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How We Started Blogging Full-Time

August 22, 2012

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Now THIS is a question we get asked all the time. Really, at least once every two days. Especially if we start a Tumblr or Twitter chat session with people, the question always pops up of how we’re doing what we’re doing. Not that we’re annoyed with anyone for asking. Our families barely understand what we’re doing or how we’re doing it, and how it is that we haven’t starved to death shivering somewhere. Blogging for a living isn’t exactly a career that school prepares you for, and it’s not even a career that many people know exist.

It’s hard to even call this a career. Not that it technically isn’t. It’s just, well: when we grew up hearing the word “career” it came with images of people in suits commuting to work, probably downtown from 9-5. Very Mad Men-esque: just without the alcoholism, misogyny, and infidelity.

But we don’t “go” to work. We don’t have a dress code to follow. We don’t have a boss to speak to. There’s no threat of being fired if we mess up. There’s no water-cooler conversations. No team building exercises. We…just make videos and blog posts.

Some people have called us “entrepreneurs” which is something we’re also uncomfortable with. Entrepreneurs, in our minds, are people that have big dreams of starting a company, and then become a lean startup and hope to get funding from venture capitalists, and then they hire a bunch of staff to help their company grow, or something like that. We don’t fit into that category either, because neither of us ever dreamt of having our own business. It just sorta happened and we thought, “hey, can we make a living off just making videos and blog posts?”

Sure, there’s a lot more to “just” doing that. We don’t just whip out our cameras, fart around for a bit, click the magic edit and upload button, then dance around singing “YOUTUBE MONEY!”. Our work schedules are insane and all our close friends know how little free time we actually have. Prepping for a video means getting ready to be on camera (like, showering, for starters, putting on makeup and picking outfits to wear, buying new wigs and props to use in our videos), setting up the tripod, lights, focus, audio equipment, power cables, positioning in front of the camera, such and such. Once we’re all ready, talking in front of the camera is easy enough…or is it? You might have seen with our massive blooper collection, we spend a buttload of time messing up what we’re trying to say. OH! We didn’t even factor in the time that it takes for us to prepare what we have to say, especially with music videos: we watch them a whole lot of times, look for stuff, think about what we like and dislike about the videos, discuss with each other, create skits, head to the store and see if there are CDs to give away, read thousands of answers and pick a few for the giveaway, such and such.

The above paragraph is getting too beefy for me to want to carry on writing, both for fear of boring you and boring ourselves. Let’s just say we put A LOT of work into making these videos and maintaining this website beyond what just shows up in the final video.

The point of it all is this: some people might call us entrepreneurs for our work habits. Really, though, we’re just doing what we’re passionate about, which is why we’re so hesitant to call our work a career or ourselves entrepreneurs. We started out doing something just for fun, and by applying the work habits of people who take their jobs very seriously, we turned our hobby into an awesome paying job! Basically, you can say we’re just seriously having fun and are really happy doing what we’re doing! :D

We’re lucky enough that some of you like our site and our videos, which we’re extremely happy for, and we’re lucky enough to be making enough money to live off of our site, which we’re extremely happy for as well. We’ve been hesitant to answer this question for so long, because we’re worried that we’re jinxing it by saying anything about it. We’re still in a state of awe and extreme gratitude.

So, thank you, every one, for your support in watching our videos and visiting our site. We put in a lot of hours, days, and sleepless nights in getting these videos and posts up, but if it weren’t for you spending the minutes to watch our videos and leave us feedback and lovely comments, we’d definitely have stopped by now. We hope to be able to do more in the future, to get more segments and to start new shows, to get some people in on the videos with us, and to keep on adding fun stuff to the site. We have so many ideas, just not enough time or people-power to do it!

Thank you, ALL YOU NASTIES!!!!!!!!!!!

**edit: For those of you asking about why Simon stopped teaching, the answer is in the comments below**

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  1. Why did Martina quit teaching???

    4 years ago
  2. I love you so much I use unnecessary capitals. That’s a whole lot of love. 

    4 years ago
  3. Couple of things. ^_^

    I used to be guilty of ad-block.  I was still living in the stone-age of dailup as everyone else was upgrading to DSL and cable.  At that time ad-block was self defence; if I didn’t use it, I would spend way longer than comfortable waiting for the average page to load.  Not pleasant.  I have, however, caught up to the current century, yay!  So no longer use ad-block. ^_^

    Second is a question, and if anyone at all has the answer I would be ever so grateful.  Is it really necessary to watch the entire pre-ad on youtube ir order for the channel (i.e. simonandmartina) to get paid?  Because some of those video ads are getting insane.  I saw a 6 minute one que up once and I said to myself ‘nope, not happening, el-skippo’.) I don’t mind a minute, or even two, but when the ad gets longer than the video I want to watch… shudder.

    Thx :)

    4 years ago
  4.  I have added your site to the exceptions in AdBlock, so now it displays the adds on your website.

