Message under the cut~
It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a message for all of the ATY members. I am both sad and happy writing this post. Which would you like first? lol. Alright, let’s start with the “not-so-good”. ATY has come a long way since it’s opening, though we’ve had some ups and downs, we’ve made it through and we’ve got all you followers to thank for it. I personally want to THANK every one who has shown support for this site. What started out to be a small fansite I had made for personal interest has grown into a beautiful community, where we respect each other, have peaceful and mature discussions and of course, do our bit of fangirlling (or fanboying). ATY is a unique fandom that has welcomed anyone who has accepted and challenged its views, and its a place where every is apart of the ATY family.
That being said, some may have noticed my lack of posting and I apologize for that. With age (and school!), comes more responsibilities, and for some time now, both Tofu and I have been challenged by our “real life” responsibilities in ways that have made it hard for us to continue the ATY fandom alive in the way we would like too. This doesn’t mean we’re closing ATY, we couldn’t do that to everyone here however we are sad to share that both Tofu and I will be slowly reducing our time and commitments to the blog. Specifically, Tofu will be phasing out her posting duties at the end of September, though she will remain behind the scenes with me for some time, I hope people respect her decision, as she will be moving on to bigger and better things in her life. She shares this message to you:
“When I asked Kay to be on the Always Taeyang team two years ago, I never expected it and myself to go this far. At first, I thought of it as a hobby – something fun to do and express myself. Then suddenly the blog grew in both content and readership and I soon found myself married to ATY. Therein lies the problem – I think I’ve come to the point where the amount of time and thought I put into the blog and its activities are not healthy. I think it’s time for me to take a step back and focus on more important and relevant things in my life – like school. I hope you all welcome the change and the freshness that our new writers will bring to ATY. I will be taking on a more “behind the scenes” role – taking care of back end tasks for the blog. Though it’s not to say I didn’t have a good run with ATY or ungrateful of the attention it has received. Rather, I’m humbled by the kind of support and love our readers have given us. I’m also appreciative of the opportunity to share and connect with people from all over (ATY is truly INTERNATIONAL!) Thank you to all the friends I’ve made along the way here and twitter. Thank you for making ATY the special community it is today. Thank you! (*throws peace sign + cheesy smile*)
As for myself, my new academic life makes it impossible for me to be able to do much updating for the blog. Though ATY is my baby, my heart and soul, and though it pains me a lot to let go of it, I will do what I can to ensure this place remains open to all Taeyang fans. Whether I still remain a fan or not, as long as there are people here, it will be here. I will still be an admin of this blog for some time and will remain behind the scenes for any duties, however, you will see less and less of me here. As of now, I am going to play it by ear. My email is still available, and I will be handling all admin duties before sorting things out, so feel free to contact me for any reason.
Both Tofu and I want to THANK everyone here once again, we’re so sad to be slowly leaving the blog. We’ve been on a huge journey with this blog, growing each day. We have been blessed with such amazing fans that has made us so proud to be fans of Taeyang. I hope that his fan dom will continue growing, that his international fan base will continue to flourish.
– Forever and always, your awesome power admin duo: KAY & TOFU
That being said, I have some good news as well! ATY is RECRUTING NEW WRITERS. In order to keep this blog alive, we need NEW WRITERS and that means YOU! We are opening this to everyone who is interested in blogging. Whether you have experience or you don’t doesn’t matter. What matters is your love for Taeyang and ATY~
Details on HOW TO BECOME A WRITER for ATY!
Email me (Kay) by SEPTEMBER 17TH with your answers to the question in our application form~
1. Name (or ATY id):
3. Current Blog/Website (only if you have one):
4. Have you worked with WordPress before? (yes or no)
5. What are your experiences being a writer for any blogs or websites? (explain clearly, and link sites if possible)
6. How long have you followed Taeyang/Young Bae? And Kpop?
7. Tell us about yourself in 50 words or less.
8. Please explain why you want to become an ATY staff and what you’ll be able to bring to the table?
9. If you were given a group project to make a poster, which of these options reflects the role you would probably take on? (CHOOSE ONLY ONE)
a. Lead the group, give instructions and organize the members (The Leader)
b. Do what the leader says, accomplish the task at hand in the most efficient and effective way (The Effective Worker)
c. Take as much time as you need to show your best quality work, even if you work slower than others (The Deep Thinker)
d. Do as much as you can, making sure you’ve got the most work done compared to other groups, you’re not concerned about details (The Speedy One)
10. Blogging for Kpop can be time consuming so what are the other activities are you involved with in your real life and please explain how you would accommodate ATY into them?
11. Are you familiar with Korean websites and fanboards? (If so, which ones?)
12. If you could change one thing about ATY, what would it be and Why?
Email to SWEETSORROW18@HOTMAIL.COM
We will be choosing 2 writers for now, however your application will still be considered should we decide to add more writers~
THANK YOU once again. We hope you all understand, and continue to show your love for Taeyang and ATY with some new and refreshing writers to lead the way~