We are in full swing into 2023, for reals – It’s now April!! (And to think that I’ve only just recently posted my 2022 Year-in-Review! 😅 It’s here, though, if you missed it.)
Because it’s the 1st of April, it’s time for another This Month on Patreon post!
But this time, I also have a quick announcement, which you’ll see just above the section where I talk about which reviews will post this month.
So this month, the overview of this post is a little more like:
1. Why I’m on Patreon, and why I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon;
2. My April-specific personal update;
3. Which Patreon-related reviews are due this month;
4. What shows I’m considering for coverage on Patreon, to replace shows that have completed their cycles, and
5. 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! ❤️
Why I’m on Patreon
My work was put on hold indefinitely, because of the pandemic, and with that going on for quite some time, it became the trigger that made me decide to blog full-time. It’s what I know, and it’s also what I love.
I love dramas, and I love writing, and I love writing about dramas, but I also need to find a way to make it sustainable, so that I can keep my lights on, and pay my bills; that kind of thing.
That’s where Patreon – and everyone who values what I do on this blog – comes in.
I put a lot of work into the reviews that I post on the blog; a lot of thought, time, and effort goes into each review.
If I were to add all the time that goes into the episode notes, which then go into the review, and then add the time it takes to actually craft the review, I estimate that each review takes about a week of man hours – or more.
If you value and enjoy the work that I do here on the blog, please do consider supporting me on Patreon. 🥰
New tiers on Patreon!
I’ve introduced 4 new tiers to my Patreon page, for those who are able to, and want to support me in a deeper way.
You can check out that announcement here, or view the tiers on Patreon here!
As a token of my appreciation, these 4 tiers will receive access to voice notes, which I aim to put out several times a month.
I’d actually started with weekly voice notes, but everyone got so concerned that I was taking on too much, that they persuaded me to take it a little easier. And so, a more vague and flexible several times a month it is!
Thank you, y’all know who you are! ❤️😘
If you do choose to support me at these deeper levels, you are enabling me to do more for the site, as well as empowering me to do more for myself and my family as well – and making this blogging thing that much more feasible, as a long-term full-time gig.
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!
Quick Update for April 2023!
I’m taking some time off from my Patreon schedule this month, for a couple of reasons:
1. My sister, who lives in Australia, is coming to visit, along with her husband and kids, and this is the first time in 5 years that they’re all coming to Singapore to visit (though my sister did come on her own, last year).
It only makes sense that I should spend more time with them, instead of spending all my time working. 😅
2. I need a breather from the schedule, which is a pretty intensely paced one. I have to admit that I’ve been dancing on the edge of burnout for a while now.
I feel like taking a step back, will allow me to rest and recharge, and come back stronger and better. 🥰
And so, I’ll be pausing episode notes on Patreon for the time that my sister is here in Singapore (5-18 April), but will continue to work on the reviews that are due this month.
The main difference for folks here on the main blog, is that, this month, I won’t be forecasting exact dates for the reviews, so that I have the space to work on the reviews when I am able, while also spending time with my family.
3. The Entertainment Drop will continue on Sundays on Patreon, and I will be back in action on 19 April 2023!
Reviews due to post this month
We’ve got 3 reviews due to post this month; as I explained earlier, this month, I won’t be forecasting specific dates for the reviews. I’ll publish each one when it’s ready.
Meet Yourself [China]
The Glory Part 2 [Korea]
The Heavenly Idol [Korea]
Do stay tuned for those! 😃
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:
Meet Yourself [China]: likely to be replaced by Nothing But You [China]
The Glory Part 2 [Korea]: likely to be replaced by Bo Ra! Deborah [Korea]
The Heavenly Idol [Korea]: possibly to be replaced by Stealer [Korea]
* Other back-up shows I have in mind (in case the shortlisted shows don’t make my cut): Family [Korea], Silent [Japan], The Good Bad Mother [Korea].
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 tiers and their benefits (a forecast)
And so, once I get back on schedule, it’s most likely going to look like this:
Foundation Tier (US$1): Entertainment news and other tidbits + the first set of episode notes of all shows covered on Patreon (2 eps for kdramas, 4 eps for cdramas)
Early Access (US$5): +Bo Ra! Deborah [Korea]
Early Access Plus (US$10): +Stealer [Korea]
VIP (US$15): +Nothing But You [China]
VVIP (US$20): +Our Blooming Youth [Korea]
Ultimate (US$25): +Call It Love [Korea]
* 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 Crash Course in Romance, you’d receive episodes notes for all the other shows as well!
