I got myself immersed so much with the site transfer of my fiction and books blog that I found myself delayed in the latest What's Happening? post. I've had some minor problems that really annoyed me at that time that I had to go back and forth with my host's tech support. It turned out to be an image optimization setting issue that made all my images appearing broken on the site itself after uploading and launching, so I went ahead and fixed it. I checked with the settings of that same image optimization plugin on all my other sites including AXCEL STYLE. Now I can finally breathe and write this post.
From where I am, today is Friday, January 25. From where MADKID is, today is Saturday, January 26.
Happy new year, everyone! As how the Japanese say it, 新年明けましておめでとうございます。
Hello again, fellow Axcels! As promised, here is the entry that will provide more detailed information regarding the Fan Stories project. To make it a lot more appropriate, I gave it a title of the project: AXCEL Stories Project or just simply call it AXCEL Stories.
I've thought long and hard on how I can get this organized, how often will I be posting stories and other factors that play in the project. I'll include them in this post too so that those who may be reading this may probably (?) pitch in some ideas that would make this project run smoothly.
So, while I was brainstorming about this project, and I really did think about this a lot, there were some factors that came into play:
There are probably more factors I didn't list, but the ones mentioned above are what was going through my head. So, I thought through them and here's what I came up.
For the time being, whatever is submitted will go through thorough reviews and then get them posted. I don't expect a huge turnout of submissions in the beginning, but I am somewhat expecting that submissions will eventually increase. But, when we do get a lot of submissions, that's when we'll have to go through batches (monthly, maybe?) and provide a due date of these submissions. It may be like an online magazine in a way, or it may come to have its own stand-alone site, just like with the blog translations and other translations in Letters @ AXCEL STYLE.
But in the beginning, fan stories will commence in January 2019. Submissions will be open on December 30 and will be reviewed and posted as we go along. When submissions are increased, that's when I would have to think about management and organization. More on this much later.
With this, I decided to make this project a guest contributor-based project. What this means is that those who are interested in sharing their fan stories will have a Contributor access to this site. You can log in the backend and you can start writing your stories. There will be a video tutorial on how you can post your stories if you've never used a blogging platform before.
But, for those who are familiar with WordPress, then everything should be straightforward.
The Contributor access will allow a user to write their posts on the main dashboard. However, once submitted to be posted, I will be reviewing the post first and will also going through proofreads (grammar, spelling, punctuation check). If there are some things questionable with the content of the post, we'll contact you directly.
If you are interested in sharing your stories and be a contributor, you will have to contact me. I'll get to this much later.
I will be honest on a few things: I don't have any Japanese Axcel friends. Sad, but true. Another thing I will be honest on: my Japanese translation skills are on a subpar to close to non-existent level. Third to be honest on: Most Japanese in general are very shy and would rather not share their stories. Tying to that, we also have some of these fans who are what Japanese fandoms consider as yarakashii fans and would sometimes pick fights with fellow fans who have the same favorite group/member/artist as them. I'm not saying that us global/non-Japanese fans are any better, as we all know in general that there will be obsessive fans like these in any fandom, no matter what genre or country they may be.
The language barrier is definitely a struggle, and sometimes the shyness and the culture shock can also play a factor too. For now, we'll only focus on global/non-Japanese Axcels until further notice.
Here's the truth. Among all five members of MADKID, four out of five know or have visited AXCEL STYLE. In fact, one of them tweeted one of my review posts on his Twitter account.
But, this doesn't guarantee that any of the members come and visit the site frequently. After all, they've got their careers and their lives to work and rehearse that they have very little time to meddle with anything fan-related. That can only mean one thing: they wouldn't take the time reading fan stories posted here.
Fans who want to remain anonymous can still contribute their fan stories, but we want some kind of names (like a nickname or an alias name) to be credited on your stories. We also require your email address so that we can set up and register you on the site and get your contributor account. Also, please provide your location, so that everyone will know which country or city you represent.
Just keep in mind that fan stories and fan fiction stories are completely different from each other. Fan stories are experience stories from fans who may have met, encountered, or at least recognized by MADKID or any one (if not all) of the members. Here are some suggestions that you can get ideas from:
If you're able to, please provide some screenshots or images that will incorporate to the stories you share. I'm aware that you're not allowed to take any photos during lives and release events unless stated. If you have any videos, please share them by uploading on YouTube or any other video platform like Vimeo. We do not allow video clips to be uploaded directly to the site.
There's no specific format on how you want to share your story, but we do want you to be honest also. Just writing your story as if you're writing a letter to a close friend is a lot more raw and real than writing your story in a "fan fiction" format if you know what I mean.
Please use the contact information in our Contact section. It has an email form that you can send via email or if you have Twitter or Instagram, you can contact me on @axceltweets (Twitter) or @axcelstyle (Instagram). These three are the easiest ways to contact and are guaranteed that I'll be receiving your messages through any of these platforms. Although, I can get to you a lot faster if you through Twitter or Instagram than through email, but it's all up to you.
Once I contact you, you will have to provide me the following:
Once you're set up with your contributor account, you'll receive further instructions on what to do next. There will also be a link to a video tutorial in case you're not familiar with the WordPress dashboard.
The process will go as follows:
The Fan Stories posts will be on display at the front page at another mosaic grid, right below the main mosaic post grid that you're seeing right now. When it's posted, @axceltweets (Twitter) and @axcelstyle (IG) will automatically tweet/post them, so be sure to follow both of them to see that notification.
If you have plenty that you'd like to share, share them. There's no limit as to how many stories you can share. The more, the merrier!
