In the month of April we hope you’ll help us spruce up AO3 and Fanlore by posting forgotten works and dusting off neglected wiki entries.
We are proud to be able to offer an archive for fanworks at Archive of Our Own and we invite you to take the time to post both new works and old works that are languishing in ancient blogs or buried in your harddrive. Add them to AO3 so other fans can enjoy them! You can even backdate them to show their original creation date, and use our pseud system to preserve old fandom aliases.
If you’re posting works, use the tag April Showers 2015 so that everyone can find them.
Or, if there’s a fanwork already on the archive that you think more people should see, bookmark it and add it to our April Showers Recs collection.
We also recognise that fandom history is far more than just fanworks – Fanlore records decades of fannish activity, from the days before the internet all the way to current events shaping fandom. If you have old zines, or fond memories of a long-ago convention, write about them on Fanlore. If there’s new drama in your fandom, or a new trend in fanart, write about those too! Fanlore is open to everyone, and we encourage everyone to edit it and add their own experiences. Fannish history is our history.
If you’d like to edit pages, but you aren’t sure how, don’t panic! There will be an editing party in the Fanlore chatroom on Saturday, April 4th at 16:00 UTC (when is that in my timezone?). Come and ask questions, familiarise yourself with Fanlore, or just chat with other editors.
There will be a second chat towards the end of the month – keep an eye on the Fanlore community on Dreamwidth for the exact date and time.