A name. A name. A name. What name can i choose for my digital artefact (my tumblr blog)? As someone who is already well established with followers and friends in a another fandom on tumblr I’ve seemed to have forgotten how one starts off.
Tumblr itself is a weird mix of fandoms/fangirls, hipsters, anime, gamers etc. It’s like everyone fits into a category. Which is only something i just realised upon reflection of my own personal time on the site. There’s weird rivalries between fandoms and “hipsters” and i hate using that term because i hate to stereotype and the connotations that go with it on tumblr are usually not good. People are usually self-deprecating, sarcastic and funny, at least on the popular text posts. And while the site started out as the place where misfits go to geek out, it still has a certain popularity ranking to it. However, the people that I personally have met through the site are kind people with similar interests. So it’s a wonderful way to make friends, f you know where to look.
It’s funny how one enters into a community and can immediately connect with them. However, you also need to know where to look.
Do i choose a name related to the old Sailor Moon? Or the new Sailor Moon Crystal? Should i try to make it an inside joke from the show? Hmm i don’t know enough to be able to do that.
I start by simply typing in Sailor Moon to the tag page in tumblr. Sailormoonscreeencaps, oshiokiyo and foreversailormoon are the first blogs to appear. I am unsure what oshiokiyo refers to as well as one of the tags usagi tsukino and for some reason my initial reaction is to think what have i gotten myself into. Apparently “Oshioki” means punishment or scolding, and the “yo” is a sentence-ending particle that’s like an exclamation point. Sailor Moon is saying, “I’ll punish you!” Which i find pretty cool. And now i feel like an idiot for not knowing that “Usagi Tsukino is the present-day form of Princess Serenity and the civilian identity of Sailor Moon.” What kind of fan am i? Granted i haven’t been involved with the Sailor Moon fandom since i was young.
I’m interested to see how Sailor Moon fans interact with technology as the only fan interaction i had as a child was with my friends when we would talk about it but now technology has changed the fan experience.
As i scroll through the pages i smile because it has some of the characters i remember from my childhood and that’s when i figured out my blog name: Sailor Moon is my childhood.
After looking through the site i already started thinking about my next posts, analysing my tumblr experience, fandoms, fan interaction, new fandom vs old, the role of technology etc but then i put that aside for a moment.
I realised how familiar most of the characters were and even though some of them were in different languages it still felt familiar which is odd as i don’t understand the language. It was just a feeling i got, a flashback from my childhood i guess.
I will continue to explore this and my journey into this fandom and the interactions with fellow fans.
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