Episode 01: Introduction

cover art in which Merlin wears a headset with microphone and holds up a finger to his lips as if to tell you to be quiet

In this episode misssnowfox and momo introduce themselves, and talk about their personal fandom history.

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Recs/mentioned fanworks:

The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat, read by FayJay

Every Story is a Love Story by lady_ragnell, read by carefultread

Evil Overlord, Inc. by footloose, with art by mushroomtale

Distant Echoes by sara_bocchan, with art by lao-paperman

Other resources/links:

History of AO3’s beginnings

3 thoughts on “Episode 01: Introduction

  1. I’m late to the party, but I just started listening to this podcast because it came across my tumblr dashboard and I was curious. I’ve never listened to a podcast or podfic before. Anyway, I have a few thoughts about this episode that I’d like to express:

    1. Roxanne, you’ve got a great voice for radio – super clean and smooth.

    2. Momo, you shipped Snamione?!?! I think I love you. I did too. Still do sometimes. I haven’t participated in the Potter fandom for a long time though – Merlin absconded with me and hasn’t let me go.

    3. All the discussion of LiveJournal kind of makes me sad that I never got the hang of that site and that I came to the fandom late – back in 2013, when the show had been over for a year. As a content creator, I started on fanfic.net and tried to migrate to LiveJournal, but that was a failure, and so I ended up on AO3. Where I’ve remained ever since.

    4. I do get the frustration of lost discussions on Tumblr. It is one of the various things I dislike about Tumblr, but the gif-sets are an upside for sure.

    5. I’ve found that fanfic.net and AO3 have an enormous cultural difference. Even with negative commentary, I’ve found that AO3 is a much friendlier place. Readers on AO3 are kinder and more patient and those who don’t like what you’re writing tend to just ignore your existence instead of leaving awful and hateful remarks. Readers on AO3 are less demanding too. I remember when I was on fanfic.net, there were often reviews that were short and curt and were just a demand for more – even if you were already posting a chapter a day, which I was at the time. There was no gushing. There was no gratitude for posting or understanding when you couldn’t maintain your schedule for whatever reason. There was almost zero constructive criticism. You were expected to just keep pumping out fic. I’m not sure whether it was a culture localized to the fandom (Potter) I was contributing to at the time or not. But I don’t think it matters in the long run. I found it very stressful to be a content creator on fanfic.net. AO3 is much more laid back and welcoming.

    I’m looking forward to listening to the next episode. Might take me a while to catch up, though.

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