Sunday, July 20, 2014

100th post!

I didn't even realize we were already at 100 posts! It's crazy that I even had to focus to even write 2 of them. 

As the blogs 100th post, I will give you the journey of HAS thus far, what we hope to become of HAS, and also a message of "fighting" from every writer. 

First the journey of Heart and Seoul.

(First Promotional picture for HAS)

(After the style change. The picture for banners and cover photos as of now) 

(The new official HAS promotional picture.)

On September 25, 2012, Heart and Seoul was made. 
First blog ever and my introduction blog:

When I first got the idea to make a blog, it wasn't because I had any intention of becoming popular or anything like that. The initial intention of the blog was not even to bring Kpop lovers together. It was actually to keep myself sane when I was going through a rough time. So, yes, while I probably seem like a crazy alien from a Korean-based planet where HOPEFULLY Do Min Joon lives, I'm still human. lol. 
I decided that I didn't want it to be a criticism blog. I don't write many bad things about songs, even if I don't like them that much. I don't want to tear down artists just because of something I don't like. So you will never see a "I HATE this song." or "This is garbage" coming from me personally. Or really anyone else in this blog. We aren't a criticism type blog. We write about stuff we like or love, encourage our favorite celebrities, and try to give strength to anyone who may be having a hard time. We aren't paparazzi. We won't write anything bad about you, even if the public thinks you deserve it. I'm definitely anti-paparazzi. If you've read my blogs, you know that. LOL. There may be certain parts of music videos that I will say "I don't like" or maybe disappointed in, but I'll never write a bad blog about a music video or song.
But anyways, shortly after making this blog, I figured out that I LOVE writing on the blog.. I love sharing my side of the Kpop world. Giving my opinion and output to share with the world. And then after that realization, my mission became to bring all Korean lovers together to enjoy the same thing with many people who are just like them. To let them know they aren't the only one who doesn't speak a word of Korean but can sing SHINee's "Replay" like you're a native speaker. To show people that there's people with opinions just like they have. That's what my mission became. And though that mission isn't fully fulfilled as of yet, it's definitely heading in the right direction.
On November 13, 2013 I decided to add my B1A4 obsessed(Baro biased), Taeyang loving, best friend Vince to the blog for obvious reasons.

Those who have been with me since the beginning have seen these pictures before. lol.

 If you've ever read his blogs, you know why he's a writer here.. When he does get the chance to write blogs, they're extremely entertaining while also quite informative. He's a very great addition. 

His introduction blog: 

On April 30, 2014 I made the decision to add my drama-loving mom Tracy to our blog.

Long before I added her to the crew, I use to do drama reviews. And they were extremely popular. But somewhere down the line, while I still watched dramas, I had stopped writing drama reviews. And she had already had a "Korean Drama Queen" blog before that she had stopped writing on. And she wanted to be a part of HAS. So of course, because she's the best, and because dramas are amazing and had not been a part of the blog for awhile, I made the decision to add her. She also does news blogs. 

Her introduction blog:

Shortly before I added HAS Tracy to the crew, I had done a style change to this blog.

The blog use to just be called "Heart and Seoul". The promotional picture was just this.
Though I don't have a full picture of what the old page use to look like, the mobile use to look like this.
Very simple, the promotional picture was the same as the background picture except there was no writing on the background picture.
I guess the reason I gave it a style change was just because I thought it was all just very simple.. and old.. because it had been the same for 2 years..
So then the official name of the blog became HAS and just so everyone knows what it stands for, Heart and Seoul was always tacked on the end.
Then I changed the promo picture and background picture, and actually am very happy with how it looks now. So no style changes in the near future.. I hope.

And the new look of the page looks like this.

I also added a playlist which I change the songs and style of every few weeks.

On May 30, 2014, I added the style factor to our blog with HAS Glow. 

She loves kpop and dramas and Korean people and she's like 50 million light years ahead of me in the fashion world. My style is t-shirt and jeans all day everyday. But any fashion tips she wants to give, or any Korean fashion she wants to show off, is what she does. She basically has the fashion section and can write absolutely anything else she feels. But keep in mind that Glow also has her own blog "Incidental Brain Contusions", so she will probably write more on her own blog than on here.

Her first introduction blog:
Her personal introduction blog:

So far that's the journey we've been on. Future plans and hopes start now.

HAS wants to do many things in the future. First things first. Vlogging. Who doesn't want to vlog, right? HAS Tracy, Vince, and myself are in the process right now of getting equipment to do vlogging and Youtube videos. There are many complications so it may take a few months, but within the next few months, the vlogging should start. 
I, myself, do already have a Youtube channel which eventually I will upload random things to. Mostly having to do with Korean things, but sometimes will be random things. And it hasn't been decided whether the blog will have its own channel or not, but I'm definitely thinking it will. But for now you can go subscribe to me following this link.

We currently live spread out. Me, Vince, and Tracy all live in the same area, but Glow lives all the way in Washington. So in the future we will all eventually get to do stuff together, but as of now, it's not possible. 

Also in the future, hopefully, we will all be able to attend kcons. Maybe not next year, but maybe the year after that. 

I, personally, when we get more active viewers, am going to start a Hangout on Google+ so that we can all hangout together and have a good time.

But most importantly, the biggest thing we want to come from HAS in the future is the same thing we're doing now. Entertaining everyone with what we have to say, informing everyone with the things we write, and bringing together a group of Korean-obsessed people who may sometimes feel like they're alone. We're all friends here. And we love you all.
Sure it's amazing to have so many views and so much feedback, but we aren't in it for the popularity. We are just in it to bring together an amazing community.

Lastly, I will give a message from each of our writers to commemorate our 100th post.

HAS Shanea

"To all our viewers, thank you for 2 great years so far, and hopefully many many more. I love every single one of you, and hope that this blog will keep reaching a wide variety of people from all around the world and grow into something very amazing. The future holds many things for us all. 화이팅~ "

HAS Vince
"HAS Blog, your potential got you this far, keep 화이팅 and never forget your goal!"

HAS Tracy
"WOOOOHOOOO!! Happy 100 post!! Let's meet TAEYANG!! FIGHTING!!!"

HAS Glow
"Thank you to you all for putting up with a bunch of weirdos such as us!! I know I don't write much, but I will try to do my best!! 화이팅 HAS family!!! You're beyond awesome for sticking with us to our 100 blog post!! Whoooooooo!!! 사랑해

Thank you to every single one of you who have read this blog and will continue to read this blog and anticipate what is to come. We love each and every one of you more than you know. <3

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