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Trading in My Shelter for Danger

This past week, Rhonda posted here about a little anniversary.  This anniversary was the first day of Friends of Mine:  The Duran Duran Fan Convention in New Orleans ten years ago.  In her post, she talked about so many things that she remembered that weekend and why it was so fabulous.  One phrase in her post caught my attention.  She called it, “life changing.”  I didn’t laugh at her but nodded my head in agreement.  I, too, view it in the same way.  After that weekend, my life was never the same.  Let’s take a look back to see where I was then and where I’m at now.

In the fall of 2004, I was starting my seventh year of teaching.  I was finally starting to feel confident in my abilities as an educator.  At the time, I was teaching special education students at a nearby middle school.   I had recently got my Masters and was ready for some downtime.  While I had friends, both close by and far away, I wouldn’t say that I had many close friendships at the time.  Up until this point of my adulthood, I didn’t have much time.  Teaching was consuming about 50-60 hours per week then I had graduate class work to do, on top of that.  Yet, as soon as classes were done, I was ready to focus on my social life, which is where fandom comes in.  I had some friends from another fandom and figured Duran fandom would be the same.  I was also wanting an adventure and to challenge myself by doing a little of traveling.  Thus, the convention was the perfect place for me to go!

Did I make friends during that convention?!  Absolutely.  Obviously.  Did I make some kick ass memories then?!  For sure!  Without a doubt.  Did it lead me to attend more Duran events and go to more shows?  No question.  It definitely changed my fandom life.  I now had friends within the community as well as a best friend that I didn’t have before.  I now had people to go to shows with and people to “chat” with online.  I embraced those activities of touring and being online, fully and completely.  I went to the shows I could and saved money in between shows, in order to do more.  I spent a ton of time online.  All of that would be enough to be called life-changing, I suppose.  Yet…this one action on my part did more than that for me.  Much more.

Now, because of that convention and the experiences and friendships that followed, my day ALWAYS surrounds fandom.  Every day, for example, I take the time to set up and post the question of the day.  Every.  Single.  Day.  Unlike the post office, I don’t rest on Sunday or major holidays.  Even when I’m on vacation, I have to figure out something to get it done.  The question of the day is just one little aspect of what Rhonda and I have created for ourselves.  We worry about the day in history, other posts, guest posts, polls, the website itself, our social media accounts and more.  That’s JUST with the blog!!  We also committed ourselves to researching and writing a book on the subject of fandom as well as planning events and even a convention.  There is always something else that we are working on that we don’t talk about.  Now, my day consists of some blog work before my paying job, working at work for about 9-11 hours on any given day and coming home to work on either more work for teaching or more work for this.  I don’t have a lot of evenings or weekends to relax.  I made a commitment and follow through on them.

For me, the convention started a ball rolling that I now can’t stop.  I decided to take my fandom to another level.  While so many refer to this as a “hobby” or what I do in my spare time, I don’t view it that way.  I look at it as a job.  It takes that much time and that much personal commitment for me, for us.  It means that I don’t have down time or the time to watch a lot of TV or go to a lot of movies.  I willingly accept all of that.  I am often exhausted and find myself wishing for more time, but I still would choose this.  I almost can’t help it, at this point.  I can’t imagine not paying attention to Duranland.  What would it be like if I didn’t offer my thoughts about what Duran is or is not doing?   I put myself out there everyday in the fan community.  We put ourselves out there every day.

I am no longer satisfied with my whole life surrounding just teaching.  All of this as well as my experience campaigning taught me that I can be more than just a teacher.  (Yet, I believe that this has made me a better teacher, too!)  I could do something different with my life, with my career, if I so choose.  I have many skills beyond developing relationships with kids and family or developing or differentiating curriculum. Beyond job skills, this experience also taught me a lot about fandom.  I have had the opportunity to be both within the fandom and an observer of fandom at the same time.  What I have experienced in the last ten years is unique, for sure.  That said, I am and will forever be grateful that I chose to attend that convention and to “trade my shelter for danger.”

