Last week I was having a discussion with someone about whether they were the right person to do a community interview for the site, and of course they are, or I wouldn’t have asked them. But, the conversation got me thinking about what the community is, and why I do the community interviews.
I started doing interviews a few years ago. Initially I started with interviewing fan sites and people in similar roles within the Fifty Shades community. As it went on, I found I learned more about people than about sites and at the start of 2014 I decided to interview people instead of sites – the Fifty Shades of Grey community.
The Fifty Shades of Grey community is large and varied, there’s no way I or anyone can get to know everyone. But, if I interview someone every week we would slowly start to the bridge the gap between us, and slowly connections would be made between people. It didn’t take long to find out that people enjoyed it. We all have a great starting point in our shared love of the books, the interviews provide the next step of introducing each of us.
My intention was never to choose the biggest names in the community, though I occasionally do interview the bigger names. But I always like to go back to the roots of the community, the average Jane who loves the books and is looking to connect with other people. One of the great joys I’ve had is in getting to know different people and often meeting them, putting a face to the name, and bonding over a great book.
Tomorrow my Mom will be having surgery and I’m reminded that it’s the little things in life that matter. Mags and I could spend our time chasing down photographs of Jamie and Dakota (and we do occasionally), and trying to be first with the Fifty Shades of Grey news. But mostly, we want to get to know fans and help fans get to know each other. In the end it’s the friends we make that will make our time in the Fifty Shades of Grey Fandom the most memorable.