Site News

Deungdutjai is all moved over to its new host! 🙂

I’ll still be tweaking things and adding things here and there, I’d like to try out a new layout as well, but at least the main chunk of the site is all set up! Some of it got a little unorganized in the move and had to be reedited by hand, so if you come across any broken links or missing posts, please let me know!

I’m going to try and be more diligent in writing album reviews and artist spotlights. There have been a bunch of emerging artists who really deserve some recognition, as well as several solid albums I’d like to comment on. And, of course, I’ll still keep up with translating all new releases and requests~

Speaking of which…for some reason, none of the comments transferred from the request page on the old server… ^_^;; I’m not sure what happened, comments on other posts transferred… But, so, sorry!! If you had a freestanding request, please recomment it and I’ll get to it as soon as I can~

I’ll get on translating the new singles that were released while Deungdutjai was being transferred now.
Thanks for all the love and support! ^o^
– Tahmnong

I just wanted to give a shout-out that I have finally completed the lyrics indexing!! For all 2,700-or-so translations! The indexing that I started doing back in, like, October because I didn’t, for whatever reason, think organizing it this way would be a good idea way back when I first started this site. So. Glad that’s finally done! Whew! So now, if I’ve translated more than one song by a particular artist, clicking on their name in the lyrics index will bring up a page with a listing and links of the titles of all their translated songs, so searching for a particular song translation should be a lot easier now than having to scroll scroll scroll through multiple pages of unorganized translations. Yippee!!

Lyrics by artist are listed in English alphabetical order by pronunciation of their Thai title… Sounds confusing, I know, and I’m sorry to all my Thai readers who are bound to find it awkward, but it was the only way I could think of that would be the easiest for foreigners who couldn’t read Thai but maybe knew the pronunciation of the song title to be able to find the one they’re looking for most quickly.

Also, all bands that have names that begin with “The” are indexed under the “T’s,” though I don’t think that’s grammatically correct in English, but that’s the way WordPress organized them when they were categories, and I’ve been too lazy to change them around myself.

Also, due to the amount of scrolling, you may have noticed that I’ve split up the artist index as well into several clumps of the alphabet, so hovering your mouse over the link in the top bar should bring up a drop-down menu with all the options, or, if you’re on a mobile device, pressing menu should have them all listed under the Lyrics Directory header. I remember back when I first started Deungdutjai and I had so few different artists that I could put them all as categories in the side bar and you wouldn’t be scrolling for the end of eternity hahaha. But now, I don’t know about you, but I was getting really annoyed any time I had to scroll down to the S’s or T’s or anything else at the end of the alphabet while on my mobile, so hopefully the splitting up into different sections will help to alleviate some of the scrolling so you can get to whatever you’re looking for more quickly~

Though that being said, that means there’s now no longer any excuse for y’all to be requesting multiple songs that have already been translated long ago! 😉 Remember, if you don’t know the artist but/or know the Thai title of the song, you can always paste it in the search bar with quotes and it will search the site for you and let you know if it exists already or not~ 😛 So don’t be lazy! 😉

But, finally! With that behind me, I can focus on bettering the other sections, namely the Artist Spotlights and Album Reviews, so~
I also want to make it more graphic-friendly and cheerful looking, so I will be drawing more chubby elephants~ 😀
Stay tuned for more! 🙂

Another thing!! I just want to say that I’ve noticed WordPress has started adding ads along the side bar over the bottom of pictures. Sorry ^^;; I have no control over ad placements since I am still on the free-hosted WordPress server, so they needed to add the ads to cover the cost of hosting the site, and they decide where they go. So currently I’m saving up my portions of the ad revenues to move to my own server so I’d have more control over the layout and site in general. So bare with me, know that it’s not me going crazy with ads, and know I won’t let it get any worse than this~

Thank you again for all your lovely comments and support!! I feel like I don’t say that enough, especially when I try to reply to every comment I get, but I get so many that sometimes some may fall through the cracks, so even if I don’t reply, know I do read every single comment and your words of encouragement do mean a lot~ <3

– Tahmnong

Wow, long time no update! I’m still here!
As I mentioned, I’m currently packing up and cleaning to move out of my place, which always turns out to be a bigger task than it at first seems. You never realize how much junk you have until you start packing it all up to move across an ocean, huh?

