There is one question that Rhonda and I have asked ourselves a lot over the last week or so. That question is: Have we lost our minds?!? Why are we asking this? What else would we be asking ourselves considering that we are seriously thinking about organizing another Duran fan convention.
To catch people up who might not have been around a few years ago, Rhonda and I organized a weekend long convention in 2013 in Chicago with the help of some good friends. We called that little love child, Durandemonium, and featured various activities, including an author’s panel, Duran games, a banquet, a dance, clubbing at an 80s club, watching A Diamond in the Mind at a movie theater and more. While we didn’t have a huge crowd, it was very successful in that those who attended had a great time!! Many people there met many other fans who they are now good friends with. As organizers, we could not ask for more!
Sounds fabulous…so why would that make us crazy?! Well, as organizers, you can imagine that there is work to organize and create such an event. On top of that, we experienced some stress as we had to sign various contracts that put us in some financial risk (well…a little more than some but…thankfully, we were able to pay our bills!). Despite whatever stress we had, we recognized that we had learned a lot from organizing that convention and that, at some point, the time would be right to plan another. A few factors weigh in our decision: Are we in the right place and time for us to carve out a huge chuck of time into doing this? (Not really…but I have learned no timing is perfect! Plus, it is good to have something to look forward to!). Do we have a location that might work well? Last time, we loved having it in Chicago but some details weren’t ideal. So, if we could find an ideal place…that might be a sign. Is there interest in the fans? Are people willing to pay enough to cover the costs of putting something like this on?
Well, we are trying to figure out the answers to those questions. We think we would be able to squeeze in the necessary time and energy to organize another convention despite having other things on our to-do list. As for the location, we are working on that. Right now, we think we might have a perfect place at a perfect time. What about the fans? Last night, we put out a poll on our Twitter and our Facebook page to see if there is indeed interest enough to pursue this idea. What exactly was the poll? Simple. Would you be willing to spend about $200-$250 for a 3 day Duran Duran convention over a weekend during DD Appreciation Day in Vegas? We also explained some of the ideas we are thinking of: author panels, video viewing, our DD Appreciation Day online video parties but in person, games, possibly live band(s), a banquet, a full-40th anniversary celebration for fans, with a recreation of the Rum Runner and/or Only After Dark. Obviously, these are only initial ideas. As we move forward (assuming we do) and develop more specifics, including a schedule, we will definitely keep all of you in the loop!
Right now, the response says that we should move forward, which is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking. All in all, it is pretty exciting! If you haven’t voted, there is still time to do so! To vote on twitter, go here: https://twitter.com/DailyDuranie For facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/dailyduranieblog/.
On that note, I have to work on venue specifics! Until then, go vote and share the info with others so they can go vote! We appreciate it!