The Last Year of My Blog

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Hello everyone. Long time no post! I’m not sure how many of my readers and drama blogging friends are still out there. For those who are still around, I’m writing this post to share about the future of my blog.

Let’s go down memory lane, shall we? I started blogging in 2011 and since then my blog has remained until now, 2019. Looking back, I can’t believe how much I did for dramas. I devoted the majority of my free time to my drama hobby. Whether it be blogging, volunteering on Viki, or discussing dramas on social media, I was involved with dramas (almost) on a daily basis for many years. I looked forward to logging into my blog everyday and discussing dramas with my readers. It felt like the dramasphere was part of my world, and my persona as “heisui” was a big part of me. When I moved my blog to self-hosting, it was a big accomplishment. My blog felt like 100% my own.

Fast forward to now. My drama blog has come to a halt. I no longer feel that I am “heisui” and I am very removed from my blog. There are many things that I wrote 5 years ago that I would not write now. The thoughts that used to be mine are no longer my own. In short, my blog is no longer a full representation of myself in relation to dramas. It feels outdated.

Every year, I renew (aka pay for) my blog on a self-hosted platform. But each time, I question whether I should continue paying when I am not even active on it anymore. I keep renewing it (including this year) because I have poured so much time, effort, and care into my blog that it feels like such a waste to not keep it up. But…I think I’ve reached the point where I can decide to not renew my blog next year.

I haven’t decided what to do after discontinuing my blog’s renewal. There are a couple of paths to take:

  • delete my blog and all its posts
  • preserve some of my favorite posts and transfer them to a new free blog

I just want to say thank you again to all of my readers and supporters. There were times when I got hater comments or plagiarizers but the support from my regular readers kept me going.

Thank you so much. Take care.



heisui

I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • Heisui,

    Well, it has been a long time since I’ve seen you post, but nevertheless, I want to thank you for all of the time you have put into the blog. I still have the photos that I won on one of your giveaways on the wall next to me! Your insights have been always so interesting, and I was happy to “meet” someone that enjoyed Zhen Huan as much as (probably more) than me.Not long ago I finally convinced my wife to watch Zhen Huan with me, and although the subtitles were terrible, my Chinese was usually good enough to get the gist of what was said and explain it to her. She loved it!

    Anyway, I am sad to see your blog disappear, but I understand. I shut down my own blog long ago. I just didn’t have time to keep it up regularly, and I didn’t enjoy writing on it nearly as much as I thought I might. Life changes, and it’s just time to move on to new, hopefully better, things. Good luck and blessings to you wherever life takes you. If our paths ever cross again online, it would be a happy thing! You have my email, so if you ever want to get in touch with me for any reason – even just to say hi – that would be great. Take care!

    • Thank you for taking us along on this journey. In the meantime, I’ll be saving my own copy of my favourite posts of yours for reading again in the future. All the best xx.
      江湖再见。

    • Hi Peter, I really enjoyed discussing cdramas with you and I looked forward to your comments. It’s great that you got your wife on board with LZH! Sometimes I look wistfully at the news about the latest hit cdramas but then again, I don’t know if I can recommit to blogging about them again.

  • You must naturally do what is best for you. I thank you for all your past endeavors, & wish you nothing but success in your future ones.

  • Was like you , had a blog a long time ago,
    Was overwhelmed with work problems and stopped,
    Was very lucky that I started in a free blog,
    Waste not your past effort(thanks for great posts), go for free!

  • Hi heisui, I enjoyed & always look forward to reading your blog and admired you for putting so much time and efforts in your interesting posts. I wish you every success in your next journey and thank you once again.

  • Hello dear heisui. When I got way deep into LZH in 2016, your blog was my source par excellence for missed subtleties and virtual camaraderie. It was certainly the more comprehensive commentary on the series I could find in English. Although I only commented on the blog a few times, I felt such respect and appreciation for your dedication, enthusiasm, intelligence, and willingness to respond to comments. I understand how it feels to look back on an outdated self and desire to move on. When I became pregnant for the first time shortly after my C-drama phase, LZH’s miscarriage-heavy plot-line suddenly hit home in an unexpected way (thankfully I gave birth without complications). Since then, as a parent, I’ve had zero time for C-dramas or much else. Still, at times I think back to the women of LZH and resonate with entirely different aspects of the show. All that’s just to say: where we are in life is always changing, and it behooves us to recognize that and adjust accordingly, as you seem to be doing by officially ending this blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your decision with your readers instead of just vanishing. If I may, here’s a vote for the second option you’re considering: “preserve some of [your] favorite posts and transfer them to a new free blog.” All best with all your future endeavors!

    • Thank you for your heartfelt comment. As time goes on, I also find myself relating to some of my beloved cdramas in different ways. Some of things in period cdramas somehow starts to feel realer. I think my perspective has changed a lot.

      I have found that there may be the ability to transfer my paid wordpress to free wordpress, so maybe I will be able to transfer them. I will probably make many of my old posts private though. Thanks for your well wishes.

  • First of all, thank you very much for your blog. I have only only been watching LZH recently, first the abridged version on Amazon Prime with English subtitle, then the full version on Youtube with Chinese subtitle. I took some Chinese in college but I had to rely on your posts to piece things together. Between your posts, google translate, Pleco dictionary, I was able to understand most of it.

    I totally undertsand how you feel reading your own old posts. When I read what I wrote 5 years ago, even 3 years ago, I am amazed at how much I have changed since. Even though you may feel like you are no longer the same person you were when you wrote those posts, it doesn’t take away from how great they are. I sincerely thank the heisui who wrote those posts even if the current heisui don’t love them any more.

    • Hi, thank you for your comment. I’m so glad to hear about your LZH watching experience. Actually I was also similar, in that I had to piece together what happened with the help of my readers. Sometimes details were totally lost in translation. As a whole though, it was still so rewarding to watch and make sense of.

      I’m not sure how I would write now, if I were to rewrite my old posts differently. It feels like some posts are just old history for me.

  • i couldn’t really find any blogs that talk about J-dorama, and yours is the one and only one i enjoy reading. these days i still watch them, but there’s no one to talk about them with me 🙁 If there’s any other platform or community that your blog readers hang out in, please let me know! Thank you for blogging all these years 🙂

    • So actually I checked the few jdrama blogs that I recommended on my blogroll a long time ago…2 are not active anymore, I think. 🙁 The only blog that is still active is an informational blog with jdrama synopses. It feels like kdramas/cdramas are peaking in popularity but jdramas are kind of left behind. 🙁 Sorry that I can’t recommend any other jdrama discussion sites.

  • Hello Heisui, I’ve followed your blog for a few years and always looked forward to your posts. you are so relatable and it felt great to see someone with the same interests. i really hope you continue to share your thoughts and explore. Thank you for these past few years and i wish you nothing but the best.

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