Today (well, technically it was Friday…) marks my 2nd Blogiversary and I intend to celebrate till my fingers turn pruney!
Who knew I’d last this long, 2 weeks would have been pushing it…
I always say that blogging is counted in either dog or Hollywood marriage years so in human terms I’ve been at it for about 14 years and it feel that way at times.
I stated out as an RA blog lurker in the summer of 2011, this blog which followed in January 2012, was intended as a place where I’d gather materials I find on the net that could come in handy for my MA thesis in Fashion.
Fast-forward 2 years later and here I am blogging almost exclusively about Richard with an MA degree in Fandoms and Fanfiction…
This fangirling will take over your life if you’re not careful, but then I guess we wouldn’t want it any other way!
My blogiversary coincides with the annual round-up created my WP, so here’s I Want to be a Pin Up in 2013:
For the longest time I felt like the new Pin Up on the block, now it’s more like a goldfish in an Armitage pond 😉
Thank you so much for supporting my blog, I really appreciate it!
Some time spring it will hit the 500,000 clicks mark which it truly overwhelming and humbling.
Thank you for coming here for a giggle, for engaging and contributing with your comments.
I always say I seem to have the nicest, wittiest and possibly craziest readers and I couldn’t want it any other way.
I bet there are a few lurkers that fit that description well too and hopefully we get a chance to become familiar by my 3rd blogiversary.
I hope to meet up with a few other RA enthusiasts this December in London, fingers crossed.
It would be wonderful to watch Richard strolling the red carpet one last time to support the role of Thorin surrounded by my peeps.
Welcome to one of the best weeks of the year to be an Armitage Admirer (and let’s be honest, it’s not too shabby on any ol’ day…).
This year is extra special over here at IWantToBeAPinUp as there’ll be a post each and every day during FanstRA4 and to help me out I am so happy to announce that I shall be sharing this space with a special guest blogger LittleSallyBoots, who you may recognize from the Armitage community over at Twitter (@Sally_Boots).
Ms Boots will be posting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
This is how she describes herself:
So I’m a borrower/dwarf-sized English lass who likes to doodle and drink lots of tea (it is the answer to life’s problems). I have lots of obsessions *ahem* passions and aspirations, including, one fine day, to stroke Richard Armitage (I am aiming high – quite literally for me!). I am muchly excited and a wee bit nervous to be blogging as a first time blogger on Agzy’s wonderful blog this week ^^ Happy FanstRA4 everybody!
How adorable is she?!?
Please make sure you give her plenty of wonderful energy and support as she’s popping her blogging cherry this week and she’s doing it in style.
She’s whipping her blogging hair back and forth!
She’ll be spinning posts right round baby, right round!
Without your positive vibes, she can’t get no bloggin’ satisfaction!
Anyway, you get the idea…
Armitage Army, I’ve often wondered who the hell you are!
I mean, seriously, who do YOU think you are?
Armitage Army, RArmy, Armitage Admirers- a rose by any other name would smell as sweet!
You are my most favorite aspect of Richarding, and one that keeps me coming back, keeps me interested, keeps me connected.
I’m a big fat fangirling cheater, but I’m loyal to my RA peeps!
No offence to Richard and his breathtaking attributes, but the quality of fans (admirers, stalkers, craycray’s, whatever name works for you…) is one of his absolute best features.
If the fandom was represented by an Armitage body part, I swear it would be Lucas North’s bum in tight wet denim jeans!
Or Porter’s abs… or maybe that royal hooter stuck conveniently right in the middle of his face…or those runner’s thighs…
Knowing more about the absolute best part of Richard (as far as I can tell and eliminating the cardigans he’s been wearing and I’ve been drooling over) has always been on my mind since I met you, and I’ve decided to compile a bunch of polls to basically satisfy my, and perhaps your, curiosity.
Just so we’re clear, I think the RA fandom is better than the RA cardigans… just not by much…
Anyway, the thing is, the poll results will be hidden until the last day of FanstRA4 when I shall reveal them in my final post on Sunday, because I’m evil like that and believe in delayed gratification (yours that is. Mine? Not so much…)..
I had grand plans for this project, seeing it as a fandom equivalent of Alfred Kinsey’s report on sex, but reality has taken me down a peg or two, so let’s water it right down like a jug of Sangria on a hot July evening, and be happy with the little things in life, like a jug of watered down Sangria *hiccup* on a hot July evening.
