There's been some discussion of hit counts in the Richard Armitage blogosphere in the last few weeks as the actual RA bloggers (i.e. everybody but me) are gearing up for new waves of interest. There's some angst about staying relevant, keeping our tight knit group welcoming and just dealing with all those people looking at us (and really? Put yourself in his shoes for a second). I want you guys to consider something for a minute.
A few seconds ago @PostSecret tweeted that their blog has gotten its 500,000,000th hit. We think we skate on the knife edge of confession? We're not even close. If you've never visited Post Secret (scroll down past the message for the current week's submissions) or seen the books or been to an event I urge you to do so. Frank Warren's "community art project" has inspired beautiful, healing moments over the years. My favorite emails are always the ones that say "I thought I was the only one who held that secret. I feel like less of a freak now." There have been post cards to that effect, as well. I wish I could find the one I'm thinking of but the secret teller asked a stranger on a bus to rewrite her secret to hide her distinctive handwriting; when she told her secret the stranger said it was hers, too. Moments like that are precious gifts from the Universe, your Higher Power, Ja, G-d, or whatever force you think is out there conspiring to shower you with blessings. The Post Secret iPhone app had to be disabled due to bullying but the community has rallied around Warren's mission.
The Post Secret online community takes it upon themselves to bless others all the time because they realize that they are the ones radically creating their community. You know what? So are we. The RA community is only partly about him. I think it's mostly about us. With you guys I've found a group of funny, caring and creative people who are always willing to laugh with me and I consider that a huge blessing. If you've been lurking the blogs, speak out; it's your fandom, too. If you write one, keep going. We all have those moments of feeling a little weird about all this but I don't know that we should. It makes me feel less weird to count those who share it with me.