-A

1875 and counting…

1,875 posts. There is this nifty little tool here in WordPress where Amanda and I are able to properly track what is going on with this blog. We can see how many people subscribe by email, how many just read here online, what posts people tend to read most…and the list of stats goes on and on.  What I can tell you today is that as of the post I just published prior to drafting this one, we’ve written 1,875 posts. That is definitely a little more than a post a day, but we didn’t really start doing that until this past year when we moved to WordPress, so I’d say we’ve been busy.

If you didn’t already hear, we celebrated the fourth “anniversary” of this blog on Saturday. We call it a birthday because honestly, who doesn’t love a party?!? We celebrated with a online viewing party, utilizing a Daily Duranie Youtube playlist that Amanda and I had put together. We had a lot of fun, laughing at the comments and seeing friends who had stopped by to say hi and watch some videos with us!

Additionally, we had three fun little giveaways planned. The first two (one each for Facebook and Twitter) were based on people sending us their very best “DoJo” picture. Amanda and I each chose a favorite, which was a lot of fun because we had quite a few to choose from! Winners get their choice of a Daily Duranie coffee mug or a shot glass! The winners of that contest were Irene Turner and Leslie Kincaid! The second one, thanks to our friend Karen Booth, was  for a signed copy of her book, Bring Me Back. For that contest, we picked out a few blog titles we’d written over the years and had a bit of a scavenger hunt – all we really wanted to know was what the the blog that went with each title was about. The winner for that contest was Debbie from Twitter, so a copy of Karen’s book will be on it’s way shortly!

Winning DoJo entries:

 

I’ve said it before, but I am pretty sure I didn’t think about how long this blog would continue on the fateful day that I announced to Amanda, “Hey, we should do a blog since we’re working on this book!! Want me to get one together?!?” I’m also pretty sure that Amanda didn’t have any idea what I was getting her into on that day, because she agreed to try it! For me personally, the blog goes beyond writing a manuscript or being a fan. This whole “Daily Duranie” thing has taken on a life of it’s own. Some days, I feel like I’m dragging it uphill behind me, and on other days, I feel like I had better hold on tight because this thing is taking off like a rocket for a very wild ride. It’s been a crazy trip so far with much more to come, I am certain. However, for this occasion, I came up with four things about this blog (specifically the blog, not the book, not the band…etc.) that I am thankful for. My four “positives”, so to speak….one for each of the four “anniversaries” or “birthdays” we’ve celebrated thus far:

1. I would say that most people don’t realize that this blog shares it’s “birthday” with another birthday – my dad’s. He passed away in 2008, and he would have turned 75 this year. Rather than being sad on September 13, I am joyful because I’ve passed another milestone year with this blog. My dad was my hero in many, many ways that someday I might write about, but not now. I just know I’m so incredibly thankful that life has worked out this way, so that I don’t spend that day thinking of the what I’ve lost, but rather what I’ve gained.

2. There was once a period of my life, in high school no less, where I was so shy I had trouble working up the nerve to order my own food at McDonalds. I am not kidding, and I know I’m weird that way because while I couldn’t order my own food – I was drum major of the marching band, calling out commands to a group of 175 of my peers. Nutty, right? Talk about forcing yourself out of a comfort zone!! Nowadays I push myself to ask celebrities and important people for interviews for this blog – something that does not come at all naturally. Just last week I interviewed someone over the phone, and my nerves were at an all-time high, but I got through it, and more importantly, I really enjoyed doing it.

3. I should probably talk about my own fandom here. I think that without the blog, it would probably be fairly easy for me to just put Duran Duran on the back burner. I’m a busy mom, my husband isn’t really a fan, and I don’t have a group of friends here in California that are fans either. The blog forces me to stay in tune with what’s going on even when it might be easier for me to just focus on whatever is going on here at home. Sometimes that is remarkably easy, and other times – the band is in the middle of recording an album and there’s not a lot to keep us all going. I’ve learned to appreciate some of the smallest things – a tweet here or there, a news byte, or even unearthing a video I’ve never seen. I don’t expect all fans to be like that, but Amanda and I made a commitment to BE HERE even when the band is not, and we take that (although not necessarily ourselves) very seriously.

