I’ve been thinking a lot about change within our fandom, but then most of us have.
After two and a half years I’ve experienced a lot, people have come and gone but every now and again I get the ‘hey, I wonder whatever happened to so and so…’.
One of the first blogs I stumbled upon fuelled by my Thornton high was Befuddled Musings by Calexora.
I was mesmerised by her frank posts where she’d share not only her fangirling feelings towards Richard, but also the difficulties she faced as someone suffering from a chronic disease.
At the time I was very much a shy lurker and would never even dream of leaving a comment, but day in and day out I’d go back waiting and hoping for a new post.
By the time I had delurked Calxora had decided to focus all her energy on RL stuff and go on hiatus.
That’s hard enough on a devoted reader, but there were the old posts to fall back on, filled with insightful comments and humour.
Calexora stopped posting, but I was particularly sad to see that she had completely deleted her blog about a year ago.
She wasn’t the first nor the last, but losing all those wonderful posts that she so lovingly created throughout her time as an RA blogger triggered something in me.
It made me think about the aspect of fandoms being the keepers of archives.
Every post, every comment, image, recording etc. documents our journey both as individuals and as a group that wouldn’t have existed prior to the availability of the internet.
We are the network society, the keepers of information that captures who we are now.
Much like the books of old, they preserve our journey as we mould our little group of friends.
On my part I have made a promise that when (and unfortunately there are no ifs about it) I’m ready to let go of the RA fandom and I’m done with this blog I shall leave it intact.
Even if I’m ready to move on, I’d like others who are travelling down this road to be able to access the info that I’ve gathered here, but more importantly what others have helped co-create by commenting etc.
On the off chance that you’ll ever read this Marie, you were a very important part of our Armitage community, you are missed and thank you for all the energy you put into blogging.
Although your posts are no longer available for other Armitage fans to read and enjoy (and that’s a real shame), at least their ghosts exist in the memories of those who were lucky enough to be regular readers 🙂
To those who have their finger on the delete button I urge you to reconsider.
Perhaps shut down comments, delete any personal info that you don’t want “out there”, but leave your posts as testaments to the journey you and fellow RA fans have taken, to the person you were and the community you were an active part of.
Talking about the fandom and contributing I absolutely love the idea behind Spreading the Love 2014 (read more here).
An anonymous donor will donate £1 for each and every act of kindness “spReAd the love” mentioned here or here till the end of February 2014, up to a limit of £200!
This can mean a donation to charity, like Just Giving or an act of kindness, however you choose to interpret it!
I hope everyone will take a moment and think about what they can do to make sure the whole sum of £200 finds its way to those who need it and thank you anonymous donor for your generosity.
Great idea, great initiative!