In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?
I…really don’t know. Fandom is both a stable constant but also a constantly changing landscape. Fandoms sprout up and fandoms die out. Fandom is a wonderful wonderland which adapts to the current trends and needs of the people participating in it and, as a community-driven enterprise, I’m sure it will continue to do so. I do hope it never stops being a safe place for people to love the things they love and to create and to find like-minded people. The one wish I have for fandom which goes against the current trend is that I hope Tumblr doesn’t consume us all. I know a lot of people like it, I personally don’t. I’ve been able to adjust to new fandom platforms such as AO3, for example, but I do hope that a lot of fandom stays on journaling sites. My preference is lj but if other journaling platforms (like DW) rise to the challenge, I can see the shift happening without us losing much in the long run. However, I do feel like with Tumblr there is something lost – the community structure, for one, and, ultimately with that, the availability and ease of communication. Which would really be sad, because I feel like that ability to be a community and communicate and share is fandom’s most powerful weapon and greatest asset.
In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.
I like that last idea. I think I’ll try to answer comments to fics more often. I used to make a big deal out of answering comments, but somehow I’ve fallen out of that habit lately.
Also, I make the resolution to try and write more of those long!fic ideas that I have.
Also, become more active in Sherlock fandom as far as writing fic. Not sure how I’m gonna manage this, given that I don’t think I can write Sherlock in character and my two biggest loves are Johnlock and Holmes brothers gen but, well, it’s worth the consideration.
In your own space, write a love letter. Write it Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to.
I could write forever here so lets keep this short in the tradition of American toasts (as in contrast to Russian toasts lol):
You are wonderful.
Thank you to all the writers, artists, vidders and all the other types of creators out there who fill fandom with the creative substance that we all love so much, who scratch our favorite kinks and tropes and fill our hearts with joy when we see our OTP in the header.
Thank you to all the readers/commentators. You keep all of us who create fueled, motivated and going.
Thank you to all the community, challenge, exchange, newsletter, etc organizers who help give some structure to the squee, make it easier to find likeminded fans and provide playgrounds for finding and developing motivation (aka a kick in the ass).
Thank you to everyone else in fandom just for being around and squeezing with us and bringing all you have to offer. Fandom is inherently about diversity and happiness and shared squee and we need lots of people for that.