But I’ve missed translating, so I’m trying to find some spare time for it to keep this site updated~ 🙂
As stated before, I’ll be bouncing around during February and finally settling into my new place by March, so sorry again that updates are likely to be spotty until then~ but I’ll do my best! ^_^

I hope everyone had a happy holidays and will have a very happy new year!
I just wanted to make an official notice that my life is extremely busy at the moment; visiting family for the holidays, then packing up and moving to a new country on the other side of the world, all while continuing to work both of my current jobs until the very day I move; and though I’ll continue to do what I can when I can, updates will likely be slow until I am settled into my new place in March~

But after I am all settled, I promise things will not only go back to normal, but there will be more artist spotlights, album reviews, and the return of the Thai Word of the Day on the Facebook page, and perhaps more fun stuff once I’m back in Asia again~ 😀

So bear with me until then~ <3
– Tahmnong ทำนอง

Hey all my lovely readers~ ^_^
Just a heads up that I will be on a translation hiatus while I am on vacation until the end of the month~ 🙂

I’ll still try to update the top charts and new releases on the facebook page~
And all free-standing requests will be completed when I return~ Thanks for being patient!

– Tahmnong

Hello all! It’s been a while since I’ve made a formal news update for the site. 🙂
But I just wanted to comment on a few things~

First, as some of you may or may not have noticed, I’m (slowly) redoing the Artist Index page! Now that Deungdutjai has so many translations, I realize it’s not very easy, convenient, or fun to have to scroll through pages and pages of full translations by an artist looking for a song you want or to make sure it hasn’t already been translated, and as a result, it seems like a lot of duplicate requests are popping up in the request page, so. To make it easier, now, if you click on an artist’s name (For example, Buddha Bless), it will take you to a page with a list of links of all translated songs by them. I decided to organize them in English alphabetical order by their Thai pronunciation…if that makes any sense at all. ^^;; I have to do this by hand, so I’m only to the E’s so far, and if the artist only has one translated song I didn’t bother making a whole separate page for them for the sake of unnecessary effort and server space, but hopefully this will make searching by artist easier and eliminate the annoying need for scroll-scroll-scroll~ 🙂

Though don’t forget, if you know the Thai title of the song, even if you don’t know the artist, you can put it in the search box on the right and it will search the site for you! 😀

Also, I’m working on more artist bios for the artist spotlights and album reviews, and I do plan to bring back the Thai word of the day on the Facebook page as well as update more with music news and gossip! I apologize things have sort of slacked; working two jobs with constantly changing schedules and both of them repeatedly asking for more and more from me is getting exhausting, I can’t wait till I only have one job to worry about!!

Though that being said, starting next week, things are going to get very very busy for me between birthday vacation, visiting family for the holidays, and packing up and relocating for a new job in February. So forgive me if things slow down a bit, I promise I’ll still try and do as much as I can whenever I can, and once I’m all set in my new place with my single, full-time job, updates will regulate again! 🙂

Thank you again, everyone, for all your continued support and patience! <3 <3 <3
And let me know if you have any other comments or suggestions for me~
– Tahmnong ทำนอง

Hey guys, first I must say thanks again for all your love and support! It really means a lot! ^_^
This site has really grown in popularity a lot since I started it, and I’m very grateful to you all for it~ ♥♥♥

Though with the growth also comes a growth in the amount of translation requests I receive, and since recently I’ve been getting a lot of requests with 10-20+ songs/videos at once, I think it’s time to put a cap on the amount of requests at one time. It’s just really exhausting remembering who wanted what so I can send out E-mails when it’s done, and it creates more work for me as I try to space out large requests to keep things fair for readers who only want one translation so they’re not waiting in line behind a bunch of people who want, like, 5 complete albums. Also having comments with long lists of embedded Youtube videos makes the page load really slow, and I’ve had people complaining that it’s hard for them to access it and post their own requests because of it.

So, everyone, with the reopening of the request page, please be aware that now I would like to impose a 5 song limit on open requests. 🙂 This does not refer to total requests; feel free to come back and request more after I finish your previous ones, just please no more than 5 at a time. I feel kind of bad about it, but I hope you guys can understand, and I hope this doesn’t upset anyone~ >_<

Also, please remember that all requests must be made on the request page! I've been getting a lot of people E-mailing me or messaging me on Facebook lately, and as unorganized as my entire life is, there's no way I can keep track of all that haha ^_^;;

Thank you so much! I love you all!
– Tahmnong

Hey, guys!

