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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. 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
  2. I feel bad. I have ad blocker…sorry! I hate commercials and ads. But I will directly support you by buying t-shirts and I am willing to work for free for you guys if you want. I live in California though. 

    8 years ago
  3. Question, now that you two aren’t teachers, how are you able to say in Korea?

    8 years ago
  4. 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
  5. i really like you guys. and its thank to you that many of my friends got into kpop. if i just showed them the music videos they would be like meh~~ but then i showed them your reviews and they thought they were funny and that’s how they started following artist. thank you for your hard work!! :D

    8 years ago
  6. I disabled Adblock for EYK.com JUST FOR YOU GUYS. I expect some huge fanservice now??

    8 years ago
  7. I read the title of the blog post wrong.  Haha!  I thought it said, “How we staved blogging full-time.”  Hahaha!

    8 years ago
  8. I’ve been subscribed to your youtube channel for years, way back at the very beginning (Korean washrooms!). I’d been into manga and Japanese culture for a few years but had recently got into K-POP and wanted to know more about the culture of Korea (Korea is one of those countries that we literally know NOTHING about…all we hear about in the news is disaster and war and any reference to art or culture from Korea seems to be related to China and Japan…). I fell in love with both of you immediately. You’re just my kind of people, slightly edgy and alternative and totally loveable, plus, you’re videos told me stuff about Korea that I’d been searching for on the internet for but in a funny way from a standpoint similar to mine. It feels like since then time has flown by…you’ve changed and grown, I’ve changed and K-POP has changed too. But I’d like to say that I’m glad I found your videos. I know these are just words on a screen but you’ve in many ways helped me to accept myself, you’ve brought about discussions of Korea and drawn attention to Korea which gets us all talking, you’ve opened the way for other foreigners visiting Korea (I know I was tentative to express I wanted to visit Korea…Not 100% sure why) and obviously you’ve created a platform for international fans to discuss K-POP with a critical eye. I loved you both from the beginning, thank you both for everything and I hope to see you both in the future when I visit Korea!! :) x

    8 years ago
  9. “aahhhhhhhhh what’s k-pop?”  YUP!!!!

    8 years ago
  10. I just want to say that I am soooo happy you guys do this, I love your videos and watch them regularly. So from me to you…..Thank you for your dedication and love for your fans ^_^ We Love You Guys!!!!

    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. Yeah most of Asia is like that. In Hong Kong, my cousin’s use memorization instead of actually using what they know to figure something out. They even have memory classes just for these students and parents pay $1000 just to take starting in kindergarten school. As long as they produce good results in exams (and make the gov look good) then it’s ok. 
    A funny thing is that during a certain time (i think early 2000), they taught kids how to speak. Little kids would talk like adults but in a fake way. It sounded like they were acting or giving a speech. They would have fake emotions and be really dramatic. Idk if korea had that or not, but that goodness they stopped. I wanted to shut them up so badly.

    8 years ago
    • Yes, in Asia the method of teaching is more or less the same: massive exams, a lot of extra school working, scores go first, etc..
      But one thing I’m sure of is that: HK people speak better english than Korean people due to their history with GB. When I traveled there, I know barely a word of catonese, I talked with people like saleman, policeman, radom people in the street, etc..they were able to answer my questions most of the time. I think that makes HK a unique and lovely place in Asia(their delicious food too LOL).

      8 years ago
      • i tots agreee with you. people in china and hong kong are excellent english speakers, their methods must be good. so many of my chinese friends are great at english.

        8 years ago
  13. Hehe sorry, from now on my adblock is disabled on this site xP I really like your videos so I hope you can continue for a long time d ^_^ b

    8 years ago
  14. BL

    I’d love to be like you guysssss whn i grow up, mentally i meant, and have a “job” or career that i’d like and enjoy . eventhough the “job” is taking a lot of your energy, im happy that you guys are having fun at the same time :”D~

    8 years ago
  15. 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
  16. Ok guys, I disabled adblock just for your site. Now you will get the moneyz from me. And I also wanted to tell you I didn’t start watching your videos ti ’10 or ’11 but when i did I went all the way back and watched all of your videos. I love your personalities and the way you talk about everything. It’s entertaining. Plus I love how you guys don’t put on a facade for the camera. You are just you so we really get the chance to know you. I will continue to watch your videos until the sad day when you stop making them. so keep it up ^_^ And I know you’ll get that Visa. You deserve it.

    8 years ago
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Sue

    Oh, and I remember Simon saying he had a hair stylist on a live chat or something?

