Hey guise,

So, this is something we’ve been working on for quite a while now. It’s something we’ve always thought about, and today’s the day we’re finally going live with it. This is many months in the works. Allow us to introduce to you: the Eatyourkimchi Premium Nasty!

Here’s what’s up: we know that the community here on Eatyourkimchi is the strongest community we have. The conversations that happen in the comments here, the discussions between yourselves and even with us, are really inspiring. The comments are oftentimes much longer than the blog posts we write, and most of the time more insightful. The value you all bring to the community here is in many ways better than what we bring here ourselves. We don’t really view this as our site, but as yours, and you just let us post here :D

So, we’ve been trying to make things better for the site here. We recently moved to a new server. We just added some features to speed the site up. We’ve been cleaning up the code as much as we could. And now, we want to offer a bunch of new features, starting with the most important feature:

New Commenting System

Disqus is great in many ways, but for a long time now, it hasn’t been loading for a lot of people. For all of the features and bells and whistles it has, that doesn’t matter if you all can’t load the comments. Well, that’s an issue no more. We’ve switched back to WordPress default comments. They now load instantly, with the page. No delay at all. Anyone can comment if they have an account on the site. It’s that easy. It’s not as feature heavy as Disqus, but we’re going to be adding more features bit by bit. It’s coming. It took us a long time just to get to a default commenting system that looked not half bad.

The commenting system is for everyone to use. No strings attached. No obligations. The next features, however, are purely up to you if you want to use them or not:

Eatyourkimchi: Ad Free

Let’s be honest: running a web site that gets a lot of traffic incurs a lot of costs on servers. Seriously: our server bill every month is stupid high. The only way to make up for these costs, unfortunately, is to display ads on our site. It’s just a part of the media world. It’s how magazines run, it’s how TV runs, and it’s how the internet runs. It gets in the way for a lot of people, we know, and we thank all of you who have kept your AdBlock off for us, but we want to offer you a cleaner way out.

So, we’ve made a version of the site that’s ad free. No obtrusive ads. Instantly faster load time. You just get video, content, comments. Boom. A much cleaner experience. We hope you like it.

It’s up to you if you want to use the ad-free version of the site. To do so, we’ve built a premium membership model. Buy a premium membership if you want to go this route. And we’re not even asking you for a set price. It’s not $100 a year. It’s not $1000 a year. It’s whatever you want to pay. Whatever value you find in this site, it’s up to you. $1, $10, or whatever you feel good about.

But, that’s not all! We’re offering one more really cool thing as well. We’re really excited about this last one:

Mobile Eatyourkimchi Version!

Have an iPad? iPhone? Samsung phone? Whatever device you have, we made a mobile-responsive site that resizes the page according to your device. Commenting is easier, reading is easier. Navigating, all made easier in the mobile version of the site. This took a lot of time and development juice to build. It’s yours to have in the Eatyourkimchi Premium version, for however much you think it’s worth. Here’s what it looks like!

And, we’ve got one last tiny thing:

Premium Nasty Badge

Nasty Badge

Just to thank you for being so awesome, Premium members will get a Nasty badge added to their names when they comment. Show the commenters how lovely you are. Shout out your Nastiness to everyone, with this big Nasty badge. It’s not as cool a feature as the others, but hopefully you like it.

Yeah! So, that’s it. We hope you like these changes, and the many more we plan on adding in the upcoming months. Let us know if there are other features that you’d like to add to the site, different changes you’d like to see. And even if you don’t want to partake in the Premium Nasty account, we’re just honoured that you’re here hanging out with us to begin with. Thank you for your continual awesomeness :D

  1. I just tried to become a premium nasty, but it won’t let me add it to the shopping cart–I hit the button, but it doesn’t show up in the shopping cart… :( What should I do? Or am I just doing something wrong?

  2. My first time logging in as a P Nasty! Soooo good. Appreciate the upgrades guise. May I say…I’m tot obessed w History’s Pyscho:) ok ok just dropping a hint in case u haven’t seen….Red Region was thrilled to see our Easter and other box opened recently. How come it’s so much fun watching u guise get stuff?! EYK just keeps getting better. Best of luck w Coffee Shop, mobile EYK etc

  3. I was wondering are you going to be coming up with an App??

  4. I really like that you have this. As you can see I just subceribed. I like that there is no adds with this and i also like that you let us pick how much to pay. Some places you want to suppost but feel like it’s a lot of money.

