The Korean blogging sphere
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I’ve been getting comments asking for a Tistory invitation, but unfortunately, I’ve ran out of them. I’ll send invitations to those who asked me BEFORE 10th Oct. 2012(the day I wrote this) as soon as the situation changes, but in the meanwhile, I recommend you look for other sources. Those of you who leave comments after 10th October 2012 will not be guaranteed an invitation from me, since Tistory only gives me only around 5 invitations to send each month and I get requests from my Tistory blog itself as well as this post. Other Tistory bloggers with lots of invitations frequently send let you know they are sending them off by saying “초대장 배포합니다.” or “티스토리 초대장”. Look for them here. Good luck!
I had been neglecting my blogging space for awhile because I was immersed in writing posts on my other blog (jagto.tistory.com) which is in Korean. I want to share some of my experience in the Korean blogging tool I’ve been using.
Tistory(티스토리) is a blogging tool as well as a portal and meta-blog site. Once you register as a member, you can create up to 5 blogs, and creating one couldn’t be easier (once you’ve been trained with WordPress!)
There are more than a handful of blogging tools in Korea from portal sites like Cyworld(싸이월드), Naver(네이버), Daum(다음- created before Tistory was launched, and is still active) as well as left-wing news portals such as OhMyNews(오마이뉴스) and Hani(한겨레), but unlike Tistory or Egloos(a not-so-popular-anymore Korean blogging tool) they have limited functions and design. Amongst all, Naver is the most popular in that their blogs have the most traffic. This is due to their unethical search-engine policy, but that’s another long story.
Lots of functions that were difficult to install in WordPress was within a few clicks in Tistory. Perhaps I feel this way only because I’m not a novice in the blogging world anymore..
the sidebar editing page of Tistory blogging tool.
Tistory is a branch of Daum communications, a major portal site/search engine in Korea (a Korean equivalent to Hotmail or Yahoo). Since 2000, Daum was a great success with the majority of Koreans using hanmail(an email service provided by Daum), and many online communities called “Daum Cafe”s appearing for every topic you could think of. When I was daydreaming about traveling to Europe, I used to log in to Daum and wander around a backpacking “cafe”.
Tistory was launched in 2007 after 200 beta-testers have tested the system for a year and half beforehand. (source) Since the launch, creating an account was limited to those who are invited, and the number of invitations a tistory blogger could use depends on how active they are in the blogging sphere. The competition to be invited was fierce, similar to the early Google mail days. Now, because there are so many bloggers, it is not difficult to get an invitation from a former Tistory blogger. I got mine from my significant other :) xoxo
plug-ins and widgets
I noticed that I didn’t have to go and search for plugins as well as Facebook and Twitter widgets, because most of them were already there waiting for activation. Lots of pretty widgets and badges were available in Daum Widget Bank, and all I need to do is to log in at tistory and then choose which Daum Widget I want to use. The danger is that because everything is so simple, people tend to put lots of things on their sidebars and god-knows-where-else..
Ads, ads and more ads!!!
The more traffic one has, the greater the temptation is to make money through blogging. I used to wonder, how one earns such money just by posting things in your blog? It was more obvious when looking into some of the “power bloggers” in Tistory. Amongst the sites I’ve went through, it felt like 99% of them had at least a Google Adsense and a Daum-powered “view adbox” In addition, you could post campaigns in your website to find missing children or donate to charity just by ticking a box, which meant lots and lots of people have a great number of banners on their blogs. In a way it reflected the everyday scenery of a typical Korean street – full of flashy signboards!
some typical blog entries of Tistory bloggers.
Similar to BOB(Best of Blogs), there are blogging awards in Korea as well, such as 대한민국 블로그 어워드(Korean Blog Award), but also from each blogging portals and meta sites. Tistory chooses around 300 blogs to be awarded Tistory Best Blogger, and gives a badge to the blog owners to post on their award-winning blogs. Some have even been awarded for 5 consecutive years, which is a thing to be respected.
award badges won by a single blog!
All in all, blogging in the Korean blogging sphere is dynamic, and a lot of fun. I’m limiting my posts in Tistory to music-related subjects so that I still have things to talk about in this blog, which will only be in English from now on. Hopefully I’ll become one of those “power bloggers” one day, so many people in Korea will access contemporary classical music without too much hesitation :)
I have no more invitations to send out, but you can get Tistory invitations here.