Believe it or not, there are times when I really wonder why I started this blog. Coming off a nice “anniversary” of sorts last week, which you can read about here (ICYMI), I had all sorts of warm fuzzies over this fan community. Thankfulness, hopefulness and love all around.
Then Saturday happened. Call me crazy, but its a pretty sad state of affairs when someone cannot write a simple blog without people coming unglued over the words. I still feel as though the spirit with which Amanda wrote was completely misread. What was an honest post about how the community aspects of being fans is what keeps all of us here and present during times when the band isn’t touring or even around was taken in a thousand different directions than the one intended. I’m not sure how Amanda felt coming away from that day, but after I caught up on the posts and comments, I felt horrible.
I saw everything from “Give the band a chance” (What is that supposed to mean, exactly?) to “You’re degrading the opinions of other fans.” (Are you joking?) Personally I think a more appropriate comment would have just been “How dare you say anything remotely negative about Duran Duran!” because that at least would have made sense and been truthful. Thinly veiled comments regarding maturity and impatience (which, by the way – I’d already said myself at some point in the past couple of weeks. Thanks for noticing.) spiced up the day as well. Then there were others who flat out just either didn’t agree or didn’t understand the blog. Those comments were the most helpful of the bunch, because at the very least – it shows me where our writing needs to be tightened up, and quite honestly: not everyone is EVER going to agree with us anyway. Newsflash: we already know this.
Where to go from here? I’m not really sure. I’ve been told twice in the last week that social media is on its way out, blogging has become a thing of the past, and that we have no real purpose these days. “There are more important things to do.” Maybe so.
Maybe I should mention that the purpose of her blog was merely to prove that relationships (between fans) are what keep us glued to the community. What if I wrote that we have some ideas on how to keep ourselves entertained between albums, and that we even had ideas for upcoming in-person meetups and events to celebrate the new album when it arrives. Would that have changed the responses?
Amanda told me on Saturday that many of the responses she received just proved her point – that the people who responded said they just had other things going on in their life and that since the band was busy, they were busy too and didn’t take time to check in. That makes sense. Amanda and I are still involved because we write the blog every day – album or not. I can’t really drift too far away, even if sometimes I might like the idea of not thinking about the ban for a change. I read from others that without a central message board, there’s just nowhere to gather. I agree. Yet, if you go to DDM – it’s a ghost town on their boards. Why is that?
As you should have noticed, this post isn’t about what THE BAND is doing. Let’s remove them from the equation for a bit – because they’re doing whatever it is that they’re doing. Their creative process isn’t really my concern right now. For this blog post, I’m not interested in debating whether or not they need to be on Twitter or any other social media. Let’s talk about being fans. What keeps us going when the band isn’t touring or in the news?
I started this blog because I had a lot to say. Simon once said in an interview that there were outspoken fans in the US that wanted the band to know what it was like being fans, about how the music made us feel. I really don’t know whom he was referring, but he was accurately describing Amanda and I. A few years into this blog now, I find that I write to keep people connected. I write not only for the band, but also as a platform for fans to connect. I keep hoping to bring people together. That’s why I started this blog, and that is why we keep going.