Last year, I wanted to take the time to showcase different means of expressing fandom outside of what Rhonda and I do or are super familiar with. To that end, I asked for volunteers to complete a questionnaire to tell all of us how s/he expresses fandom. I have posted some questionnaires from fan artists, fans in tribute bands, fans in other fandoms, fans who have webpages about Duran and more. Today, I take the time to show Joel, a collector and Facebook using Duranie!
How do you express your fandom? Art, Fic, Remixes, Webpage, Message Boards, Facebook group, etc?
Describe exactly what it is that you do.
Probably like a lot of people I reply to posts and comments, post pictures and videos. Sometimes, I will post Duran Duran stuff on my Facebook page, but that’s it, really. I do not use Twitter, run any pages or fan groups, or have a personal blogs, either.
Why did you choice this means of expressing your fandom?
Facebook is easy and fast. It is the best way to communicate with fans worldwide.
Tell me your fandom story. When did you become a fan? What drew you to Duran Duran?
How else do you participate in the fandom? Attend shows, meetups, conventions? Discuss the band on message boards, facebook, twitter?
Now, I’d say I participate by networking via Facebook, youtube, and the message board. Then, it was by being penpals with lots of people, writing articles in fanzines…I wish there were fan conventions closer to home. I haven’t attended any conventions or meet-ups yet.
What has the reaction been to your expression of fandom? What do you people think of your work?
Well, I’m a Duran Duran collector. Fans react well to the pictures I post of the stuff I buy. Otherwise, in real life, I keep it pretty low key. I, sometimes, wear Duran t shirts at work or at home, but that’s it. My full-on fanboy self comes out when I go to the shows, or related events like John Taylor’s book signing.
Do you use your means of expression outside of fandom?
Can you share something that you are most proud of?
Hmm…it could be my Duran Duran photos I personally took at shows or my Duran autographs. It could be some of the rare t-shirts, magazines, and books I have collected over the years