It’s summer. It’s
actually not silly season. Time for another fan challenge. Those are usually reserved for droughts, and with O8 now in full swing, it doesn’t seem the ideal time to do this. Or maybe it is, seeing that I am heading off on my holidays tomorrow, with less regular access to the blog. So I have devised another fan challenge to fill the blog with scheduled posts during my holidays. After a few conversations BTS with fans who are only recently de-lurked or who feel they have not been part of the fandom for very long, I also thought that this might be an opportunity to get some light-hearted conversation going that anyone is welcome to chime into. Because there is no right or wrong in fan challenges/questionnaires, but just an occasion for reflection on the fan experience, no matter where the respective fan is at on their individual fandom journey. And an opportunity to start chatting amongst ourselves and getting to know each other better.
With a number of previous fandom challenges under my/our belt, this latest effort called for some new questions. Even if RA’s pictures never get old, there is only limited appeal to regurgitating the same questions over and over again. Favourite chaRActer, favourite show, favourite quote – all done in the 2017 RA Challenge, and some of the fan-related questions in the Blog Introspection Challenge in 2015. So I have devised a few new questions, both relating to RA the man, his career and his roles, as well as to our personal sensitivities as fans. There are a few familiar questions in there that relate to the fandom experience – slightly revised and reworded, but specifically included for the newer fandom members in our midst. Thematically, the questionnaire is mixed up, just for fun. And since there are 26 questions in total, I have dubbed it a Fan A to Z. Rather than buying a pig in a poke, here’s the whole questionnaire at a glance.
As in previous years, I would be delighted if other bloggers took up the challenge and decided to blog about the questions, too.
It passes the time, in case you need convincing. There are no rules as to when and how to answer. You can do the whole shebang in one go, you can answer extensively in individual blog posts, you can bundle a handful of questions, you can post 26 days in sequence or just once a week, you can pick individual questions that interest you and ignore others – whatever suits your schedule and your blogging process best. You can take the challenge over to tumblr, or you can tweet answers over on Twitter. (If you do either, please do tag me – I’d like to read your answers!)
And I strongly and warmly invite readers without blogs to leave their own answers in the comments and to discuss amongst themselves, even if I am temporarily absent due to the holidays. Use my blog comments as your discussion board. Oh, and it goes without saying that there is neither an obligation to take up the challenge, nor to comment – and least of all to disclose more about your opinions, likes/dislikes, fantasies than you are comfortable doing. It’s just some fluffy fun, and devised to tide me over the bleak delay until I get to see O8.
I’m hoping to get a few of these down in advance of my holiday, starting from today, hopefully.
PS: Feel free to use the questionnaire graphic on your own blogs/SM platforms!