What’s the purpose of this site?
In simple, general terms, this is a fan made site to show appreciation and pay respects to the amazing women of Dreamcatcher, and give their fans a place to talk and share with each other.
The bit more complete answer is a little more complicated and has a bit of story behind it…
The idea first came up while talking with a bunch of other fans on Dreamcatcher’s V-Live channel. Most of us had just finished watching one of their live broadcasts and we were talking about it (and by “talking about it” I mean the way V-Live allows for conversations is by making posts, and than users can respond to said posts) Trying to have conversations with more that just a couple of people and a few responses led to us talking about how awkward V-Live can be for that. You don’t get notified when someone responds to your post, so you just have to keep checking back on all the conversations you are a part of to see if anyone replied, and if there are enough new posts being made, this becomes more awkward as you have to scroll through pages of comments to find the ones you want.
We talked about how great it would be if it was easier to meet and talk about things, which led to discussions about using various chat apps to see if those would work. In a way they do, we could all talk to each other, and from both PC’s and portables/mobiles. The downside was that the really good ones cost money, or were limited by what you could do or how many people could use it, while others were magnets for spam and ad bots, or people just looking to start fights and arguments. We were pretty much just resigned to using what V-Live had to offer, and make it work for the best.
I’m not sure what prompted me to mention it in the discussion, maybe someone mentioned one of the other fan sites out there they had visited, but I mentioned about maybe setting up something like a group chat or forum, since I had website space on my host available. Next thing I know, there were several people asking about it, and the more I thought about it the better it sounded. So there you go, reason number one for this site…because a few fans asked for one.
The second reason is related to the first, but on a broader scale, that being for Fans. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some amazing and great fan-sites for Dreamcatcher out there already, and this site is in no way meant to compete with them. There are sites that bring us news and updates and events regarding the girls (7-Dreamers being a great example), and sites that are dedicated to showing appreciation for the group (again a great idea, and something these girls need more of, the site Lullaby is an awesome example).
So as I started planning out how to put things together for everybody, it hit me…that’s what the primary focus of this site would be. While of course our overall focus would still be showing love and appreciation for Dreamcatcher, the site itself would be dedicated to their fans, to all inSomnias. A site that would be geared around the fans making of it what they wanted and how they wanted. giving them a place to meet and get to know each other, talk and share, and encompassing it all would be our love of Dreamcatcher, that being what brought us all together in the first place. So even if dedicated to the fans, it is still about the group as they are the common bond that we all share (that being one of the great things about them, how they are able to bring people from all over together and how they are able to be relate-able to everyone in some way).
So while there are some great sites that provide all these great services and sources of information for us, I wanted to have a site were the fans provide for each other, whether it be information (because we all know that we can’t get enough of that about these ladies), or inspiration (for all the artists, writers and performers among us) or for the comfort that comes from support and companionship (we all have those down times along with the up, and I love that these girls have managed to foster an environment that encourages people to not just be themselves, but to love and care about each other for being themselves, regardless of what that may be).
So there you have reason number two: A site all about Dreamcatcher, but dedicated to their amazing fans, and to give them a place to just be themselves.
That brings us to reason three. If your reading this this means I left this part in rather than deleting it (as I am sure I will be tempted to do several times while writing it). reason number three is a personal one, the reason why regardless if anything comes of this site or not, I knew I had to finish it, and whether anyone uses it or not I will keep the site up and visible. So here goes…the third reason is simple, yet not: These girls, their music, and just who they are, saved my life.
This next part you don’t have to read, and for those that find the topic of depression and it’s related thoughts and feelings disturbing or unsettling, I would suggest you just skip this next part (while it is a personal experience, it does get a little dark before it gets brighter) Clicking the following button will expand out that part of the story, or you can just keep going past it.
( Suffice to say that these girls have earned a very special place in my heart and for what they have given me I will be forever grateful and in their debt.)
