Arama They Didn't

9:04 pm - 06/27/2014

The Future of Arama They Didn't

the last flying ayu

Hi!

In the past year we’re sure you've noticed a lack in Arama's quality and overall activity. We'd be lying if we didn't say we lost interest. We started Arama They Didn't! nearly five years ago, and to this day it still surprises us what it turned into.

Through years of copyright issues on streaming and download sites, it became increasingly difficult to find Japanese media online which is the only way most of us is able to access it. The J-pop community as a whole was segmented and shrunk even more with the rise of K-Pop’s constant releases and breaking news. At Arama, we tried to create a place that encompassed it all and bring back that sense of unity we once had. We've shared nearly 20,000 articles, received almost a million comments and built a community that brought 19,000 people together with the single interest of Japanese Pop Culture.

LiveJournal has given us the opportunity to achieve what we originally set out to do. In 2012 we joined LJ Media thinking we would be further legitimized as a news outlet and hub for fandom, but after that seemingly went nowhere and swept under the rug. As we grew, our needs also grew but we weren’t sure how to execute them. Finally we decided it was time for us to go to take the next step and plan a revival for Arama.

ARAMA! JAPAN


aramajapan.com


Opening July 1st, 2014 on our 5th birthday!

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asth77 28th-Jun-2014 08:46 am (UTC)
It's too bad it's not user generated (at least partially). Not sure I'll be interested in this because the sites on which I spend the most of my time are user generated tbh it's more fun, you feel like you really are in a comm and have some sort of role and you can share the things you like. I had tons of articles to share ( the latest one: this Japanese politician who was attacked with sexist remarks from other Japanese male politicians) but Arama slowed down at that moment.
I don't know... if the contents do really interest me it might work for me.
Otherwise I just wished Arama would be kept alive with a new design and newly motivated mods tbh.

Also,for a comm... Disqus is kind of annoying.


Edited at 2014-06-28 08:49 am (UTC)
fukkthedumbshyt 29th-Jun-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah the disqus thing makes me think of Netizenbuzz and it's comments section madness lol. I'll still check out the new Arama though.
mizumi10 28th-Jun-2014 09:20 am (UTC)
agreeing with what made arama fun here which was the user generated content. but it is what it is now. since the new platform won't be user-generated, I'll be expecting quite much from your group of diverse writers.

Disqus is an okay commenting system. it can be annoying at times because of guest posting. other than that, looking forward to the rebranding in two days!
blazingeternity 28th-Jun-2014 10:16 am (UTC)
I don't understand what the problem with LJ is. I keep reading things like "LJ is so troublesome" etc. but how come?
To call it a thing of the past is not appropriate when you consider how many users certain other communities still pull... and what I (& I believe many others) loved about this apart from the user-generated content was to be able to get your own news feed (friends page) with all your desired contents in one place and be able to use the same account for different comms.

With arama moving out it'll become one more page to visit with yet another account to create. Sorry but I don't see any advantage for neither side :(
kate_firefly 28th-Jun-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
i feel the same way!! what is so bad about LJ? sure, it's not as popular as twitter, tumblr, facebook. but it's the only real place where you can have real discussions and not just a ton of people "liking" stuff.

i don't think it's necessary to move arama off of LJ completely, but hopefully you guys are right and it will thrive at the new website. it's sad, but i was afraid arama was going to just shut down and not continue, so this is not so bad, i guess...
a_cheshire_grin 28th-Jun-2014 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm very glad that arama will be coming back, but I'm sad that it won't be on lj anymore. I think lj is still the best place for communities. But nevermind, I'm looking forward to the new site and I'll also follow you guys on tumblr.

Good luck with the "new" arama!
a_grumble_cake 28th-Jun-2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
We'd be lying if we didn't say we lost interest.

girl, please. you are partly responsible for its demise by not bothering to do your jobs as mods. did you expect this place to still be active with one mod out of 10 active ones coming in to approve posts 2 weeks after they've been submitted and it's old news? it doesn't inspire much confidence in the future of the new website, either. but get that adsense money, I guess.
thewarpedmelody 28th-Jun-2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
True to a certain extent, especially the wait for approval of posts became longer and longer.
ax_xa 28th-Jun-2014 01:20 pm (UTC)
meh. will probably forget about it without LJ update subscription.
crystalluvshun 28th-Jun-2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
so that's why I've noticed that Arama has been so slow with updates these past couple of months and I wondered why, sometimes news would be posted here several weeks after they were first reported. And I don't doubt that the lack of updates is 1 of the main reasons why more & more fans have left Arama...I used to check Arama everyday, but ever since the updates slowed down, I just don't come here frequently anymore. So I will have to agree with the user who posted before me, I think the mods are at least partially to blame for the recent unactivity of Arama, for taking so long to approve news, to the point that fans have had to go to other places for J-ent news. I think if the mods have stayed active in this community & continued to approve news more frequently, then I'm sure Arama would still be more alive & active today like it was before.

And it's partially true that more communities for Jpop & Japanese entertainment news have gradually become more inactive...including Tokyohive. But I don't think it's because fans are moving away from these sites, there are still plenty of sites dedicated to Jpop and Japanese entertainment, like Tokyohive, Jpopsuki TV, Jdorama.com etc...but I think the problem is more to do with the fact that more J-ent fans are becoming less active as they were before it seems. I mean, there are still plenty of fans who visit Tokyohive, Jpopsuki TV and other J-ent sites on a regular basis, but they just don't comment in them as frequently anymore, so it feels like the communities are really quiet. Frankly, I have been guilty of that myself lately...I still go to Tokyohive, Jpopsuki TV, Japan Zone, Tokyotimes, Jpop.com & several other J-ent sites frequently, but I rarely post any comments in them, so latetly I've just been a 'silent' fan...and it just seems more J-ent fans are becoming more like the silent type, quietly enjoying J-ent and reading the news, but not commenting on anything much, it's not necessarily because they've lost interest in J-ent...apparently more Jpop & J-ent fans have just lost interest in commenting & being active, and not J-ent overall, that's what I've observed at least.
Unlike Kpop fans whom are always so active & vocal, so it just seems the Kpop community sites are alot more active in comparison.