The questions (with multi-choice answers, even when more than one makes no sense at all) are very run-of-the-mill, so bear your soul and help this nosey parker 🙂
So, without further ado, I’ll take geography for 200, Richard (works only in a reality where RA is the host of Jeopardy!).
Ok, that was easy (enough), so let’s move on to the ‘nails on the chalkboard’ one.
Reminds me, I need to unscrew the lightbulbs in my house and start hosting guests by candlelight…
How about your Armitage experience?
How many hot British cucumber sandwiches are you buttering (and cutting the crusts off) in that naughty brain of yours?
Richard had me at Hello!… well, at punching Hot Pipe Stevens while managing not to damage his pocket watch (a talent I greatly admire in a man…), but what about you?
I bet Richard is a marathon man (you can understand it whichever way you like, I certainly won’t be explaining myself…), but what about your admiration?
It’s not only who you admire, it’s where you do it, and I don’t mean in the shower or on the bus coming home from work, so mind. out. of. gutter please!
It’s also important how you do it.
After all, there’s the right way, the wrong way, and the Armitage way (or Norway, which also works…).
No, but REALLY, how do you do it?
Are there any other questions regarding the RArmy that you’d like answered?
Is there some kind of fandom question tickling the back of your brain or any other part of you?
If so, please leave your ideas in comments and I’ll do my best to include your ideas into the post 🙂
Ps2. This post was, in part, inspired by a wonderful BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? which I really enjoy watching and can only regret Richard never took part in as I’d love to peek at the ancestors who produced such a fine specimen.
My favorite episode? Probably the Alan Cumming one.
You may have noticed it’s all a bit gloomy and halloweeny (is that even a word?) around here, but worry not, I have reasons.
Firstly, I have to admit to being quite a big Twilight fan, which is something I haven’t really mentioned around here.
I understand why someone isn’t, it doesn’t change the fact that I really love the books (mormon celibacy and all, go figure…) and I have a fondness for the movies, even though they’ve gotten progressively worse and the person responsible for the wigs which appear in the movie should be banned from EVER working on another movie.
What I’m trying to say is, as much as I respect your right to dislike the saga, don’t rain on the Twihard’s bloody parade 🙂
Most of you know that the final part of the Twilight Sagais out today.
It’s an especially lucky day for me as I’ll be spending my birthday at a Twilight Marathon.
It starts at 10pm with the first (and best) part meaning Twilight…
Then is followed by Jacob sans T-shirt in New Moon…
Then we’ll see some great fight scenes in Eclipse…
Followed by a lesson on what happens when you have unprotected sex with a vampire in Breaking Dawn: Part 1… (it’s not pretty… the aftermath, not the sex itself…)
Finally Bella the vampire in Breaking Dawn: Part 2…
The marathon will finish around 8.30am on Saturday morning.
Apart from the first film, which I ignored completely and didn’t even bother seeing in the movies when it was first out, I’ve always attended a marathon with each film release.
I just can’t help being a sucker for those Cullen’s and werewolf chests (so keep that shirt OFF Jacob!).
There are a few useful tips about attending a movie marathon that I’ve picked up along the way, which may come in handy:
Take a little nap before and don’t go crazy on the coffee!
Wear comfy clothes!
We’re talking sweatpants, T-shirt, hoodie and a nice woolly poncho for when you need to snuggle.
Make sure you can slip your shoes off and you’re wearing warm socks.
Eat, but not too much…
Drink, but not too much…
No one wants to miss the start of a movie because they are stuck in the queue to the ladies loo (I’m looking at you at the opening for New Moon Magzy!)
Make sure you use each break to stretch your legs.
You may be wondering why I’ve decided to post this image instead of one relating to exercise.
It’s because, surprisingly, there are no images for vampire yoga…
Don’t worry though…
Before any hanky panky in the Twilight films, the girl and vampire had to get married.
OK, it has to be an exercise picture to illustrate my point, so here it is:
Getting back to the point I was trying to make, staying put on your bottom for so many hours limits the oxygen supply and you’ll feel more sleepy.
That actually might not be medically true, but it’s Agzy true, so that’s good enough for me…
Anyway, I hope everyone who is going to see the last part of Twilight has fun 🙂
Ps. I’m Team Edward in the first part, Team Jacob in the second, then Team Edward in the tent scene in Eclipse, but back to Team Jacob (without his shirt off) in Breaking Dawn Part 1.