Five Things Remi Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Remi, who volunteers as a Tumblr moderator on our Communications committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I run the OTW Tumblr account! The OTW was born of a love of fandom, and Tumblr is a place where a lot of fandom things happen. Still. No matter what the other news sites say about Tumblr. There are writers and artists, gifmakers and fancrafters, people whose whole blogs are finding fandom things and promoting their brilliant creators.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

A couple of times a day I check the askbox and notes in the activity feed. A few times a week I trawl the tags for more posts to put into the queue. Some days the work is just being another point of contact for people trying to find information on the OTW, but sometimes it is about being a fandom sounding board—and those parts are my favorite. I try to balance queuing posts and reblogging polls, since those are usually time-constrained.

Sometimes I will get an ask that prompts me to start a conversation with another OTW team, and then I get to post something about how the OTW works that I didn’t know before someone asked. It might be tag wrangling on AO3, how things get imported to Open Doors—OTW heading to cons, even!

What made you decide to volunteer?

The call for volunteers went out, and I came across the Tumblr post mentioning that one of the openings was for a Tumblr mod. I have been a longtime supporter of the OTW and their mission, and I have been in and around various fandoms on Tumblr for a long time. This seemed like a way I could contribute to the OTW on an ongoing basis.

What has been your biggest challenge doing work for the OTW?

There was that one time that the Tumblr blog was the only available communications platform due to a DDOS attack that took down all the OTW servers, right at the same time as Twitter was only viewable to logged-in Twitter users. That was definitely a challenge. If y’all are on Tumblr you will know that other than one-liner news updates via the Supernatural meme, it is not the best place for breaking news that requires continuous updates.

At least once a day I worry that I am not finding enough fandom variety in the queue. Finding fandom content for a fandom you aren’t in? Surprisingly stressful.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I have been an avid fic reader in a variety of fandoms for most of my adult life. I will read all sorts of things—I have a weakness for crossovers (although not usually fusions), crack-treated-seriously, and when someone fleshes out a canon’s worldbuilding. My friends will often laugh at me because I am almost always more excited to read about sidekicks than the protagonists.

I sort fic by word count and start with the longest! I will rarely find anything under 10,000 words without someone sending it to me. I started reading fanfiction because I always wanted to know what happened next, or what happened when we weren’t there in canon—so longfics are my go-to.

I beta read for a handful of writers. I really love being excited and screaming my excitement at a writer as they are writing. Beta reading was my first non-commenting contribution to fanworks, and my enjoyment of that led to me joining some fandom events.

I am not really an author, and the only art I make is fiber art. Luckily I found some events that were extremely supportive of the inclusion of fibercraft! I started to crochet fandom amigurumi for the artist-entry, and on occasion I have even sent them to the authors who inspired them! I also add fandom-related colorwork to my knitwear.

Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in the comments. Or if you’d like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

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  1. Jennifer D2 commented:

    Thanks for a cool interview! I follow the OTW Tumblr account from my fan account. Thanks for your work running it, especially during the awful DDOS attack! Could you explain a bit about what you mean by adding fandom-related colorwork to your knitwear? This sounds very interesting! (I don’t do much fabric arts myself; I’ve crocheted but I’m not very good)

    • Mod Remi commented:

      I will often swap out stranded knitting colorwork charts for ones I’ve made — or add colorwork to a design just so I can add little references. I love a subtle reference!