Friday, October 26, 2012

The 12 Step Program for #Trainwrecks

12 Step Program for #Trainwrecks (Fandom Nerds): How to be a Good and Respectful #Trainwreck

1. We admit we were powerless over our Fandom - that our lives had become #trainwrecks.

2. Come to believe that actual interaction with people other than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our personal Fandom as we understand them.

4. Make a searching and fearless inventory of all the knowledge we have of our fandom including; quotes, behind the scenes, goofs, and much more.

5. Admit to our Fandom, to ourselves, and to another human being or fellow social networker the exact nature of our #trainwreck-ness.

6. We're entirely ready to have our fandoms remove all these defects of character.

7. Humbly allow fellow #trainwrecks to ignore our shortcomings. Not everyone can know everything.

8. Make a list of all persons we have harmed by using our fandom to condemn theirs, and become willing to make amends to them all.

9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible; re-blog their fandom, like their post, except when to do so would injure them or others or your personal fandom.

10. Continue to take personal inventory of our Fandom knowledge, and when we are wrong, promptly re-blog the correct info. We can't be known for being wrong.

11. Use youtube and tumblr to improve our conscious contact with our Fandom as we understood it, blogging only for knowledge of its will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other #Trainwrecks, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

The 12 Traditions for #Trainwrecks
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal victory depends upon Fandom unity.

2.For our group purpose there is but one ultimate Goal—a loving fandom in our group conscience. Our sponsored bloggers are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

3.The only requirement for Fandom membership is to love the fandom.

4. Each fandom should be autonomous except in matters affecting other fandoms or the genre as a whole.

5. Each fandom has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the fellow #trainwrecks

6.A Fandom group should endorse, finance, and lend the Fandom name to any related facility or outside enterprise, use the power of the group to create change for the greater good. 

7. Every Fandom ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. No crappy ads or doing things just for more followers.

8. Fandoms should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers to keep the fandom going strong.

9. Fandoms, as such, ought to be organized;  we must create  cons, blogs, fan pages, youtube videos directly responsible to those we serve like Whedon.

10. Fandoms have no opinion on outside issues; hence the Fandom name ought never be drawn into public controversy of another fandom

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction and promotion; we need to always promote our fandom to others in a positive way. No hate

12. Nerdy-ness is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place good over evil.