This weekend, I will be spending it with a couple friends of mine. I have mentioned these particular friends before on this blog. One of them lives in Chicago and one of them lives in Minneapolis. They are around the same age that I am. Where did we meet? How did we meet? Simple. We met online around the year 2001 on a fandom message board. At first, we were just screen names and avatars to each other. Then, we started finding out information about each other beyond what we saw on the message boards that we frequented. Finally, we decided to take a chance, to meet in person. In 2002, this wasn’t something I did. Ever. It was weird to me and to other people. The thought of driving to see people I had never talked to in person or met seemed not only strange but slightly dangerous. What if these people were psycho? What if they were creepy? Would I feel trapped?
Yet, we got together, despite any and all reservations we might have had. Like many other meetings in fandom, we had an instant connection, an instant understanding of each other that, at first, seemed to be connected to our fandom of choice (we were all part of the Roswell TV show fandom), but quickly expanded beyond. Roswell ended a long time ago as did our participation in that fan community. Would it return, though, if the show did? I think about all of those X-Files fans who are super excited that X-Files is returning in some form. Did they remain in the fandom the entire time or did the return of the series spur some people to rejoin and reach out to other fans? Or was it other fans who actually brought them back to the fold?
I don’t really follow much about Roswell in social media anymore. I don’t frequent message boards about the show. If, for some crazy reason, the show, in some way, shape or form, returned, would I even hear about it? It is doubtful, especially when I’m super busy and don’t even check into social media for days on end. How then would I hear about it? Simple. I would hear about it through my friends, the people who once were fans and could be again. This might be the case for X-Files, too. This might be the case when Duran Duran releases #DD14. I know a lot of people who used to be involved with the Duran Duran fandom who have left for a variety of reasons. How would they hear about a new album? Through people like me! For some of those friends/former fans, all they would need to hear is that Duran Duran has a new album and they will check it out. Others, though, would need more. They might need me to be even MORE enthusiastic than I normally am about a Duran Duran album (and that is saying something since I am one-half of a blog that posts daily about being Duranies!)!
What would cause me to be even more excited than normal about a new Duran album? I don’t know. Certainly, I talked a LOT more about All You Need Is Now than I did about Red Carpet Massacre because I liked AYNIN more. Thus, a good album would help me and people like me talk about a new Duran Duran album and get others interested. Similarly, if I was going to see them live a bunch, I would definitely be talking about them and the new album more. For the record, I would be talking about Duran to lots of people then! Not only would former fans hear about them and the album, but so would colleagues, other friends, family, etc. Of course, if there was a really special event planned that I was fortunate enough to attend that worked to get me really excited, then no one would be able to shut me up. NO ONE. I would love that, too. I would love to see former fans come back to the fold. It would certainly mean more fun times for me, but for other fans, too. I think we would all feed off of each other! Our excitement would build and build and build!
Ah, yes, sometimes, I do think it is fans that promote, bring back old fans and, maybe, even gather some new ones! That would happen if Roswell returned for my little group of friends from that fandom. I’m willing to bet that it happened for the X-Files fandom. It could happen with Duranies, too!