Last month the OTW’s Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on “What Fanworks Mean to Me” as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we’d like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:
- Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
- If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
- What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you’re not looking for something in particular?
- How do you look at fanworks — on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
- When do you usually look for fanworks?
- Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
- If you’re trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
- Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?
Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses!