The work, as I see it, in being a fan is because there's the internet and there's new and MORE ways for people to connect and to send/receive information.
2 years ago if you were signed up the Dresden Dolls' newsletter, casually posted here and maybe even read a myspace blog every now and then, you knew EVERYTHING about what was going on. Now with things like twitter (which is fast pace), a whole new website, mailinglist and myspace to pay attention to (not to even mention things like ARG, youtube, and the many, many media and interview websites), there's a lot more going on to keep up with. It should never feel like work, and usually you can come to a place like this - the shadowbox - and find all the important formation condensed. The newsletter is good for this, but it's slow, much slower than other venues to receive information.
I've found that as long as you keep listening to the music everything will be okay.
Sometimes all this media, all this promotion, all this connection, all this stuff in your face all the time - all of this can be distracting. Fun - but distracting.
#LOFNOTC and twitter and secret gatherings - all of that is fun with purpose, blogs, interviews, youtube videos etc all of that is fun to read/watch - but sometimes the personality (and even the community) gets in way of the art. I think things like this work both ways - things like #LOFNOTC or the shadowbox - they bring people together but they can also be too much for some.
So if you find that it's taking work to be a fan, just shut off everything for a minute, put on a Dresden Dolls CD or Who Killed Amanda Palmer, wear some headphones and go back to square one. The music - the reason you started paying attention to Amanda Palmer in the first place. Watch a DVD, sketch a photograph - go back to whatever it is that keeps you grounded in why you are a fan.
Remember why you started paying attention to Amanda Palmer to begin with.
True as shit.
I almost miss the old days. When being a member here felt like being on the inside, because there wasn't much else, and if you were here, you often knew more of what was going on, and you knew it sooner than everyone else.
I have no idea of anything anymore. Twitter? Fuck that shit. I wouldn't know a twitter if I sat on one. I don't know how to make a twitter. I don't know how to post a twit. I don't even know if that's the right verb for the act of posting a thing to your twitter thing. (twit? twat? twet? twot? wtf?) Fuck this new internet thing. We had myspace, and that was okay. I kinda knew how to work that. Then it got all complicated on me. Then I had to do that facebook deal, and that was sorta okay. But then I had two things that did the same thing, but whatever. From what I know about this twitter deal, it's basically the status update on facebook, and nothing else. Fuck. that. shit. I don't need another online communication deal making my life more fettered and complicated.
It's all good, though. I read the threads, wonder what the fuck the @'s mean before names, feel like a retard for not being a twitter person like the rest of you, and then I know what's going on. I still don't get all this newfangled electronic shit all you kids are into, but I still get everything else.
What the fuck is a zazzle, by the way? Is it like twitter?