Posts in Fannish Communities

OTW Guest Post: Zhuwen Zhang

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Zhuwen Zhang (she/her) is a PhD candidate at Texas A&M University. Her interest and area of research are in fandom culture, specifically Chinese media fandoms and Kpop fandoms, and the construction of fan identity through reading and producing fanworks as a participant of fandom. Today, Zhuwen talks about navigating the intersections of cultural identity and fandom, shedding light on the… Read more

OTW Guest Post: within_a_dream

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Within_a_dream, one of the moderators of the Femslash Exchange, is a fic writer and exchange mod who spends far too much time picking up new canons to obsess over. She’s been modding exchanges since college and writing fic for as long as she can remember, although it took her some time to discover that she could post it online. Today,… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Walter Hopgood

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Walter is a geek by trade, coming into computers via working in a hospital pharmacy back in the 1980s. Computers and fandom are the perfect fit for Walter, and he’s been maintaining a place for fandom on the Internet since the early 1990s.. Today, he talks about Squidge.org and its place in fandom. How did you first find out about… Read more

OTW Guest Post: popliar and tullycat

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. popliar fell into fandom via Buffy, many years ago. Her biggest fannish phases have been popslash, bandom, and now kpop, with various stops at Yuletide fandoms along the way. tullycat got into fandom via Harry Potter (crowd boos), and bounced from TV fandoms to hockey rpf to kpop rpf. She started fandom on Tumblr and is Dreamwidth naive, only used… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Snowflake Challenge

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today several of the mods for the snowflake_challenge talk about work on the community. Seleneheart/Raederle is both a science nerd who thinks physics is the best science, and a lover of fairy tales and the wild woods. Her childhood was shaped by JRR Tolkien, Patricia McKillip, and Ursula Le Guin, and their stories inform the adult she is today. Turps… Read more