* For actual examples of episode notes, you can go here and here. 😊 These are my E1-2 notes for The Makanai and E1-2 notes for The Glory Part 1.
If you’re new to my Patreon page, here are a handful of things you might like to know:
1. ALL tiers receive my first set of episode notes for any show that I’m covering on Patreon.
Therefore, if you’re curious about my notes for Call It Love, 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 Call It Love E1 and E2 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! 😃
Important note! Going forward, on the new schedule, this would be 2 episodes for kdramas and 4 episodes for cdramas (due to the shorter episode lengths).
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), Lesson in Love (Taiwan).
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 for the coming 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 sometime during 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 your next billing cycle. And then you will be charged your new tier rate, at the beginning of your next billing cycle.
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 your next billing cycle.
Pausing your subscription
If you choose to pause your subscription, you will not be charged on the next billing cycle, and your Patreon benefits will remain open to you until the end of your current billing cycle.
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.
..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:
Not usually my cup of tea—Cheobol—modern Korean politics-power hungry women-revenge stories, but the cast for Queenmaker made it irresistible and they early on are more than capable for carrying this show.
My wife and I enjoyed every moment of Queenmaker, BE. The two female leads were superb, as they always are!
Fangurl – time is flying! I love the three selected replacements! I think you have the new theme up, yes?
@phl1rxd Great spotting! YES, the new theme is up and running – there are minor differences with the old one, but functionality remains largely the same. I personally think this one looks better – and I hope you think so too! 😁😅
Most importantly, I hope the site’s loading well for you on mobile now; that was my biggest reason for changing the theme!
Fangurl – this one is nice, and super clean. I would have been biting my fingernails off with worry, 😳😵🥴
Thank you for the empathy and solidarity, @phl1rxd!! I’ve been cracking my head over poor loading on mobile for what feels like forever! Soo~ many attempts to fix, including getting the CDN and image optimization subscriptions, and changing ad partners.
It was only when my new ad account manager asked me to look into SEO services, that I did some research on what that provides – and stumbled on something to do with mobile loading, which then led me down a rabbit hole on people providing services to fix that, which then threw up things like people designing specifically mobile-friendly themes, which led me to my aha! moment, to try switching the theme myself, to something that promises to be mobile-friendly. 😅😅😅
I’m still in the onboarding process with the new ad partner, so fingers crossed that when all is said and done, the site still loads as well as it does now (I am in awe now, every time I load the site on mobile. It makes me soooo happy I can’t even tell you! 😂😂 It’s the relief, I tell ya. 🥲)
I am having my site fixed and your tech recommendation has proven to be made of solid gold. I cannot thank you enough! 😘
Here is my take 🤣😅😂 – Word Press is a rabbit hole that never ends after you jump in, where you play Russian Roulette with naughty plugins that do not know how to play nicely and wind up paying a lot for a now have-to-have plugin (because WP is a hot mess and wow – and they even charge you for it every year – she said with snark), to only end up with a huge yearly bill and a lot of &^@^@ headaches with a site whose menu will not show properly in an iPhone placed horizontally and the 504 Gateway error is now your best friend. Whew! 😵🤪😳🥴🤬 Yes, I have been fighting with that site but at least I now have help. So that is a good thing!
So if that ad company is good – stick by them! I def feel your pain Fangurl! The best part of the new theme is that you still have your counter!! Hooray Fangurl – it looks great!
@phl1rxd Oh dear.. your tech troubles sound like a beast to deal with! 🤯🙈 So sorry to hear what a headache it’s been giving you – but glad to hear that you’re getting some good help, from the tech I recommended!
I do get what you mean, though, about one plugin leading to another.. I basically started with WPRocket, which helped a lot but didn’t solve everything, so when my previous ad account manager suggested I speed up my site loading, I branched out to the CDN service that’s affiliated with WPRocket (coz I want them to play well together – like you said, it’s the WORST when plugins refuse to play well together! 😝), and that eventually led me to take up the image optimization service that’s affiliated as well, because the site loading times were still not as good as I wanted it to be. 😅😅
Not gonna lie; after reading about your tech headaches, I immediately went to test whether my site menu will show when I put my phone horizontally – just to be sure! 😂 Thankfully it does, PHEW. 😅😂
Fangurl – I got a good laugh out of picturing you looking at your menu on your iPhone! 🤣😂😅🤣😂😅
So many things have been fixed in the last two days so I am happy about that!
Hahaha! Well, it had never occurred to me to look at the site in landscape mode while on my phone, so I had to check! 😅😁
YAY for progress! I hope all will be solved for you soon! ❤️😘😘