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09 January 2015 @ 04:38 pm
Snowflake Challenge 2015: Day Nine  
Day 9: In your own space, talk about what surprises you about fandom. It could be a pairing or fandom you never thought you'd like. A fanwork type you never knew existed. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The very best thing about being involved in fandom (and the thing that would most surprise anyone not involved) is the friendships I have made. I met my BFF on-line. She's my sister from another mother. My internet friends are my virtual family. I'm closer to some than others but I know with 100% certainty that if I was in a dire situation, I could count on my virtual family to come to my rescue. Even if it was to simply say "things will get better," they would be my support system.

Hand-in-hand with that is the generosity of my virtual family - generosity in time, talent, and love. They will give everything they can when the need arises - words, art - you only need ask. In fact, they will open their pocketbooks when circumstances warrant it. A couple of years ago, a member of our virtual family (not me) had their furnace breakdown. They couldn't pay for a replacement so some of us requested donations from friends. We didn't pay for the entire furnace, but we helped. And our friend had our love to keep her warm until the new furnace could be installed.

Oh - in reviewing the prompt, I realize I may have turned left when I should have turned right. But that's fine. Fandom has open arms and huge hearts. There is a place for all of us, even those who don't always successfully follow directions.

Love to you all!!
 
 
 
one hoopy froodasphaltcowgrrl on January 9th, 2015 10:30 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with this! I've met more wonderful people online than I ever did in real life. :)
Umai Hoshifairyniamh on January 10th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
There is no right (correct) turns in the snowflake challenge. :) I think that is why I love it so much.

Funny enough, I found my sister on LJ. It started with me leaving a review and... we grew. Minus my mother, husband, and kids, I have no family except my online family, so they mean the world to me. :)
Chris: elmosharpiesgal on January 10th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
Love you, babe.

*hugs*

I've had virtual friends come and go, but I have to say my LJ friends have been a steady tried and true lot that appreciate everyday.