- Larger audience: probably the biggest draw, because more traffic at XYZ would mean more traffic here.
- Learn about the business: that is, if you are interested in that sort of business.. I don’t think I would eventually end up there, quite honestly.
- Get to ‘meet’ other people with the same concentrated interests.
- Must submit everything under review to some editor-person: I admit, very unappealing to me. Aside from some grammar issues I can correct in an instance, I don’t want anyone to suggest anything about my opinions. They are what they are.
- Deadlines / Expectations: which I suck at. I declare hiatus all the time.
- Boring: most of it is just aggregating news, translation. Plus, I don’t care about kpop as a whole. Just SHINee and few other choice bits.
- NOT PAID: probably one of the biggest detractors. Sorry. I don’t want to work like a dog spending 4+ hours on the internet with no compensation when clearly, the site is making money (from ads, at least). If I am to work like a dog for free, I prefer to have my independence and set my own deadlines. Just because I enjoy doing it does not mean I will do it for free, sorry.
- I despise using K-Pop or K-pop instead of kpop. The former looks so ugly and awkward, even though it is stylistically correct. It irritates the heck out of me. Trivial, but.
I’ve thought many times about submitting an application, and if so, I would take seoulbeats the most seriously, but still, I don’t believe my opinions on kpop can be generalized for readers, making that site an ill fit for me (i.e., seoulbeats commenters are scaryyy!). I have submitted an application last year to koreaboo out of vain curiosity, got accepted, and then bitchily turned it down. Though I definitely still am on the lookout for seoulbeats-like websites, but far more low-key, less editorial oversight, but paradoxically, still professional. Let me know if you find any!
But until then, the innocent lam remains,