As 2013 is ending, I also reflect on what I’ve learned from fandoms in general (in my case, largely Arashi). Obviously, this is a ripoff of Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.
Share everything. From links to photos to videos and everything else. But always respect the rules of the original uploader and be mindful that Johnny’s arm is very long (remember how they took out the Arashi photos from this year’s JE holiday exhibit?).
Play fair. Fandoms are filled with passionate fangirls. But if you’re going to engage in a fanfight, make sure that you are sensible and make your case coherently instead of just saying “%$£^@ get lost!” I myself enjoy intelligent discussions about fandoms but I hate being dragged to debates with fools because they will only drag you down to their level.
Don’t hit people. Most of the fandom activities happen virtually, especially in the case of international fans, and in this social media world, so the hits would be virtual too: blocked, unfriended or cyber-bullied. Of course there are times that “hits” would be warranted and I totally recommend blocking.
Put things back where you found them. In this case, credit. I am sometimes guilty of this too especially when I save say, a photo, and use it later and forget the source. Of course, if it’s a JE shop photo or a magazine scan, common sense tells you that the credit should go to JE or the publication, but there are those who scanned or uploaded who are particular about this.
Clean up your own mess. If you create trouble or misunderstanding, then clarify it if it’s going to help the situation. Otherwise, hold your peace.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Oh, aren’t we all guilty of this one way or the other? Sumimasen, Johnny-san.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Gomenasai, Johnny-san.
Wash your hands before you eat. Or rather, wash your hands before you smudge that precious DVD or LE album that you just splurged on because you know, they’re not exactly cheap. And those photos and posters, be careful!
Flush. Be good to your hard drive and buy an external drive and constantly clean your desktop. You’re welcome.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Fan service and a dose of Shukudaikun or CxDxG no Arashi are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Watch your idol’s varieties and learn something from Aiba’s experiments, draw like Riida (or Sho, depends if you want artistic or abstract), and sing and dance (it’s about time to take out that FUNKY tutorial again) to concert DVDs.
Take a nap every afternoon. Which I doubt you’ll do because, really, time is better spent watching videos and going through tumblr for those entertaining gifs.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Fangirls need to stick together
to fight fangirls from rival fandoms to petition JE to open an international fan club, among many other things. Or at least to keep from being hit by a speeding bus because you’re too busy ogling a billboard from across the street.
Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. One word, or rather, one name: Aiba.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we. So what do we do? Be an ultimate fangirl now and fangirl like there’s no tomorrow!
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK. And appreciate the beauty and wonder that is our idols.
Here’s wishing a fun-filled fangirl life in 2014!!!
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11 thoughts on “everything I really need to know I learned in the fandom”
Great lessons!! Love the ones towards the end especially.
Happy 2014 to you yupkigirl!! 😀
All the best in 2014, Jan!
Sugoi yo ne! 🙂 I actually felt the same when i entered the fandom world! 🙂 Hi fellow arashi and matsujun fan! 😀 Happy new year!
hello there!!! welcome to my blog. thanks for commenting and yes, happy new year to you too!!!!
LOL-ed at items 6 and 7, Guilty with numbers 11 and 12. 🙂
Have a fun 2014, yupkigirl! And my new year’s wish for both you and me is for the universe conspire to bring us all to an Arashi concert someday (although if it’s not too much to ask, I hope it acts quickly as well so we make it in time for the 5×15, lol).
hey, I just added you at LJ since you’re not on WP 🙂 I’m japayupki there.
yes, let’s all send our hopes and wishes to the universe and Uncle Johnny that our dreams will come true. all the best in 2014!
oh, thanks! I don’t blog that actively anymore though but thanks for the add. will add you back as well! 🙂
Hey Purple Yam,
I’ve been secretly reading your blog for a while now; really love your thoughtful and level headed reviews (though I enjoy your moments of shameless giggly fangirling time too ;-)) 2014 is looking to be a great year so far, and I hope our idols will again show us the snapshots of this 素晴らしいき世界that we all live in.
Ps: I have read your stuff enough to know you’re a Sakumoto fan. Hasn’t the first few days of 2014 been just precious for them? ヾ(＠⌒ー⌒＠)ノ
I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog esp my shameless and unapologetic fangirling hahahaha!
Are you also a Sakumoto? And here I thought I was being subtle about it, guess not lol
Yes, looking forward to what 2014 will bring us through the idol world we live in. Indeed, it’s started out so precious for 翔潤!
Wishing you the best this year too!
Yes, I am a Sakumoto indeed! Though sometime ago, I also started finding Sakuraiba totally adorable (brain and baka, but mostly baka hehe). Ahh now I’m a fan of those three in any combination, but Sakumoto has the most history and I can’t ever let go of that. So excited for ChocoJun!!
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