Sometimes, it is good for me to have a blog topic in my head ahead of actually sitting down to write. Other times, it is good for me to be flexible, to go with the flow, to be prepared to react. I think today is definitely more of the go with the flow kind-of-day. Social media has pointed me in some direction about where to go or what to write about after reading an article about fandom and taking a little quiz about concerts.
Fandom Is Good for You!
That header is not one I usually read. More likely than not, I read articles, essays and even books talking about how fandom can be problematic. Even recently I read a book by a fan giving advice to other fans so that they don’t take their fandom too far. I’m not even sure exactly what that means. Don’t get obsessed? Don’t become a stalker or a groupie? Don’t have fandom totally take over one’s life? I don’t have a clue. My point is simple. Fans and fandom are usually presented as something weird or negative. If you are a fan, it must mean that you don’t have a life or cannot have relationships or something. The stereotype usually means that fans spend all day, everyday at their computers or TVs and don’t move from their basements. After all, they are so obsessed that there is no way for fans to be productive members of society. Therefore, when I saw an article today, which you can read here, about how fandom is good for you, I had to read it!
As with any article on fandom, there is a definition of the term. I liked how this one defined it as, “Fandoms bring people across the world together and unite them based on the things they love most — so it makes sense that they’re good for us.” This emphasizes the community aspect of fandom. To me, as someone who has been reading and studying fandom for years, that is key. I could be a fan of a lot of things but I’m only a member of the fandom in which I have reached out to other fans. For example, I’m a fans of the Killers. I adore their music and think they put on a fabulous show. While, yes, I know other people who like the Killers, I met them through my Duran fandom. I didn’t seek out to find other fans of the Killers.
The article goes on to explain how fandom makes people feel less lonely. I have always thought that. My best friend as a kid loved Duran and I loved that we shared a love for a band together. My best friend now and I also share a love for Duran. I definitely feel amongst my people when I’m at a show and can recognize at least 75% of the people around me. I feel like I’m a part of something huge, something much larger than myself. I try to explain touring and how going to shows is so cool. While, yes, the shows are fabulous, but it is also about seeing people who I have gotten to know over the years. We all come together to see Duran, from, sometimes, all different directions or places. It is an awesome experience and feeling.
My only complaint about the article is that one quote focused on youth. Fandom, I would argue, is good for all ages!
If that article wasn’t enough to bring a smile to my face, I saw people sharing a Buzzfeed quiz, “This Checklist Will Determine If You’re Actually A Concert Enthusiast”.
This little quiz is pretty easy. All you do is read through the list and check off the ones that apply to you. Simple, right? Some of the questions asked include if you have been to a concert, how many concerts you have been to, whether you have traveled to see a concert, whether or not you have crowd surfed, etc. My results? Here’s what it said for me: “Geez, what haven’t you done? You practically live at concerts. Waiting outside the venue in the heat or cold is no biggie to you. Heck, you’ve probably been the very first person in line. Venue security must know exactly who you are. You have a ton of fun at concerts and can’t get enough of them. You probably have a ton of shows coming up in the near future!”
I cannot disagree with it much. I would love to live at concerts as they are my happy place. Yes, I have waited outside venues. Heck, I did it just a couple of weeks ago in Oakland and San Francisco. I’m not sure about venue security knowing me but band security… 😉 Do I have a ton of shows coming up? I have two. That isn’t a ton but I look forward to them all the same.
What about the rest of you? Did you take the quiz? What result did you get?