A Little Apprehension
Good morning Lou, or night. I’m not sure of the time difference between the States and Australia.
Anyway, 3 things I wanted to mention. First, I wanted to thank you for your response and encourgement via my rambling post the other night about my inability to sleep with a head full of Arrow thoughts. They just would not go away.
Second, because of yourencouragement, I’ve started the process of creating a blog page. I am a bit overwhelmed by it all. I am not very tech savvy when it comes to computers, (where is Felicity and Curtis when you need them.) But I am persistent. I hope to have the blog up and running in a couple weeks.
Third, I have to be honest I have a little apprehension about being male and putting my thoughts out there in a predominantly female forum. Silly, huh? My wife thinks it is. She asked me if my masculinity was threatened. No, that wasn’t what worried me. I grew up the only male in a family with 5 sisters and was privy to the female perspective whether I wanted it or not. My thought was—would anybody even visit my page. I don’t claim to be an expert on how women think and feel and act. But within that female environment I grew up in, and having been married for going on 28 years, I have a little clarity. And that clarity is—I don’t differentiate beween men and women, black and white, rich and poor, young and old, gay or straight. I only see people. So in that context, I am their equal and they are mine.
Sorry, went on a bit of a tangent there. It’s the male in me. I feel like i just put out my resume to this fandom. The real main reason I decided to push forward on my blog is because I am a huge fan of Arrow and I want to be a part, a bigger part, of that experience.
So again, thank you for your input. By the way, I’m calling my blog Electric Chemistry. Like lightning in a bottle, Arrow has always felt that way to me.
Hi Gene, I’m thrilled to hear you’re going ahead with your blog, and Electric Chemistry is an awesome name. :D Setting up on tumblr is somewhat of a challenge, because it’s kind of a dick sometimes. I just out stubborned it. lol And I still can’t use work out half the functions like blocking people and following tags. Never mind.
And as for your apprehension, I think that’s a normal thing. It’s like walking into a room full of strangers and feeling a little exposed. I think that’s a pretty universal thing, or at least it is for people over 20, who haven’t grown up with technology. I mean, growing up, we didn’t have a phone (land line I mean, mobile phones weren’t a thing when I was a kid) or a TV. And when we did get a TV, it was black and white, with two channels and Dad used us as a remote to change channels between the two. We grew up in a very small world. Our whole world was our family and school friends. And if you were really fancy, you had a pen pal from the other side of the world you wrote letters to every couple of months.
Nowadays, you can reach out to hundreds of thousands of people in an instant. People all ages, sexual orientations and cultures. All with completely unique and different life experiences to you. And you are going in blind essentially. Hmm, not much of a pep talk so far, is it? lol I guess my point is that we’re all in the same boat. I just try and be as polite and kind as I can to people (not doing so well these days, but I do genuinely try every day), and that’s all I can do.
I think it’s awesome having another male voice in the Olicity fandom. Sometimes it can get a bit oestrogeny in here. ;) Honestly though, any voice that is attached to someone who likes to analyse and consider what they’re seeing, rather than just continuously react is always a welcome thing in any fandom IMO. The thing with blogs is that just because you have a lot of followers doesn’t make you awesome, anymore than if you only have a couple makes you non-awesome. Like-minded people will usually find each other, and that’s where the real awesome lies. I’ll happily follow you when you’re up and running. I love listening to other people think. :D
So, yes, I think you’re on the right track with things - people are just people. And people pick up that fact that you’re treating everyone the same, and respect you for that. You opinion is as valid as anyone else’s in the fandom, and I’m excited to hear what you’ve got to say about Arrow, as you have an obvious passion for the show, and that’s always the best place to be coming from.