Yesterday afternoon I noticed a tweet from DDHQ about John and Roger answering questions on Tumblr this morning (or afternoon if you’re on the east coast!), dubbed Duran Duran answer time. I quickly shot a note over to Amanda saying that we should prepare some questions, which led to a fairly productive brainstorm session.
We weren’t sure how the questions would be selected or answered, but we just figured that we’d send in a bunch and hope for the best. DDHQ wasn’t very clear about WHEN to send in questions, (a tip from me: if they ever do this again – just understand that the band probably isn’t going to go back very far and find questions that were sent in say, 24 hours earlier. It’s like tweets…who really goes back that far and reads the thousands they get each day?) so we sent some in last night, and then again this morning, hoping something would get their attention.
What Amanda and I both liked about the format was that it was controlled. I didn’t have to see the thousands of other questions that came in, and while it appeared that John and Roger just took questions they saw and answered them with no real regard to the subject matter (there was more than one request for them to say hi to moms, for instance), it still probably gave John and Roger a little control and comfort as opposed to the tweetfests where John likely felt bombarded at times. Tumblr didn’t work fantastic for me this morning because I was on Skype at the same time and my aging computer hates doing video calls and pretty much anything else at the same time, but it still worked. And let’s face it: it was something.
I refuse to believe that I’m the only fan in the world that misses seeing the band on social media, even IF I understand the reasoning behind the lack of activity. DDHQ handles social media for the band, and they do a great job keeping us informed these days….but the personal accounts for the band members are still theirs to control, and it seems to me that pretty much all of them have sort of backed off from using it. This wouldn’t be so bad if we had never experienced that sense of connection, but naturally since we have, I think many miss it. I know I do.
So, the idea of having band members answer questions on Tumblr isn’t a bad deal at all. It was still very exciting to see them answer people, even if plenty of the questions were downright silly. I saw two people ask if they were hungry like the wolf, for instance. (Yes, I groaned. John and Roger dutifully answered, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall….) I think that no matter the forum, you run the risk of silly questions, and even though I didn’t enjoy those questions – I’m sure the people who asked them loved seeing them answer.
But then, there was our moment of excitement when John (EXACTLY the person we were hoping!!!) answered a question that Amanda and I had submitted under our Tumblr name “dailyduranie” (unique, no?) Oh yes, I have the screen shot to share:
Sometimes, Amanda and I feel like we’re on another planet. She and I will feel one way about something or other, post our feelings and have the fan community come down on us hard. Both she and I have posted a little frustration about some of the media coverage they’ve received, including the article in Billboard. You see, we want the best for this band. We love them, and we want them treated with the respect they deserve. If that’s wrong… well, I’m not all that interested in being right, I guess. I’ll leave that to other people. So, Amanda and I decided to take a chance and send in a question about it. I figured that the worst case was that it would be ignored or that maybe John would have words of wisdom from being in this business for so long. We very much value his opinion and experience.
Lo and behold, he not only answered us, but we also got a little validation as well. It’s not just us that feels the way we do sometimes, and I appreciate that. I have no doubt that John’s used to it by now and like he says so aptly – yawn. It isn’t worth the time to try and force people to learn how to write about in the present, it just boggles my mind a little that people still care about the drug use, the fact that the band is aging (seriously?!?), Andy Warhol’s preoccupation with Nick and whatever else. The difference of course is that John has learned not to bother….whereas Amanda and I have a blog.
The Duran Duran answer time session ended after about an hour. While I am sure they could have answered questions for many, many, hours…it was nice of them to give an hour of their time. It wasn’t quite a tweetfest, but I still love the idea of connecting with them directly, and I like the controlled setting. I hope they offer to do another!