I will be taking submissions effective December 30, 2018. The fan stories posts will be up on the site anytime on January 2019.
Please contact me using any platforms in the Contact section.
And that's it! I really do hope you'd be able to share some of yours so that all other fellow Axcels would be able to read them. It can be a great way to make friends also. I'll be sharing some of my fan stories too when I have the time to do so.
Hope you all have fun! I look forward to reading about your fan stories soon!
Hello, Axcels far and wide! 😊
We all hope you are enjoying the holidays as we begin to countdown with this final week of 2018. Knowing MADKID, the year always begins with something huge and special and ending the year the same way. That’s how MADKID rolls and that’s how we AXCELS should roll too.
There are a lot of things that is to come for 2019... and I mean A LOT. Let’s get started, shall we?
Why would you want to "go back" when you're already "moving forward"?
On January 31, 2019, we will be celebrating the first anniversary of MADKID's major debut with their first major single, Never going back.
For the time being, it's only an announcement. We don't know what's going to happen on that day, but for sure there will be a gathering of some sort with MADKID and the Axcels. Who knows, maybe it'll be livestreamed on LINE LIVE too...
If you have been following AXCEL STYLE since the site was first opened, you'll certainly remember that MADKID had a trial run with a temporary radio show called MADKID FROM TOKYO. Not only that, we all are required to download the Japanese radio streaming app JFN PARK. Like the livestream app Shin used for his livestreams in the past, Pococha, JFN PARK is another Japan-only app that you (as a non-Japan/foreign fan) would have to do some workaround to get that app installed.
If you were one of the test listeners of MADKID FROM TOKYO, AXCEL STYLE has a guide on how to install JFN PARK in English. The page may have outdated screenshots for the demo MADKID FROM TOKYO, but as far as I know, the steps and the registration instructions remain the same. I'll be updating the guide with the new radio show title MADKID RISING HOPE to avoid any confusion.
If you still have JFN PARK installed in your mobile device, just search for the title: MADKID RISING HOPE. The radio show will begin airing on January 2, 2019 at 10:00 am JST. The format is (probably) the same as their MADKID FROM TOKYO demo show, where the show will be archived should you miss it on the actual date. But, the format of the show itself will be a little different.
The radio show will run for 3 months starting on Jan. 2nd, then every Wednesdays from then on. The members will have an MC to host their projects this time and will also be challenging the MC with different events and projects. Listeners who get to catch them at the live time (10:00 a.m. JST) will also have the chance to leave messages and requests at the TALK ROOM section of the app.
2018 introduced us to high-end retro-style fashion brand Hysteric Glamour, which graced MADKID with 1960s-80s media-inspired fashion, starting from their debut single Never going back to their summery blue Summer Time and Forever young to the stylishly cool RISE. 2019 now introduces us to a new fashion collaboration with fashion brand A'GEM/9. Because I don't have a lot of info regarding this fashion line, this may be a surprise.
However, they do have a Twitter account. From reading the description (and consulting with a fellow global Axcel who wears a lot of similar Korean streetwear), A'GEM/9 is a select streetwear fashion distribution shop specializing in Korean streetwear brands. If you are a SHIN or a YUKI bias, the two of them are already strutting their Korean street/K-Pop style fashion for the longest time, and now we get to see all of MADKID donning this street but sweet style through this fashion collaboration.
Let's wait and see, Axcels, once 2019 arrives. MADKID is still a J-Pop boy group, regardless of the fashion they wear.
Let's not forget! We still have MAD MUSIC on LINE LIVE!
There will be a New Year's Special Episode next Friday, January 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. JST on the LINE messenger app or (recommended) the LINE LIVE mobile livestream app. All you have to do is scan the MADKID Official Line account QR code located at the site's home page and scroll to the bottom and you should be good.
If you want to install the LINE LIVE app, you will have to follow the installation instructions as Pococha and JFN PARK. But, everything is self-explanatory once you install the app in your phone or tablet. The LINE LIVE interface is completely in English.
Yesterday was the final day of the first live tour, MADKID LIVE TOUR: "GIANT KILLING." If you have been an Axcel long enough, you'll notice a pattern with MADKID and all the new events coming up. I've been expecting that brand-new surprises were going to be announced at the end of the final show, and they did.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, the boys already announced their second series of one-man live tours under the guise of "CIRCUS." There's still more information about this at a later date, but we finally got a schedule:
If you do plan on flying over to Japan to attend one (or more) of the one-man live tours, keep an eye out for more info by following the MADKID Official Twitter account... or follow us if you don't know how to read Japanese.
The design of the RISE CD cover jackets are here! Information about the CD single and its contents are already mentioned on this post. In that way, this will help you decide which type you plan on getting.
SOURCES: MADKID Official Twitter, JFN PARK News, AGEM Official Twitter, OMigseu Twitter, MADKID @ Nippon Columbia
It's coming very soon! We're finally going to open a new section of blog posts straight from the hearts and words of fellow (global) Axcels! We call them Fan Stories. I've already touched based a bit on this on the previous post, but I want to make a separate post about the fan stories project in full detail, so it doesn't get mixed up with this very long What's Happening? post.
I decided to make this project as guest blogger based, instead of going through interview-style or me writing everything for that said fan. I think it's a lot more raw and authentic if the fan him/herself writes his/her stories. Again, more to come in detail about this project in another post.
I will also be joining the project as well, as I've got a lot of stories to share.
Keep an eye out on the Twitter account for more tidbits of info and when submissions are open.
Whew, what a long post! But there will be more posts coming as we count down to the end of 2018, which will include a recap post.
Till next time, Axcels!
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