Thanks so much to those of you who took the time to let me know what you would like to see on the blog, going forward.
Aside from the results of the poll itself, I’ve also been paying close attention to the opinions and perspectives you guys shared in the comments.
Taking everything into account, it felt like an appropriate time to overhaul my entire blogging and Patreon approach and schedule, and today, I think it’s time to let y’all know what I have in mind. 😇
This is still in a trial and testing stage, so I might change things along the way.
1. THE FUTURE OF THE GROUP WATCH
(A) Will we still have group watches?
In accordance to the outcome of the poll, we will continue with group watches here on the blog, but we will reduce that to once a week.
The new group watch will happen on Saturdays, ie, there will no more group watches on Wednesdays.
Currently, we are finishing up our group watch of Autumn’s Concerto, so the new group watch will take the place of Autumn’s Concerto, when we wrap up that group watch.
(B) How will we decide on what to watch?
For a while now, we’ve had the People’s Choice watch on Wednesdays (determined by a poll of shortlisted titles) and the Editor’s Choice on Saturdays (picked by me).
Since we are moving to a single group watch on Saturdays, it feels right to me, that we adjust the manner in which we choose the show, so that both you and I get a say in what show we watch.
Instead of a poll, we’ll have a brainstorm post, where I will share a shortlist of possible group watch dramas, and you guys can let me know what you think in the comments.
If you have a drama in mind that’s not on the shortlist, feel free to share it in the comments, and tell us why you think it’d make for a great group watch.
In the end, I will take into account all the input that you guys have given, and make an overall decision on what I think would work best for all of us, and then I’ll make an announcement on what we’re watching, and I will also include the group watch schedule, along with that.
(C) What does the timeline for this look like?
We will finish up our group watch of Autumn’s Concerto on Saturday, 3 September 2022.
To give us all a bit of a breather between group watches (which some folks did indicate would be welcome, in the poll), we will start our brainstorm on Saturday, 10 September 2022, and we will have that brainstorm open for almost a week, until 16 September 2022.
I will make an announcement on our selected show on Saturday, 17 September 2022.
And our first Open Thread for the new group watch will go live on Saturday, 24 September 2022.
(D) In summary
Sat, 3 September: Final OT for Autumn’s Concerto
Sat, 10 September: Brainstorm for new group watch
Sat, 17 September: Announcement post for new group watch
Sat, 24 September: First OT for new group watch
2. MORE REVIEWS ON THE BLOG
Coming in a close second in the poll, was the idea of stopping the group watches completely, so that I could focus on writing more reviews.
I’m happy to continue the group watch in some form, because I’ve ended up watching some solid shows that I’m sure I would’ve never gotten around to, on my own (like Stranger, Signal and Heard It Through The Grapevine).
At the same time, the idea of having more reviews on the blog is completely in line with what I’d like for the blog as well.
And so, I’m working to make that happen.
In order to make that happen, there are some key changes that need to happen on both Patreon and the blog.
(A) Changes on Patreon
I’m revamping my posting schedule on Patreon, to enable me to cover shows faster than I have been.
Instead of a 5 day cycle where I post one set of episode notes every 5 days, I will now post 2 sets of episode notes per week, per show covered on Patreon.
This will enable me to finish watching shows faster, and therefore post their reviews on the main blog sooner, as a result.
This is what the current schedule looks like:
MONDAY: A Dream Of Splendor, 4 eps, up from 2 eps
TUESDAY: Shining For One Thing, 4 eps, up from 2 eps
WEDNESDAY: Extraordinary Attorney Woo, 2 eps, up from 1 ep
THURSDAY: Love Like The Galaxy, 4 eps, up from 2 eps
FRIDAY: Alchemy Of Souls, 2 eps, up from 1 ep
SATURDAY: Autumn’s Concerto group watch here on the blog
SUNDAY: k-ent tidbits on Patreon
I’ve been on this new schedule for a week now, and while it’s still doable (ie, I haven’t crashed and burned yet), it does mean that I need to narrow my focus in terms of how I use my time.
Which brings me to..
(B) Changes on the blog
Because I am spending so much more time watching the episodes and writing episode notes, in order to eventually bring more reviews to the blog, I find that I currently don’t have the bandwidth to write other posts for the blog.
Which is why you might have noticed that the blog’s been extra quiet this week (sorry!). 🙈
I basically have my hands full trying to juggle my new viewing schedule, along with writing the increased number of episode notes, and don’t have time to fit in anything else. 🤪
For the time being, I don’t foresee that I will be able to write Dear kfangurl posts, or Flash Reviews of movies or other short drama things.
Hopefully, that will change once I get a better handle on how to manage my new schedule, but until then, the blog’s going to be quieter than usual for a bit, until the more frequent reviews start coming out (starting next month!). 😅
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is still in a trial stage, so I might be making changes along the way, in order to make everything work better overall.
Please feel free to let me know how this is working for you; I’m always interested to know what you guys think!
Also, thanks for your patience, as I recalibrate, not only here on the blog, but on Patreon as well. (Fighting, me! 👀)
Hopefully, this will result in a space that better speaks to your drama wants and needs!