4. Writing this blog has taught me a lot about friendship. To begin with, I have a group of friends that I may not have ever met had it not been for Daily Duranie. I have friends in different states, different countries and even different continents. I’ve also learned that my friends, the real ones, are there for me even if I don’t see them every day, every week or even every year. They are the people that make the effort. They show up. Who knew that writing a blog would do all of this? Certainly not me.

I only covered four things here, but as I continue to sit and reflect, I know these are just the tip of the iceberg, and these four positives aren’t necessarily even the largest positives I could choose. I didn’t even mention all of the traveling or the increased sense of self-purpose or just the personal acceptance I feel on a daily basis, and for someone like me, who spent the majority of her life as a “wallflower”, hoping to fade into the wallpaper and not be noticed, I would have never guessed that writing a simple blog would turn my life completely around.

I said it on Saturday but it bares repeating, I tip my glass (well, this morning it’s really my coffee cup) to my partner-in-crime, Amanda. I hope that this is really just the beginning and that we’ve got at least four more even crazier years ahead. It’s wild to me that we’ve already been writing this blog for four years. How did we ever come up with that much to say?!?

And again, thank YOU. We would probably write even if no one ever read the blog, but because people do, it makes the journey that much sweeter. We hope you find us funny, insightful, intelligent, and even exasperating at times, and we look forward to hearing from you when any or all of that happens!!

-R

The Daily Duranie Ranking of the Singles

Last week, I revealed the results of this month’s Duranie homework in which I asked fans to take the list of the 35 most common Duran Duran singles and rank them in order from least favorite to most favorite.  Then, I compiled the results in order to get the fan community’s overall ranking of the singles.  The least favorite singles from the fans were Meet el Presidente, Someone Else Not Me and Violence of Summer.  The favorites were All You Need Is Now, Save a Prayer and Planet Earth.  To see the complete list in order, go to the post here.  This week, I will reveal how WE ranked the singles.  Then, you can compare our lists to each other.  You can examine how similar we were or how different we were.  Likewise, you can also compare our lists to the final list or even to your personal list.  Before I post the lists, it is important to note that both Rhonda and myself completed the homework assignment quickly.  We didn’t take a lot of time, in order to not overthink.  This means, of course, that if we were to complete the task today, they might be very different.

Rhonda’s list from least favorite to most favorite:

All She Wants Is
Meet el Presidente
My Own Way
Out of my Mind
Skin Trade
Someone Else Not Me
Electric Barbarella
I Don’t Want Your Love
Do You Believe in Shame?
A View to a Kill
Burning the Ground
Ordinary World
Hungry Like the Wolf
Wild Boys
What Happens Tomorrow
Notorious
Perfect Day
Falling Down
Come Undone
Save a Prayer
Union of the Snake
White Lines
Girl Panic
Violence of Summer
Girls on Film
The Reflex
Too Much Information
Serious
New Moon on Monday
Planet Earth
Sunrise
Rio
Careless Memories
Is There Something I Should Know?
All You Need Is Now

 Amanda’s List from Least to Most Favorite:

Come Undone
Electric Barbarella
Meet el Presidente
Skin Trade
Burning the Ground
Someone Else Not Me
Ordinary World
Violence of Summer
A View to a Kill
All She Wants Is
Falling Down
Hungry Like the Wolf
What Happens Tomorrow
My Own Way
Notorious
Do You Believe in Shame?
Perfect Day
Union of the Snake
Serious
Girl Panic
Is There Something I Should Know?
Girls on Film
The Reflex
I Don’t Want Your Love
Out of my Mind
White Lines
Too Much Information
Rio
Save a Prayer
New Moon on Monday
Sunrise
Wild Boys
All You Need Is Now
Careless Memories
Planet Earth

What do you think?  Any surprises?  How similar are we?  Well, next week, I’ll take some time to analyze the results of the overall ranking.

