Not sure about Insider… might wait to see what the word of mouth has to say before deciding. This is the first I’ve heard of The Witch is Alive, not sure it’s my sort of thing? Maybe also a word of mouth wait and see..

I have not generally been a huge fan of the Hong sisters shows I have seen (not that many, actually), but Alchemy of Souls looks maybe intriguing enough that might have to at least check out the first couple episodes to see how it looks.

They just announced Anna, Suzy’s new vehicle, to premiere around the end of the month…probably need to see more to get a feel for whether have any interest.

I completely understand the strong melodrama vibes it’s giving off will not be to everyone’s taste, but I am unlikely to be able to resist at least checking out Eve, see if it grabs my interest and attention…

1 year ago

@KFG – I am excited for Alchemy of Souls!!!!

1 year ago
Reply to  JJ

me too!! Jung So Min! Plus I’ve been meaning to try some fantasy show… hehe