Why do any of us take part in a fandom? I think it is a question we should all ask ourselves. By answering it you might get a better understanding of why you are here and how to associate or interract with other fans.
For me, participation in the Alex fandom started 10 years ago. Something about him caught my attention and I wanted to know more, and it kept me interested for all these years. And of course sharing that interest with so many others made it more fun. The community of fans who adore him as a person and enjoy his work, is what it is all about.
(Picture: Alex and Kerry Armstrong in Oyster Farmer)
Because I had loads of free time back then, Alex and the investigation of everything around him became my hobby. Paula and I became friends and we decided to share all that we can find about him with others. (But please note we started this site and the connected pages, only after a year of doing lots of research about Alex) Our main aim being to have fun ourselves by sharing the most accurate information about him, accompanied by all the best footage available. And while doing so, also play around by creating something (many of you are familiar with Paula’s pretty creations, which should never be confused with real footage).
With our sharing, we pride ourselves in investigating to find what is most accurate. We normally do that by finding the original source. Our aim being to share only what we know is verified. Of course that is not always possible and then one usually goes for what is, based on the evidence at hand to be, most likely the truth.
(Picture: Alex and Jennifer Lopez in The Back-Up Plan)
At times we made posts as investigation, where we did not know what happened exactly and where we tried to find the truth. But those posts we always left open for fans to interpret and decide for themselves. We did not aim to claim it to be the truth. Unfortunately and especially with language interpretation some took those as real and verified.
We have made many mistakes over the years and have always welcomed any notification of it in order to make corrections, provided that there is a good source to back up what is the truth. Over the years many have made wild claims without any proof and then it was met with our doubts. But those were normally times when people made up stories of situations surrounding Alex’s personal life. In such cases those type of unsubstantiated rumours where met with the distain it deserves.
Whenever there is time, I go through old posts to upgrade them and to find incomplete facts that were shared because we did not have all the particulars available at the time, and then to correct it. I also try to find old links that got lost and with that update what we have done over the years by also adding links back to original source material. But that is an ongoing process and takes time to do.
I want to invite any of our readers to please let me know if they come across anything that is not accurate or any old videos or links that are no longer working. For us, the Alex community has always been our helping hand to get the correct details. A few weeks back we received information from an Austalian fan that one of the magazine names we used was incorrect. I really appreciated that advice but was just sad that it was only discovered 6 years after we posted it and only through a re-post on Facebook. Of course I made the correction immediately.
I know some dates can also be confusing, especially when a movie was shot in 2003 and only came out in 2005 – what is the correct date there? For me, the date that it was shot in is the actual date in that actors life. That is why most of the time we would post date of filming rather that date of release. I apologize if that is confusing because it is a bit of a grey area.
I find it weird that some fans feel insulted when you try to give them correct information when they have had it wrong on their posts on IG or Facebook etc. I do not understand the concept of not inviting to know and share what is true and accurate?
Last year I tried to help a new account when she gave wrong information, by providing her with the correct information – her first response was to say thank you, but then suddenly the next day she threw insult after insult at me. It is so weird that people assume you think you are better than them, just because you want to help them?
My advice would actually be – if you do not know the exact source of a picture, don’t make up your own story and give the incorrect date and occasion of it. Just post the picture! Better to say nothing than to mislead others.
Needless to say I decided to ignore that account and of course she keeps on making up her own inaccurate stories on her posts. I find it amusing but also irritating. Should one just leave it and let it go or still try and do something to correct it. Because I was met with such an attack at the time, that I decided it is not worth my time to get involved. For the most part all we can do is to keep on posting the correct information – specifically to correct those wrong posts maybe? (You might catch some of them on our social media pages in thecoming days)
I know most fans do not really bother or worry about accuracy of when and where a picture was taken, or when and where what was said by Alex. Most just want to see all the pretty stuff. But as a site owner with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter pages connected to it, I feel it remains important to post the correct information. We do not just want to share news. We want to share correct information because we owe it to fellow fans and future fans.
So please do tell us if you find any of the facts about Alex we have posted over the years to be faulty. Getting such information directly is far better than to see wild accusations on posts somewhere. And it is also hurtful to see suggestions that we think we are better than other fans, just because we have studied and know and remember certain details. We are not better and we definitely do not think so! But it is kind of difficult when you know things, to keep yourself from commenting and trying to help.
There are many people in the fandom who know more than us and who have been around for much longer and we have always valued ther input. Those who lived the events at the time it happened, always understand the details around situations so much better than those who came in later. Just as we have now experienced most of it this past 10 years and know what we know. But that makes none of us superior or better than other fans.
I know, just as I do not like certain fans for some reason of my own, there are those who can’t stand the sight of us. That is part of normal life. We can’t be loved by everybody. But we can at least remain civil. Whether we like each other or not, let our aim as loyal fans of Alex be to share him, while valuing accuracy.
We all make mistakes, but it is how we handle them that define us.