Sometimes I feel like I have to overcompensate because I've only been in the Phandom since January 2016. I've watched every video they've ever made, plus crack vids and edits and fan songs, and I constantly write phanfic and view phanart and try to get acquainted with people, and it's honestly exhausting, but I feel I'll never be a "real fan" because I wasn't there from the start, or even from when they started getting popular. I just want to be a proper part of this awesome Phandom! Help please
Uh - what? There’s no… like, criteria or judged level of participation to be considered a part of a phandom, as far as I know. Like, you’re either IN the fandom, just by enjoying the thing, or not. It shouldn’t be exhausting!! It should only be fun.
That being said I know how you feel - sometimes I feel pressured to draw phanart for a certain thing, or be “first” (especially because sometimes people actually tell me I need to draw certain phanarts and I’m like???), but I’ve tried to ignore that invisible pressure.
You’re definitely a “real” fan, even if you don’t produce as much content as other people!!!