Duran Duran has managed to keep fans for decades. This seems to be a pretty amazing accomplishment to me. Obviously, this says a lot about the quality of their music and related projects. Once we were under their spell, it wasn’t easy for us to get away from them. Yet, I suspect that many of us have walked away from the fandom at one time or another. Why weren’t they able to keep our attention? Is it because they no longer made products that we were into? That’s possible. Is it because their exposure in the media decreased? That’s very possible, too. Is it also due to the fans? I think that can be true as well. Is it a combination of all three? Probably. So, how can the band help keep us? How do we keep our personal fandom alive?
The band, certainly, can help by getting as much exposure as possible. I’m sure that they would love to be on the radio and TV all the time. I bet they want as many magazines as possible to do stories or features about them. Unfortunately, they don’t have the exposure like they once did. They also don’t release products nearly as quickly as they once did (and some might argue that they aren’t as good). Heck, they have released 3 albums in the last ten years. That doesn’t help. Of course, it seems like they are trying to combat some of this by participating in social networking and updating their official site with news about what they are doing. But, do we have some responsibility with keeping fandom alive, at least within ourselves? I think we do.
Since I have spent time away from fandom for the last week, I have had thought about how removed I feel from Duran and the Duranie community. I have missed it. I feel a little lost. On the other hand, I also feel like the longer I’m away, the easier it gets. The easier it would be to walk away. Of course, I don’t have any intention of doing that. I would miss the music, the other fans and especially my friends who are involved in the community. I certainly would miss writing this blog and would hate to not finish a book that I’m already extremely proud of. This led to me to think that it is my responsibility to pay attention to what is going on. I should be communicating with other fans. Yes, those things are fun but they also help me to keep my fandom alive.