It is Duran Duran Appreciation Day! Wait…no, that isn’t right!?! Duran Duran Appreciation Day is in August. Since Rhonda and I are sorta big Duran Duran fans (Ha! We do a daily blog—I guess that is pretty obvious, huh?!) and have typically done something special for Duran Duran Appreciation Day in the past, we figured we should do something this year, too! Let’s review what we have done in the past before I explain a little bit about what we plan for this year!
We did a number of things to celebrate our international holiday last year. First, we did our first ever video blog or vlog, if you prefer, which you can see here. Second, I compiled a list of what Duranies love about Duran Duran, which you can read here. The best part of what we did was hold a Sing Blue Silver online viewing party with an accompanying drinking game, which you can read here! As you can see, we did a lot!
For the year 2013, the focus was on the music and live performances, which you can read here. Unfortunately, the videos that went with the blog did not survive one of our blog transfers.
For 2012, I wrote a blog outlining what I really appreciate about Duran Duran, which you can read here.
In 2011, we did a three part series, which discussed why we have chosen to stay in the fandom for as long as we have. (Can you ever really imagine us leaving?!?) You can read the parts here: Part 1 (Why Rhonda stayed), Part 2 (Why Amanda stayed), and Part 3 (Why other fans stayed).
We have a couple of things planned for this year. First, we are bringing back the 30 Day Challenge! We did this once before in 2011 ( a looooooong time ago!) and thought it was time to bring it back! The 30 day challenge is simple and we hope that everyone participates!!! Each day, we will ask a question of Duranies on social media. Each question requires a simple answer to tell us what YOU think. I will then compile the list of responses for Duran Duran Appreciation Day, in order to get a sense of the variety that lives within our fan community. For example, today’s question that will be posted is: What is your favorite Duran Duran song? I will then record each answer and organize the list for the actual holiday!
The other thing we are planning on doing is the online viewing party again! One thing, we heard last year is that not everyone could participate due to time zones. We, obviously, want everyone to participate so the plan, as of right now, is to put together a playlist on our YouTube channel. The playlist will obviously be long enough to accommodate every time zone! A starting time will be given for each clip on the playlist so that people know when they can jump in and participate. The goal would be to discuss what is being viewed on social media and to get Duran Duran and Duran Duran Appreciation Day trending as much as we can! Perhaps, some clips on the playlist will be emphasized due to popularity in the fandom and there may be a drinking game included as well. If you have suggestions for what YOU would like the fan community to watch, let us know!
We look at the plan this year as a way of celebrating Duran Duran for a month before really celebrating them on the actual holiday!