-A

Try Much Harder Until the Truth is Drawn

Recently, I have been trying to describe what is this website is, what we do here and why.  Perhaps, you could explain it far easier than I could when I tried.  I can describe what it is NOT well.  Yes, it is a blog, but it is also more than that.  How do you define “blog”?  The definition I found was something about a personal website in which someone records an opinion on a regular basis.  Well, we certainly do record our opinions on a regular basis, a VERY regular basis.  I’m sure, at times, people wish that we didn’t record our opinions so much.  Yet, we have had and still have a lot to say about being a Duranie, about being a fan, about fandom, about Duran Duran and more.  Thus, this place definitely fits the definition of “blog”.  Yet, if you have taken any time at all to look around, you see that there are other pages.  These pages discuss our book and the various fan events that we have organized.  Our book, I promise you, showcases years of research, both in the written word type research and in the observation type research.  The fan events show that we have planned events.  Why?  What is the point of all this and how do we think we are doing with it?

I have thought a lot about WHY we do all of this.   Our book came first.  When we first thought of writing a book, it was probably more focused on just life as a Duranie.  It led to broader questions.  What is fandom?  What is being part of a fandom like?  Are all fandoms alike?  Are there negatives?  If so, what are they?  Why do people join fandoms?  Why do they leave them and why do they stay?  To summarize, we decided that fandom was fascinating.  We wanted to understand it and those people in fandom.  We wanted to understand OURSELVES.  Our book is all about curiosity and understandings.  Yet, of course, you can see a lot of that within our posts here, too.  We research and write to seek answers and understandings.  The blog came next, in order to continue this process.

Beyond expanding the process we had with the book, this place has also provided a place to discuss what is happening.  We have lots of thoughts when it comes to Duran Duran and being Duranies.  Over time, we had lost our place to discuss such things.  We needed a home.  Soon, we realized that others might, too, need a place to discuss the same things.  We have always welcomed others who want to discuss.  (Of course, the key word there is “discuss”.  There is a big difference between discussion and attempting to tear others’ down.)  Thus, this “place” came to be not only somewhere where Rhonda and I could process our thoughts regarding research on fandom and discuss all things Duran, but I would like to think it is also a “place” for others to do the same.  I, for one, love thinking critically about these topics and know that having discussions make me do that.  Hopefully, we help others to do the same.

One of the themes that we have come back to over and over, both in our research and here on the blog, is the importance of connections, when it comes to fandom.  Connections and friendships are really what matters.  This led us to create meet ups and the convention, Durandemonium.  There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing Duranies connect with each other.  I remember right after the convention seeing all the attendees friending or following each other on social networking sites.  Many of those connections are still alive and well, too.  I also believe that these connections work to keep the fandom alive during lulls and intensify the fandom during periods of excitement.

What do you think?  Does that describe what we are all about here?  All of that said, there are many things that we are not.  This is not the place to get unreleased Duran Duran news.  Why?  That is simple.  First, we don’t know anything before any of the rest of you.  While like many of you, we hear “rumors”.  We would never post those as facts.  We aren’t comfortable doing that, no matter how strong a rumor is.  To us, it is more respectful to the band to wait until something is official.  Does this stop us from being more “popular” in the fan community?  I’m sure.  A lot of people want to read about inside scoops.  I can understand that, but it won’t be us sharing them.  We are also not a place to share a lot of pictures of the band, gush about the band or post information about the band’s private lives.  Like the inside scoops, we don’t have access to the band.  Even if we did, that isn’t what this place is all about.  Likewise, while we are most definitely fans, we want to dive a bit deeper beyond how fabulous they are.  We want to think a bit more critical.  Again, that probably doesn’t make us super popular.

We aren’t here to be popular or to prove ourselves to be bigger/better fans.  On the contrary, we would like to get rid of the idea of bigger/better fans.  In fact, that kind of idea works against fandom, we believe.  It works to destroy fan communities and people’s enjoyment within fandom.  Our reason for being here is simple.  We are here to understand fandom, to discuss Duran Duran and being Duranies and to encourage fans to connect with each other.  I’m not sure we have achieved that goal but I am proud that we try.  I am proud of what we have done so far.  That means far more to me that my/our social status within the fan community.

-A

Todays Date in Duran History – Boston

On today’s date just a few short years ago in 2011…John Taylor was interviewed on radio station 104.5 XLO in Boston.  Anyone hear the interview?

