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04 August 2016 @ 01:17 pm
Serious Conversation about Fandom  
I admit I have way too guilty of just lurking and not leaving comments, but no more I tell you! I'll be leaving comments and telling authors just how much I've enjoyed their stories.

In fact to paraphrase Crowley....Let's make LJ great again!

Originally posted by wings128 at Serious Conversation about Fandom
Originally posted by dugindeep at Serious Conversation about Fandom

Let's have a Serious Conversation (yes capitals) about fandom ... I believe it is a quiet feeling among writers and artists and other creators that the shift to AO3, Twitter, and Tumblr has obliterated feedback, connections, and conversations in fandom. I say it is a quiet feeling because I have had this conversation in person, but few of us say it aloud (in writing):

Feedback helps drive the creators forward.

As cherie_morte recently said (paraphrased): without comments/feedback, we're just shouting into a void; if we love an idea in our heads and we have no connection with those reading/seeing it, then the ideas remain in with us - they are not created and shared with the group.

I do believe that AO3 makes it easy to go for a simple click of the kudos rather than leaving a comment. And I do believe that the increase in device reading (tablets, smart phones, etc) has decreased the timing (or chance) for a person to go back to the post and comment. And I also believe that Twitter has replaced LJ as a forum for conversations and discourse regarding fandom, the show, etc. But I also believe it comes down to the people and how we are using these platforms.

AO3 has a comment button - so it's not hard at all to leave a more committed comment to tell someone why you've enjoyed what they created. LJ is still here with the same functions we all discovered via fandom. And both applications allow free account creation, which makes it one easy step to sign in and leave feedback. I think this is essential for 'new' members to buy into the fandom that is still around and kickin', as well as celebrate the folks who left TEN YEARS of fabulous content to enjoy today, tomorrow, and years later.

This fandom is dwindling rapidly ... and while I see plenty of folks on Twitter talk about being 'new' to fandom, I think the culture has shifted so far towards disconnected that we're not longer interacting with and supporting fandom.

So, I implore anyone reading this post to comment on posts, leave feedback (and more than just 'sequel??'), to recognize the contributions folks are making (have made) to fulfill the wealth of created content we are fortunate to have at our fingertips, and continue a feedback loop to encourage folks to continue - and even join - the fun that has always made fandom fun!

I promise to post more ... about the show, life, whatever ... and to comment on folks posts more. Because we can no longer complain about fandom dying when we're not doing a thing to save it.


Current Mood: determineddetermined
wings128: J2!hug - gifwings128 on August 4th, 2016 12:22 pm (UTC)
I think Fandom is great, we just need to all do our part to keep it that way :)

Thanks for sharing this on, hun. x
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on August 4th, 2016 12:27 pm (UTC)
I think we have the best fandom out there, we just need to not to take it for granted.

It was my pleasure to share this, there can never be enough love for our show.
wings128: Shex!hug - gifwings128 on August 4th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm rather fond of SGA fandom, what's left of it, so I tend to lump all my favourite shows under the Fandom umbrella, but yes, the trick is to not take any of them for granted.
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2016 12:38 pm (UTC)
forgot to connect me sorry. Deanvica23

I have an account since not long on A03 deanmara. I dont comment at each fic But i try when i loved the fic
sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on August 10th, 2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hi there, I should comment on more of the fics I like and I'm determined to be better at it in future.
Dizzojay's Dean Dreamsdizzojay on August 8th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you about the Kudos button on A03, it's such an easy way out for people.

I'm not sure if fandom is actually 'dwindling' but so many people are migrating over to Twitter and the whole limited characteer thing with Twitter means that people are getting used to talking and writing in soundbites. Interaction is getting more fragmented and that's sad!

Personally, I detest Twitter, and won't be going anywhere!

sasha_dragonsasha_dragon on August 10th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
I admit kudos button is the easy way out, and I'm going to try and do better and leave more comments.

I'm with you I don't think fandom is dwindling, but there are a lot of people migrating to Twitter. I'm not one for soundbites, I prefer to talk to people properly so it looks like your stuck with me.