Heisui’s Thoughts: 10 Acts of Kindness for the Drama Fan
I believe that the drama community should be one of positivity, encouragement and support. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the negativity–harsh criticism of actors’ looks, fan wars over which idol is better, people impatiently demanding subtitles & recaps, etc. Let’s spread positivity instead! Here are 10 acts of kindness that we drama fans can do. I challenge you to try out a few acts of kindness and to come up with your own.
1. Say thank you.
Fan-subbers, drama-bloggers, forum moderators, and drama site staff members all work hard to contribute to the drama community. Newsflash–subbing is a time-consuming process! It can sometimes take dozens of volunteer fan-subbers to finish subbing one drama. And it’s no surprise that drama-blogging takes tons of time and effort as well! It can take hours or even days to finish just one post. On top of that, drama-bloggers put a lot of time into maintaining their blogs while still juggling their studies, job, or family life.
And of course, we drama-bloggers must say thank you to our readers–both new and old ones. Thank you to new readers for checking out my blog. Thank you to my long-time readers for sticking with me this far, for commenting & liking my posts, and for giving me encouragement. It means so much to me!
Lastly, if you have any drama friends who have made a positive impact on your life, do thank them. I made many awesome drama buddies who have helped me out (especially with getting my site up and running!), given me advice, and put up with my constant rambling about dramas. 😛 Thank you, my drama friends!
2. Comment on a blog that you’ve been lurking on.
*Yet another attempt to lure lurkers out of the shadows* 😛 I make an effort to like & comment a lot of blog posts…but I still lurk too. Every comment means a lot, especially to bloggers who are just starting out or who have small blogs. So take the time to make a comment! It only takes a few minutes.
3. Recommend a good drama to someone.
Dramas are like band-aids to our booboos! *cheesy* Ah yes, you can give someone a drama to marathon, obsess over, and get addicted to. You can light up their world by getting them to watch an awesome drama. This is what drama friends are for! 😛
4. Twitter: Tweet about things you like, not things you hate.
Ah, Twitter. It is a breeding ground for tweets about frustrating characters, crappy dramas, that one idol or group that people hate, etc. Ranting about dramas or actors or idols that we dislike can be a form of stress relief. But in the end, that kind of stress relief only goes so far. Eventually the negativity will drag you down. Try focusing on what you enjoy rather than what you don’t.
5. Give a word of encouragement to a drama fan who’s having a bad day.
Sometimes the dramasphere feels like a bubble where we just forget that other drama fans have troubles. All we see on a blog may be a person’s drama-related posts, with very little personal details about the blogger. “How are you doing?” is rarely asked. I remember looking at one of my blogger friend’s blog and reading her words “I finally understand why people say that watching dramas is a form of escape.” I didn’t ask her what she meant. It turns out that her father had passed away earlier this year. I wish I had asked if she was ok the moment I read those words.
^Fuben na Benriya, a positive jdrama that I would recommend to anyone who wants to laugh.
6. Be patient.
Is this an act of kindness or more like common sense? I have seen so many instances of people demanding instant subtitles and recaps on drama sites & blog. One of my pet peeves is seeing comments like “Subs plz,” “Y u no sub,” “Upload the rest,” “Hurry up and recap this,” etc. Such comments don’t accomplish anything–they don’t make the subs or blog posts come sooner. The only thing these comments do is make bloggers & subbers feel more stressed and under-appreciated. Don’t demand subs & recaps–you are not entitled to them. Be patient.
7. Share drama blog posts, news, pictures, etc. with fellow drama fans.
Found an interesting article? A picture or clip of someone’s favorite actor or singer? Spread the happiness with your fellow drama fans. Give them some eye candy or something interesting to read.
8. Recommend a good drama blog or site to a drama fan.
Drama bloggers can’t watch everything, but drama bloggers combined can cover a whole range of dramas. Oftentimes when someone comments asking about a drama that I haven’t seen, I can simply refer them over to another blog. I also have a Blogroll page that recommends drama blogs, as well as a post on recommended drama sites.
9. Find one positive thing to say about a drama, actor, idol, etc. that you dislike.
Don’t force yourself to act like you like a drama, actor, etc. when you really don’t. But hey, we can at least try to see some good in the things we dislike, eh? For example, I ranted about how Last Cinderella was a bad drama…but I also had to acknowledge that I was addicted to it. I no longer think Liu Shi Shi is an amazing actress but I have to give her credit for making me love her performance in Bu Bu Jing Xin. And so on.
^That being said, I still have very few good things to say about the US version of Legend of Zhen Huan. T_T
10. For drama-bloggers: Host a give-away.
I’ve seen a number of drama-bloggers host give-aways. I’ve seen them give away food, magazines (that have special photoshoots of Asian celebrities, of course!) , Crunchyroll subscriptions, manga, hand-written thank you cards, and more. If you are thinking “gee I never heard about any of this,” you may not be following enough drama blogs…or you may have just missed them. o_o Personally my give-aways are nowhere near as elaborate–all I do is make headers for my drama-blogging friends.
Lastly, be kind to yourself.
If you are suffering through a horrible drama that you hate, please, do yourself a favor and drop it. If you are surrounded by fangirl wars that are bogging you down, leave them. If you are watching too many dramas at once, consider that watching dramas in moderation is better than watching them in excess. If you have a writer’s block or don’t have time to watch dramas/blog, don’t be too hard on yourself.
What acts of kindness are you doing in the drama community? Do you have any kind acts you can add to this list? How has the drama community positively affected you?