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In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Pinboard
I love pinboard. Social bookmarking FTW! ...and social bookmarking that is aware of and paying attention to fans. There is a popular bookmarks page for fandom. I'm just incredibly appreciative of the way that Maciej Cegłowski, who isn't fannish, values the fannish community and what they bring to his site. He gave a talk called Fan is a Tool-Using Animal this past year that is exactly what's on the tin, basically. It's about fans and technology (and is mostly accurate) and very enthusiastic. I spend a lot of time on pinboard; it's a very important communal space for me. I get most of my fic recs from there.

[community profile] kink_finders
I've actually recced this comm before. It combines two things I love: recs and tropes/kinks. [community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever." Basically any time any one searches for anything is pretty interesting to me. Kinks! Recs! (It's awesome.)

[community profile] imadeathing
It's a multifandom crafts festival. Multifandom! Crafts! There have been two rounds so far and people have made some amazing things. I love me some things. I love ceramics and knitwear and cake. I am really into going to metalwork museums and textile museums and design museums. Objects are pretty great, is what I am trying to say here, so I've really enjoyed those two rounds that have happened. Fans making things is really exciting for me.
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[community profile] fanart_recs "is a community for fanart recommendations. It is intended to be a collective, multifandom rec repository akin to the Crack Van-type communities, only for fanart. It is open for fanart recs from all fandoms (whether books, comics, cartoons, live action, anime, games, RPF...), genres, styles and ratings." The recs tend to be a really cool mix of things. If you're interested in fanart you should check it out; there tends to be a lot of shiny.

[community profile] metafinders is the meta-equivalent of a story or genre finding community. So if you've read a piece of meta but haven't been able to find it again or are looking for meta on a specific topic it's the place to ask. It's relatively new so there isn't much of a backlog of entries yet, but its existence is really exciting.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
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[community profile] kink_finders "is a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of 'kink' meaning 'anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited'. That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever."

I really like it, because the entries are basically an ongoing list of themes/elements in stories. Recent searches have included love at first sight, crossovers with withheld knowledge and clues, het fic with bi-identified characters, and unaware d/s.

New entries are really exciting to me, actually, because it's a trope, basically, and I love tropes... and then if I recognise it or recognise that I've read a story containing it I get to rec somebody something (I love reccing people things!) and other people recs things (I love recs!) and it is all very exciting to me. (I love excitement!) You should check it out. You, too, might find it exciting.

(...it is probably a really good thing that I did not actually caffeinate today.)

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)
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So I feel really strange writing about reccing, but it's something I've been thinking about lately. I've been reading challenge and festival guidelines, which is what's sparking this post.

There's a new comm that I'm actually really excited about and interested to see how it develops and what its community looks like and I have all the excitement about this comm. It looks really, really cool. So, this is a community pimp and then some meta.

[community profile] fan_flashworks is an all-fandoms multimedia flashworks challenge community. "The goal of this challenge is to produce all kinds of new fanwork, to encourage play, practice and experimentation." The guidelines page is really long and I've only skimmed and read sections of it at this point, but you should check it out because it is awesome. No, seriously. It is.

I really dig the guidelines. This is, in fact, a guidelines rec. They have a mission statement and a really wonderful quote. It helps, a lot, that I really like both of these things; I like what this comm is setting out to be: a place to foster creativity and creators. It is all kinds of friendly to people who are new. The guidelines are well-organised, and as I was skimming over them I was thinking one of the mods totally hung out at [community profile] kradamadness, didn't they? [personal profile] sprat did and the guidelines are adapted from [personal profile] jerakeen's. It shows. A lot of the things that I really loved about [community profile] kradamadness and its guidelines are carried over, including the friendliness and emphasis on and encouragement of different types of fanworks.

One of the sections that I have read in full is the guidelines for rec sets and something that threw me was that "you can’t recommend a fanwork if it has already been recommended in that round."* I can see the logic behind that rule and I'm not suggesting that it be changed, but I also think that it's really, really interesting.

[ETA: Update: [community profile] fan_flashworks has removed this rule from their guidelines because they didn't feel it was in the spirit of their comm. ([personal profile] china_shop replied here in the comments.)]

I think that the rules and guidelines that get drawn up for challenges and communities and bigbangs, etc. are significant. I think that they work to set the tone of the community and that where there are breakdowns of different types of fanworks that those are really interesting. One of the things that I've seen meta about has been the role of artists in bigbangs, that a lot of these fests are very writer-centric in a way that's not friendly to artists.

There are opinions and biases at work when rules and guidelines get drawn up and, where there are breakdowns of different fanworks, I think those rules and guidelines say something about how different varieties of fanworks are perceived.

[community profile] fan_flashworks' rule* about not re-reccing things in the same round would never have occurred to me. I think it ties in with a specific approach to reccing. I think that there's something in there about recs serving to promote works and I think that that's a rule that ties more into the role of recs as promotion rather than recs as fanworks themselves. ...and this is where I start to feel awkward writing this, because it's personal.

Meta )
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
[community profile] fancake is a multifandom reccing community that has a theme that changes. Right now the theme is Crossovers and Fusions. (As you might imagine that is going quite well.) You should head over and read and rec some.



It's pretty amazing. Previous themes have been amnesia, telepathy, and superpowers. It's a great fannish resource and becoming continually more awesome. I'm really excited about it and really excited that it's on dreamwidth. You should really go check it out.

(This post is for [personal profile] china_shop's Fandom Appreciation Challenge, which "is about giving feedback, reccing and interacting with other fen." - details here.)

Fresh Recs!

Mar. 9th, 2011 08:42 am
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
There's a Dreamwidth comm for them now, awesome new fics. [community profile] bestthingever's running a spam week up until the 14th to catch up on the last three months of recs. You should head over there and read and rec some.



I'm kind of fiendishly excited about this. I'm having fun watching fandoms and pairings come in and looking at other people's rec styles. Dreamwidth comms are exciting, recs are exciting, and I really like the idea behind this; it's new and shiny. You should go and check it out.
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Fandom Nominations for Yuletide 2010 Are Now Open! I'm really excited, but haven't submitted my rare fandom nominations yet, because I am made of indecision, and also the possessor of a not-so-surprising agenda that means that means that I'm really interested in character nominations as well, and kind of want to nominate "RPF - Hockey", just so that I can add Foster Hewitt to that character list, or, oh, Maurice Richard. *Ahem.* So I am mulling over my options.

Over in [community profile] asexual_fandom the Ace Manifestos Project is starting up, wherein people will be writing meta about characters they think of as asexuals. It's pretty exciting. Sheldon Cooper, Fox Mulder and Neal Caffrey are among the characters that have been claimed so far; I'm really looking forward to reading these posts.

[community profile] kradamadness' monthly multimedia challenge's theme this month is toys and there are some really amazing entries over there. There is a picspam of little foxes. Seriously. It's awesome. (Also: I wrote fic. It was late, the prompt was hilarious, [personal profile] sobluethesky will be getting that meta post... eventually. I swear.)

(ETA: Aside: Random Canadian Census Update is Random: Motherfuck. That is all.)

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