In a nutshell…
For the last couple of weeks, AFS has talked about scaling back and going to a new, simpler format. I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about why we decided to make those changes.
As anyone who has been an admin for a fansite can tell you, running a site can be extremely time consuming. In regards to the work I personally produced or oversaw, whether it was on Snarky Archies or AFS, I tried my best to make sure the information was the highest quality; sourced, credited, accurate and verified. I did my best to make sure everything posted was within our guidelines to protect David’s privacy and to show him in the best light possible. As a team, we tried to make it seem effortless, but those in the know can attest to the countless decisions made on a daily basis.
In the early days of David’s post Idol career, fansites were a necessary part of his success. We were the bridge between Idol-David and Solo-Career-David. On a personal level, it was my way of letting him know I was in it for the long haul, that he was more than a flash-in-the-pan and I wouldn’t forget him come Season 8.
Fansites were the only way to disseminate information about tours, vip tickets, and appearances. Remember the pathetic Jive site? Now of course, with Kari and the awesome Official Site (and David away for awhile) real news is pretty much covered. In fact, back in the day, when news was slow in reaching fans, I wouldn’t have hesitated to post a rumor (or speculation) that looked like a real possibility but now, with the OS always on top of things, that thought would never occur to me. Things have changed a lot in the past year or so, haven’t they?
Sites were also the place for fans to hook up, make connections and travel plans. It was fun and exciting to see those relationships develop. I know many, including myself, who have made friends for life. I remember once when a fan commented that her phone now contained more David fan phone numbers than everyone else in her life. Guilty as charged!
More than anything though, the bottom line is David is away. For me, that means it’s time to do something else. I honestly believe that I do not need to be engaged the entire two years he’s gone in order to show my support for him as a person or his career. I told him I would be here in 2014 which leaves the balance of 2012, 2013 and a portion of 2014 open for other things. I can understand that other fans might feel differently, but I encourage those on the fence to take a break and come back with renewed energy (and funds, lol!) for what may come.