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27 July 2015 @ 12:48 pm
Answer for question 4470.  
What TV shows, books, or movies have you been involved in the fandom for them (if any)? What is your favorite part of being involved in fandom? Have you ever gone to any conventions or meetups (whether large or small) for any fandom you've participated in?
My first real 'fandom' was Harry Potter. In 2004 I started reading fic, then later commenting and discussing it on two Finnish fan forums. Later (in 2006, I think?) I started writing my own fic but was never very good at it.

Then I was into a few things without actually participating in the fandoms at all, but then in 2010 I got hardcore into Farscape and it has been my biggest fandom to date, measured by fandom participation.

I started by writing a lot of fanfic. That's what initially made me come to LJ and that was clearly a great decision. I started writing meta/reviews of each episode and tbh my reviews were kinda shallow and ship-focused :) but ehh it counts?? and I also started making icons. I made a crapload of them every single day and they were the most ridiculously horrible icons you can imagine but participating in farscape_20in20 made me up my game a bit.

The best fandom experience for me however was probably farscapeland, because it was a social activity where I got to know a lot of people. I participated in all kinds of fun challenges, and in these actual realtime chats which were surprisingly fun for a while until everyone started hating each other (or was it just me? I think it might have been just me :p). anyway I wish there was something similar for every fandom I like.

After that, almost all of my fandom contribution has been in the form of icons. It has been my passion for a few years now but tbh to me it's usually more about the actual graphicsmaking than about that fandom, even though I do work the best when I'm 100% into that fandom/subject.

There have been fandoms I've been into after Farscape, but online stuff hasn't really been a priority to me recently and whenever I see an interesting fannish discussion or other activity I usually don't bother participating. My fandom experiences these days are mostly just reading stuff at fandomsecrets, and browsing tumblr's ship tags (and when I'm feeling really grouchy, sometimes the anti ship tags lol).

my favorite part of being involved in a fandom is discussions with like-minded people. which there are none, usually, so this is an imaginary part. of the real fandom parts my fave thing is probably iconing, and daydreaming about my OTPs :) ♥

as for the last question - no I've never been to any cons/meetups, mostly because I'm a Finn and a student so I can't just fly to other countries whenever I want, and there are no fandom things here (for my fandoms). and even if there were cons that I could realistically attend, I doubt I would, my social anxiety would kick in plus I'm always afraid of what my online friends would think of me in person, and whether seeing how ridiculous I look would actually change how they see me as a person :D, so idk, I like to keep my online and RL personas completely separate.

sorry for the wall of text I wish there was a way to insert lj cuts into these answer thingies.
 
 
 
pizza queen: brienne; oathkeeperace_of_spades6 on July 28th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that it's been such a good thing for you though! Especially making graphics/icons, I definitely know the difference between the impact of icon'ing and fic writing/rp'ing in fandom. It's like two completely different sides of the spectrum, at least to me it is??

I'm also always at fandomsecrets lol
a random javascript function: sarah glowyjsfunction on July 31st, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
I definitely know the difference between the impact of icon'ing and fic writing/rp'ing in fandom. It's like two completely different sides of the spectrum, at least to me it is??

yeah, it's very different for me too. the biggest difference being that I feel like I can make some progress at iconing and do something decent, while my fic was never any good at all, I didn't feel like I was getting any better either, I don't know why, I tried but it's just so hard :p and the cool thing about iconing is that it's such a social activity. So many awesome comms and activities (ok, less now than a few years ago, but still). I always had very limited possibilities for fic communities anyway because most of my fandoms and ships at the time were very obscure, and I feel like in fics the subject has a much bigger role than on icons, where the execution is the focus (for me at least).

I'm also always at fandomsecrets lol

LOL I knew someone on my flist must visit that place! :> I'm just a lurker though, mostly because I usually can't think of anything to write but it's definitely fun to read all the secrets everyday, I hope that comm never dies.
pizza queen: eleven; goldenace_of_spades6 on July 31st, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
and I feel like in fics the subject has a much bigger role than on icons, where the execution is the focus (for me at least).

I totally agree with you here, the subject of the icon is less the focus than the look of the icon, which is superficial in a way, but it doesn't feel that way for some reason?? Either way I feel you on how fics never improving lmao, mine didn't really either, I just moved on to RP and said a good-bye to fic writing. I might go back to it someday, but I doubt it lol.

If F!S dies I will be forever sad, but I'll still have ONTD, but it's not the same lol. It's weird that they moved to dreamwidth though?? Also I used to be a lurker, but I participate a little here and there now.