It’s hard to say what’s more addictive, watching K-dramas or blogging about them.
Because K-dramas fall gloriously beyond the bounds of American “good taste,” we don’t have to suffer fatuous Entertainment Weekly or Hollywood Reporter articles about the shows that intrigue and seduce us. The discussion of subtitled K-dramas takes place on big forums and small blogs—but it always happens beyond the eyes of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker.
I love that when you search for information about a drama, Google is as likely to send you to a blog by a college student in the Philippines as to Wikipedia. It reminds me of the internet two decades ago, when the web was dominated by personal sites, each making their own individual cry of the heart.
I love it even more that some web readers find K-Drama Today and stop by to read my posts. Thank you, thank you! I’m honored and excited when I check my sweet, sweet Google analytics info (below).
I read a lot of computer websites last year when I was re-learning WordPress, and some of the most fascinating articles I came across were the posts about the “business” of blogging itself. (It’s a business in that it keeps us busy, not necessarily in any other way.)
I don’t know what percentage of the internet is sites devoted to various kinds of fandom, K-drama or otherwise. But I do know that fan energy and excitement provide a lot of the pages out there on the web. And most of that creative energy will never show up in any country’s GDP, because we’re not writing for money.
That said, if I ever figure out a way to make money writing about K-dramas, I’ll be sure to let you know, so that we can all benefit!
Visits to this site are pretty steady around 500 visits a day and just over 9000 unique visitors a month.
That’s about 9000 times more people than read the poetry and essays I publish in tiny literary magazines. As a creative writer, I was used to not knowing if I had any readers. But it turns out that knowing someone is reading—even if they disagree with me or think I’m crazy!—is a huge thrill.
I try to be rational and balance that thrill with my jobs that pay the bills. Since this site’s income is a little less than zero. But it’s hard sometimes to resist writing another post—which is why I say it’s addictive.
I allowed Google ads on this site a couple months ago, and since then ads have paid for about 80% of the web hosting costs. The hosting costs themselves aren’t much, fewer than ten dollars a month. (Google’s irritating rules require me to be vague, even though the world cries out for transparency!)
Since even the New York Times has to hustle to stay in business these days, these numbers don’t surprise me.
If they do surprise you and you’re curious how some blogs support themselves, it’s usually through having an enormous number of visitors. (Or writing about business, but I’m thinking here about fan and entertainment sites.) Drama Beans, for instance, has 1.8 million visits a month according to one estimate. I take this number with a grain of salt, but basic arithmetic shows that websites need at least that many visitors for writers to get paid (paid relatively little, I might add).
The best reason to blog about K-dramas is simply that it’s hard not to. When a show is interesting or intriguing, I can’t stop wanting to talk to someone about it.
And if the people I can talk to are all over the world, that’s even better. Only a quarter of my visitors are from the United States, and I love it.
Google shows where visitors come from on the neat map above. The giant circle in the ocean west of Africa is a data anomaly (that’s the visitors without geographic data), but the rest of the circles here, big and small, show visitors’ locations. The big circle over southeast Asia is Singapore. I also have a lot of readers in Malaysia, India and Indonesia. I’ve never been to any of these countries, and I love knowing we have K-dramas in common.