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Introducing: Eatyourkimchi Premium Nasties

June 3, 2014

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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

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  1. This is Awesome you guise! Keep the nastiness coming. Since you change the commenting section I’m happier cause before i couldn’t make a comment an when i did i got blocked again…now is SUPER NASTY! I will see how much i have to suscribe for the whole year ^^…DR. SPUDGIESWORTH I ! PEACE!

    2 years ago
  2. Just called my husband and told him I needed a dollar on his card and he was like “WHY?,” I told him NO QUESTIONS I NEED IT! He finally relented :D

    2 years ago
  3. Im a little confused. Is the payment a regular thing, like you pay a certain amount like once a month or is it a one off payment? T

    2 years ago
  4. Did anyone else have a HUGEANTIC problem with the old Discus comment system where it NEVER loaded?

    2 years ago
    • Yes! Always! Especially in Firefox, it would always say ‘Disquis is taking longer than usual to load. Reload?’ -_- UGH! It only worked for me in Chrome. :P

      2 years ago
  5. Premium nastiness wahoo! Now to convince my husband lol

    2 years ago
  6. So if we don’t have the Premium we can’t get the mobile?? I personally don’t mind the ads and it would be easier just to keep off adblocker. I guess I’m confused because this makes it feel like some Nasties are better than other Nasties?

    2 years ago
    • You can easily get it for a dollar. Its pretty great and i dont think s& m want to this to be some nasties are greater than other nasties.

      2 years ago
      • I guess I’m confused… if everyone does it for a dollar will that take money away from simon and martina?

        2 years ago
  7. first of all… NO ADS! yeeeeey!
    second this commenting system is so much mre user friendly. I didn’t comment so much when it was the old one it was too complicated. Now you are gonna see much more of my name here.

    2 years ago
  8. Well I was already dubbed an epic nasty by other nasties after k con cause of the bloopers with my spudgy dog that was part of my costume to dress up like and opposite martina, ended up being almost the whole bloopers. Why am I so broke. next time guies. also seriously what happened to that fur-real spudgy I gave you?did he end up left in a hotel garbage?

    2 years ago
  9. You guide are awesome you really treasure your fans. :)

    2 years ago
  10. Oh, wow! I was starting to get worried by this, but then I watched the video and it’s totally awesome! The pay-what-you-want model is really great and awesome and is the best option as not to exclude any members. Before I buy the membership (I actually don’t mind the ads at all, so it would be purely to support you which I definitely love to do without having to buy shirts!), I wanted to ask, is it possible to change the amount later on? I’m a bit broke right now, but I would definitely drop a few more bucks next month or so, but I would wait if it’s a done deal if you buy it.

    2 years ago
    • I’m in the same boat as you on this (y’argh nasty pirates!) and although I can’t afford much at the moment I would like to be able to donate more when I can. I guess we could always just buy a t-shirt or something when we have more of the shiny and papery goodness? That still contributes after all. I think. It does, right? Right?!

      2 years ago
  11. This is why you guise are totally awesome! I have never followed youtubers before, but you guise keep it real and really create an EYK family, which makes me totally stoked to support the site.

    2 years ago
    • Thank you for that! We’ve never thought of you guise as just viewers or fans. We’ve always thought of you all as friends and family. We’re just trying to make the family as comfortable in our house as possible :D

      2 years ago
  12. I’m lovin’ this new system! :D Super cool way to support you guise whenever an whereever we are located. I was also having lots of troubles with that Disqus(ting) thing MANY times, so I’m truly greatful for the effort you have put into this :) I’m gonna keep on supporting you guise this way, so even if i can’t afford a T-shirt (or 3) then I can still support what you do by updating this membership. That equals to so much NASTINESS that words aren’t enough <3

    2 years ago
  13. Note the Nasty next to my name. I am now officially cool. Or Nasty, one of the two.