On another note entirely, Amanda and I stumbled across some really good news for the blog yesterday.  We noticed that we’ve been included on the links page for duranduran.com.  For us, this means a lot.  We realize that for most fans, they probably read this sort of thing and think “Big deal…who cares?”  I get that, and you know, yes – for most people it really doesn’t matter.  To Amanda and I though, it is representative of some very hard work over the past three and a half years. Time, energy, and love. We’ve been included among the best fan websites out there. It’s a symbolic gesture that matters, and we truly, truly appreciate DDHQ for including us. It means that we’re working together – and make no mistake, we are.  We’re on board to help the band, and to help the fans. It’s a delicate balance that I tend to destroy on a daily basis because I’m very much the bull in a china shop around here….but it’s fun. Amanda and I laugh a lot even as I’m cursing the latest rumor or thinking of how to word something so that no fan can possibly take issue. (Impossible.)

It’s rare that she and I will publicly congratulate ourselves, because let’s face it, it’s not cool to be a bragger, and neither of us are very good at that sort of thing.  But this time, I’m going to take the second or two and enjoy.

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Sorry I upstaged John’s date in history.  Listen…I don’t even remember that interview!!  😀

-R

 

Please, Please Tell Me Now…What Duranies Want in a Convention!

If you have been paying attention to my posts the last few weekends, you know that I have been focusing on conventions, including why fans attend, why should celebrities attend, what kind of activities are found there and more.  Based on those discussions and based on my research, I am starting to wonder what Duranies really want in a convention.  I have described what normally takes place in a convention, including activities like vendor fairs, screenings, panels, games, and more.  The post which describes all of this can be found here.  I also know what took place during Durandemonium 2013.  For those who were not in attendance, the activities we had during the convention included get-to-know-you as Duranies games, an author’s panel, a screening of A Diamond in the Mind, games, banquet with dinner and dancing, and late night clubbing at Late Bar’s New Wave night.  Were those the right kind of activities to have?  Should other activities be part of a Duran convention?

When we designed Durandemonium 2013, we had ideas of what had liked in the past at other meet ups and at the first convention we attended in 2004 in New Orleans.  We liked having the chance to party with fellow Duranies whether at a bar or a club.  For us, that party culture is a big culture of Duran Duran culture.  After all, Simon does say that Duran Duran is the band designed to make you party.  Yet, I’m well aware that there are Duranies who don’t party as much as say…we might when we are together.  (This is probably a good reason why Rhonda and I should live far away from each other!)  Thus, for those fans, maybe partying at a club or bar wouldn’t be that important to them.  A lot of Duranies are collectors and spend a lot of time and money shopping on ebay or trading with other fans.  We didn’t do much with that due to space restrictions.  Perhaps, that is something a lot of people really would like.  We did have a raffle with lots of great items to give away.  Is that enough or would people prefer a place to just buy without having to worry about winning?  Maybe an auction would have been a better route to go with those cool items.  It seemed to me that most of the attendees at Durandemonium liked the screening of ADITM.  I know that we loved it.  Is that something that should always be included?  If so, do people have preferences about what should be shown?

While we did have an author’s panel, we didn’t do much with attempting to get celebrities there for obvious reasons.  This doesn’t mean, though, that it isn’t important to some fans.  We are aware that it does matter to people.  The question is how much does it matter?  Would you only attend a convention if one or more band members was there?  Would you want a convention with, at least, celebrities connected to Duran in some way?  Would you want a focus that is broader than Duran Duran?  Maybe, you would be able to justify spending the money to go if it was focused on a few of your favorite bands.  Then, of course, more to the point, how much would you be willing to spend to attend a convention with a celebrity or two?  We know how much concert tickets are.   Would you be willing to pay the same as a VIP ticket?  More?  How much more?  Then again, maybe, there are some fans who welcome the idea of getting together with other fans without the band being around.

