Does traveling make you a bigger or better fan? Of course, this automatically asks the question about who is judging and by what standards. Is this assumption correct? Here is what I know, objectively speaking. Traveling and going to more shows might give fans a greater knowledge of the band and the fandom as a whole. It provides the opportunity to meet and get to know more and more people. You get the chance to see more and more shows performed live. Then, is the knowledge and the friends that give more status, assuming that this is true? I don’t know. Is the assumption correct? I definitely think that traveling to shows could give people more status both within the fan community and outside of the fan community. I know that there are fans who get a lot of attention from other fans because they have traveled and seen a bunch of shows. Obviously, the travelers are believed to be people who know more and who could have greater connections to the band. Is this always the case? I’m sure that it is not. Yet, I’m sure that it does happen as well. Outside of the fan community, I, personally, have seen people’s reactions to me when it comes to this question. People are, at first, shocked when I tell them how many shows I have been to and that I have traveled to shows. The next statement out of their mouths usually is, “You must be a HUGE fan!” I’m never quite sure how to respond to that, which I guess leads me back to the question at hand. Is this assumption about traveling done? Yes, I believe that it is by both other fans and by non-fans. Is it right? No way. Of course, there might be other ways that fans can be seen as “big” or “better” fans as well.
I believe that fans get placed in this bigger/better category all the time for a variety of reasons. Maybe they do because of traveling. Perhaps, it is because they always VIP. Some fans might seem bigger/better because they have a large collection of something or because they can name every b-side. Obviously, most of those means are ones that cost money. Is that a problem? Do you need a lot of money in order to be considered a big fan? Of course, I also wonder if you could be TOO big of a fan. Is traveling some cool but going to all shows too much? Is going VIP once or twice per tour good but doing it every time appear greedy? Could you have too many t-shirts or spend too much time online talking to other fans? Could you have met them too many times? Is there really a delicate balance between being a big fan and being too much of one? Again, the same questions apply. Who is judging? What are the standards and is it a good thing?
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks like this. Maybe everyone else in Duranland believes that all fans are considered equal. I don’t know. If people agree that it does exist, should be changed or is there some value to this? If not, is there someway to improve this, if it exists? How? So many questions…so little answers.