February 16th, 2014

obvious place

my field of dreams*

I was talking about this earlier on Twitter as well, but what I want, what I really need in my life, is an actual pan-fandom community of people building interactive work in fandom. I am not the only one with these impulses, I know. Every so often, I peruse the Interactive Fiction tag on AO3, and there's always new and interesting things that show up there.

But we're all over the place, sequestered off in our own little fannish silos, and I want that to be different. I want us to be able to talk to each other, about Twine, about Javascript, about Ren'Py. I think there's a lot that we could learn from one another, and I think there's a lot that we could develop better together rather than with all of us apart, all of us discovering new tools for ourselves. The podficcers did that years ago, and the vidders even longer before that. I know we could do that, too.

There's a reason why I post the source code for my work publicly. I hope that my work can inspire other people to try it out for themselves and learn from what I've already built. Fandom is all about this, that sort of knowledge sharing, and it would be great to have a place for us to gather and to talk, but I don't know how we'd do that, now that we don't really use LJ/DW communities anymore. In this new Tumblrized, Twitterified age, I feel a bit lost.

On top of that, putting in the effort to build a community like this sounds suspiciously like 'work' and I don't think I have the fannish capital (anymore? ever had?) to actually make this a thing that other people can find and gather around. And I'm not socially aggressive enough to chase down people who have built their own things and beg them to come hang out with me. So it'll probably be one of those super sad outposts where I spend all my time talking to myself along with that lurker person who never says anything and maybe is secretly a spambot.

But if you don't build it, they won't come, right?

*I have never seen Field of Dreams, but I can pretend I know how to quote it correctly.

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