Scattered Joonni Milestone: One Million Hits
Wow, one million hits. This milestone comes to me as such a huge surprise even though Softy predicted it would come soon. It’s been such whirlwind around here as we approach the end of “Faith,” so I haven’t been keeping track of how high the hits were going until yesterday night, I saw the number at around 992,000 and realized it would hit 1,000,000 today. Then I started panicking because I hadn’t prepared anything to commemorate it. What was I going to say or do?
Sora to Umi no Shi by Tenmon (“5 Centimeters Per Second” Original Soundtrack)
The first public post on this blog was on May 10, 2012 and it was a “Queen In Hyun’s Man” episode 7 recap. I was watching the drama excitedly as it was airing but since it was a cable drama, the English-language support wasn’t available quickly for international viewers. I wasn’t unable to squee with people as quickly as I wanted to so I decided to finally try my hand at recapping, something I had considered doing but was hesitant to do so for various reasons.
I never considered myself a good writer and I watched dramas for pure entertainment. I wasn’t sure whether I had anything valid to say or contribute to the Korean popular culture blogosphere and fandom. Writing has always been a painful process for me because I always put so much of myself into my writing and it scared me to display my work and myself to the wide public. I have always worried and thought too much for my own good so my writing process is always encumbered by anxiety and self-criticism. But in a moment of rare courage and indifference, I posted that first recap and now after six months I am a little more confident. Despite still finding writing very difficult (lots of hair pulling and head desking), that small amount of confidence is such a huge step for me so I want to thank all my readers, the obsessive and sporadic commenters, likers, linkers, tweeters, and everyone who has shared their thoughts and talents with me and with this blog. Blogging has taken up so much of my time and my health has suffered but it has been all worth it for the amount of growth I have had in confidence and writing ability. Thank you so much for your encouragement and compliments, and even the criticisms because you guys have made this not just merely a writing exercise but a growth in character. Although we have never seen each other’s faces and may never will, and even if our collective raving and ranting may be ephemeral…Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
One and half drama recaps and one million hits in under six months. Wow. I did not expect it at all. I consider myself one lucky girl to have fallen in love and recapped two hits, “Queen In Hyun’s Man” and “Faith.” “Queen In Hyun’s Man” will always hold a special place in my heart as the first drama I ever recapped and “Faith” will hold another special place as my first fully recapped drama.
I have to take this space to thank Softy. Softy, whom many of you may already know, is a veteran blogger whose extraordinary talents have provided the best live recaps ever over at Cadence for two years. She is a dearie and a sweety who devotes so much of her time and love into her recaps and does them so diligently and loyally that she puts other recappers to shame. I got to know her through her “Ojakkyo Brothers” recaps and the rest is history, as they say. I asked her to recap “Faith” together back in August because I was scared to do a twenty-four episode drama on my own, knowing how busy my real-life schedule was going to become in the next few months. She kindly consented but I don’t think she realized what she signed up for because then she had to help me through a blogging existential crisis. 😀 I don’t think I would have made it this far without Softy and her support. Thank you, Softy! xoxoxo
I want to thank Blue and Bella who were the first K-drama bloggers that coaxed me out of my shell and provided a space for me to write over at their site, Electric Ground, as a guest blogger. Thank you so much for that first step into the K-drama and pop culture blogging world!
I also want to specially thank Jomo143 who has been reading this blog since the beginning and has continuously gifted me with many of the headers you see rotating on this site. And thank you again to everyone else who has provided me headers to make this blog look so pretty.