I’m aware that I am asking for people’s ideal convention.  Obviously, as someone who has organized a convention and planning another one in the future, I am MORE than well-aware that everything that people want cannot happen.  Convention planners, like us, have an extremely limited budget (as in nothing, zero, zip, nada) and that other elements can limit what is possible.  For example, at the last convention, we didn’t have a lot of space to do things like a vendor fair.  That said, I’m truly curious what Duranies really would want in a convention.  What would make you spend the money and take the time to go to a convention?  How much would you be willing to spend and would you be willing to travel for it?

-A

Home, It’s Not Brick or Stone

We are early.  Initially, we planned on switching the blog from Blogger to WordPress tomorrow, on Sunday morning.  Well, needless to say, the process went a lot faster than we thought it would so here we are.  Welcome to our new home.  If you have been a regular to Daily Duranie, you know that we blog each and every single day.  You came to our site to read one or more posts.  Now, though, this site, this new home offers a bit more.  First, at the very top, you can see that there are different pages to look at.  These pages include information about us, but they also include things that we have done and things that we are working on.  The things that we have done include all the various meet ups we have done, usually surrounding shows in different cities.  Durandemonium 2013 is included as well.  Those pages not only remind everyone of those events but are filled with images from them as well!!!  One of the pages focuses on the book that we have been working on.  If you can’t remember what it is about or didn’t know, now, you have a place to read all about it.  It will also be the site for upcoming information about it as we move forward with it.

I am pretty excited about our new home.  Moving the blog here as been something that Rhonda and I had been talking about off and now for a long time.  We had heard the benefits and also experienced frustration with Blogger, at times.  Yet, I was pretty comfortable where we were.  I liked what our little old blog looked like and was very used to it.  By now, you can tell that I’m truly a creature of habit and do not always welcome change, even though, in most cases, the change is good for me.  Rhonda, though, thankfully, pushed for it and was willing to take it on.  (By the way, that has always been one of the benefits of this little partnership we have.  We share the responsibility and take on the areas where we have strengths.)  As the process began, I started to see the importance of this change.  Beyond making it easier, we hope, for people to comment and for more accurate page view counts, there is a lot that this shows about US.  While the blog is a significant part of what we do, it isn’t everything.  There is more to Daily Duranie than writing each day.  We have taken on the overwhelming task of writing a book.  We have organized meet ups for fellow Duranies before shows.  Durandemonium was a big deal and one that we are still proud of to this day.  The day in Duran history that we always post is included.  Maybe, we should figure out a way to showcase the daily this or that question/game we do.  That’s the beauty of this new home.  We have more options.  We can grow and change.  Simply put, we can do more with it.  This is particularly important as we have more that we are planning for the future.  I look at this little operation of ours in phases.  Phase one went from 2009 to 2011.  This is when we started the book and started the blog.  We didn’t have very many readers and the blog wasn’t the coolest looking but we continued to write and love what we were doing.  It is also when we held our first meet ups.  Then, phase two saw us step up our game.  More meet ups were planned.  Durandemonium 2013, a whole convention, happened.  The blog looked more professional and got more readers.  Now, we are onto phase 3.  It begins now.  What will phase 3 entail besides this new online home.  We plan on getting that secretly named book published.  After all, we have other book ideas to work on.  Durandemonium 2014 is starting to be brainstormed, including when, where, format, etc.  Yes, you read that correctly.  We are planning another fan convention for this year.  No specifics have been decided, however.  Of course, this will be the place to find any and all news about it as we get more done!  Truly, I’m excited about the future!!!  (At the same time, I’m already wishing that I had more time in my day!)

Now, Rhonda wanted me to make sure to remind everyone of some specifics about our new home.

*You can get here by typing www.dailyduranie.com or dailyduranie.com.  I would make sure to update bookmarks, just in case.

*You can still sign up to follow the blog via email and RSS feeds.  If you were signed up before, you need to do it again for this new site.

*There may be more changes/additions in the next few weeks as we get used to it and see what else needs to be done to make it the best it can possibly be!

*Any other information that I forgot can probably be found on the original post alerting all of you about this move, which you can find here.

So, what do you all think???

-A

In This Screenlit Room

I have very exciting news to share. Amanda and I have spoken at length about moving this blog to a “real website” for months. (Ok, so it’s really been years – but if the band can get away with “Durantime”, why can’t we???) I’ve tried several times to get into the mindset of “Website Developer”, and each time I would eventually give up, promising to come back to it at some point.

