Flashback Thursday #7
Contributors, migrating to self-hosted, trying to run two separate blogs, and figuring out how to fix all the messes I made pretty much really does sum up my 2011. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Oddly enough, by January I had only one job with minimal hours after being let go as an in-class tutor for lack of funds at my local community college, so I should have had plenty of time on my hands to do other things, shouldn’t have I?
I covered 55 dramas, movies, and variety shows in 2010. Some were just overall reviews and some were recaps. Out of all the recaps I started, I only ever successfully finished 4. Only 4! Not a whole lot. So, a goal in 2011 (and essentially every year after) was trying hard to finish recapping the series I started. Thus while covering new dramas in 2011, I underwent the challenge of finishing those that went unfinished.
It may be hard to believe, but my completion rate on dramas is horrible, and I’m not just talking about in the recap department. I let tons of dramas go unfinished and can’t give you any really reason as to why that is. It’s just me. I’ve always been that way from books to movies to television shows. I don’t always complete things even if I like them.
In 2011 I finally finished recapping My Prince, TROUBLEMAN, and Gakeppuchi no Eri which were originally started in 2010. I also worked on trying to finish Gloria, Gumiho: Tale of a Fox’s Child, A Man Called God, Pure, and Yankee-kun to Megane-chan.
The problem came when new dramas I felt compelled to cover entered into the picture and I always threw the old, unfinished dramas on the back burner. I did manage to recap in a more timely manner in 2011, completing most episode recaps not too long after the episodes aired, but just like in 2010, my completion rate tanked. Thanks to Ikemen desu ne, Asuko March!, Love Buffet, and Ouran High School Host Club, I didn’t really complete the series from 2010 like I had originally planned.
A perfect example is daily drama Smile, Donghae. I do really love this drama. I started recapping it at the beginning of 2011. 4 years later and I’m still not done with it. My ultimate goal is to finish covering that drama and I wonder if that actually happens, will it be time to say goodbye here as I say goodbye to the drama?
2010 saw a pretty equal share of Korean and Japanese drama coverage. 2011 saw more of a skew towards Japanese. The problem with Korean dramas, I guess, is that so many of them are easily accessible and the most popular ones get picked up by multiple sites and I hate covering something that already has a lot of coverage. Plus…I started my drama-watching career with Hana Yori Dango and had more of an attraction to Japanese dramas for a while. I also started covering more Taiwanese/Chinese dramas, although still not as much as Korean and Japanese.
I think it’s really this year that I set some goals for Asian Addicts Anonymous and guidelines. Before being compelled to recap a drama, I started some research to see if it was already picked up and I tried to steer clear of ones that had been. In other cases, I loved a drama too much to not voice my thoughts on it even if another drama blogger was already covering it first. I was also updating my subtitles page several times a week. Ah, where is that blogger of yesteryear?