I don’t know about anyone else out there, but invariably for me – as things are moving along at a good clip, and good things are happening, inevitably a small fly will end up in the ointment. It doesn’t completely screw everything up, but it’s an annoyance, and if I let it, it’ll ruin the whole thing. Admittedly, I’m not very good at ignoring the small things. I wish I were, because then my life would be a lot less stressful at times, but I suppose I am who I am, faults and all. The same holds true for this blog. While things are starting to move at a steady pace, and our readership is growing, inevitably there are folks out there that don’t have appreciation for what we’re doing, and you know – in and of itself that’s OK. At one point a while back another author told me to make sure to write each day, and know that at least one person out there would agree with whatever I was saying. I’ve tried to hold true to that as I’ve gone along here. The fact is, I’m no more a writer than I am an engineer, and I’m just learning my way. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be held accountable for my writing, it just means that in no way do I consider myself an expert. I write what I feel is important in that moment, and I’m finding that just as in most arts – the most successful pieces of work I’ve written so far are those in which I allow myself to be the most open and vulnerable. Putting yourself out there is difficult even under the best of circumstances, and the fact is – not many people appreciate that vulnerability.
Now, you might be thinking – “Who cares? That’s all part of writing a blog and you should have expected that!” You would be right. The fact is, I expected criticism and ridicule when we started this blog. I knew there would be those that would immediately scoff and laugh, and the fact is – that’s OK. Let me be honest for a minute: I am 40 years old, and I write a blog that at least on the surface, is about Duran Duran. There are words to describe people like that, whether you call them fans, fanatics, Duran”tards”…etc. I might have used similar words to describe other fans I’ve met, and I’m not necessarily ashamed to admit that. The funny thing is that once you get past the annoyance of having been called some or all of those names, you start to realize that it really IS funny.
Yes, I stand up proudly and say that I travel great distances to go see Duran Duran in concert. I have their posters up in my room (well, it’s actually my closet), and I own a good portion of all of the vinyl they’ve ever released….officially and “unofficially”. I read a ridiculous amount of articles about them, I monitor message boards dedicated to the band, and I even get a little excited when I see new interviews, TV shows, etc that they are on. I’m I embarrassed by any or all of that? No, not really. I would say that in the past year or so, I’ve realized that at this point in my life, I really don’t care what other people think. Yes, I would love to have the acceptance of my peers, but the fact is, my peers probably already do those things right along with me. That’s one reason why the fan community is such a fantastic group. We may not all get along, we may all participate in our fandom in completely different ways, but it takes each of us to make up the community.
I enjoy writing this blog, and for those who have actually read and absorbed each post for the day, you should be able to see that while the blog is called The Daily Duranie, and the posts generally have something to do with the band….they are as much about being people in general. The focus goes well beyond the band and has far more to do with the social science of it all than it does worshipping the ground the band walks on (although we’re not above that). I suppose some people can’t get beyond the surface, and that’s OK. That’s why we chose Duran Duran as the sort of “case study” to examine, because we knew that doing a blog solely on examining fandom would never attract the types of readers we would like. Many of the more “I love the band” posts are sprinkled throughout the blog as a whole, and we’ll continue to do that because let’s face it – it’s fun. There are many in the community who feel the need to question the intentions of the rest of us, and it’s far more fun to point fingers and ridicule than it is to examine ourselves and what our own intentions are for being here. Good for them. I hope that they read the blog and find plenty of substance to fill their heads. The fact is, I laugh at myself as often as I can these days. I’m 40, I’m just a stay at home mom with two college degrees, and yet I’m writing a blog about my teenage heartthrobs. It is hilarious when you think about it. Embrace it and move on, right? The best part is that I’m thoroughly enjoying myself, I’m learning a lot about people in general and I come away from writing each blog feeling better about the day. I wonder if there are many other people out there that can say the same?