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Her Universe’s “Year of the Fangirl” Needs Your Help!

Year of The Fangirl Needs Your Help!
See this post by The Wookiee Gunner for more details!

Reflections on Year of The Fangirl

Topic: Reflections on Year of The Fangirl

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It has been over a year, since Ashley Eckstein, from Her Universe, declared 2013 the Year of The Fangirl and for me personally, it has been a great year and a continues to be a great initiative.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ashley a few questions about the Year of The Fangirl and what she has seen over the past year:

Patty: What have you seen over the past year that encourages you to continue The Year of The Fangirl initiative?

Ashley: We were encouraged to continue with the Year of the Fangirl initiative because we have over 700 girls nominated to be a Fangirl of the Day and the submissions are still pouring in! Each and every fangirl deserves to be highlighted and we will keep going as long as we have Fangirls to showcase!

Patty: How diverse is the group of Fangirls that have been highlighted for The Fangirl of The Day?

Ashley: We’ve featured Fangirl babies to women who have been Fangirls for over 30 years! We’ve received nominations for girls of all ages, races and interests. Everyone’s stories are so inspiring to me!

You are not the only one who is inspired, Ashley!

Because this initiative exists, I was able to connect, on a daily basis, thanks to Facebook and Twitter with many inspiring Fangirls! In addition, this blog exists because these Fangirls and their stories inspire and encourage me to continue.

I knew I was not the only fangirl that has been inspired, over the past year, by this initiative. Therefore, I asked fellow Fangirl of The Day and co-host of Fangirls Going Rogue, Teresa Delgado, about what she thought the Year of the Fangirl did for female fans.

2013 was an amazing year for fangirls and Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl was a great way fangirls to find other fangirls that share their fandom passions. I have seen lots more female fans speak up and be proud of who they are. This has inspired me to do the same and to reach for some of my goals in fandom. The support from other fans out there has increased as well and I have seen that no matter what gender fandom has become a more accepting place. While fandom still has a long way to go there seems to be more respect in the community. I think 2013 did a lot of good things for fandom but I think that what Year of The Fangirl did was give girls a voice.

Finally, I am honored to be named Fangirl of The Day and will continue to update this blog to inspire and encourage other Fangirls as well!

Thanks to both Ashley & Teresa for helping to contribute to this article!

You can also contribute by submitted a comment on how The Year of The Fangirl Initiative has inspired you!

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Her Universe

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Her Universe

I love wearing the shirts that my husband bought for me at Her Universe. I am proud to show you pictures of me in some of these items!

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#AtoZBlogChallenge: Fangirls Going Rogue

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#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Fangirls Going Rogue

Over the past year, the Her Universe Year of the Fangirl initiative has influenced many Fangirls around the world to connect with other Fangirls. I have been privileged to have spent time on Twitter talking to many different Fangirls about Star Wars, Doctor Who and many other fan related topics. I am so glad that the Year of The Fangirl gave me the opportunity to ‘meet’ and interact with other Fangirls just like me.

Two of the Fangirls that I have connected with because of this initiative are Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado.

Tricia Barr, @fangirlcantina, Year of the Fangirl contributor, co-host of Fangirls Going Rogue podcast, a contributor to the Star Wars section of Suvudu.com, author of several Star Wars Insider magazine articles, the creator and writer of the novel, WYNDE and manages the popular fangirl related blog, fangirlblog.com.

Teresa Delgado, @icecoldpenguin, host of several Star Wars podcasts, including Fangirls Going Rogue podcast , contributor to Star Wars Report and currently manages two blogs, Fangirl Next Door and Quack In Over Disney.

These two Fangirls are both influential members of the Fangirl community and if it was not for The Year of The Fangirl initiative, I may never have met and interacted with either them. Therefore, I want to thank both Tricia and Teresa for taking the time to co-host a monthly Star Wars Fangirl podcast, called Fangirls Going Rogue, which can be found on the ShotGlass Digital Network. I also want to thank them for interacting with this Fangirl as well! I am proud to know both of you and look forward to the next monthly installment of Fangirls Going Rogue!