Slowly but surely, things are coming together~
The Facebook fan page is finally open! Link in the side-bar to the right →
If you use Facebook at all, be sure to follow for more Thai music goodness~
There’s not a whole lot there yet, but. xD It’s coming!

On the Facebook page, I plan to include updates on added translations and other things to the blog, a Thai Word of the Day for those of you interested in learning some Thai and expanding your vocabulary, news on new album and music video releases, minor updates from record labels and artists, as well as other communal discussions and games.

Meanwhile, will continue to have all lyric translations, as well as added artist bios/spotlights, major news from artists and record labels, and album or maybe chart reviews.

Don’t worry, my main focus will still be song translations so everyone can understand and sing along with the songs they love~ 🙂 But considering there’s such a lack of English resources for news on Thai music and artists, I want to give you guys as much as I can! 🙂

Slowly but surely!
Thanks everyone for bearing with me! 🙂

– Tahmnong ทำนอง

Has anyone else been experiencing downtime or errors on Deungdutjai lately? Or is it just me? I’m not really sure what’s going on, I hope it’s either just my internet on my end, WordPress updating and maintenance, or a glitch with the WordAd programming (as it’s still pretty new) and they’re not limiting my bandwidth because Deungdutjai’s getting too big or anything.

Speaking of which, I also apologize for the ads. u_u WordPress needed to start putting ads on random pages to help cover the cost of the site, so I could either pay to have no ads, or agree to have ads more often and get paid for it. Since the death of my computer was an unexpected expense I wasn’t prepared for, I can’t afford to move to my own host right now like I planned. 🙁 So I decided to temporarily go with the ads and see if it can’t help me achieve my goal of my own host any faster. I really hate the ads as much as I’m sure you guys do. ._. But please bear with them for the rest of the month, and I’ll see how much I make from them and decide if it’s worth keeping any longer.

On a more positive note, I finally ordered my new computer! It’s being shipped now, so soon I won’t have to keep annexing my boyfriend’s computer, and soon I’ll have my graphics editing programs back, so I can finish the layout and publicize the Facebook page, then more updating! 😀

As far as site updates are going, if you haven’t noticed already, I’ve moved the artist directory from the sidebar to its own separate page which you can access up on the top bar. This frees up the categories for different things like artist bios/spotlights, news, and album reviews. 😉
I did have to code the entire artist index by hand, though, so you guys can help out by letting me know if a link is broken or I forgot to add an artist or anything like that. Similarly, if any of the translation posts have any misspellings, or if the Youtube link is broken or a better one is available, please comment and let me know~ 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to bring attention to the search bar to the right as well. Here you can search the entire blog for something. This is handy if the artist of a song is in Thai and you can’t read it to look them up in the artist index, or as a faster way to see if I’ve translated a song you’re looking for; simply put the song title in (Thai letters works best, as does using quotes around it) and if I’ve done it, it should show up~ Using this can cut down on people requesting songs that have already been translated, and that way you guys won’t have to wait for me to reply directing you to the previously finished song. 🙂

…I think that’s it for now haha
Thank you all for being patient and bearing with things~ <3

– Tahmnong ทำนอง

Happy New Years to all my lovely readers!
I hope 2013 treats you all well with good health, fortune, and happiness!!

I apologize things have rather slowed here. As you may or may have not noticed my note at the top of the request page, my trusty computer has finally passed away on me after 7 good years. RIP 🙁 Never fear, though, as I can still steal my boyfriend’s computer in the mean time to continue updating (albeit slower than usual) until I can afford to get a new computer, so Deungdutjai will still go on! 🙂 Though now I can’t yet afford my own hosting like I planned, you can notice Deungdutjai now has its own .com address! And a new layout (minus the banner and logo since that died with my harddrive, but will come soon)! And soon a facebook fanpage! So we’re slowly growing~

Though I’m still a little hesitant of biting off more than I can chew, I’ve also been toying with the idea of expansion beyond just lyric translations and think I’m going to go ahead and have a section for Thai music news, including things like new releases, concerts, rumors, and scandals, as well as a section for album reviews, in case anyone wants an opinion or in-depth look before buying a CD. 🙂 What do you guys think?

And, of course, I’m always open to feedback and suggestions!

Cheers and happy new year!
~ Tahmnong ทำนอง