On a wandering river, going on together

Sometimes, you just have to stop and take a breath. Take stock of the things you’ve got going for you, and sometimes even take a bit to mourn the things and people you’ve lost.

It’s been tough taking those moments lately. I forget to slow down unless it’s like this past week, where I’ve been sick with the flu and been forced to sit on the couch and rest. The past months have had me feeling as though my life has been moving at warp speed with no signs of slowing. I love the busy-ness, but I don’t always enjoy the feeling that if I stop, everything behind me is going to crash right into me. Today, for instance, I’m going to spend my morning with the cutest witch on the planet. My youngest is having her very first ever classroom party now that she’s in Kindergarten. I’ll be there, ready to help with decorating cookies, playing games and doing a craft, then it’s off to pick up my son, back home for homework, dinner, and trick or treating. I like being able to spent time with the kids, but it just doesn’t stop, does it?

Last night, as I sat perusing Twitter, I noticed a tweet from Nile Rodgers, who reminded all that Bernard Edwards would have been 61 years old yesterday. He tweeted a photo of himself and Bernard at their last show together. I smiled at the photo because like many people, I have nothing but respect for Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. Together as well as separately, they created some of the music I remember and love best from my youth, and I know I’m far from alone in those thoughts. I tweeted a comment back to Nile, telling him that I remembered a blog of his from a few years back – I don’t know if it was written on Bernard’s birthday or another time, but I very clearly remember the topic: Silver Linings.

As I recall, Nile mentioned how his memories of the final night they played together has become a sort of silver lining for him – there is even video of that night that Nile and Bernard played at the Budokan, and Simon LeBon actually sang on stage with them as a guest vocalist. He mentioned that at the time, he had no idea how sick Bernard really was and that the performance would be his last. When I saw the tweet from Nile, my thoughts wandered back to my own blog, reflecting on what Nile had said at the time. (that blog is no longer up on Nile’s active website, I would imagine it must be in the site archives)

There are plenty of silver linings to being a fan, and even to writing this blog. Sometimes though, I forget to take a second to take a breath and savor the moments. So, I’m going to do that publicly right now, which is something I don’t do very often.

A couple of days ago, I wrote a blog, just as I do most weekdays. A friend (you know who you are…Heather!) sent a link to an article that Amanda Palmer had written. I had heard plenty about Amanda Palmer in the past couple of years. I know, for instance, that she saddled the power of fans to do a Kickstarter in order to fund her first album – and that fundraising effort was so successful that she was the first musician to ever raise over a million dollars on Kickstarter. She is impressive not only because of her musical talents, but also because she learned right away that the power of success is achieved with the help of her fan base. This is one lady who knows how to use social media. The article was titled “How to Drink With Fans”…and that was more than enough to grab my attention. I read the article, and knew I needed to blog about it.  Amanda’s experience with her fans (or rather her fans experience with her!) was/is/will likely continue to be so incredibly different from MY experience as a Duran fan, I just wanted to respond, ponder, and see how others might feel.

 Imagine my surprise and shock when I saw that in just a day and a half, that one blog post had been read over 800 times. For one of our posts – on this tiny little Daily Duranie blog that only the most diehard of fans even knows exists, that is a powerful statement. We get about 10,000 page views a month, and yes – by most accounts, that means we’re small potatoes. We know this. We embrace this, which is why I’m not embarrassed to share. Our blog isn’t designed to be a wholly inclusive fandom website (someday though…someday soon…), and most people will never stumble upon this blog unless they’re a Duran Duran fan. We hope that people read it, tell their other DD friends, and pass on the good word. We don’t advertise, we really don’t do much in the way of social marketing other than tweet occasionally from our @dailyduranie account as well as our own personal accounts, and naturally we’re on Facebook too. No matter, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished here, and truly – there’s no ego involved. We do this because we love it, and we’re going to expand beyond the likes of Duran Duran at some point soon because well, we’re ready. None of that  changes my shock when I saw the numbers, and then again when I realized that none other than Amanda Palmer herself tweeted our link to her legions of fans. I hope that at the very least, Amanda’s fans recognize just how unique of an opportunity they really have with Amanda. As I said the other day, it’s the story that I would love to be able to tell as a Duran fan.

Additionally, I’m excited to say that Daily Duranie had the most traffic EVER for this past month. This is a month where there has been very little in the way of band news. No tour, no album dropping, not even a real scoop to share. We did have convention news to share, but even so – to realize that this is during a time of relative “hiatus” in band news – I would have never guessed that our convention would top months where the band has released albums, videos, or had gigs planned. I must raise my glass to Amanda, because I am truly proud of what we’ve done, and we’ve done it on our own. That’s something to celebrate and remember even during the hard times, which undoubtedly happen from time to time. For now though, I’m going to take a minute and bask in the glow of a really good day.

-R

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