On your own space, talk about your fannish history. Leave a comment at this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Probably the funniest thing about my fannish history is that I became a member of a fandom, quite organically, before I realised such a thing even existed!
I became aware of fanfiction back in the early 2000's by accidentally stumbling across Lord of the Rings fanfiction. I read it avidly, although that's all I did. I didn't feel the compulsion to write or comment, or interact in any way.
Then in 2009, I discovered Supernatural, and it inspired me in a way tthat I've never been inspired before. At the end of May, I wrote my first Supernatural fanfiction and posted it to Fanfiction.net. After a couple of days, I had accumuated a handful of reviews which I responded to, and there and then, a few of my very first 'fandom' relationships were born.
Now, almost 10 years and 850 stories and drabbles, and countless fan arts later, my involvement in the fandom has increased exponentially. Every friend I made led to more friends, every story I wrote led to more stories and more creativity, every convention I went to led to more conventions.
It has, without a doubt, been 10 of the best years of my life.
I've always said that Supernatural was my first fandom and it will be my only one. I know there are other fandoms around, and they're great groups of people representing great shows, films, books etc. But having experienced the joy that the Supernatural fandom has given me, I fear that a second throw of the dice will be a pale imitation.
Now that we are facing the end of Supernatural, I believe the fandom will live on in one form or another, and the friends I have made through fandom will be with me for life, so it will certainly live on through them.
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