oh ho ho buddy have I got a story for you

# direct quote about my username: '"rainbow" is for my far-reaching and often shifting tastes in fanfic categories.' # I'VE BEEN EV-ER-Y-WHERE MAN #  IF THERE IS A SHOW I WATCHED I WAS AND TO THIS DAY AM ON FFN FOR IT # I literally joined the day after [edit: 2 days before, oop!] I turned 13  # I have posted in 12 different categories # probably read from several dozen more # literally nothing has ever remained the Top Fandom for longer than maybe 3 or 4 years running # what in god's name could possibly be the answer here

(spoiler alert: I ended up saying CSI: Miami, based on the fact that it's what I wrote the most for, I read most of the fic I like for this show there, it's what I read the most when I joined, and it's where I had the most interaction with other fans specifically on that platform)

2. “when on Livejournal, what would you consider to be your primary fandom?”


(I ended up saying Glee here, just because it is def not my top Tumblr fandom anymore [that honor goes to Zoo, because it brought me friends! even if it has all but disappeared since summer], and I threw so much effort into talking about it that I made an entire page, visible on my sidebar, linking to its episode reviews in one easy list. I also commented on as much fic here as I could, even when it was posted to other platforms. Plus I joined not 1 but 2 fandom communities that I was active in. I never joined fandom communities)

3. “Are there any positive effects you can describe about moving to a new [fandom] platform?”

lol no
(then I realized actually, there was a major advantage to moving from message boards to LJ, because then there was an actual archive for all the talk, your own and others, that you could go back to, instead of flash in the pan thoughts that disappeared in a matter of weeks. or even days. In related news, why is fandom drifting back in that bad direction) (TWITTER)

...in retrospect I should have said I was on Twitter too -- I didn't check it off because I never actually Tweet or interact with other fans there, so I don't really consider it part of my usual fandom platform the way a lot of people do, but I definitely rely on Twitter accounts of cast and crew members relevant to their work as part of my personal fandom experience. Especially now with The Brave.

4. there goes my memory...
I had to go back to the pages about forums/message boards and fan archives like 5 times because I kept forgetting important places I went before LJ -- or even the early days of LJ, like I STRAIGHT UP FORGOT MTT, More Than That, the Jim/Pam haven I practically lived on from 2007-2009.

...also GDI I totally forgot about Coffee and Scarves, the Klaine Haven. THAT WASN'T EVEN LONG AGO. I knew I used to read actual fanfiction in places that were not AO3 or FFN!

But at least I did not forget CSI Files (that used to be a daily destination!), Your Tax Dollars At Work (o early days of detailed, script-access spoiler heaven! and the number one destination to talk GSR on CSI...and also really the only place to talk Without A Trace), or The Idealists Haven (X-Files, and my original post-kids-shows fandom home).

5. Final Tally
So, remember comment 1 up there? About why I had trouble choosing a primary? On a whim, I tried to go through my fandom tags on this blog and see if I could count how many I've been involved in over my life -- just the ones I felt I was involved with fandom for, mind, e.g. ever went looking for fic or communicated with other fans outside of this blog about it, so this isn't even all the television shows I've watched at least a season of -- and I came up with a rough estimate of: