And thus, I made a survey. (Quick apology for the awkward age range; I fully expected you to not all be over the age of 18; apparently Survey Monkey does not make the same assumption - and thus the weird addition of the "other" box. Sorry for that. Ditto for gender.) Here's a quick rundown of the stats; I had twelve responders and here's what they told me:
10 females, 2 males
10 responders between the ages of 16-24; 2 between the ages of 45-64
7 of you are Martin Freeman; 5 of you are not (Lots of Martin Freemans out there ;D)
5 of you answered the Martin Freeman question honestly, 2 of you did not, and 5 of you Loki'd me :D
Most of you found this blog either through me, because of Tumblr, or because of the general mysteriousness of the internet (Google searches, randomly finding it, etc). And there's a wide variety of fandom interest here:
The most common responses in the "other" selection were Star Wars and Star Trek; also mentioned were (in no particular order): Starkid, anime, The Wire, Cabin Pressure, Chrestomanci, Being Human (UK), Sonic the Hedgehog (you know, I run a blog with lots of hedgehogs; you'd think I'd have thought to include him before now...), The Hour, the Once-ler fandom, Trailer Park Boys, and Queer as Folk. Good news for you all - the only one of these I know absolutely nothing about is Trailer Park Boys (and yes, I will be checking it out :D). A lot of these are things I've been meaning to watch/read/etc., have read or seen but not very much of, or enjoy but for one reason or another don't identify as a fan of. Which brings me to another thing: fandom identification. I asked for these responses because I wanted to know what fandoms you identify with. And lo and behold if one of you didn't state the complexity of trying to choose what fandoms you might belong in for a response later in the survey. Which is wonderful, because I myself have been questioning my affiliation in certain fandoms. I, for instance, love Tom Hiddleston, but do I consider myself a Hiddlestoner? Great question... sounds like a blog post!
Because I want to branch out and talk about other fandoms - especially ones I know about but don't really participate in or don't know a lot about at all, this idea of fandom identification is perfect jumping off point and something I was planning on talking about anyway. But now the stars are all perfectly aligned and I feel all smart and saavy - even though it was all you folks being smart and saavy in your responses. You go, guys.
Now for the pros: Essentially, you want more of the same. More fangirling, more gifs, more British men (including, specifically, Tom Hiddleston (oh, that will not be a problem ;D)), more on the Sherlock fandom (in particular, its integration of issues of body image and sexuality), more of what I'm interested in and what I think (bless you, people, really. I don't know what I did to deserve you all but, man, am I glad you're here. There. On the Internet. Oh, you know what I mean...).
So that's the gist of all this. I know that not everything I talk about will interest everyone, and that's cool - read what interests you. I just thank you for stopping by in the first place. I am going to forewarn you that I have become seriously addicted to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and come out of the "proverbial Shakespeare closet" as my friend Kevin stated and embraced the fact that I am (and have been for a very long time) a colossal Shakespeare nerd. So there's going to be a lot of that thrown into the mix now. Looking ahead, the next few posts will be about fandom identification, fandoms and current affairs, and other things interspersed (like posts about books, films, me, whatever). Thanks for reading this meta-post and look for a new post coming soon - one about yours truly, actually. And, if you have any questions - about something I've written, about fandoms, about me, about really anything, please don't hesitate to ask!