I decided to take up a online hobby that I used to enjoy, making fanlistings.
What is a fanlisting? If you are not sure what a fanlisting is, it is a fansite that you make for a particular subject and allow members to join from around the world. If a member has a website they can use one of the buttons or codes to place on their website and show they are a fan of something (keep in mind that this was before Facebook allowed you to like certain interests, activities and entertainment). You can choose to make a fanlisting for anything, or you can make something for a subject not listed at The Fanlistings Network and apply to have yours listed (or to make one for an available interest). If you have a fanlisting listed on The Fanlistings Network, you have to make sure you follow guidelines, such as allowing everyone to join and making sure you update the site every two months.
How did I get into fanlisting? I was approved for my first fanlisting in February 2004, over 11 years ago! :O From 2004 – 2010 (ish) it was an avid passion. Fanlistings inspired my love of website design and challenged me to create new designs for different subjects, as well as understand basic mechanics of PHP scripts. If I hadn’t found fanlistings, I don’t think I would have ended up making websites and I know for sure I would never have found many friends that are still very important to me (i.e one of my best friends, Nicole). After 2010 I adopted out and closed many of the fanlistings I owned, because of life events and lost interest at the time. I do wish I had of kept a few of them, but we all learn and grow through our choices.
Why did I want to start again? I decided to start making fanlistings now, because I missed being apart of the community. I missed making designs and sharing the joy that certain subjects bring. Making fanlisting designs is personally rewarding. Because I am working on a creative project that has a purpose. I don’t have to be serious about the design or highly critical of what I am making, so there is no pressure. I think now would be great time to feel inspired by website design again and feel confident enough to share my own designs, especially with university starting in July.
I opened my fanlisting collective Dazzle and enjoyed making the layout. It was made with Foundation to help with responsiveness (and I like the grid system). I can’t promise that it works 100% across all browsers/devices but it should mostly be okay. I hope that I can improve as times go on and even make something without using Foundation, but for now I am using it and there is no shame in that.
I won’t post updates on my blog about any fanlistings, they will be on my collective. I made this post to share a great concept and see where the future leads.
1. Have you ever made fanlistings?
2. If you currently make them, what is your collective?
3. Have you been a member of online communities?
* The featured image is the design that I made for my collective, Dazzle.nu