Sat. Jul 13th, 2024


About Me (and this blog)

The Blog

Please don’t let the image above scare you, it’s just me rendered as an anime character. Welcome to my blog! It’s mainly about my own pop culture consumption, which maybe has a slight preference for science fiction. There may also be some Japanese and Korean culture featured at times, because I’m going through a Japanese phase at the moment (I recently travelled there) and I’m also obsessed with Kpop. Besides that, my interests range far and wide, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. I’m taking a three-pronged approach to the content of this blog and its presentation. There will be daily entries detailing my pop culture consumption for the day, with mini reviews and other observations. These can all be found in the Diaries category. I guess they constitute my own attempt at what the scholars call practice-led research, with the diaries as my own autoethnographic impressions of the field. Largely an unfiltered screed, they’re the things I’ve gotta say, whether anyone is listening to me or not. Then there will be more detailed occasional entries where I expound on what I want to say a bit more, put my thoughts into more coherent order. These can be found in the Blogs category. Lastly, there will be Archive items that will also go in the menu. These aren’t strictly part of the blog per se, but I’ll include them as blog items when I post them, but won’t label them as blogs. Feel free to ignore them – they’re just my ‘Wuzzy Fur Balls’, creative projects done over the years. But if you are curious, I’d kindly point you to the page detailing the science fiction novel I wrote, called Eye of the Timegate.


I think of myself as a ‘pop culture scholar’. That’s more an ambition than a reality. I haven’t had any scholarly papers about pop culture published in any scholarly journals – at least, not yet. But in my heart, I know that’s what I am. In fact, that’s what we all are here in the fandom world. We are highly knowledgeable about the pop culture we are into. We’re all scholars. Say it loud, say it proud!

I spent much of my childhood and teens obsessing over pop songs and groups and movie stars and magazines, and as an adult I had a career as a high school teacher, majoring in English and Media Studies. I have also been a radio dj, a podcaster and even, briefly, a roadie for a band. More recently I have realised my dream of being a library worker (much less stressful!).

Please feel free to explore the blog. Any feedback or discussion would be most welcome. 

– Russell Forden