I really want to thank every single reader out there individually but will you be okay with just a collective huge virtual bear hug? There are too many for me to go find each name but my friends say I give the best bear hugs so hopefully it will suffice. I have had awesome discussions with many readers and many have shared their talents with us. There is even a song out there, which I am just dying to feature. 😀 But since it’s not ready yet, I will wait to show off. Hopefully it will be ready by next week. *nudges Sunshine, Pam, Nutella, and Juliane* 😉 As I am writing this, there is a party going on over on older posts celebrating this milestone for me. Love you guys all. You guys are more excited about this than I am. ❤
To celebrate this huge milestone and I hope one of many, I will be doing my very first Blog Giveaway. *throws confetti* The prize will be a U.S.$50 YesAsia gift certificate. For a chance at winning, please answer in one paragraph why you watch Korean dramas and how they have changed or not changed your perspective on South Korea (the country, people, or culture). It’s a question that has always intrigued me as a Korean-American who has a very familiar-strange relationship to the Korean culture so I would like to find out what other people’s experiences are like watching Korean dramas. The closing date for submissions will be in two weeks, November 10, 2012. So comment away!
*Hugs all, very tightly*
Congratulations! Joonni and softy. Kdrama touched my life as a stress relief from hard days and from work. Your recaps help to feed my addictions. Im beginning to do research about korean culture and wish to visit the country. Anyway its near in my home country and the culture are somewhat the same. More power to you. Fighting!
Congratulation Joonni, you did a hard worked! Be humble ‘n keep down to earth! You are talented, no doubt! I’m so happy to a part of the first million hits! I hope I can be a part of the second one! 🙂
VAN HARTE GEFELICITEERD! SELAMAT! CONGRATZ…
You are so deserve this dearest…
Hugs from cold and windy Amsterdam, Holland.
Congrats…love your site and I recommend it to my Kdrama friends all of the time. My life has not been the same since first viewing, The Great Queen Seondoek. I am totally in love with all things Korean. Your probably wondering why would an old woman from the MidWest be so taken with the Asian culture, well to be honest I do not understand the addiction either. Many, many movies and films later and I am not particular about the genre I still get a sense of joy with each viewing.
Congratulation!!! Thank you Joonni and also to Softly. I enjoyed reading all the recaps and the funny comments you inserted. Keep up the great work!!!
Congratulations! Well deserved for your hard work!
As of press time: 1,010,172 visits. That’s over a million hits in just a little over 5 months. An amazing accomplishment for an amazing writer. CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve every single thank you, congratulation and hip hip hurray fans like me send your way.
In honor of this momentous occasion, I propose a toast. *Raises virtual wine glass.* To joonni.com, the best new kdrama blog of 2012. And to Joonni, writer extraordinaire and drama addiction enabler. CHEERS! 🙂
drama addiction enabler— love this title!
Congratulations, Joonni! It’s you we have to thank for, for this wonderful blog that is so quick in updates and makes comprehension and appreciation of K-dramas so much more meaningful. I must say that you’re the best recapper I’ve read so far with such a great eye for detail and a flair for coherence mixed with fangirling that makes the experience a wholesome one.
A big bear hug back at ya and all my pledged sisters here for the amazing albeit crazy moments that we have here. I’m glad to have found all of you to share all the euphoria, craziness, frustrations, anger and pain on this blog.
Love you all to bits.
Congratulations Joonni!! Thank you so much for your effort and time! I enjoy your recaps! Everyone shares what they think is going to happen… We cry, laugh and squeel together. 🙂 To me kdrama is an escape. When I’m in need of a break. Sometimes you work to hard and want to breath for a moment. I have local friends that like kdrama and it’s fun being crazy over some really good looking/handsome actor… Haha. The quality, creativity is amazing! I’m not si good with words and hopefully you understand what I’ve typed. Thx much and wish you many many millestones more!
Congratulations! I knew it when somebody mentioned that by the end of Faith you will get a million, it would come true. To me, your recaps and comments are something I literary need and wait for. I appreciate so much how you are sincere and invested in everything you write. Thanks for being here for crazy people like us. I will continue to be Faithful reader!
Congrats Joonni on reaching this milestone! I discovered your blog while searching for Faith recaps. I’m so glad I’ve found this space to share the love and thoughts 😀
You always have something insightful to say about Faith. Best of luck on your next recap project and wishing you million more online counts!.
