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 It feels outdated.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。

  • 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!

  • 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!

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