    4 years ago
  5. Guys!! can i work for you when i move to korea n u have your own studio/bussiness?  I’m a fashion designer student. So i could make outfitts for u, be your stylist n if u guys want do make up and hair :P I never get sick of ur videos, someday i will send u 600 botles of ranch for u to enjoy:P love from montreal

    4 years ago
  6. My husband and I want to start a vlog too, we love watching your videos! After we watched this we quickly removed adblock (we’ve only had it for 2 days) we support EYK!

    4 years ago
  7. Ah, I’ve been following your videos since the beginning! Don’t say they were bad, ’cause watching them really got me following all your different updates and segments.

    I really love what you’re doing now, with the WANK and the FAPFAP videos, keep doing what you’re doing! o u o)b

    4 years ago
  8. I love that you are putting a playlist of your older videos on after your current video.  I have been watching your videos for a few years now and I love how it brings back the memories of watching them the first time.

    4 years ago
  9. I came to read about the part of Simon having a hard time at his old school. Where is that?

    4 years ago
  10. Now Adsense is going to screw you because you “asked ppl to click on your ads” lol

    4 years ago
  11. I really love the video! :)

    4 years ago
  12. Yeay! Thank you for fixing Disqus.
    You know, if you allowed us to donate money to support you, I’m sure it would actually increase your revenue. I’m not ashamed to say I use adblock, not on your site because your ads aren’t invading or popping up or porn-like, but I do use it on Youtube, so I don’t have to watch the video ads. Maybe it makes a difference but I won’t change this. However, if I could, I would totally give one euro for each video I watch (which is more than what ads can provide you, I think)
    What do you think of this idea? It would only cost you one more link at a corner of your site! I already saw that on several blogs, so I guess it’s not illegal or complicate!

    4 years ago
  13. Step 1: Go to the EYK website
    Step 2: Go to your adblock extension (where ever it is visible right now)
    Step 3: Click on the “Don’t run on pages on this domain”
    Step 4: Refresh the pageStep 5: You see ads for only this website and Simon & Martina profit.

    4 years ago
  14. I just excluded add block and pop ups block on eatyourkimchi domain : ) 

    4 years ago
  15. Yeah i remember hearing about it but i never found out which one it was…

    4 years ago
  16. 1970’s song?! Really?! Well, it was a good one too!

    4 years ago
  17. Actually I’m editing a short film right now ^.^ (or not, because I’m watching you o.o )

    But sadly it takes more than just 10 hours, because we have to use the freakin’ Avid Media Composer >..<

    I'd love to edit the footage like yours though…..much more fun….but without stupid Avid of course……

    4 years ago
  18. Thank You Simon and Martina for your AWESOME videos!

    4 years ago
  19. simon why did you have a
    hard time teaching!? :3

    4 years ago
  20. TT_TT i love you guys!!!! dunno why i just had to say it now!!!
    aaww i rememberer the first time i watched your video, it was SHINee’s Japanese Replay review and i thought you guys were hilarious and starting watching ever since!!
    oh don’t worry i don’t use adblock!!! ^^you guys should make a SOU UN DORITO top!! and i would totally buy it!!!

    4 years ago
  21. I started to watch your videos around February 2012 when I saw you guys on hello pop. I’ve been addicted to your channel ever since. I really wish you the best and hope that your channel will flourish even more in the future and now. Thank you for creating such an amazing channel for lovers of kpop and korea. =)

    4 years ago
  22. Oh and all the fans, don’t click on the ads too much or Google might think they are cheating by trying to get more funds so they could get charged I think. It’s just what I’ve heard, but I’m not quite sure what happens. Just click on all the ads once a day or so. :)

    4 years ago
  23. I want to know why Simon was having a hard time too… In any case, I’m glad it worked out for you guys! ^_^ I know adblock is tempting sometimes because some websites (looking at you Allkpop!) are really annoying with their ads and in America you get a lot of random popup ads. But I don’t have it mostly because of you guys! <3

    4 years ago
    • You can enable it for some websites (which deserve it, because of their over-use of pop-up and other invading ads) and disable it for awesome websites which you want to support!

      4 years ago
  24. Hey, congrats from Hong Kong (this is my first comment), I have a squishy faced dog too in the shape of a pug, I want to get the spudgy tshirt but is there a way to pay by paypal instead as I don’t have a credit card ! How much is shipping to Hong Kong ? Many thanks :D

    4 years ago
  25. Oh! I didn’t know that :c Adblock is now disabled on your site. More money for you guisee! :D

    4 years ago
  26. I disabled adblock, just for you guys. I will suffer through ads for my favourite couple to continue with what they love!!

