Yes, it’s that time of the year again...
In your own space, talk about why you are doing the Fandom Snowflake Challenge? What drew you to it as a participant? What do you hope to accomplish by doing these challenges?
Hmm, this is an interesting one because I wasn’t going to do the snowflake challenge this year, mainly because having participated the last two years, I didn’t think I would really have anything fresh left to say – and some would say that I don’t!
But then when I read this first challenge it made me think and I realised that is the one thing probably above all others that has appealed to me about this particular fandom community – it makes me stop and think about fandom. Fandom has been a huge part of my life since 2002, when I was a lurker on archive sites, and I can’t believe it’s now 2016 and here I still am, only not so much with the lurking.. 2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of me posting my first story on LJ and it seems a good time to take stock of why I write, why I read, why I still participate and why I still love it after all these years, because honestly, I do - in all its joy and creativity and craziness, there is so much about fandom that makes me happy, and when it comes down to it, that's the biggest reason to stay.
So to answer the question, what do I hope to accomplish by doing these challenges? Well, it’s that process of stopping to smell the roses, consider the past and the future of fandom and being thankful for all the pleasure and giggles and friendship it’s given me, as well as the ‘holy shit, I can’t believe that just happened’ moments, because god knows, it wouldn’t be fandom without a few of those every year. Taking stock is healthy and in doing so, hopefully allows some fresh air to blow through as well. So I’ll see what the breeze brings in the coming days.