  5. How does the ad/money thing work for EYK? Is an add a flat rate? Based on the number of users who see it or just those who click on it? I always use AdBlock, but if it interferes with your revenue I would definitely turn it off for you guys – I love this site :)

  6. Yay for mobile friendly version! I have a question, is there any chance you’ll introduce a kind of gift system where we can buy other people membership? I had to log into my friend’s account and used my info to get him his membership since he didn’t have a credit card. I just think it’ll be a bit easier if we can buy it for other people. Also, I only paid a little for a whole year of membership (WOW!) now that I have an income, I can afford to help out more, so donation

  7. I love it! Great program guys! Oh and Martina, I heard the Sailor Moon remake is going to be more focused on the manga in terms of the story AND the drawings. I’m excited for it ^^

  8. So….Is anyone else having a payment problem that isn’t using Paypal? I’m trying to put in my billing address-the same one I’ve used for the last 16 years-and it’s telling me my combination of City, State, and Zip Code are incorrect. Also, how in the world do I get my profile pic not to upload sideways?

    • NVm, turns out Paypal doesn’t know there’s technically supposed to be a dash in my City’s name…. But YAY!!! I’ve got a sexy Nasty badge! It’s worth any amount just to be able to access the site from my phone, plus all the other cool stuff, too.

  9. Some timing here! I finally get back and look what’s happened. Great job on the website guys, and glad to be a premium nasty! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some catching up to do <3

  10. how to become a premium nasty? i just registered but i cant find it

  11. I just became a Premium Nasty. Waddup!

  12. YAYYY FOR SIMON AND MARTINA!!!! :) Super excited about the new update to your website! How do I get the mobile version onto my iPod?

  13. Wonderful! When I have the money I will totally do it!

  14. So happy I can finally comment. I could never comment because it never loaded for me no matter what I did or which browser I was on. And I will definitely partake in the premium nasties once… I get… More money… Vixx kind of made me broke.

  15. I wanted to be a premium but like all good things I as a high school sophomore don’t have a credit card *sigh* (/\)

  16. I’m so excited for the mobile version. I love your website..my devices sometimes not so much :P YAY for premium Nastiness!

  17. I was so excited when I heard about the mobile version. Definitely getting premium.

  18. Awesome Simon and Martina~! Those are great way to improve the Nasty community on here, and I’m loving that you’re introducing a mobile friendly version of EYK, since it was a bit hard to browse through on my iPhone previously. Love these changes a lot, and can’t wait for the other features that are coming the upcoming months! ^^ Btw: Also LOVING my Nasty! badge beside my bias Onew in the comment section, woop! ♥

  19. Great idea! Just when you think EYK can’t get any better, it does! Btw, I just made your dwenjang jjigae—YUM!

  20. NASTAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Checking out how my badge looks in a comment. :D

  21. i just paid and i am happy to contribute to you guys even though its not much its all i can afford right now


  23. I totally want a membership; it will be totally great for when viewing on my ipad (because sometimes. I just can’t be bothered to open up my laptop!)
    Somehow I will figure out how to get my Korean money to work online and then I will be able to give you monies for this.
    Some how. Some day. … Soon. I hope.

  24. I just think of it as another way to support a site I like. If you can give, why not? It helps keep everything going. I don’t mind ads. Also GO US NASTY GREEN!

  25. Glad to support you, guise!

  26. Oooh so nasty! Can we get some nasty shirts up in here for us nasties to buy? It’d be awesome to be able to find some nasties out in the wild!

  27. I’m part of the nasties and proud of it ! o/

  28. Its good to be nasty! I agree with others, you should give an option for monthly as well. :)

  29. I can’t wait to download the app! This is exciting and I have been waiting for this! Yay! I love you guys so much!

  30. I hope you guys get a chance to do allllll sorts of fantastic things :D

  31. YAY!! Finally membership!! :) Boyyaaa!! Happy? YES!!!
    Question – can you have an monthly payment to?? Would gladly create a “monthly” membership as a nasty!! :D

  32. That’s awesome! Finally some membershipnastiness.

  33. i would go premium if i had a paypal account ;A;

  34. Finally able to comment!!!!! :D

  35. So excited to be a premium nasty!

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