    4 years ago
  27. Kim

    lol I just clicked on your ads about 30 times ^__^ I MAKE U RICHARR. & btw thank you so much for your videos/vlogs what so ever. It’s so much fun to watch you two. You are amazing! (I’ll send you a fanmail soon, so if you receive a package from Germany it’s probably from me c:)

    4 years ago
    • oh no no c: I was just joking. I only clicked two times. Once because there was an ad for cheap flights to South Korea and once because of an ad for learning Korean in my area ^__^
      don’t worry!

      4 years ago
  28. i still want to know why simon had a hard time teaching

    4 years ago
  29. Have you guys thought of trying to start up a Kickstarter for the business visa? I feel like you guys have a large enough fan base that love you lots and would help you out…

    4 years ago
  30. I sympathise with what you’re saying – it’s something I’ve wondered about for a while, especially when I encounter those ‘stupid people’ commenting hereabouts. Personally, I would be more than happy to kick out all the immature butthurt fans, and have an exclusive group of Nasties who are fairly open-minded and won’t get offended by S&M’s opinions.
    But….there are too many arguments against doing that. One is uh, supercalifragimoneylisticexpialidocious – they didn’t actually tell me that, but it’s something I try to keep in mind, – another is the death threats they’d get as a result. Also, it’s different if they were intending to offend people (ie. I think pedophiles are sick, in a bad way, and if there are any pedophiles here and I offended you, then YAY because that was my intention!), but they’re not. Well, at least I think they’re not? Have to get them to clarify that themselves.
    Lastly, I don’t think anyone really wants to be a victim of hate by thousands of people. It just comes with being well-known, and it’s sad. If they’re gonna get haters no matter what they do, might as well try to reduce the percentage, no?

    And to quote my favourite actor, I know it’s a cliche but I never wanted to be famous. I don’t believe anybody wants to be famous. ~ Jeremy Renner. #ohjeremywhyareyousoperfect <3 <3

    4 years ago
  31. As much as I LOVE watching your videos guise, i always go your blog and read your posts! I love your random long posts <3
    You are making people happy guise!
    Thanks for existing!!!◦^⌣^◦

    4 years ago
  32. My sister is a graphic designer with digital illustration background if you need lovely pictures made!! (and she cosplays) http://anime-twin27135.deviantart.com/ (For reference!)

    4 years ago
    • Also as a person with Chinese roots… I apologize on behalf of my people…. My twin and I love your videos, your lovely selves, along with spudgy and Memers!! 

      4 years ago
  33. I’m still curious about what your legal status is in Korea exactly… it’s not like there’sa “video-blogging” VISA or whatever :) How did you guys sort out the legalities of changing from an E-2 VISA?

    4 years ago
    • So right now you’re just sneakily hanging out on a visitor’s permit or something? :P

      4 years ago
      • Oh wow I didn’t know it was 180 days for Canadians, that’s awesome. I live in Korea and collect money through Adsense too. It’s hard starting a business here because foreigners who want to start a business here have to pay I think around a six figure (dollars) amount to the government just to be allowed to have a business here.    

        4 years ago
  34. gahh…twitter not working for disqus!!

    4 years ago
  35. A big hooray for Simon and Martina~! :D (plus confetti – I love confetti)

    You guys are amazing and I am jealous of the guts it took for you to
    quit your jobs and start bloggin full-time. And putting up with eating
    “poor peoples” ramen for like a year :P

    Hope to see many more of your entertaining, funny and informative videos! ^__^

    4 years ago
  36. I KNOW RIGHT!!! I actually went back to watch the video to check….yup….pretty sure he said he was gonna write about his troubles with teaching….hmmm….. *narrows eyes at Simon*

    On the other hand though, it’s gonna be hard to write that without potentially offending people. But since they offend people no matter what – might as well do it right? xD

    4 years ago
  37. I think nerds/dorks just attract fellow nerd/dorks. *raises hand*

    What I’ve always wondered though, how do you manage to stay so…happy? If I had so little free time, working constantly under massive pressure in a job that has no ‘endpoint’ – as in you can keep improving it forever if you wanted to – I’d be really, really grumpy and burnt out by now. Wait a sec. That actually sounds really familiar. HEY STORY OF MY LIFE *DUN DUN DUN* T_T

    Is it cos….you have each other? *intoxication music* Does this mean if I get married, it’ll relieve a bit of my stress? Or does that only work for awesome couples like you two? :p

    4 years ago
  38. Aaaahhh, you took a big chance deciding to do this but you’ve made a lot of people happy for sure (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*: ・゚✧ CUDDLES

    4 years ago
  39. ey best of luck! i met the most awesome people because of youtubing and blogging. and see, i found you two!
    a change of career is always hmmm scary(?) but with that comes fun ^_^

    4 years ago
  40. I beg to disagree. I absolutely love your old videos – they were EPIK.

    4 years ago
    • hell yeah, i still remember the dduk-bokkie video from years and years ago, and only came to the realization that it’s the same people after a long time. It was ghetto-tastic.

      4 years ago