Yesterday, I was regrettably unable to be online owing to nasty thunderstorms. During this time, I received a message from an individual (I won’t say who in case they’re shy) alerting me to the fact that the Tumblr user known as landofrunawayangels has been subjected to some unpleasant online behavior. Please, my dear ones, go to their inbox and reassure them that they are wanted here on the interwebs. Counteract this nastiness with friendship.
And then, if you will, I’d appreciate your help with something else.
Today I joined the ONE Campaign’s Power Project to help bring electricity to millions of African citizens who currently have none. They have no way to power homes, schools, hospitals. This concept is known as “energy poverty” and it’s linked to other kinds of poverty. So the ONE Campaign is aiming to send 50,000 messages to the United States Congress to request their help with changing this. If you will take five minutes to go to this link and send a message (regardless of where you live), you’ll help move the project forward. Interestingly, you’ll also increase the chance that I will be one of the people selected to go to Washington, D.C. to present the messages to Congress in person, and let’s face it, that could be kind of awkwardly hilarious. ;)
Whether you do just one of these two things or both, thank you for continuing to give me a reason to be brave. I’m so proud of you all.
The roster has, finally, been updated; my apologies to those who have been waiting for me to get on the ball there. We are just three Knights short of 300! (No, this is not Sparta.)
I would also like to announce that we have a PARTNER BLOG! The sister of one of my Tumblr followers has created gooddeedsyo, with the specific intent of signal boosting fundraisers for charities and individual Tumblr users in particular need. I encourage you all to follow that blog.
It is my intention that over the coming weeks, I will be slightly shifting this blog’s focus. We were originally founded to combat cyberbullying and that will always remain something against which we stand firmly opposed. However, with your consent, I would like us to broaden our scope and find additional ways in which the Knights of Fandom can make a difference. The partnership with gooddeedsyo is part of that; I also, thanks to an excellent suggestion, will be making available a list of resources for anyone who needs them. If you have ideas for how we can increase our impact as we unite the fandoms, please feel free to share them with me. Let your knighthood be what you make it! :)
Thank you for, as always, giving me a reason to be brave. I will conclude this latest missive with this video of a song that reminds me of the KoF and how I envision our future. (But because we’re Knights of Fandom, I’m using the fandom vid that first introduced me to the song in question.)
The roster has now been updated. To clarify a point which was mentioned in a recent message to this blog, bending the knee/swearing fealty to me is absolutely in no way necessary. It’s very sweet of you to offer, however.
As always, I enjoy receiving your stories of how you helped others with their unfortunate bullying experiences, both online and off. You are all doing a wonderful job being Champions of the Internet. We’re closing in on 300 members and I really think that, with the way this group is growing, we could easily reach 500 by the end of this year! I’d love to make that happen, so please encourage your friends to take the pledge and become Knights of Fandom alongside you. Remember, we’re strongest when we stand together!
Speaking of standing together, I have returned from the magnificent zenkaikon, where I was unable to convene a group of the Knights - but I still have hopes for next year! If you are planning to attend a convention and would be interested in having a get-together of Knights, please let me know and I will publicize it. I would be entirely too excited to see group photos!
Keep up the great work!
I used to maintain the roster as a page, but it has quite simply gotten too large and it’s too difficult to edit using the page editor. So now it will be here, in this entry, where it should be more manageable for me.
I have not been intentionally silent for three months. In shortest form, this has been a horrible winter and it’s taken a really nasty toll on me physically and emotionally. I’m so glad to finally see the sun again.
Welcome to all the newcomers! I have to get the roster updated, but if what I’m seeing in my inbox is accurate, we’re very very close to 300 members. 300! THIS IS SPARTA! Only nicer.
My chief reason for signing in tonight, apart from updates in general, is to ask my loyal Knights to please go and lend some support to Tumblr user the-masaomi-kida, who was recently attacked by some hateful anons. The noble thedragonsroost tried to alert me to her predicament last night, but I was unwell and couldn’t respond. Please invade her inbox and let her know that she’s not alone here.
Keep up the great work, everyone! It means so much to know that even when I can’t be here acting as a proper leader, there are so many of you out there doing your best to combat bullying in all sorts of forms. Remember, you are champions of the internet!
Tumblr’s interface gave me a little grief about updating the roster. But rest assured, I have finally triumphed and our number now stands at 261 members, including my own real-life baby sister (I’m so proud). That is an absolutely marvelous number and it just goes to show how much we’re continuing to grow and expand our influence. Welcome to all of our new members - if you haven’t already, please take some time to look over this blog, review our pledge and FAQ and TV Tropes page, and get to know us and what we do.
I hope that no matter what happens, no matter how hard things sometimes get and how overwhelming the internet (not to mention real life) can be, each of you will always remember that you have a home here among your fellow Knights. You are an important and valuable member of this online force of good. Just by being here, just by refusing to contribute to negativity on the internet, you have made a difference for someone. I am sincerely glad to have each and every one of you here. The Knighthood’s ask box is always open, and you are welcome to use it whenever you need encouragement.
You are, you continue to be, my reason to be brave.
One more thing - if any of you are planning to attend this year’s Zenkaikon in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, please let me know. I will be there, and I would love to organize a meetup.
Keep fighting the good fight. Be strong. I am proud of each one of you. Yes, even you.
Happy December, my Knights, and a hearty welcome to all of the new members! I will be updating the roster shortly.
In the meantime, however, we have received a request for help and I sorely hope someone out there is able to provide it. This morning I received a message about a Tumblr user who has disappeared, and the sender is concerned that they may have harmed themselves or worse. If anyone has any information about the user zerobutt, please let me know and I will pass it on to their concerned friend.
EDIT: zerobutt is okay. Thanks, guys. :)
The holiday season can be a difficult time for many, so I hope that you will all do your best to bring a little extra joy to others. I know you bring plenty of joy to me! Our efforts here give so many a reason to be brave. And if you yourselves are having trouble this holiday season, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I know that sometimes, asking for help is the hardest thing in the world - but you can always come to the Knighthood for strength when your own isn’t quite there.
Keep up the good work, everyone. I’m very proud of what you have accomplished in our year on Tumblr!
Just finished updating the roster, and wow! 247 Knights?! That’s awesome! You’re awesome!
I made a few edits to names, mainly to the ones I know for a fact changed. I also removed a few that don’t work anymore. If your url has changed and is no longer accurately listed (or no longer listed at all) on the roster, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can fix it.
Welcome to the newly knighted, and thank you all! Have yourselves a wonderful day!
One year ago today, this account was established - mostly as a joke, but with a real interest in reducing anonymous bullying online. Now we boast close to 250 members (the latest of whom still need to be added to the roster - welcome!) and I daresay we’ve made a bit of a difference along the way.
Happy communal birthday, Knights! Have a glorious day - and thank you for all you do!