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Proud to be an everyday #Fangirl

I am proud to be an everyday fangirl as you can see from the outfit I am wearing today! Thanks to my husband for giving me the fangirl tunic from Her Universe for Valentines Day AND for suggesting I get my picture taken with my Anakin Lightsaber!

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Honored to be Fangirl of the Day

As I mentioned in a previous post, 2013 was named The Year of the Fangirl by Her Universe and is continuing throughout 2014 as well.

I love reading about all the different Fangirls that are honored and to be part of such a wonderful community. Therefore, I am honored to be named today’s Her Universe Fangirl of the Day!

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Below is the post from the Her Universe Official Facebook fan page about this:

Meet the Fangirl of the Day: Patty! This Information Specialist loves reading sci-fi, fantasy and romance novels, playing Final Fantasy video games on the DS or PSP handhelds, playing Hidden Object Games on the iPad, watching sci-fi shows like Babylon 5, Star Trek: TNG and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, attending conventions and watching anime. Patty says, “I am a self-proclaimed Fangirl and geek and proud of it. I feel that everyone has the right to enjoy whatever genre they like regardless of their gender or age. Also, as an older fan, I have a vast wealth of how things are now vs how they were before.” She is an active member of several different fan communities and helps provide content for geek blogs and podcasts. She collects merchandise and proudly proclaims her fandom!

http://www.heruniverse.com/blog/meet-fangirl-of-the-day-patty/

Again, I am so honored to be named The Fangirl of the Day and to part of such a wonderful community!

Story of A Fangirl: My Mom

Story of A Fangirl: My Mom

Today, I wanted to tell you about my Mom, a fangirl who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer. My Mom was a fangirl and an inspiration to me. She was one of the reasons that I was able to declare myself an everyday fangirl! She was a fangirl of many fandoms, some that were different from mine.  However, she made sure that she showed her love of the Fandoms every day!

Today, I am going to share with you some of the fandoms that My Mom loved that were different from me and how I tried to help share these fandoms with her.

Quilting

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My mother loved to quilt and she was so good that she won awards for her work. She even joined a local quilt guild to share her experiences with others. The quilt above is one she made to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. I helped support this fandom of hers by buying quilting materials, books and magazines whenever I could.

Detroit Tigers

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My Mom loved going to see the Detroit Tigers. She would watch them on TV and go to a few games every year. She was very proud of our home team even when they were not even close to a pennant race! I helped support this fandom of hers by going with her to a few games and by talking with her about the games and the players whenever I could.

Wizard of Oz

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Her favorite film. We watched it every Thanksgiving as a family when it aired on TV. She also collected lots of memorabilia related to this movie. I was able to help her continue adding to this collection after I reached adulthood.

June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 30

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

Well today is the last day of the challenge and this has been a blast! Therefore, I now present the last question and the following photos answer it:

Question 30) My fangirl self is…

Just me and as my bio in the #SFRBAntho says: I am an everyday fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising agency in Michigan.

Me at the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabra

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Me at Star Wars Celebration VI meeting artist Katie Cook

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Me cosplaying as Emma for Anime Vegas

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Me in the booth recording a selection from Star Wars: Heir to the Empire at Celebration VI
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Me with my husband meeting Steve Sansweet at Walt Disney World during Disney Star Wars Weekends in 2011
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Me, my husband and our friend, Rich, at a gold mine in Nevada
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Me at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 29

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 29:

Question 29) My favorite @HerUniverse item that I want to own is…

Ventress Tunic!

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June #FangirlPhotoADay Challenge: Day 28

I have accepted a challenge from Twitter User @kim_love who challenges all fangirls to answer one question a day via photos with the #FangirlPhotoADay hash tag.

The following photo answers the question for Day 28:

Question 28) #HUFriday

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I love wearing my Star Wars Dark Side PJ Tank Top, especially on #HUFriday!

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