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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lexxperiment

I've never done this before, so let's call it a Lexxperiment.

First, I made this page on facebook as a pointer to my own stuff to demarcate clear boundaries for incoming newbies just discovering the Lexx fandom. I really had no other plans for it.


Then the other day I was talking about creating a place where fans all over the world can share public links without having to join anything. (I have a million accounts, as do some of you, I'm sure.) I know this page still requires a facebook account to be able to post, but I went ahead and opened up the wall to the public. I'm not expecting response, just putting it out there that Lexx fans DO have a public place to share their link updates if they want.

I wrote this note on the day I made the wall accessible to the public. Given my extreme slacker nature (4 months not checking the littlelexx forum, I'm terrible), don't worry if I don't check this page all the time. If graffiti shows up I'm sure we can all be cool and just step over it till I get there.

Are You Lexxperienced?

I'd like open this page so that Lexx fans can post to the wall. Post links to your fansites and fanfic (please don't post fanfic here, I'll delete it), post your Lexx art and youtubes, post your cosplay. I hope this can be a real time info sharing hub. ALL Lexx fans are welcome to post update notices to their sites here, as long as it is about Lexx.

I'm not into fights, dissing, side taking, and bombing. If I see any, I'll delete it. This includes both other fans and the Lexx actors. This page is not a dumping ground for what you don't like about other fans, the actors, or the show.

I also delete spam, porn, and hate. This page is open to the public, all ages can see it.

Please limit to one post at a time, put all your stuff into one post when you share. Twenty posts from one person on one day drowns out other people posting, so if I see that happening I might delete some.


The Lexx Dimension

New interview with Ellen Dubin that has Lexx in it, yay!

Click the snip to go.




Friday, January 16, 2015

Valentine Lexx

Originally posted on 2-4-14.

Ah, l'amour. Happy Valentine's Day, Lexx fans. You are welcome to grab and use these. They are also on my Lexx pinterest board.


















Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Parallel Lexx

RJess is working on a Lexx fansite in Russian, and has gracefully translated some of my Lexx posts. Near the bottom left of the page is an English language preference option, which helps with some of the descriptions and titles. I can also paste posts over into translate.google.com with Lexxellent results.


I run into other-language Lexx fansites every once in awhile (Americans don't always automatically get search results from other countries, you might need to use search engine addresses outside of the States), and I've been very impressed with the tenacity I've seen around the world to keep Lexxing. This includes several South American and Asian countries, besides Europe, Russia, Canada, and Australia.

Some of us from several countries dream of a public world fan network, where fans can check in from everywhere with links to their stuff. This is a real thing, it's starting to happen. The challenge is making it easy across the variety of medias. Fan groups are great, but when they are closed to public, the information is inaccessible. Forums are great, but information is too easily buried. Fansites are great, but an owner or admin has to manually log content. Facebook pages seem ideal, but not everyone wants to make a Facebook account just to post a link. I'm investigating checkin apps that allow link-throughs, but apps can be so glitchy-fail across devices that info gets lost. Some shareware like Disqus requires IE, which doesn't work for me at all, etc etc etc. Again, the best thing I've seen so far is Twitter, but I have yet to find enough Lexx fans using it to support an active list feed. Several of us have tried. We see Farscape and Stargate fans out there world networking through Twitter and feel very frustrated sometimes at Lexx fans hunkered down in their dark little holes, but that itself is so classic for Lexx fans, I find it rather adorable. It's who we are.

In the meantime, if you are a newbie who has just discovered Lexx, some of the older fansites have pretty awesome link collections. My own list is pretty dismal, but several sites in that list will keep you busy the rest of the year if you are determined to scour Lexx history on the internet. I've actually attempted that, it's a full time job. We need Memory Catacombs like Brunnis had. If you'd like a quickie synopsis of some of the pitstops the Lexx made, check out this Bulgarian fansite. There are several Lexx Wikis I depend on, but I love the personal touch fans put into their own site creations.

And thank goodness for persistent fans.



Monday, January 5, 2015

Lexxperience the numbers

I'm still not understanding the deeper complexities of google analytics, but I can access 'insights' to my Lexx page on G+.


Fifteen followers doesn't look like a very big deal, does it? But what is really happening there? Three and a half thousand post views since about this time last year isn't too shabby. Not bragging, just saying Lexx fans are definitely out there. This doesn't count people who get email and alt reader copies of what I write when they sub to the associated blogger page.


Why did I do this? Because I still can't see numbers on my original Lexx blog at Xanga. I used to see some pretty sweet numbers until the server move a year and a half ago. I created branch pages so I could see if anyone ever actually checks back. Boy howdy. This is just from the last 30 days on the G+ page. Basically, the view count doubled over the holidays.