    2 years ago
  14. Tbh i don’t mind the Ads as i get super-fast broadband here ;D (oh you so jelly jelly, oh you so jelly jelly) my site pop up quick as a flash so can hold of for a little longer to become a premium nasty :D

    2 years ago
  15. Really loving, the new site and of course the comment system :D Would love to contribute, but as of now. . . . I be a poor student who studies Korean . . . but hopefully will be able to contribute in future, maybe when i visit your guys new coffee shop :D cannot wait for that. Well done Simon and Martina i look forward to all your amazing adventures in the future. Love you both. And of course love to the Meems, Spudgy, Soozee and Leigh <3

    2 years ago
  16. Wait, can you see how much we pay? Cos I tried to think up a nerdy amount. Or does it automatically convert into Won? Oh no!! My special numbers!!

    The ‘pay what you want’ is super cool. Best idea ever. You guys totally outdid yourselves with that, I really didn’t see it coming. Yah.

    2 years ago
    • It’s in US dollars (and judging by the badge, you figured that out quickly). Haha I couldn’t bring myself to pay as little as possible so I put in a few more dollars.

      2 years ago
    • Hugh and I were wondering this! Like if we paid the smallest amount possible and then saw Simon and Martina and they were like “Soooooooo you cheapskates paid the lowest amount possible!” So then we made sure we paid more than that haha.

      2 years ago
  17. Yeah! Premium Nasty! Now it’s easier on my iPhone! While I couldn’t pay much because I am a poor college student. I did pay more than $1.00, just because I love you guys. <3

    2 years ago
  18. Oh congrats on new commenting section (love it) and heck yeah i want to be a premium nasty! I just need to wait a few days until my paycheck arrives but then! *heroic pose* I will join this league of nastiness!! moahahaah moahahaah moAHAHAHAHAHAH *erhem*^^

    2 years ago
  19. Woo hoo! I remember when you talked about this last year and now it’s all happening!

    2 years ago
  20. Oh no why this week lol, after BAP concert a month ago and now so many comebacks it has left my bank account a bit on the broke side, premium nastiness will have to wait a couple of weeks hehe :P

    2 years ago
  21. After discussing with my 4 cats, they decided to chip in what little allowance they have for the membership. Thanks to them, I am a premium nasty. =D

    2 years ago
  22. Really excited about the mobile version. I was just thinking the other day “Eyo (GD voice), where’s my mobile version??”

    2 years ago
  23. -has to wait for her parents to get up to use their paypal details- CURSE YOU LACK OF INDEPENDENCE!

    2 years ago
  24. I wasn’t going to get the premium because I don’t mind adds or need the special things that come with it, but you guys literally made the nicest request for it I could possibly think of and I can tell you guys are trying really hard to make eyk a great place for anyone interested in Korea. Even though I’m not huge on kpop, your videos have certainly helped me settle in for my summer abroad here and helped me get to know more about Korea and especially K-indie, so I guess my payment is just a thank you from me <3

    2 years ago
  25. All set! That was a good idea :)

    2 years ago
  26. Its wonderful that you guys are giving us Nasties the option of “pay what you can”! It must be super nerve racking for you guys, but we’ll continue to support :D

    -runs off to find some moneys-

    2 years ago
  27. Oh my goodness, I can finally comment. This makes me happy.
    And congratulations on how far you’ve come! I really hope that I’ll be able to visit Korea one day and see you guys while I’m there :D

    2 years ago
  28. This is awesome! At first I was sure I wasn’t going to get the premium membership, but that changed when you said we can choose the amount ourselves. For some reason, even though I may or may not have payed more than a standard membership would have cost, I feel like I’m showing my appreciation for your site and hard work by paying a little bit, rather than “having to pay for certain features”. Um well anyway, I appreciate it! You’re awesome :3

    2 years ago
  29. Been watching you guys for so long, just so glad we Nasty’s get another oportunity to return some of the love you guys are always sharing with us! And I’m going to be honest as much as the ads are important to you guys for your revenue, and I click and watch them as often as I could bear and ad free site is so nice!!!!!!!

