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Snowflake Challenge 2018 - Day 15

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In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share your love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I've read some fandom love letters today and wow. I feel like anything I try to say will just pale in comparison to the erudite offerings already presented. But, I'll give it a go.

Dear Online Fandom,

I was a fan for many long years, from those dark days before the internets. I had few opportunities to meet others who shared my interests and passion for Science Fiction and 'weird' stuff. It got better when I moved to a large city and discovered a Star Trek fan group in real life, but the day, way back in the late 1990's when I thought to myself, "I wonder if there are any Star Trek fans on the internet?" is what led me to where I am today.

Online fandom, you have given me:
- fabulous stories and art in many fandoms
- angst, heartbreak, joy and laughter at the same
- access to like minded people from all over the world
- the chance to have long, interesting meta discussions about cool stuff
- a community made up of people who may not be perfect, but generally 'grok' me
- some amazing friendships with people who I don't see enough because the are many miles away, but are dear to my heart, truly my chosen family

Please allow me to explain a little bit...

Because of alt.startrek.creative, I found amazing Star Trek fans and fic online. And because of that, I started looking for other fandoms and found the Pretender yahoo group and the Exchange, a fantastic Pretender chat group. I talked with amazing people about this show, and for the first time, wrote something other than Star Trek. I co-wrote a story for the first time. I taught myself HTML 4, put up a website and hosted The Pretender Awards for a couple years.

Because of Pretender fanfic, I found a crossover about the vampire named Angel (who I only knew as a character from Buffy, which I didn't watch) and started reading more x-over stories till I found this fic about this guy named Spike and this crazy chick named Dru and it was so amazing that I ended up on this archive called Obsidian Moonlight, and discovered Spuffy...

Because of FANFIC, I started watching Buffy and ended up on the Bloody Awful Gutter which led to writing Buffy fanfic. And because of the amazing women and support I got in the group, I did something I'd NEVER done before and decided to go to a Buffy con in Florida to meet all these amazing people who I got to play and write with, and it was there I got all happily tangled up with the folks who went on to run WriterCon.

Because everyone on the YahooGroups were migrating to LiveJournal, I ended up there too. And since we were all friend on the group, of course were were friends on LJ. And as people started talking about new fandoms - Like SGA, doncha know, I got sucked into that because I trusted the judgement of these people who knew me and what I liked, and thus I fell in love with Atlantis, and ventured into yet another new fandom - and for the first time, wrote a slash pairing.

In parallel with all the fanfic writing and fandom discussion, my love of science fiction and fandom in SONG was also fed by my discovery of rec.music.filk. It was there I met someone who introduced me to someone else who told me about a housefilk on the island, which is where I met a whole 'nother bunch of people, most of whom I am still friends with today. I never would have met those people outside of online fandom and I personally count filk as a subset of that, so there you are. Some of my nearest and dearest.

So there you go. I love you, online fandom, because you are made up of amazing people and I adore you all.

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/399902.html. Please comment wherever you want.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
popkin16
Jan. 17th, 2018 07:37 am (UTC)
This is very well said!
shaddyr
Jan. 23rd, 2018 06:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad to know that people enjoyed my 'journey'.
snogged
Jan. 17th, 2018 01:01 pm (UTC)
I have very fond memories of Yahoo Groups, but I'm glad that the LJ migration happened.
shaddyr
Jan. 23rd, 2018 06:40 am (UTC)
I had some really good times in the Pretender, Buffy and Stargate yahoo groups I was in. Fantastic discussions, great fic, really excellent people. Of course, there seems to have been a diaspora from LJ out to other things like Tumblr etc, but there are still enough fans on DW and LJ to maintain critical mass, so that's good!
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