There are days, and then there are days. After a night where I believe I got less than 3 solid hours of sleep, NOT BY CHOICE…sometimes you just have to take stock in what you’ve got going on, and be good with it. This, my friends, is one of those days for me. I’m sick with some strain of influenza that has decided not to let go of me just yet – courtesy of my youngest. I’ve been sick for a week now, last week being just a bad sore throat and exhaustion and now today the congestion has hit. It’s a wonderful day to be a blogger, and a Duranie…and a parent…but that’s another subject for another blog.
I believe we’ve been at this blog now for a bit less than 110 days – I can’t remember the exact figure in this moment. The plan was simple: write a short article every day about being fans of Duran Duran. It could be a commentary on the news from the fan perspective (as opposed to being unbiased reporting), it could be about a specific fandom issue, or something else entirely. So far, so good. People are reading and hopefully enjoying the blog, which was the plan!
What made us decide to do the blog, though? I don’t think either Amanda nor myself ever had big plans to be bloggers in our everyday lives! I never gave it any thought prior to this past year, although I do enjoy writing. Amanda truly shouldn’t even have time for blogging at all – but somehow, she finds the time each week! I suppose though that the idea behind the blog was a seed that was planted several years back. I am pretty sure I’ve explained that Amanda and I originally met at a fan convention in 2004, and since then we’ve traveled to shows together, posted on message boards, and basically assaulted the community with our opinions, which we now share here for your reading pleasure. 🙂 During that time, Amanda and I talked about writing a book based on our fan experience. I think that for me, a lot of that was just in joke form – we’d see something while on “tour”, and say to one another “That has GOT to go in our book!” Then as time wore on, the idea grew more serious in nature. It wasn’t so much that she and I felt we had a story that was any more significant than any other fan, it was that we shared a desire to tell a story of our fan community. In our eyes, the Duran Duran fan community, the fandom as we call it, is very special and unique, and deserves a book! With that thought in mind, we brainstormed about topics that would be interesting to include. I believe that to begin with, our idea was never to do a gossipy, syrupy tell-all about either the band or the fan community; we wanted to write a book that could both be interesting and even amusing to our fan community as well as a book that could be taken seriously in an academic setting. Much discussion and brainstorming ensued.
Our project eventually solidified itself, and we began writing in earnest. At this point, I would say at best guess that we are closing in on being 2/3 of the way through with the initial writing. The best way to describe our book is that it’s an examination of fandom using Duran Duran’s fan community as the case study. We examine why fandom exists, how it continues to thrive 30 years after the release of Planet Earth, and in answering both of those questions, we also celebrate the overall “friendship” of the community. We try not to gush too much in the book, although I think it’s very clear through our writing that we both respect and admire the band in our own way. (they’re not too bad I guess. :D)
Our overall goal is that this book be written both from an entertaining and academic point of view, which has been no easy feat thus far. It is important to both of us that we remain true to our collective background in social science, (my dad would be so proud to see that I’m finally using all of the writing skills I gained in college with my American Studies degree :D) not only discussing the characteristics of fandom, but examining the “why” behind each one. We continue to write away, hoping to finish the book at some point later this year.
This blog, while not really designed to be a true extension of the book, has allowed for several discussions to spur our creative juices, and we’ve found out a bit more about our fandom at times. The blog has taught me some much needed discipline, tact (ha!), and it gives me plenty of writing practice in finding my own voice, and I’m positive it will continue to do more as the years…yes years…go on. I hope the band is planning on continuing for a while…. We’ll be sure to keep our readers updated as the process for the book, blog and world domination continues. (wink, wink)
This past weekend, we continued on with our idea of becoming professional Duranies (hey, who said you couldn’t make a hobby, er…obsession…into a career?!?) by adding a facebook page to our efforts. Obviously we’re not busy enough with writing the book, doing a daily blog, and keeping up with John and Simon showing up on Twitter, now we’re doing a facebook page as well! In any case, we hope you’ll find us on facebook and befriend us! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001986818033
In the meantime, I will leave you with one final thought that I know Amanda and I both plan to write more about in the coming days. Why is it that we fans feel the band owes us? Why do we think they owe us interaction on facebook & twitter? Why do we feel they owe us answers to our never ending questions, both personal and professional? Why do we act out of such complete desperation whenever the band is within “striking” distance….and why do we continue to do that even though the band has been around now for 30 years? Other fandoms aren’t quite like this, so why is this one? I look forward to reading some comments here on and on facebook about this!! -R