Guess I really am part of the AA

My name is Esther and I’m a Richard Armitage fan. I should say well-wisher, by decree of Mr. A himself once long ago, but I won’t. So, I’m a fan but only in a semi-public capacity. I don’t gush daily about him (I am over the really gushy stage and have been for years), I don’t tweet that much about him or even write that much about him, I don’t participate in Richard message boards or social media banter and I keep away from fandom drama as much as I can (in fact, I’m quite obtuse and barely notice a lot of it). Privately, I don’t constantly pour over his pictures, or read articles and fanfic, or watch fan videos, or scour the internet for more info and I don’t re-watch his work that much anymore either. I completely skip the audiobooks and it nowadays also takes me quite a long time to actually watch some of his other newer projects (they are not always for me, although, for what it is, I did quite like The Stranger and found My Zoe alright as well, but I have not seen The Lodge and Castlevania seasons 2 and 3 yet).

With all this, you may wonder if I even would still call myself a fan and the answer is, yes, I would. I still love the man from afar, he remains my favourite even if I’m not always vocal about it and I can still get excited about something like winning a Richard Armitage shrine (to add to the few fan items I already have and really cherish) or finding a new interview. Something in his acting and in the way he comes across (warts and all) really connects with me and I am always interested in what he has to say and what he’ll be doing next. His pictures cross my Twitter timeline daily, I am thankful to more active fans who keep up with news so well, I read some Armitage blogs (but even my fave RA blogs don’t blog about him all the time, which I like, as there is more to life than just Richard) and I will on occasion even travel to see him live.

In short, I do my fangirling in my own way (sometimes detached, sometimes immersed) and in my own little bubble here on blog. I also engage a teeny tiny bit on Twitter so that I can stay up to speed with news and that’s it. So, I don’t think my profile is that large or noticeable and until today I think I have stayed under the radar well enough and was never targeted as an Armitage fan by fake Richard Armitage accounts before. But here you have it: today, during my lunch break, I saw that “Richard Armitage” has finally deemed it time to follow me on Twitter!

I have reported the account as fake but oh my goodness, does this mean that after having fangirled over Richard for 14 years, I am now officially part of the ‘Armitage Army’? I’m always wary of being labeled as one thing and I certainly don’t want to be part of an army! I love the man but he is not my ‘commander in chief’ – I fear I’ll be a disobedient soldier because he can’t command me to do anything (no one can, not even my most beloved husband) and I certainly won’t take everything he says or does as gospel to be followed. This Twitter follow makes me realize that I am more part of a wider fan group than I saw myself to be. The Armitage bots (or whoever makes these fake accounts) have finally found me!

So, all this to say – I guess I am now recognized more widely online as an Armitage fan, ‘Richard’ followed me and I have reported him. πŸ™‚ Does this make the Richard-Esther connection more real now? I’m not sure how I feel about that.

(Yes, this is the ringtone that plays every time my phone rings)

(Been typing at this blog post off and on, in between work, since lunch. This means I need to work later than I usually do to catch up again. See? I’m fan enough that Richard Armitage can distract me from work.)

19 thoughts on “Guess I really am part of the AA

  1. LOL, I didn’t see that coming. I was all ready to applaud you for fangirling the way you fangirl – with delays, without Social Media, quietly, occasionally critical – and then I read that you have been targeted by the fake Richards. Well done on reporting. I just don’t get why these people think that fans are not copped on enough to know that the celebs don’t engage in DM wheeling and dealing… On another note: I don’t think that I have ever had a fake Richard following me on Twitter. Ha. So I’m not a fan? πŸ˜‚

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    1. Oh my goodness, you haven’t had a fake fan follow you yet on Twitter? You’re way more active there than I am, I thought I was the last one… apparently not! If you aren’t a fan, then I don’t know who is. πŸ™‚

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  2. your ringtone made me laugh
    certainly after 2 years of fangirling, it takes a lot to make me squee these days. He certainly redeemed himself hugely after acknowledging the auctions (this has been a real bug bear for me). I think i love more his characters than the man himself these days-mostly because he seems too good at saying what he thinks he should say in interviews rather than what he would say
    but, then again he only has to beam that beautiful smile and i’m bowled over, lol

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    1. I love my ringtone! πŸ™‚
      Yeah, the fangirl honeymoon phase is long over. I totally believe the moody anti-socialite Twitter handle he uses, which to me explains a lot of his behaviour and I’m OK with it.

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  3. Servetus

    It happens to me periodically, but I think I don’t always notice, because I have to be following you for you to DM me, and that’s what most of these scammers want, so if you have your settings right, they can’t get what they want and they disappear that way. I do follow Armitage.

    You might want to enter Richard Armitage as a search term on Twitter, hit the tab for “people” and see where you pop up on that list

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    1. Just did that, searched “Richard Armitage” and “#RichardArmitage” and I don’t feature at all. πŸ™‚ You do. And so does Guylty, btw, even though she doesn’t follow him.

      That account didn’t attempt to DM me but yeah, I know that is normally their objective to DM and get your money.

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  4. Esther I second Rachel on your ring tone I love his voice when he says Esther!
    I’ve never been a fan of Armitage Army phrase and am now on the outskirts but My Zoe was brilliant and The Lodge hr sucked in my opinion. The Stranger disappointed me as he would have really shined in that piece. He’s devastatingly handsome and I’m prone to the beard more than the clean shaven
    I adore your blog and am glad it’s about you with bits and bobs of Richie thrown in and I was looking at my shadow box today thinking of you and your prize πŸ˜˜β€οΈπŸ€—πŸŽ‰

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    1. Yes, he sounds nicely desperate when calling my name on that ringtone, like he really, really wants to speak to me. πŸ™‚
      I agree that The Stranger wasn’t the greatest thing he’s done but I did like it well enough, far better than Pilgrimage or Brain on Fire or even Berlin Station to me.
      Aw, sweet that you were thinking of me. πŸ™‚

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  5. I love your honest evaluation of being an RA fan. We all get out of our fangirling what we want and need in all our different ways. I follow Richard on twitter and have never had a fake follow either. I’m insulted! Your ring-tone is fab! Daniel sounds so breathless and needy.

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