In April of 2008 I started something that would turn out to be one of the most taxing, yet definitive experiences of my life. That something was Pop Reviews Now. The past six years have been every possible adjective -- difficult, questionable, confidence-breaking, but also such an inspirational, unforgettable joy that drives me to do even better.
What has kept me going for six years is, without a doubt, my love for writing and the realization Pop Reviews Now triggered -- that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Pop Reviews Now is primarily two things for me. It's a place where I can write what I want to, when I can. A place where I can develop my skills at my own pace (which is important for a student like me!) and push myself to explore new territories with my writing. But more importantly, Pop Reviews Now is my resume and has proven instrumental in allowing me to write professionally for the likes of omgkpop, Virgin music, Popjustice and soompi. Pop Reviews Now is a Philippine Blog Award winner, making me an award-winning blogger. If you asked me back in 2008 if I ever thought I'd be able to do all of that with "just a blog," I'd laugh at such a ridiculous thought.
It's for those reasons that Pop Reviews Now has grown with me. When I look back at my old posts from 2008 or 2009 I feel like deleting them out of shame, but this blog is also a the best reflection of me and my growth as a writer -- the good and the cringe-worthy alike. I hope that by baring my flaws and showing how I'm continuously trying to learn from them, you're able to share my writing journey.
As I enter my sixth year of writing, the growth will only continue. In more recent years I’ve been focused on very serious, extremely technical reviews and while I still firmly believe in the importance of critical thinking, I have gotten to the point where I sacrifice too much quantity just to be able to put out long-winding articles. For a brief but integral period from 2012 to 2013, Pop Reviews Now used to be my only venue to publish -- that caused me to take a very critical, serious direction with it in order to reflect what I wanted to do with my writing.
But now that I have so many other venues to be critical, both academically and professionally, Pop Reviews Now can go back to being a space for me to further develop my writing. At this point I feel at that I have exhausted my critical direction, so that development can only come from trying new things. There are so many other ways to think critically, ways I now want to explore. So as a homage to the blogger roots I seem to have forsaken, as well as a new challenge for me as a writer, Pop Reviews Now aims to explore a broader range of content and writing.
I genuinely hope you enjoy reading what I have to offer, and I hope to hear your thoughts on K-Pop and my writing!