Since the very first days of this blog, we’ve gotten complaints from time to time about comments being “eaten”. I know what they mean – I’ve written more than one comment here that has been taken to the “Great Beyond”. Not only that, we wanted to be able to incorporate everything, the blog, our book progress, future news for meet-ups, gatherings and conventions, photos galleries, and whatever else we decide to talk about, in one place. So, there was more than enough reason to persevere and figure it out.

I’m happy to say that after a month of work, the new Daily Duranie site is nearly done!

The website itself is fairly simple, and is a huge improvement from the current format. I don’t want to give away all of the details, but we have a way to show off the posts we think deserve to be highlighted, yet it’s easy to see what we’ve been working on most recently. We also have pages for news on our book, a way to see photos from our past meet-ups and convention, and room for all kinds of things to come: such as future meet-ups and Daily Duranie road trip info (should the band ever tour again!), and whatever else happens to comes up.

As a helpful guide, I’ve come up with an FAQ of what to expect!

So when will this big change take place?:  We are glad you asked!  After conferring, Amanda and I have agreed to switch the blog on Sunday, January 19th. Now, since a good portion of our readers come from outside the US, we should probably make the caveat that we will be working on West Coast US time – that means GMT-8. For a significant portion of the day for the rest of the world, it is very likely you will still see this website. The plan is to make this a seamless switch, but there is certainly the possibility that at least for a portion of the day, www.dailyduranie.com will not work. Understand that we will be undergoing final “construction” at that time, and I will already be aware of what is or is not working. When the website is ready, it will come up as intended. Daily Duranie has never in it’s history actually “been down for maintenance”…so this is a first! We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support.

Our Email and RSS Feed subscribers: What our readers should be aware of is that as of Sunday, January 19th – if you are currently signed up to receive our blog by email or RSS Feed, you will likely no longer receive it until you’ve signed up on the new website. (If this changes, I will let you know – but for the time being, I believe you’ll need to sign up again) We apologize for that inconvenience, but there’s really no way it can be helped. The RSS Feed for the blog is something that I am still addressing, and once it’s ready, you’ll be able to use that as well if you wish to keep up with the blog that way. Also, for our readers who may not wish to share their email address with Amanda and I – you should know that while we’re able to see how many subscribers we have to the blog, we really do not have access to your email address, nor do we send out “junk mail”.  There is a form up on the blog that says “Follow by email”. You simply put your address into that window and you’ll be ready to go.

I’m already on WordPress, can I just use that account to follow?:The good news is that if you’re already signed up on WordPress, it’s very simple to follow the blog – there’s a button up on the blog for that. I’m still working on making sure the RSS Feed functionality is ready, but it should be all set up by Sunday.

What about mobile users, will the blog be able to be seen on mobile devices? I am  working on getting the mobile version of the site more readable. Right now it’s able to be seen but the formatting is downright strange. Unfortunately, that appears to be a common problem for users of this template, but I am aware of the issue and am working on it.

Will I still be able to see all of the old blogs and comments?: Yes!!! All of the blogs and comments that are kept here in archive on this blog have been moved. One small issue is that since we’ve already moved all of the archives and comments to the blog – any comments that are made on THIS blog as of last Friday (January 10) will not be immediately moved to the new site. I will be working on manually copying/saving to the new blog as time permits.

Will your email still work?: YES! Our email address will not change throughout the process and will continue to function as normal.

What is the new web address for the site?  Will that change?: Right now, the site is  “hidden”, and on Sunday, we plan to switch www.dailyduranie.com to see that website instead of this one on Blogger. For our readers, nothing should change other than what you see. Your links to our website should still work. That takes a little configuration on our end. While the plan is to do this switch seamlessly, on that day, there remains the possibility that the www.dailyduranie.com address will still point you here, or in the worst case scenario it may not work at all because it will be down for maintenance while the switch is occurring. When the site is ready, it will come up as normal, and with any luck, the site won’t be down for any length of time at all.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to post them here as a comment, contact us on Facebook or even on Twitter!

-R