So! In the spirit of procrastinating from RL, and as an expansion of a thought I just posted as a comment to draegonhawke
: I have a strange idea. I call it "The Mutual Fandom-Appreciation Society," but (to borrow Magi's phrasing) you could also call it "The Fandom Singles Bar."
The idea is inspired by the lament that seems to echo across my friendslist on a regular basis: "I really want to fan out with somebody about $THING, but the fandom is (huge and frightening/maddeningly lame/tiny and inbred and frightening/nonexistent/otherwise unsuitable)!" It attempts to solve this problem by bringing people together for mutual appreciation of be-fanned things, in hopes of creating some interesting discussion and a bit more satisfaction. Here's how, in my ideal world, it would go down:
The Mutual Fandom-Appreciation Society itself would be quite small; I envision somewhere between 5 and 12 people working out okay. These people wouldn't have to be friends beforehand, but ideally they would be of similar temperaments and be able to get along with each other pretty well. The three major qualifications for being in the Society would be a) this ability to get along with the other members, b) an experience of the same vague fandom dissatisfaction described above, and c) a willingness (and the time required) to experiment with new things.
The willingness to try new things (and the relatively small group size) would be because of the core of the project: each Society member would recommend their current fandom pleasure/source of dissatisfaction to the others, and everyone would try each other's media recommendation out. (Obviously, there would be guidelines for an appropriate media rec here: "relatively accessible and appropriate for all," in both the "you can find this easily and legally" and "probably not super-raunchy porn" senses.) Of course, there would be no requirement that you would have to like
anything you sampled, and if your response was "eh, not for me," it'd be understood that everyone's tastes vary. Still, if all went well at least a few people would end up intrigued by some of the things they'd tried... and, hopefully, everyone now has a couple of similarly-temperamented people who are interested in the same thing they are. At that point, well, fanning out of whatever sort people enjoy could commence: discussion, speculation, fic writing/recs/sporking...
Yeah, this would basically be a "pimp your fandom" thing, but with a little more intimacy and commitment involved, and hopefully a better payoff. I realize intellectually that this would be a lot of effort and would probably be doomed to screaming-flames failure, but on the other hand, it would be so awesome
if it worked. Ah, well. Maybe once I have the time for fan-herding and watching tons of stuff...