Katherine Does K-Pop: Version 2.0

Hello, all! It’s been a long time since I’ve been actively posting on here, right? I was just thinking about how I started this blog back all the way in 2017. (Not actually that long ago, but it sure feels like it.) I was living in Europe but was kind of stuck due to visa problems, so I pretty much remember that year as one long stretch of boredom, inactivity, and having to find ways to entertain myself in my apartment. It was pretty taxing on my mental health, and I definitely relied on this blog for a sense of routine and consistency. Given my new normal during the current global situation, I can’t help but draw parallels to those early days. Focusing on my blog really helped me through a hard time, so I’ve resolved to once again devote my surplus of free time and energy towards “Katherine Does K-pop” – Version 2.0!

As I briefly mentioned a short while back, Version 2.0 comes with an unexpected theme change – since apparently the theme I chose way back when is now obsolete. The new theme I picked doesn’t look too different from what I had before, but the updated block system messed around with all of my old formatting. Meaning I had to go back and rethink how I wanted my pages to look. I’ve been playing around with the new theme for a couple of weeks, and I think I’ve settled on a layout that I like. So hopefully, I’ll be able to make a lot of progress in the near future.

I’ve noticed that the group profiles I make are generally the more often visited pages on this blog. So for now, I’m going to hold off on doing regular blog posts and just focus on getting all those profiles reformatted and relevant for 2020… since it’s been at least one or two years since I’ve updated most of them (T_T). That being said, I’ve had to slightly change the way I make them – I’ll be adding an update on that shortly.

Since we’re moving into a new era of the blog, I have a major life update to share: I’m actually living in South Korea right now! I got a job as an English teacher and moved over here in March 2019. So basically, right when I stopped posting… turns out that it’s pretty hard adjusting to a full time job after a lifetime as a perpetual student (^^””). Disregarding my current COVID-19 enforced lifestyle, I really love it here. I’ve always wanted to live in Asia, and experiencing another culture so different from the U.S. has been really eye-opening. It isn’t always easy – I don’t speak Korean fluently and it can be VERY hard to communicate – but ultimately my time here has been very rewarding. In terms of K-pop (since that’s what this blog is actually about), I was super fortunate and got to go to a lot of concerts last year. I definitely want to make throwback posts about them sometime.

I can’t promise that I’ll be able to completely turn my blog activity and posting schedule around. I have a bit more free time because of the COVID-19 situation and school delays, but I still do have a job. Sometimes I have work to do when I’m in the classroom, and sometimes I don’t. However, I can say with all sincerity that I’m ready to give this another go, and I hope that I’m once again able to build this blog into something I’m truly proud of. As always, thank you for your interest and for being willing to come on this journey with me.


NOTE: The feature image is a custom drawing that was done by my friend Shaina (I’m Good I’m Done) at my request. Please do not re-upload without permission. You can check out her work at her Instagram at @imgood.imdone.k !

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