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Ten Days of Fandom: Day 10

Today is the fifth year anniversary of the posting of the first chapter of my first fanfic, which I consider to be my fandom-aniversary.


I have spent the last 9 days going on in great detail about my fandoms and my participation in them. There's really not much left to say about my history in fandom, or even really about my future in them, but I feel I should make some effort. Today is special, after all.

But the more I think about it, beyond the saving my life business I probably overuse in this telling, I think the thing I love so much about fandom is that I can literally express an interest in almost anything and find someone else with similar interests willing to talk about it and expand upon what we see in the series/movies/books/etc. I am, after all, a world builder at heart, and if I want to spent 2 hours writing about spaceships and someone out there will be interested in reading it. Or I can spend all this time writing and someone out there will read it, and critique it, and give me valuable feedback, and beg me to continue it.

Or, like today. I just finished watching s1e8 of Vikings, and spent a good portion of it making inarticulate all-caps complaints about all the WTF going on in the episode with popkin16 over Skype, and it's like, I love that fandom has led me to be able to do this, to have someone who wants to listen to my inarticulate ranting, and that I can have these truly meaningful relationships with people who care about me, and that I won't be mocked for my poor taste in television. (Though it must be said that there's a woman who I work with who a couple months back tried to convince me Vikings was an actual documentary of Viking life. She's a wonderful woman, but...)

Anyway, my point of all this is, fandom hasn't just saved my life. It has given me a life. And so many dear friends. And while you can go back over the last nine days and read the details about any one particular fandom, all I shall say here is that I am happy in fandom in a way I rarely am in real life. And for all my difficulties with writing and finding decent fic and shipping wars and the occasional anon hate, I wouldn't change it for anything.
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...there's a woman who I work with who a couple months back tried to convince me Vikings was an actual documentary of Viking life. She's a wonderful woman, but...

Oh god.

My mom tries to convince me every now and then that I should have a social life. I've tried to explain before that I don't want a RL social life, that I'm completely satisfied by the one I have online. The great thing about fandom is that you meet people who have at least one interest as you, and that's more than you can say for a stranger. My emotional needs are being met, whether or not our chats take place face to face.

So yeah. I'm happy in fandom in a way I rarely am in real life, too :)
She's a wonderful woman, but not the brightest crayon.

But I agree. Online life can be far more satisfying than RL, for all the reasons you said.

I'm so glad to have met you bb.
I love my online life and online friends, like you I find that they understand fandom far better and it's great to have people to identify with.
That it is. People in RL can be great, but its so much easier to find people who share your interests online. People you can really talk to.
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