On January 24, we will be hosting/participating in the first ever Star Wars Fansite Seminar, coming to you LIVE from the electric city of Las Vegas! Before we hit up the casinos, members from Star Wars fansites worldwide will be providing tips and advice on managing a blog or website in fandom to each other. We’ll trade ideas, discuss past problems and solutions, and even answer questions from our readers!
Okay, well, we are going to be doing all of that… just minus the trip to Vegas. Bummer, right? I’d love to pay for all of you lovely people to fly out to Sin City in two days and gamble your money away, but frankly, not doing that is something I’d love even more. Is tough moral dilemma. The Fansite Seminar will actually be hosted on Twitter. Not quite as glamorous as the Entertainment Capital of the World, but what happens in Vegas would have to stay in Vegas, and that wouldn’t be very fair to all of the readers.
So, on Thursday, get ready for a day of fansite questions and answers! Use the hashtag #SWFS in any tweets about the Seminar. I’ll be providing various bits of information that I’ve found useful during five years of fansite experience (and many more years of being involved in online fandom). Other fansite folks are encouraged to share their thoughts as well. Let us know what lessons you’ve learned! Feel free to ask questions – just remember to use the #SWFS tag!
Word on the street is that something like this is in the works for Star Wars Celebration VII, and I don’t want to take anything away from that. Let’s just make this a test run and see how it goes. I’m interested to see how much information we’re willing to share.
Here’s a list of Star Wars fansites and the folks who run them on Twitter. Follow them and we’ll see who participates on Thursday!
(Note – these are just the sites and people that I follow. There are probably many other great sites that I’ve missed on Twitter so far. They are welcome to join in too!)