As for the revival of Arama...well I have mixed feelings about it...on one hand of course I'm happy that you guys have decided to revive it, Arama was such a great community in the past, and it would be sad to have it die down completely. But on the other hand, I'm not thrilled with the new site format...I think it sucks to remove the user contribution function from the site, because 1 of the main reasons why I loved Arama was its function to allow members to find and contribute news to the site. By eliminating that, I think it won't be as exciting anymore...because for members to be able to post news they found themselves, it would cover a wider range of news and news would probably be posted more frequently. So I think it would be a better idea if users can still contribute news to the new site. But that's just my 2 cents worth.
I'll check out the new site of course, and hopefully the mods and writers of the new site will update more frequently, because the less frequent the updates are, the less fans will remain interested.
kate_firefly 28th-Jun-2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
it's sad when LJ communities start to die because people come and read stuff, but never comment. sigh. lurkers are everywhere. i do feel that it's partly because much less people are using LJ nowadays, too, but still...

Edited at 2014-06-28 10:15 pm (UTC)
doramaonna 28th-Jun-2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
I do understand that people lost interest after doing this for so long and that lj maybe lacks requirement for community this big. But i am not a fan of other communities and have no account anywhere else(even tokyohive), primarily created my lj to be able to join here. I am happy that finally something is going on in here, also cheering for new platform thingie/site/place to work out. And i know it is selfish to wish for arama to stay here. But part of me still does...
That being said, Gambare guys! Went to see and clock thing really looks good and makes me excited! 2Days, 8hours, 10minutes and 20seconds...:)
kushina 28th-Jun-2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see this! I've been following this site for almost five years and I'll continue to do so on this new platform. To be honest, the only reason why I even bother with LJ is for this community and now it won't be here, I see no reason to come LJ any more. I'm relived in a way.

Edited at 2014-06-28 03:35 pm (UTC)
takeruutakaishi 28th-Jun-2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
THIS IS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. I love arama they didnt. So I know I'll love ARAMAJAPAN too.
inuhariko 28th-Jun-2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck on your quest to monetize.
ruggio 28th-Jun-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
devilsatin 28th-Jun-2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
woah some people are being rude in this post... i'm sure you put a lot of effort into making a great new site for us so good luck on the new beginning!
fulllove 28th-Jun-2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
It's good. :D
sawsan88 28th-Jun-2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm really thrilled that you decided to continue with Arama ...
On the other hand, I'm truly gonna miss this LJ :(

Gambatte!!!!
Snow Hernandez 28th-Jun-2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
I look forward to your new site. Your site is were i got to get Jpop and entertainment news that i can't find anywhere else. I'm glad you've decided on this, in the long run it will be better. For awhile there I thought this place died completely, but i'm glad to here it's moving.
lechuza_yoya 28th-Jun-2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
can you keep this want alive? like post some stuff? somebody can keep a LJ for japan!?

is great the you guys want to keep this name alive, but can we have it here too?
hlynb93 28th-Jun-2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm actually quite happy you guys are moving from LJ, I find the site way too complicated to use.
I'll keep on following on the new website, and with the addition of discus things will definitely be easier on me, and for people who are afraid the whole community vibe will be gone I think you shouldn't worry, discus allows people to reply to each other and have convos pretty fine, and it's quite simple to use.
As a suggestion for the website content, I was thinking maybe you guys could delve a bit more into Japanese culture, fashion and current affair as well as entertainment, maybe even have some editorials, reviews and opinion pieces, I think it would make the site more diverse and bring in more people, it could be interesting.

Edited at 2014-06-28 11:28 pm (UTC)
kirasano Gambatte!29th-Jun-2014 12:26 am (UTC)
see you on the 1st ....
ay_u 29th-Jun-2014 12:54 am (UTC)
Japanese fandom (whats left of us) is just as stubborn and old fashioned as the industry itself.

Lol.


I'm looking forward to your website. I think you guys will pull through~
cuizy 21st-Jul-2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
Haha so true.... I'm so loyal to lj still and also I still don't know or understand the appeal of tumblr XD
mamoswine1 29th-Jun-2014 01:57 am (UTC)
I want to see its future; especially after reading most of the comments but I do agree at some point but whatever haters gonna hate. Can't wait to see the new site on July 1
edneichon 29th-Jun-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
It was good when it was good.. for now I can only say otsukare!
It was a pleasure. I hope to see some around and to all have a good life!
kurakura_chan 29th-Jun-2014 04:48 am (UTC)
i'm looking forward the new site!
hlynb93 29th-Jun-2014 10:46 am (UTC)
Do you guys have any future plans of creating a forum for the website? It could appease the people worried about a lack of community feeling.
kazeyumi 29th-Jun-2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Eh, the reason why I love arama (and ontd) so much is because mods can and have filter/ed out trolls. I don't think you can do the same for the new website? Especially for guest comments.

Also what about gifs? ; A ;
fukkthedumbshyt 29th-Jun-2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
You can still use gifs on disqus (I know people do it all the time on Netizenbuzz) as well post videos but I'm not sure how and it looks stupid when you do sadly.
arashic5 29th-Jun-2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
eh I'm going to miss aramatheydidnt. Truth is jpop fans arent as passionate as kpop, so its true. Best of luck!
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