If Servetus hadn’t mentioned her 8 year blogiversary on Tuesday, I totally would’ve forgotten my own fan-i-versary. It is six years to the day, today, that I could not hold back any longer and burst on the scene with a tumblr blog of my own. Well, “burst on the scene” is an overstatement. When I set up my blog on the 26th of April 2012, the earth did not move, and it was not as if the existing fandom on tumblr flocked to the latest sheep pen that had been haphazardly knocked together at guylty.tumblr.com. Zero likes. Null. Zilch. My first post was a picture of the doorway of a house dubbed “Armitage House” that I passed several times a week on my way to college, and had no added words whatsoever.
Yeah, hard to believe, I know. (The picture is still my avatar on Twitter.) I followed up with a reblog of an Armitage gif set. Note the source of my reblog – “fuck yeah”… pretty much describes my general state of mind at the time…
Post number 3 was – what else could it be? – a Guy gif set. I spare you the visuals. Click HERE if you want to see it. It was only after I had gotten *that* out of my system that I finally found a few words to say.
So where has the journey taken me? Six years on. I can say with conviction that I had *no idea* that rather than “release that pent-up energy” (which sounds like a sort of short-term goal), my fangirling journey would actually replenish my energy in the long-term. Or that I would develop friendships on the basis of shared interest in RA, travel to far-away places to see RA on stage and on the red carpet, become inspired to create unique fan art, go on holiday with fellow-fans-turned-friends, push my boundaries to watch horror shows and listen to audio books, collect RAvotionalia, engage with issues and causes championed by RA, organise charity fundraisers, and blog on WordPress on a weekly basis far beyond my initial reblog-cum-pithy-comment modus operandi… When I look at that list, there is nothing in there that isn’t positive. In short, my fan journey has enriched (literally: enRiched) my life. A few bad moments aside, it has been a blast, it has been rewarding, educational, and entertaining. What’s not to love? Even with changes and permutations – of RA, of the fandom experience, of myself – I *still* am fascinated by RA. His craft and talent as a performer continues to excite me, his personality engages me, and his looks entrance me. And you, as his fans, electrify me.
I’m running out of verbs beginning on the letter E here…I am very happy that you (and Richard, unwittingly) are part of my journey! Let’s do this until we are old and grey!
Speaking of which… neat transition to the shrine presentation I have planned for today…
grey silver was on my mind lately… I created a shrine the other day, and the fan-i-versary is a good occasion to raffle it among you, my esteemed readers and fellow-fans!
Yeah, silver is an obvious theme when it comes to the mint tins, the basis on which I always work.
Hard to see, but in this case, the “silver” actually refers to the temples of this fox… Daniel/Trevor was allowed to let his silver temples show, and that did not diminish his attractiveness. Maybe quite the contrary – the signs of ageing as an indication of experience, control and confidence.
I’d like to think so – but then again, I’m old enough to find silver foxes attractive.
Balancing it out with season 1 Daniel in his dark-dye glory *coughs*. Couldn’t resist correcting that with a few strategically placed bits of silver glitter, though.
So, a BS shrine. Where did that come from, given that I am not the biggest fan of the show? No word yet on RA’s involvement or absence from the next season of the show. Was Daniel’s final scene in season 2 an indicator that his story arc is now concluded? Walking into the sun set with Esther Krug? In that case, can the producers please create a spin-off that places Daniel and Esther in a domestic setting in a German small town? After Esther having been transferred for disciplinary reasons (breaking the BfV code of ethics by mixing duty with pleasure and starting a relationship with a work colleague) and Daniel quitting the CIA on the grounds of burn-out, Esther joins the local police force while Daniel becomes a stay-at-home dad, looking after the couples’ triplet babies Thomas, Otto and Claudia. (They were born prematurely after a rocky six-month pregnancy and are the reason for Esther’s emotionality in BS 2.) While Esther writes parking tickets and investigates local livestock thefts, Daniel discovers the internet and becomes a Social Media influencer with his YouTube channel Three Babies and a Man, documenting the tribulations of juggling three babies with his household duties, and gaining a massive following for his thrift store hauls and decorating tips. Their previous lives in the service are all but forgotten but the past catches up with them when Daniel’s search for an au pair for the triplets washes a young woman called Lena on his doorstep…
Ooops, I got a bit carried away there. But well, if you like silver, just leave me a comment and I’ll put you in the raffle for this shrine. Submissions open until midnight (BST), Friday 27 April. Winner to be announced in Saturday’s tumblr round-up at the customary time.
Yep, planning to post one this week.
Best of luck – and thanks for fangirling with me.