Jan. 17th, 2016

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What's new in 2016? Anyone got any new year's resolutions?
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This year I intended to take part in the snowflake fandom challenge, and then I concussed myself with an iron. Doing it late means I'm going to miss out on the community aspect of it some, I guess, but introspection can be a good thing in moderation, so forgive me while I navel gaze belatedly.

Day 01

In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I've missed Dreamwidth/LJ a ridiculous amount, frankly. My fannish experience recently has largely shifted to Tumblr, because that's where a lot of fandom has fled, and while it is hugely emotionally satisfying on a short term basis - squeeing, photospams, fan art, ficlets - it doesn't satisfy my need for connection within fandom. I've missed talking and watching people talk; while it definitely does still happen on tumblr it's more difficult to be a completist. I want to see a whole conversation take place, rather than catching glimpses and being afraid to contribute.

Tumblr feels like yelling your thoughts into a room and hoping someone shouts back. Dreamwidth feels more like a conversation.

Of course, this can't happen unilaterally, and a lot of drift is because it's been quieter around here. People are still around but not nearly so fannish, and it's so lovely as a way of keeping up with friends but it's not so much a part of my fannish squee. And I'd like it to be.

That's why I've followed some new people on DW, and why I'm actively searching for new comms to get involved in. I'd like to recapture fannish joy, and I figure doing the snowflake challenge - belated as it is - is a good way to do that.


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