And to Softy and Jomo, thanks for live-recaps and headers
Congrats Joonni! 🙂 I wouldn’t know about this cool site if not for QIHM. Love the happy couple. hehe
Happy milestone and thank you to you and everyone who contributed to make this site enjoyable reading.
Being a Kdrama addict, I wouldn’t know where else to go fangirling. LOL Watching dramas has lead me to find out lots of actors/actresses are popular idols/singers who are multi-talented in the entertainment industry. This is so totally different in the US which I’m sure has some too but they aren’t as interesting as those in the SK. Knowing these idols in dramas has gotten me into Kpop also. Ex: FT Island Hong ki and CNblue Jang Yong Hwa from YB. All the idols from DH. My favorite BigBang for doing the Parody fo Secret Garden. I can go on forever but I’ll stop here. 🙂
Big Thank you! Keep up the awesomeness. ^^
Congrats Joonni. Although our tastes may not necessarily be aligned, I totally understand your passion and adulation for dramas. ❤
Keep up your hard work, I will always be grateful to you for you genuine love of korean dramas since i am one of them. Thank you for your hardwork. We can feel your sincereness in you every work. Thank you for giving me space to express my love of Korean drama eventhough I have followed the korean dramas since winter sonata. My children growing up knowing of their mothers love for korean dramas.
You make me fall in love more for korean dramas since QIYM. Love the couple and may their relationship last until they die.
Thank you soooooooo…………….much to you Joonni and softy. All my love..Hugsssssssssssssss
Congrats Joonni! Thank you for all your hardwork ( Softy’s too :D)
joonni and softy, i sincerely extend my CONGRATULATIONS to both of you.. 🙂 all your hard works has paid off..*muahzhugz*
as i have once said, jonni, you’re one of those talented writers/bloggers that i have known..In search for recaps of of Faith that was how i came across with your blogsite..this is the first time that i got addicted in following up a blogsite. i was amazed on how you write your recaps, you have that certain ability to fill up the gaps in between the lines and emotions of the drama..you have astoundingly done such a great job for recapping and your insight posts were really well thought, well researched and full of information that enlightens us more towards the characters of the drama..i’m proud of someone like you who have came out from your shell and takes the courage to share to the world your talent in terms of writing..i admire you for your hard works that can be much seen through your outputs here..i know, if ever you will have the chance to write a novel, it’ll sure go for a big hit..your continued passion in writing will really bring you such big accomplishments in the future..
and to softy, your really good and have that talent in doing live recaps..because of you, i don’t have to wait for the following day just to get to understand what’s going on with the drama..good job softy!
its been fun being a follower of this blogsite..i don’t usually interact among followers or commenters in a specific site because i’m just too shy to do so..but here i had finally outgrown my shyness and had the chance to share my thoughts and most specially i had the chance to vent out my fan girling on LMH 🙂 (which i definitely cannot do outside cyberspace coz my family or friends will probably think of me as a lunatic hehe)..geezzzz!!! i’m just so glad to have known my pledged sisters here whom i can share with my squealing, giggling and laughters towards the imja couple! *a big hug for you all my pledged sisters*
joonni and softy, god bless you both and please do take of your health..we badly needed you Faith and for the future Kdramas that you will have to feature in your site..
and to my pledged sisters, take care yah all! faith is coming to its end and i’d surely be missing you all! thanks for the great times that we shared for this fan girling thing hehehe!
a great big success to us all and for FAITH! aja! aja! fighting!
So sweet jhen! Thank you!
“Fireworks” you deserve it girl! Every letter, every word , you write in here is full of emotional honesty, and I greatly appreciate that. A drama is supposed to be an entertainment especially for the heart , and you just did it like that, your heartfelt
analysis on our drama characters and objects (like sword) makes it more interesting , making us fall in love head over heels . I’m so looking forward to your heart insights works in the future. Jia-Yo!