    2 years ago
  30. Thank you so much for the ad-free version ! I’ve always wanted to support you guise, so I let the ads but I hate that… Finally I have an easy way to support you directly, without feeding an over-consumption system !

    2 years ago
  31. SO.EXCITED.ABOUT.THIS.

    So now I just need money, tape, rope and some nails.

    2 years ago
  32. Good idea! I don’t really post or interact much on your site, but I really love the stuff you guys do, so it was a no-brainer to sign up so you can continue to make MOAR AWESOMER STUFFZ! PS: Loving the EYK radio on PopAsia! Now I just have to make sure I get home on time on Fridays to listen in! :)

    2 years ago
  33. I was super nervous when I saw this post. I’m a Masters student with no job at the minute and life’s a bit crap. I come to your site to cheer me up and my heart just sank when I saw this. But it really shows how flexible and appreciative you are of your fans by taking on a ‘pay-as-you-can’ model. I can safely say that, while I’ll be starting off my premium nasty life pretty cheaply, I’ll definitely be upping my payment once I’ve got myself a job. Thank you for being so considerate. It means a lot to me!

    2 years ago
  34. Yay!! It sucked not being able to comment for ages, and having AdBlock on for a bit because the site was buggy also made me a bit sad but now with the paid option… Imma so happy ^^ Thanks for all the work you guise have done, and keep doing behind the scenes for us Nasties!

    2 years ago
  35. The ultimate nastination is complete!!!!

    2 years ago
  36. I am super excited about this! You guys just seem to be on an amazing run of great Ideas and all your hard work paying off! Rock out bros and Kick life in the ass!

    2 years ago
  37. Oooh, I’m excited! Mobile version? SOLD! Ad free? SOLD!

    2 years ago
  38. Oh! I am really exited for the mobile version! I have had a lot of trouble loading and watching your videos on my mobile phone and this will really help. And the new commenting system is rather nice as well! I can really feel the love and energy you guys always puts in to make your fans experiences to be even better. Love you guys, keep up the good work!

    2 years ago
    • Thank you! We’re gonna keep doing our best to improve the experience here. We’ve been planning it for over half a year now, and have some cool things in store. Stay tuned!

      2 years ago
  39. Truly happy for you guys to have come really really far from just a couple teaching in Korea to what you guys are today. ^^

    2 years ago
  40. When I saw the title of this post I got a feeling of dread because premium usually means pay for previously free content but I’m so happy and proud that you went with the pay-what-you-feel-it’s-worth system! I disabled my adblock for you and I totally understand that running this webiste costs money for you. So fair enough! EYK means a lot to me. Kpop idols are called idols but you two are my real idols. I talk about you and mentioned you to the people around you as if you were friends of mine. I’ve learned a lot from the experiences you’ve shared with us and a lot of what you say makes me think about how I live my life and what the world should be like. No, seriously. I said this in the letter I sent with my package from Costa Rica last year: every country and every culture should have its Simon&Martina and the world is a better place with people like you in it. Thank you for being you.

    2 years ago
    • ALL THE FEELS FROM THIS COMMENT. all. the. feels. I need a spudgy pillow to cry on.

      2 years ago
    • This is a most excellent comment. I am weirdly almost in tears. Damn these Nasty feels!!

      2 years ago
      • Nasty feels are the best feels :D so don’t cry! S&M said they would add new features to the commenting system and I would like to request an edit your post thing because I’m greatly annoyed about the spelling and logic errors (you≠me) I discovered in my comment two seconds after I posted it :/

        2 years ago
    • Thank you for the lovely comment. You can’t believe how nervous we were in working on this. I’m glad you’re not upset by it. We tried to make it as fair as possible. Thank you!

      2 years ago
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