    A proud Viva La Spudgy shirt hangs in my closet! Well, actually, I wore it out yesterday, so I guess it isn’t in my closet now, but..

    8 years ago
  20. people tends to look at numbers to measure but it doesnt apply to everything :)

    8 years ago
  21. I just wanna say that I’ve been watching your videos since the near beginning and I really enjoy them because you all are quirky, nerdy, and most importaintly, my family comes from Korea, so it’s really exciting to learn about it from a point of view that I understand.  In the U.S. there’s so much emphasis on spanish, french, and japanese that Korea is totally shoved to the way-side.  I’ve been looking for Korean Language Classes for what feels like forever, and all I’ve gotten in the way of it was a Korean/English dictionary so I can at least build up my vocab.  That’s why I like your videos so much.

    8 years ago
    •  go to talktomeinkorean.com. It’s a pretty awesome website. :D (and it’s free and fully accessible)

      8 years ago
  22. M

    So, another question. It seems there are hardly any Taiwan blogs out there, and I’m going to taiwan one year from now (yay count-down!) and I was thinking of making a video blog once I get there. I think I’ll only have time for one video a week, but I would still like to have a nice opening sequence. How do you make all of your music and opening animations? 

    -monomonu from twitter. Sorry, I didn’t see that you had to sign in first and then it posted my comment ;A;

    8 years ago
  23. oh man.. I feel really bad for you! BUT: good thing you quit! (kinda..) because otherwise we couldn’t enjoy the glory of Eatyourkimchi! and btw: now I understand why most koreans don’t speak a single word of proper english (YES SM I’m looking at you!) if that’s how they teach them the language… 

    8 years ago
  24. Simon, just wondering if you would recommend the f/1.8 50 mm? i have a canon 500d, or could you recommend me some others? i really liked the end image of this video, and that’s what i’m looking for, so.. some advise? :)

    8 years ago
  25. omg you guys are AWESOMEEEEEEE :)!

    8 years ago
  26. 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
  27. I disabled adblock for your site :)

    8 years ago
  28. I disabled adblock for your site :) 

    8 years ago
  29. You guys are awesome!  Thanks for being you, and making great videos.  It is my dream to one day live in Korea, and for now you are helping me live my dream by doing videos about Korea.  I am so glad you are always so honest in your videos, and that’s what I love about them.  I’m really sorry you get a lot of negative feedback, but I’m glad that’s not holding you back!  I can’t thank you enough, and I love you guys!  Keep up the awesome work!  Eat You Kimchi fighting!

    8 years ago
  30. 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
  31. I will not say something like: OMG! Your videos are funny and made me love korean culture..
    I will say : I apreciate your work on doing videos, i know how hard is to make one video… and i also can relate to you guys because i was a teacher and i have great memories with the students but not with the administration except  for one school… 
    Every Monday i check my youtube channel to see if you have been posting a new video…. and is like every five seconds …
    in the end: i will suport your hard work by watching all of your videos and vote for KPOPCharts and so on..
    Thanks! and sorry for my bad grammar

    8 years ago
  32. where did your McDonal’s Delivery video go? That’s the first video I came across your youtube channel. 

    8 years ago
  33. LOLOL just for the record, I thought the video was hilarious! I’m actually planning to become an English teacher in Korea myself after university, so I’ll definitely focus more on the positive aspects than on the negative. Thanks for the awesome videos! I always look forward to your videos every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday :D (at least I think that’s what your schedule is… LOL)

    8 years ago
  34. 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
  35. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I didn’t realize how much it takes just to make one video. Your efforts are very much appreciated :) It’s also great that you guys are doing something you’re passionate about. I very much enjoy watching your videos and learn about Korea too!

    8 years ago
  36. well, just call me when you need an employee. lol

    8 years ago
  37. Guys, we watch your videos because we’re also nerdy and weird but you guys have actual important stuff to say. You take us to places most of us will never get to see or experience in real life. And you are never boring! We watch because it’s always entertaining and we love you.

    8 years ago
  38. Add me to the people who have disabled adblock, I felt guilty hearing you guys :( 

    8 years ago
  39. Well ya’ll are making tons of money off of me, because not only have I watched all of your videos and do not ad block, but I post your vids on my facebook regularly. Plus I watch the ones I really like over and over. Good Times. Thanks for all you do! Even if you do enjoy it. Sooooooper Happy for you! <3 =D

    8 years ago
  40. 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