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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. Wait, I know this is old but I still can’t find the comment where Simon spoke of why he stopped teaching?

    4 years ago
  2. I only just started using AdBlock, as I couldn’t stand the amount of stuff I was getting on other pages. It was actually effecting the download speed of pages I loaded.
    However, as soon as you mentioned that it was part of your revenue, I went and changed my settings just for your page. Even before I had AdBlock, I always found that the EYK page had subtler ads than a lot of others webpages that I have come across. The ease of the newer looking website on the eyes makes it a great experience, to go along with the brilliant videos

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

    8 years ago
  4. I really wanna just thank you guise for your hard work and dedication!! :’) I have come to love your videos and posts so much and it has helped me a lot when it comes to understanding the Korean culture!

    Will support you guise till the end of time! Hwaiting!! Sending lots of love, hugs and kisses to the EYK crew (Spudgy and Meemers included) <3

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

    8 years ago
  6. 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……

    8 years ago
  7. 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

    8 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!

      8 years ago
  8. 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.

    8 years ago
  9. Nic

     I’m so sorry to hear that you had bad experiences like that Simon. The style of teaching they were trying to force you to do is why when Koreans come to Australia for a working holiday they can’t speak English to native speakers. They might have done years and years of English in school but when the point of it was for exam marks they struggle to actually have a real conversation. Many of them freak out when they realise how people really speak English and that there schooling did not prepare them for real life so they stick with only Koreans while here in Australia and miss out on many things.

    If more teachers taught the way you did, Koreans wouldn’t be so terrified to speak English out loud when they go to another country.

    8 years ago
  10. We love your videos because you spread love through your videos  (。-_-。)(hope that doesn’t sound weird :)) ). 

    8 years ago
  11. I think you did the right thing by quitting, Simon. Schools try making everything simply book work, and in the end, what are the students really getting out of it? They need to have a good relationship with their teachers, and that’s all you were trying to do – to make it fun, but still make it so that they were learning.

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

    8 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.

      8 years ago
  13. i still want to know why simon had a hard time teaching

    8 years ago
  14. Hey, my TL;DR question is how does Korean food accommodate vegetarians, vegans, etc.. ? Because I’m a vegetarian (well, technically it is called “peskatarian” but I really, really, can’t stand the sound of that word) and when my family takes me out to some Asian restaurants there is little to no choice on the menu that is accommodating to me. I’m not as picky as some and I don’t really care if Ramen is made with a sort of broth, meat just upsets my stomach so I tend to pick it out; but I was just wondering do they not accommodate people with these needs/specifications and how do people response when “veg heads,” like myself, tell them that they are vegetarians?

    8 years ago
  15. 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 ^_^

    8 years ago
  16. Why do I watch two dorks do silly/spazzy things? Because I too am a dork and enjoy the spazzyness and find it adorable 

    8 years ago
  17. Although I get that you guys don’t want to label what you’re doing as a career, you shouldn’t downplay it either because I think what you guys are doing is very brave and inspirational. In college I was taught that finding your vocation is what’s important (rather than an unhappy career). As one of my favorite teachers once told me, find what you love doing and find a way to make money off of that. I can’t really say for sure that you guys have found your vocation, because only you can really know for yourselves, but it looks to me like you guys have found it. (And if you’re uncomfortable about calling it a “career” or an “entrepreneurship”, how about calling it a vocation instead?)

    I love your videos and I can really tell that you guys put an enormous amount of work into them. :)

    8 years ago
  18. I love this TLDR! 

    I’m sure a lot of cool (and I mean cool-cool) people also watch your videos, but for a dork like me, Eat Your Kimchi has really proven to be a home. It’s been almost 2 years since I started watching your videos and I don’t think a day have passed without me typing eatyourkimchi.com and checking your website. 

    I’ve even converted my sister into a Nasty (IS THIS THE FANCLUB NAME NOW?! HAHAHA.). There was a time when we like marathon-ed your videos and we had such a blast. My sister and I are such dorks too. 

    Good luck, you guys. It’s really nice to have found people I can relate to and laugh with, even if it’s just over the internet. :)

    8 years ago
  19. OMG….. i’ve been using adblocks all these while.. i had no idea!!!!!! just edited my settings to allow ads only on eatyourkimchi!! sorry :(

    8 years ago
  20. 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

    8 years ago
  21. My Fun TLDR Question: Simon, what is your favorite on camera moment of Martina? Martina, what is your favorite on camera moment of Simon?

