In The Army Now

Once I had decided that I was firmly on the Richard Armitage train, it was time to let everyone know.

Mama Thornton forcing look gif

        I have some exciting news!

So, first things first: I jumped into my Paint program and made a new signature for my community message board, something more RA-centric.

NYC hoodie PS banner

I chose this particular photoshoot because Richard seems to look his actual age in it and that appealed to me. This was the Richard Armitage that you could possibly pass by on the street buying a newspaper, or hailing a cab.

NYC hoodie PS hands

          or attempting to explain String Theory

Next, I sought out the Armitage Army. I found an Armitage Army forum , this one is associated with Richard Armitage Central (a RA info site) and joined right away.

Guy removing blindfold from Marian gif

is hazing allowed in this Army? *looks hopeful*

Fan-Forums are ideal places to find helpful tidbits from the fans themselves: location of things online, history and lore, interviews you shouldn’t miss…

biggest sword interview gif

you can cut that gif

he names his weapons gif

I name my weapon too gif

Well established forums can feel a bit intimidating at first, so I like to focus on the film work as a start. After I made my introductory post

letter-jacket wave

                 *insert lame intro here*

I jumped down to the film threads to lurk around a bit

hooded Guy gif

                                   currently online

and hopefully find what to watch next. I noticed they housed a large Fan-Fiction section, but seeing as how I had just recently pulled myself out of a fanfic addiction, I thought it best to bypass that area for now. that would change once I discovered North & South, Robin Hood, Sparkhouse…

Adam's Apple Guy

                     FanFiction: because it’s cheaper than therapy

I should note that becoming engulfed in the world of blogs and blogging has pretty much canceled out my forum time.

Thornton asleep on desk

                                            must.find.more.gifs

I also needed more visual stimulation, so I turned to Tumblr. I Googled some Richard Armitage themed tumblrs, then clicked on promising titles and avatars from their followers, etc. there seems to be an RA tumblr for everything: characters, body parts, even Richard eating and drinking!

Sydney #SRSLY gif

                                                 you have no idea

I have my handful of favorites now, but it took me weeks of clicking through the archives of all 500 gazillion of them.

Thorin and Dwalin conspire

                                 is gazillion even a thing?

It was a taxing job… but a sacrifice I was willing to make.

Porter in uniform

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36 thoughts on “In The Army Now

      • (sheepishly) Perhaps this is why I have two Facebook personas, a twitter account, a tumblr account, and a “me” WordPress blog (gigglepants) and a “romantic/naughty” WordPress blog. OH. Um. And I’ve started writing fanfiction, although it won’t surprise you that I haven’t had time to post much of it. My mind is all over the place too, but it’s constantly shouting at the top of its (figurative) lungs. :}

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        • this sounds intriguing, does having all of those outlets help balance out the chaos? I’m noticing some of the RA bloggers have more than one kind of blog; maybe I should try my hand at an unfocused one.

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          • For me, it definitely helps. I find that having lots of creative outlets lessens my tendency to create other, less positive messes. :} And I really enjoy posting and keeping up on all the different sites, although not all of them every day.

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  1. All aboard! We’re on the Richard Armitage train! Love that image. I too joined the Army (under a different name) and managed to become a Private. But since I began blogging I have not been there much. I love Tumblr, have two Facebook pages one for RL and one for RA, two twitter accounts,and that’s about it for now. Glad I’m not alone!

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  2. Very lovely banner for your blog. So, you’ve decided there’s no turning back? I tried to resist labeling myself a fan for awhile. (That lasted about a month.) But once you discover that Richard is really a nice bloke and that so many of his fans are really intelligent, funny ladies – what’s wrong with joining the group?
    Absolutely love the opening gif. sigh.
    Have fun blogging!

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  3. Lori H says:

    Luv’d this particular blog Big Time! It was great. I have to bookmark this one and also send this over to my BFF. She’ll luv it!

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  4. I love your gif illustrations kelbel! Particularly Guy going online *hahaha*,
    Yeah, your path into the community pretty much mirrors mine, too. It was tumblr that got me hooked (visual person). I already maintain four blogs (commercially) and have 2 private blogs, so another RA blog is definitely not gonna happen. And I am trying to keep RA out of FB, but like you I have attracted a lot of suspicion among my friends because I did not realise that the salacious RA images I was posting into the “drool pool group” showed up via the ticker *arrrgh*. At least I have divided my professional and fangirl life on twitter. Easy enough – I never use either *haha*

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    • I loved that particular gif of Guy too. sometimes I get a little slap-happy when putting together the posts and laugh out loud at my ridiculousness, but that IS what it feels like to lurk 😀

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  5. Servetus says:

    I have a hard time with the multiple identity thing. I have my own RL FB, and that has meant that I don’t do much on my “Servetus” FB. The other social media I do at all are all connected to Servetus, but I didn’t start off planning to do them — they were outgrowths of blogging anyway, so that’s been fine. And the way “me + ” was conceived as a blog project, anyhow, it was supposed to unite what I thought I could say about myself with the Armitage fangirling. I say almost anything there, except political things, which I try to keep out of my fangirling life (I wanted to jump off a cliff when my Servetus twitter account started filling with political tweets during the 2012 Presidential election). I wonder if I’d blog more about myself if I weren’t sort of set up as an Armitage blogger, but in the end he’s the one who gets me to write, so I’m mostly satisfied. It’s not like I’ve felt I’m running out of stuff to say …

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    • I’ve always found the concept of your blog intriguing, to explore introspective things about yourself through RA. It seems like it might be easier to use a muse like that, instead of just randomly writing about things. I’m going to try the “multiples” thing though, just to give me additional space to express myself. the additional social media accounts may prove way too confusing, and having a blog without a clear direction may be too much freedom for my chaotic brain to handle; we shall see… (I’ll still be “me” in all of them, variations on the same user/RL name; just slightly different subject matter)

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      • Servetus says:

        I think the main problem is not realizing which account you’re logged into and then posting something from your fan life in your real life account — depending on what you post that could be a problem and it’s caused minor or major problems for a few people I know. So you always need to check “who” you are before post / submit / send / tweet. A more doctrinaire person than I would say never post anything anywhere that you couldn’t afford to have associated with your real life identity — but I broke that rule long before I started Armitage blogging.

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