The problem that surrounds ME is that I have a controversial past in the Lexx fandom and I used to be contacted by people who'd rather not be seen publicly contacting me, for various reasons that I completely understand and harbor no ill feelings about. I'm also feeling out new projects with a few fans who have let me know they're not comfortable yet becoming public figures outside of their Lexx avis. That's cool, it was a huge leap when I made it myself, and my nerves were pretty fried. I even talked to a psychologist about it to help me deal, because my social anxiety was maxed out because #aspie.

Since I made the decision to keep everything I do completely public, I've had far fewer challenges than when I used privacy settings. I'm really liking that. I have no secrets, lurkers come and go freely, no more side taking and private emailing. The trade off is that I'm in the dark about who visits my sites now, which is fine. Numbers are people. I can see general locations, most of the device types, how long people hang out reading, and that's all I need. I've got spam filters up, I know you guys are real, and I get warm fuzzies looking at stats.

Why is this a thing today? Because I still run into fans everywhere I go who think 'Lexx is dead' or wonder where we all got off to. Yeah, forums here and there might be slow, a couple more fan sites have disappeared, but I run into new fans all the time. On twitter just this last week, 19 year old who discovered Lexx after seeing Deiter Laser in a couple of things was so excited that she had to DM me about her lexxperience. I'm out there cruising the social medias, and I'm seeing the amazing Lexx cosplays in comiccons across several countries and the new very collectible art fans are still creating.

You newbies are not alone. Us old guys haven't left. Lexx is not dead. Lexx fandom, for most of us, is generally a cult fandom, and most of Lexx really is underground. Or underether- what is the web undergound called, anyway?

I'm still running into Zev vs Xev, where is Michael, wow Brian is still doing stuff, they should make a Lexx movie- but social media is really super changing. I know I'm running to keep up. Search engines have changed, it's not as easy to find what you want any more. You can't just search "Lexx" and find current fan hotspots like we used to. I've been learning all new ways to break through the buildup in the search engines, working really hard at it, and I still think our best hope is twitter. Everything else gets drowned out, but you hashtag something on twitter, it comes back with a click. Even then, hashtagging is a problem. Do you know how many people in this world are nicknamed Lexx? There is even a very prominent dance club named Lexx. The trick is word combos. But I digress.

I'm writing this because I know some of you really think it's over. Being a Lexx fan is NOT easy. We work hard to find each other and create our own fan stuff. It's not handed to us by a big company wanting our money. Yet. You get Lexx into the right hands, who knows what could happen. Plus we have to remember the filming world is changing. Look at all the kickstarters out there, and debates over Netflix and Hulu purchasing franchises. It's a real fight getting something filmed when you don't magically have millions of dollars to burn. If I ever make millions of dollars... guess what I'm spending it on. Ok, besides sox and chickens.

I'm rambly today because I'm taking the day off. I've already combed through lotsa technoweenie codes and settings and instructions stuff. Kinda thinking it's been, oh... *looks at watch* 10 months since I've worked on the IWHS film review, 7 months since I did the last character post. I know! I'm terrible! I've been busy! I left the fandom and Lexx is dead! lol Worse, I'm not linking you to all this new stuff I find! I know! I suck!

New Year's Lexx resolution- WRITE MORE STUFF. The real kind. With lots of pictures. And links.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

new year, new universe

Another year, another lapse into Lexx nostalgia.


Those of you who haven't yet embraced twitter, it's not too late. Twitter has a sweet search engine that pulls up entire histories of word combos, like Lexx 790, Lexx Kai, Lexx Zev, Lexx Xev, Lexx Stanley Tweedle, Lexx Giggerota, Lexx Thodin, Lexx Mantrid, and so on. I find fans all over the world tweeting about watching Lexx, missing Lexx, cosplaying Lexx, creating Lexx stuff, wishing Lexx was broadcasting somewhere...

The cool thing about twitter is fans tweeting links to stuff. I ran into this link today, another version of the BrunnenG song I'd never heard before. I'll be honest, I'm really swamped with a project I'm working on and am woefully deficient in linking Lexx content I randomly find, but twitter makes it easy to find stuff that fans have linked there, thankfully. I overloaded my bookmarks on several browsers, there's way too much to keep straight. If anyone out there is attempting this Herculean effort to warehouse everything Lexx, major kudos and God bless, but in the meantime, twitter is the coolest real time warehouse I've found to date.

I got a very sweet Happy New Year message from Kirill Yaravoy on VK, and I'm seeing more in Facebook Lexx groups. I haven't checked forums in quite awhile, my bad, so I'll say here what I'm saying to everyone- I hope this is your best year ever, and never stop believing it's all good. I know Lexx fans have to believe even harder, but I do believe. Lexx is still alive and well all over the world, and fans just keep making more Lexx, like this awesome effect. See more here.