I liked the MV’s and the songs and concert footage, but found myself really focusing on the other videos, where the girls were just doing random things, or the videos they made for fans. Again, I was just struck by how real the girls were, a lot of time they were just doing everyday kinds of things, or goofing around with each other, and like with the other video, in most of them they weren’t playing up to cameras, or trying to be entertaining, they were just doing what they would have been doing anyway. Even in the videos where they did act up for the cameras, or do whatever they were doing just for the camera, because of all the other stuff, it came off as more fun and natural, just what you would expect a bunch of close friends to do when someone pulls a camera out. While I loved all of these, I think my favorite at the time were any video where either individually or small groups or all together, they would film for the fans, doing talks, discussions, or just hanging out. (The Dreamcatcher’s Notes are a great example of this)
What I loved about the way Dreamcatcher did these videos was the feeling you got watching them. Yes, the girls are all very pretty, and very eager to smile, laugh and be silly, and that is something I love about them, but what I noticed at the time, was the way they talked. They didn’t talk at fans through the camera, instead they just talked to us, like we were sitting there with them. Yes, I include myself in the fan base at that time, although I didn’t really know it I was a lifelong fan by that point. I saw that a lot of the videos from originally from V-Live before being posted to their channel, so I went and got the app and watched some of the older ones that weren’t on YouTube yet. And of course along the way, found myself loving these girls more and more, and with how active they were on V-Live, found myself looking forward to getting to see them, like you do with friends you care about. I remember the first one that I was able to catch live ( so difficult to do that living in the US, when they go live it’s normally about 4am here). It was exciting and entertaining, and I loved how excited the girls were to see so many people who showed up to see them. I saw a lot of people asking questions, or asking the girls to do or say something, which I get is really difficult and you can’t do everything, some may not be appropriate or possible in the video, or everything just scrolls by so fast for them to see it all. I do remember, a midst all the requests for saying someones name, or doing cute actions, and things like that, That I wanted to add something myself. Instead of a request, I just sent a big smiley face and heart and wrote that I was waving. After a few seconds Yoohyeon gave this small smile and little wave to the camera. While I know it is not very likely this was a direct response to my message, it makes me happy to think it was.
I think that was the first time that I was really aware of how happy i felt watching them. I had no idea what they were saying, but for the most part, you didn’t have to to get the general idea, they are all so animated when they talk, and their facial and vocal expressions are so open and honest, they’re very easy to read. I was also fascinated with how different they were off stage from on stage. Ones who came across as very cool and tough would up being silly and shy, or being mysterious and sensual one moment, then giggling and playing with each other the next. I also loved, and still do of course, how they start every video with saying hi to fans (now saying hello to inSomnias) before introducing themselves or the video. Just one of the little things they do to show how much we mean to them. Even going so far as to use Happy Face’s social media accounts to just post random spur of the moment pics of them doing whatever they were at the time, just to say hi, and let us know they were thinking about us. Just all these little things to show that we were more than just ticket and album sales or concert seats, and they are always so open and honest with us in the videos.
The other great thing I discovered about the V-Live channel was the fan section. It’s not just that everyone there was just so nice, and welcoming, but that they were actively talking with each other, having real conversations about things rather than just a lot of one word reply or emoji responses. Everyone was just kind and pleasant, and supportive. They are like this to everyone, whether they were a fan or not, it was just really nice to see. I wasn’t too shocked though, to see that the fans were like that, after all the girls had provided a great example in themselves. throughout all their videos you seem being friendly and kind, not just too each other, but to everyone around them, even with other artists. Watching them just hangout or goof around with members of other groups, even during events where they are competing is amazing, and just simple little gestures like lending a hand to someone, or like in one video where you see a member pick up a gift a fan had for another groups member and deliver it for them. They are just nice and polite to everyone and it encourages their fans to be same.
OK, so I will wrap up this rather long section before it gets to be a novel. So there you have the third reason for the site: These girls changed my life for the better, and I can honestly say i wouldn’t be here today if not for them. Which leads to what may be a fourth reason that kind of encompasses everything else. That being to say thank you, for them being who they are, for creating what they have, and for everything they’ve given me. Given my condition, it’s pretty fair to say I am likely to never get to see them in person, and oddly, I can be OK with that. What I would miss most about doing so would be the ability to tell them thank you in person. That’s a main reason for this site, and why regardless of whether I am around or not, this site will always be here. Maybe one day the girls, or someone from the company will see this, and it will serve as my thank you, and to let them know that they are making a difference and changing peoples lives for the better, just by being themselves. And of course, to tell them to always remember that we love them and are thinking of them and holding them in our hearts.
(and if i was to be a little selfish I would say I would really love to see Yoohyeon’s dimple in person…you know, if I was being selfish. lol)