This Month On Patreon: July 2023

It’s the 1st of July, everyone! We are officially halfway done with 2023, you guys. 😳 How surreal, yes? 😅

While I try to wrap my brain around that thought, it’s time for another This Month on Patreon post!

In this post, I cover:

1. Why I’m on Patreon, and why I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon;

2. Which Patreon-related reviews are due this 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 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 weekly.

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! 

Reviews due to post this month

We’ve got 3 reviews due to post this month; here’s when you can expect to see them.

Doctor Cha [Korea]: 9 July 2023

My Perfect Stranger [Korea]: 23 July 2023

See You In My 19th Life [Korea]: 30 July 2023

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:

Doctor Cha [Korea]: possibly to be replaced by Heartbeat [Korea]

My Perfect Stranger [Korea]: possibly to be replaced by Strangers [Korea]

See You In My 19th Life [Korea]: possibly to be replaced by The Uncanny Counter 2: Counterpunch [Korea]

* Other back-up shows I have in mind (in case the shortlisted shows don’t make my cut): Lies Hidden In My Garden [Korea], D.P. Season 2 [Korea], Celebrity [Korea], When I Fly Towards You [China], Hoshi Furu Yoru ni [Japan].

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)

The Patreon schedule is most likely going to look like this, this month:

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): +Dr. Romantic 3 [Korea]

Early Access Plus (US$10): +My Perfect Stranger [Korea] / Strangers [Korea]

VIP (US$15): +King The Land [Korea]

VVIP (US$20): +See You In My 19th Life [Korea] / The Uncanny Counter 2 [Korea]

Ultimate (US$25): +Doctor Cha [Korea] / Heartbeat [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 Oh No! Here Comes Trouble [Taiwan] and E1-2 notes for True To Love.

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 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.

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! 🥰❤️😘

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Thank you for your love and support! ❤️
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2 months ago

Dr. Romantic 3–another solid season with the Doldam ensemble +. Best to you all 🐝

2 months ago

Revenant is too good

2 months ago
Reply to  Deb

I think it has been done very well. A good watch 😊

2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Agreed, I’m enjoying it a lot more than I expected to.

3 months ago

I highly recommend the CDrama Hidden Love!

3 months ago

I kept looking for Heartbeat on Amazon Prime and it just wasn’t turning up, but one of the comments on MDL suggested searching with the specific spelling “HeartBeat” and for some reason that worked. Go figure. I might give it a peek? Not that excited, tbh.

Quite enjoying Revenant through three episodes, even though horror generally isn’t my thing. So far it is creepy, but manageably so.

Also quite enjoying Lies Hidden in My Garden; very very atmospheric, psychological, twisty/crooked/not straightforward. Kim Tae-hee and Im Ji-yeon are killing it so far, and the men… whew. An abuser and a world-class gaslighter. Definitely worth a peek if you’re into that sort of thing.

Barely started Celebrity, not even done with the first episode yet, so don’t have a good grasp of what’s up with it. Looks like it might have promise?

Not much else this month to look forward to, except D.P.2 near the end of the month; not super-excited about Uncanny Counters 2, but interested enough that I’ll give it a look.

2 months ago
Reply to  Trent

Lies Hidden in My Garden is surprisingly getting better and better. First episode was slightly depressing, like it sucks the joy out of me, but by episode 4 there’s even moments of humor. And the cinematography is very distinct, lots of hands and feet and back of the head shots. Best part is that it’s only eight episodes so I know we’re halfway through already

3 months ago

Well, I have started Heartbeat. The first episode was okayish. Episode two was enjoyable.

I have also started Revenant and I can say it is eerily good 😳😳😳

I finished Shadow Detective in preparation for the next season, but I don’t know now. The first five episodes were fabulous, but then the kdrama self destruction of a good story kicked in – but that’s only my view of course!

Mrs Durian is next and possibly Celebrity and Hidden Lies In My Garden 😊

2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Mrs Durian—the talk of the town! Makes me want to check it out of morbid curiosity 🙈 I’m not watching Heartbeat yet but I ended up watching Bring it On, Ghost! starring Ok Taecyeon with Kim So Hyun. It’s a simple but enjoyable, no frills watch.

2 months ago
Reply to  Jiyuu

I’m still making my mind up about Mrs Durian, Jiyuu. Taecyeon is turning in a fine performance in Heartbeat (I’m ignoring when he does the very campy bits – they’re only every now and then, fortunately).

2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – Mrs Durian is a strange drama. It has an old-timey vibe. I am enjoying it. I will check out Heartbeat,

2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I am about two thirds of the way through the first episode on Mrs Durian, phl. I’m stuck there for the moment. I will come back to it shortly, it’s just I ended up distracted by a number of CDramas. I think you will like Heartbeat.

2 months ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Mrs, Durian is getting stranger by the minute. One thing I will say is that the two ladies have the best reactions to their new surroundings. But there are bizarre arcs in it that make zero sense.

I am almost through E2 of Heartbeat.

2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

@phl – I haven’t come back to Mrs Durian as yet. I was thinking about it yesterday, then our grandson turned up and I had to sit through Glitter Force!!!