Congratz Joonni and Softy, you both really deserve it. Keep on your goodwork … Aja Aja Fighting!!!
And thanks for 5 centimeters per second OST, miss that anime.
I love that movie. It’s so beautiful and quiet.
So do I, joonni. Hats off for makoto shinkai n big hug for you
Congrats Joonni and Softy….you guys are the best and absolutely wonderful.
Thank you so much for all your effort, time, sweat and tears.
I discovered this site while searching for articulate recaps of Faith.
I understand Korean, but I wanted a more in-depth analysis of the drama and I’m so happy that I found you guys sometime during episode 10-11!!
You guys have really deepen my understanding of the plot and characters….and I couldn’t have enjoyed Faith without all your hard work.
You typed it out in Korean! ❤
Congratulations on hitting one million! Discovered your blog when I was watching QIHM, and was ecstatic to find like-minded people who loves QIHM as much as I do. I cannot believe that you have recapped only 2 dramas – seems like you are a veteran at it! Will definitely be following you on your next drama recap!
congratulations joonni! you and softy’s hard work are very much appreciated!
congratz!!! all the wonderful post and recap were awesome.. keep up the awesome work and good luck in future drama… looking forward to the next one!!
I’ve been following your blog since QIHM (I got to know your blog from scoompi). I love your writing! Hwaiting!!!!
Here’s to Joonni on the one million hits. Thank you for all the wonderfully detailed recaps.
congrats joonie for your first million and for the many more millions to come.
congratulations joonni! and thank you! the only words we can say to express our gratitude for sharing your time, talent and generosity for recapping Faith. 🙂 as an ardent follower of softy, i came here to read her recaps but became lucky enough to be able find this gem of a blog you have. i know this milestone will be one of he many to come. 🙂
Congratulations on the millionth milestone Joonni!
On face value, it’s an amazing achievement, but when you really think about it – it’s not surprising at all! You write so well, I am always so moved sometimes on the verge of tears by your writing. I love how you analyse the subject matter, and I always find little gems of revelations in your writings. Despite all it’s flaws, I’m totally and hopelessly in love with Faith. It’s been a long time since I have been this obsessed with a Kdrama – somehow or other what Faith lacks in its technical qualities, it more than makes up for with story development, characterisation and acting. I don’t know, I can’t really pinpoint it exactly, perhaps to say it touches my heart like no other drama has for quite a while.
As to why I watch Korean dramas, it was a round about way that I came to become a Kdrama addict. Even though I’m asian, I didn’t watch asian dramas before – but I somehow saw one episode of the Taiwan drama Meteor Garden and was hooked. From there I went on to Jdoramas, and eventually Kdramas. I remember Winter Sonata and Bae Yong Joon were big in my country, but I wasn’t interested to watch at that time, and didn’t get all the hype about BYJ. My first Kdrama (and still one of my most favorite) was My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, and since then I’ve been sold on Kdramas hook, line and sinker. (And eventually watched Legend and finally ‘got’ all the hype on BYJ).
And yes, honestly watching Kdramas have opened my eyes to Korea and Korean culture, oh and Korean FOOD!! I love the language, and everybody’s so beautiful and have such great skin. I have watched so many good dramas, and I really think Koreans are extremely talented and artistic people. I love that the industry is so vibrant, and we get such a healthy marriage of Korean drama/film and music. And recently, thanks to Faith, I’ve started learning about Korean history – and I’m so fascinated. I think I’m a fan of the real General Choi Young now, after reading all the great things about him. Apparently he really WAS very good looking – maybe not LMH but now I’m really curious about how he really looks like.
(And Softy, thank you so much for the live recaps – I’m watching live, not understanding very much so your recaps literally preserve my sanity. HUGS for both of you)
Congratulations Joonni 🙂 I love your blog^^ thank you for making our k-drama world even better ……….. Thank you and all the best luck