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1decennia ago
586,579 jpops
permalink This is already the third year of JpopAsia on the web! Three years sounds short but in terms of internet age it’s pretty long. Things can change quickly as we have noticed this year. Last year on 14th December 2008 we had exactly 15,521 visitors that day, this year the 14th it's 30,809! In a year we doubled it and that’s awesome! Do you think next year 60,000 will be possible? It sounds like so far and like a dream but during that time last year, we thought the same about even getting 25,000 visitors a day. In contrast to 2007 we had 4,954 visitors.

So all seems well and ok but as our longer members know, growth is actually making it more difficult for us to continue this site. Hosting a small website can be very cheap and easy if you choose the right hosting provider. It’s easy and simple, and all time can be focused on development of the site. But once you grow larger it becomes more complex, more expensive, and a lot of unexpected problems will arise which are time consuming and result in not so much time for development left. JpopAsia is by far not a small website anymore and we had so many headaches caused by server problems which even the smartest people at our hosting provider could only solve after months. And they are competent.

Last month we changed our slowly-killing-us unlimited Creme accounts to subscription based plans. We have difficulty paying up for the server because JPA is not like any other site. The social connecting system puts a huge load on the server and can’t be compared to a simple blog with the same amount of visitors. It was definitely not an easy decision for us but our community understood and supported us so much during this shift. We realized that we have to balance business and doing things for the sake for the community. We think that’s also expected from us, to make decisions for the greater good. We are proud to say that only 1 person asked his/her money back. We have to emphasize to keep supporting us, there was a week were we wouldn’t sell any Creme accounts and we were a little scared that time that end was coming if it continued like that. Nothing will sustain itself, don’t expect others to pay so you can enjoy JPA for free. That’s the general idea for so many people we think but that will definitely kill JPA. The income is low and every little contribution is a contribution we need in order to survive. Until we become a financial healthy site in the future we need your support now more than ever!

What kind of things happened to JPA throughout this year? In the beginning of this year we welcomed Twisted Flower in our video moderator team, followed by ZuteGach in August. Kumasan shifted it’s moderator duties from video to new artist moderator. He is now in charge of approving your requests for new artists to be added to JPA. A few months ago we did something we usually never do, look for an entire new moderator team for lyrics in public. We prefer choosing right candidates -in our opinion-, to help us moderating. The interest was huge and we received many messages from members who want to help us out. Great and thank you all for your responses! Among them we choosed Miki, aiiyka, KamuiEgawa, Karensmatik and KATTUNKAMExROX. They are manning the lyrics section to check all your added lyrics in the future. In the beginning of 2010 we will open the option to add lyrics again not linked to our videos on the site. Moreover we will add new features to this section but we will let you know more once the time is there.

The forums have now more than 300,000 posts thanks to the forum moderators who lead the forums now with the same team for over a year! Thanks to bluesweater, CharlesDefon and pichen. Let’s go for half a million for next year ^^ We’ve also heard that the trophies are coming back from their long vacation soon.

News became more and more popular this year for JPA. And we think it will become even more popular in the future. We are planning to revise the news section soon to make reading and following the latest Asian gossips even more fun and easy. The moderator team that exists only of xaosmx and dilaChan have put great effort this year to millions of readers and followers.

Last but not least the video team who checks every video that is submitted to JPA is just awesome. The organized videos was the reason to start JPA and we still offer the same information after 3 years and 23,253 promotional videos. We never degrade our quality of information no matter if we have 10 or 1,000,000 visitors. Thanks to the moderator team lilaznlori, flo2w, Twisted Flower and ZuteGach.

Every moderator makes it possible to millions of people to enjoy and discover Asian music in an easy way. They are the heroes of JPA!

So what’s left for this year? We have just introduced the Mnet K-Pop charts and we are sure it will make our K-Pop fans very happy but JPA is all about discovery. By offering an easy way to access the latest and hottest songs from Korea, many new visitors and also not so new visitors can easily discover new genres, music styles and new awesome artists in this way. Don't limit yourself to what you know, you'll miss a lot of good stuff in that way.

In 2010 we will launch the JpopAsia Music Awards (JMA) 2009. We skipped the JMA08 awards but this year, and also coming years we will host this award. It will be awesome!

You might wonder if this is the end of year message. Well it is, but it’s also JPAs b-day! Actually it’s 14th December but I made a mistake by thinking it was today... like last year lol.

We have some special things for you! First, entering the chat will not cost Jpops anymore. Second we will cut Creme account prices by 50% only this December! If you are thinking to upgrade, upgrade now! We need your support more than ever so let’s give this action a rocket boost ^^ If you have to convince your parents, read up the convince-parents-guide after the break. And we even have more, if you upgrade your Jpops we will double it, only for this December. So upgrade right now!

This will probably our last message for this year and therefore we wish everyone on JPA a Merry Christmas and a nice holiday for the visitors who don't celebrate this event. We truly hope you will have a prosperous 2010 full of awesome Asian music and that many wishes may be fulfilled! We love you! :RBheart:

The JpopAsia Team

P.S. For everyone who bougth their 12 months Creme account in December, will add an extra 3 months to your account :)

Convince your parents guide
# First say that you love them veeeery much (important)
# The lowest Creme account is already available for only $5, with the discount it’s only $2,50
# For a year subscription it’s only $10, could you have one year of fun with 2 happy meals?
# You know yourself what’s fun for you, how can your parents know that better than yourself. Isn’t your happiness what they wish for?
# We are not bad for your health, you will not gain weight, inhale toxics, 0% chances for accidents
# You are being social because this is the Social J-Pop & K-Pop revolution! You meet and connect with people with the same interests and this has been scientifically proven to make people happy
# No recurring payments, you decide in the end if you want to continue
# You will not harass them anymore about giving you a Creme account
# You will do your best at school
# EVERYONE in your class has already a Creme account except you (if you have already used this too much it will probably not work XD)
# We don’t make profit -__- but we need to pay our servers maybe that will sympathize them
# Payments are secure, if they don’t know PayPal then they will probably now E-bay. PayPal is owned by E-bay.
# We have never got even one complain about payments in our entire existence (that’s three years)
# Put your cute, watery, big eyed face on
# If you won’t get it, accept their reasons even if you don’t understand it. Just say that you are really disappointed and thank them for considering (even if they didn't consider). Don’t change that order. Don’t be mad at them, sooner or later you will be able to buy it yourself. And don't forget to put your smile back up ^^

Hope that will help, maybe you can ask it as X-mas gift? Good luck anyway!
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1decennia ago
20,324 jpops
permalink All I can say is congratulations and BANZAI to JPA!!

1decennia ago
2,106 jpops
permalink Ho, for once I'm not late! *horray for that* *horray for JPA too*

Congratulations, merry Christmas, happy new year and hapy b-day! :boogie:

1decennia ago
4,232 jpops
permalink JPA~

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

You guys rock, and thanks for making mine too :boogie:

8yr ago
1,569 jpops
permalink Yo, thanks a lot... yea, I will and hopefully we can talk :)... lol :D

1decennia ago
10,263 jpops
permalink Merry Christmas to all my JPA friends!!

I love love LOVE ya all!! <3<3<3

Be good!! ^^


1decennia ago
4,605 jpops
permalink Merry X-mas Jpa and everyone else^.^
I can't wait to add lyrics again, that's really a great x-mas present :RBhalo: :RBhalo:
I wish I could send some money or simply donate but I'm still too young :RBundecided:
Wish ya all a great x-mas and wonderful vacations^___________^

1decennia ago
6,140 jpops
permalink i dun celebrate christmast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8yr ago
299 jpops
permalink Thank you! n.n

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