    8 years ago
  22. For the record: I think your old videos are adorable.

    8 years ago
  23. *Turns off AdBlock on eatyoukimchi.com domain*

    8 years ago
  24. I’d love to order a shirt or two from you guys but since I am on the
    bigger size I’d want to order a shirt I could actually wear. Sorry. :( 

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

    8 years ago
  26. I really don’t understand why your school was “disgusted” as you put it. What’s wrong with this? Because you didn’t like the method the candidates were using to promote themselves? Is that really so bad? Regardless I thought it was funny and you expressed yourself in a way that really wasn’t disrespectful. I hope when I come to Korea to teach I wont work for a school like that. My plans are to be in Seoul, so I am sorta at peace knowing I wont work for the administration you did. 

    아자 아자 화팅!

    ps. I am so getting one of your shirts. Been looking at them for a couple of weeks now. Just gotta wait for pay day. :D

    8 years ago
  27. I remember this video, it’s awesome XD And the same effin thing happens here in Brazil during elections. Cars will go all over the city singing their jingles and making speeches, and several times they’ll stop in front of my apartment and leave the music going for hoooours until someone’d call the police. Ugh, so annoying OTL

    8 years ago
  28. Simon, I’ve been a teacher here for five years (also trained in Canada) and luckily I’ve had a great experience, but I can imagine how difficult that must have been for you, especially as a trained teacher back home.  I’ve watched this video a few times and it always chokes me up.  I’m glad you had a great time with your students, regardless of the administration issues.  

    8 years ago
  29. You guys are awesome! I think it is so great that you can make a living doing these videos which are informative and HIGHLY entertaining. I can’t tell you how many times I have busted up laughing and I am usually at work so I get some crazy looks. I got into K-Pop in early 2009 and I have been watching your videos since around that time and I think it is amazing and inspiring how far you guys have come. Your videos were great then and they are great now. :)

    8 years ago
  30. Simon, I have mad respect for you.
    One of the biggest reasons why I moved to the U.S. from South Korea is because of the English teaching hagwons.
    I honestly didn’t learn anything because all we did was just workbooks.
    It was pure torture and thank God I left South Korea quite early!
    I honestly think their teaching method is sometimes wack (the fact that they ONLY study what is on their future exams rather than actually learning how to use it in life).
    I thank you for sharing your story with us!

    8 years ago
  31.  I think you guys were both still teaching when I started watching your videos. A friend posted a link to your “how to dance kpop (2010 ?)” Idk, it was shortly after you started doing regular music mondays. Anyway, i watched the video, and I was like, these are totally people I would have been friends with if I met them.  Then I watched every video of yours I could find. Now my 5 yo runs around shouting things like, “bunnies are puffy” and I love all the content you put out.

    8 years ago
  32. THAT, is a hilarious video.  I don’t see why Koreans gave it a thumbs down.  It’s not dissing the voting process or anything, it’s a noise complaint that I bet almost all of them think of themselves!

    8 years ago
  33. I don’t have ad block and all of your videos are amazing :D Do not worry, you will always have at least one subscriber (me :P) 

    And don’t be suprised that people watch the videos – you guys just show so much positive energy, you infect people with happiness! 

    8 years ago
  34. 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

    8 years ago
  35. You guys should do a video on “The Life of a EYK Video,” like how you did a “A Day in a Life in Korea.” Go through the process of setting up, recording, and editing. Just a thought!

    8 years ago
    • You know, we’ve been talking about doing this, but – really – IT’S SO BORING!  How long can someone watch us sit in front of a computer, you know?  But if we can think of a way to execute it decently, then we’ll give it a shot :D

      8 years ago
      • If you fly me over from Australia, I would be more than happy to film the entire thing for you. I might even bring a Nu’est member over with me, to hold the extra equipment. :p

        8 years ago
  36. 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…

    8 years ago
  37. 1970’s song?! Really?! Well, it was a good one too!

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

    8 years ago
  39. 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

    8 years ago
  40. Thank You Simon and Martina for your AWESOME videos!

    8 years ago