I have been a part of the Duran Duran fandom for years. For many of those years, I also spent a lot of time watching, observing and thinking about our fan community. What do we think? What are we passionate about? What kinds of activities do we like? How do we like to express our fandom? Sometimes, I think I’m starting to figure out our community and other times…I am not sure that I have a clue.
A couple of weeks ago, I started a new set of questions of the day. I thought it might be fun to watch a different interview each day and then score it. When the idea came up, it seemed like others were on board. Initially, we had a bunch of people participate in those polls. Interestingly enough, I started the interviews from 1981, then 1982, 1983, etc. moving closer and closer to the present. As we have moved through the 1980s interviews and onto the 1990s interviews, I noticed that we are getting less and less participation. This makes me sad. I always hope that the question of the day is just something that people look forward to daily and get them thinking at least for a few minutes about Duran. Yet, it doesn’t seem like that is the case.
Of course, the social scientist in me has thought about why this might be the case. Is that people don’t have time to watch an interview each day? That could be. I know that I can relate. My job takes a lot of my time and I continue to be involved in political affairs. If I didn’t take the time in the morning, I wouldn’t have it. Is it about when the interviews are from? The 1980s interviews got a lot more participation. Why is that? Could it be these interviews weren’t ever seen before but the more result ones have been? Could it be that the 1980s is simply a time period in Duran history that is more loved? What about a combination of both or all of the above? I think all of those are possibilities. No matter the reason for the lack of participation, the question now is what to do.
First, I think I will at least finish one round of these questions, meaning that I will share some interviews until we get to the most recent interview. After that, I think we need to change the question of the day to something that requires less time. I think it might be fun to ask a set of questions that we did before but have not done for years. That said, I want to know what you all think. So, I put a little survey together. Which question should I go with?
I appreciate everyone’s vote! It will definitely help me to make the question of the day the most fun possible!