I wonder how many Duran Duran lyrics we have used in blog posts. We have written a LOT of blog posts so it would be many. More than many. Why this lyric? Why this title? Simple. I have started a period of reflection. I don’t think I would be overstepping to say that Rhonda, too, is reflecting. This is pretty normal after a big project finishes.
Just to catch people up. Last weekend, I was at the National Popular Culture Conference, presenting our research on female fandom. Since then, we have received quite a lot of feedback through Facebook, Twitter, this blog and even our email. In fact, we have received so much feedback that I haven’t even responded to everyone. I had hoped to spend time this week doing just that, but it has been an extremely busy one both with work but also plans and appointments. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty tired. Despite being so busy, I have begun to think about next steps and where to go from here. Rhonda and I have begun some initial conversations as well. I know that I cannot possible take all weekend to reflect due to other responsibilities, but I do plan to take at least a couple of concentrated hours for this purpose.
So what exactly will I be thinking about? First, I want to think about where Rhonda and I should go as far as our book/research projects. Funny enough, we suffer, in some ways, from having too many possible angles to pursue. Of course, I will take into consideration all of the responses we got back on the presentation. Overall, we received lots of positive feedback, including from experts at the conference. Beyond that, I will think about what we are most interested in and passionate about as well as what might be most important to share in today’s climate and society.
Second, we need to think about how this blog will fit into the picture. In some ways, the blog has served its initial purpose. Thus, what is its purpose now? What should it be? How do we best fit this with our other projects? Which one is being prioritized? I know that there are dedicated readers (which we are extremely grateful for) and I know that new readers find us all the time. For that reason, among others, we plan to continue the blog in some way, shape or form.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, how does all of this fit into our fandom? This is an area that we have struggled to figure out for years. Yes, we are fans. We love Duran. There is no denying of that. Yet, we are more than that. We chose to also study fandom as academics, as researchers because we wanted to understand ourselves and other fans. Some people love us when we are fans and hate us when we are academics and vice versa. Yet, we recognize that we are both and want to continue being both. The question then is how to both well at the same time.
One thing I know, for sure, my recent presentation has had one very significant affect. It kick started my brain. Time is now needed to process it all.