X is somehow a rather fitting letter for this question. As in “Miss X”…
X – Is there a fellow fan who got you into delurking or convinced you to participate in the fandom?
Well, strictly speaking: no. The decision to become an active fan – as in: someone with an identifiable social media handle from which I was communicating with other fans on the topic of my favourite actor – was my own. Maybe it wasn’t even so much of a decision rather than an irrepressible urge. That is how a lot of fans describe their eventual debut in a fandom. Same with Guylty. I discovered Richard. I was smitten. I *needed* to express my infatuation and simultaneously gobble up every little scrap of information that was to be found of him on the great wide interwebs. A blog seemed the obvious solution, especially on a platform that I had previously never explored (and where nobody from my “normal” life would suspect me 😈)
However, prior to establishing my own tumblr, I had already started commenting on a couple of Armitage blogs. I think my first ever *ever* comment was on one of Angie’s slash fics on livejournal where she posted as Fedoralady. And on a regular blog, it was Servetus who got me to delurk after weeks of silent reading. I’m afraid it was not a particularly juicy comment, though – I think I replied to a question about German grammar…
So, no real Miss X at all. I blame it all on this:
I regret nothing.
PS: Damn, I was too optimistic about the Re-Watch deadline. Between my mum’s visit, my work and my trip to London, I never managed to watch episode 1 of The Impressionists for today’s deadline. I’ll discuss it next week. Apologies!