I admit that I’m insanely busy and that is putting it nicely. I have been basically working two full time jobs and trying to get ready for not only this huge trip but another trip. Therefore, I haven’t had a ton of time to check into the various message boards or browse through twitter and facebook. I only have time to check into my specific world. Who has left what comment here? Who has mentioned us on twitter? What facebook notification needs to be dealt with? Yes, I do check to see if the band has posted anything important and what John and Simon have said lately on twitter. I openly admit that I have been lost in my own personal fog and haven’t had the time to interact much with other fans that I am missing but I just haven’t had the time to indulge that way.
Perhaps, then, the problem is just with me or is it? If it is a community wide lull in the action, is the lull in the US fanbase? It might feel as if it is the whole fanbase to be becuse the biggest fanbase that I interact with and know best is the US community. Could it just be that people aren’t really interested if the band isn’t touring near them? Maybe. I know that I have seen excitement from people going to the UK tour but haven’t seen much from others. I don’t fault anyone for not being all that interested if the upcoming tour doesn’t affect them. I think everyone’s interest in their fandom of choice comes in waves. At times, we are super into it and other times not so much. It could be that people are tired from the US tour. It could be the holidays. It could be that everyone is as busy as I am.
So, if the fandom is, generally, disinterested now, should something be done about it? Maybe nothing should be done about it because it is natural for people to have down times with their fandom. On the other hand, maybe, we all need something to spark our interest again. For me, I will be very Duran focused for the next week or so, assuming that I will be going to shows in the UK. Yet, how should fans stay interested who aren’t going? What would you recommend? Should people get together with other fans? Should people make a plan to hang out on twitter or facebook and talk to other fans? Should there be more time on message boards? What about putting their videos on or listening to their albums? How do you, personally, keep your fandom alive? Do you give yourself breaks? Do you try to check into Duranland on a consistent basis?