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OTW Guest Post: pod_together

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klb and Paraka are the mods for the pod_together community. klb has been active in podfic fandom since 2009 and has helped create and run a number of challenges and events, including pod_together, the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology, and theatripod.

Paraka joined online fandom in 2003 via vidding before discovering podfic in 2006. Her first podfic was posted in 2008 but she really got going in 2010 when she started running challenges, creating comms, talking meta, and hosting other podficcers on her website parakaproductions.com. Today, they talk about getting into fandom, the beginning of pod_together, and the collaborative nature of the community.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

klb: I always had a tendency to feel fannish about various canons (getting really invested, always wanting more and wanting to spend a lot of time talking and thinking about the characters and worlds), and sometime in high school that tendency led me to the X-Files fanfiction website Gossamer Project. I couldn’t believe how amazing fanfiction was—I never wanted to stop reading it!

paraka: I also tended to feel fannish about things before officially ~discovering~ fandom in university when my roommate introduced me to Queer as Folk (US) and vids. It was the first time I had regular access to high speed internet and the time to browse and found myself obsessed with fanvids, then later fanfic, then later still podfic.

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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

Thanks for Celebrating IFD 2019!

International Fanworks Day 2019 has come to an end. We are absolutely thrilled with the response and celebrations we have witnessed on this fifth anniversary of IFD! Here’s a look at how it all went down:

Fanlore sent out their second annual week-long editing challenge. If you missed it, don’t worry–the folks over at Fanlore can always use more hands from those fans who wish to add to the collective pool of knowledge in the fandom wiki.

The OTW’s call for submissions to the topic “What Fanworks Mean to Me” produced some very heartening responses. Check out the What Fanworks Mean to Me post to see more, and keep the ball rolling by mentioning #WhatFanworksMeanToMe on social media. (more…)

International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

It’s International Fanworks Day 2019

As our previous post announced, the Organization for Transformative Works is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

We’re also hosting a 29-hour party in the OTW’s Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February to 04:00 UTC 16 February. Please note that this chatroom will be moderated in English. Check out the game descriptions below and join in the fun! The game content is fan-themed in celebration of #IFD2019. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone.

The chat is now closed. Thanks to everyone for participating!
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