The results are up! Thank you to everyone who supported this project!
Spread the word and let me know what you think!
There is a follow-up Webways post discussing feedback here.
The Census is now closed. 100,000 thank-yous to everyone who took part! Details of the results will be announced as I work them out.
It’s MCR project time again. And this time, we need each and every one of you to take part.
Over the last year or so I’ve become increasingly interested in the inner-workings of My Chemical Romance’s fan base. I’ve been listening since I was 11 when Parade came out, and I’ve come across people who have been fans since they were far younger than I was. There are also a lot of people who are in their 20s and 30s – so why is there still a stereotype that all MCR fans are 14-year-old girls who grow out of eyeliner and skinny jeans? I’ve also become increasingly aware that fans of the band who are pretty vocal on Twitter or Tumblr don’t necessarily hang out on other websites, and vice versa, so people don’t always know how many fellow fans there are in their country. What I’ve found myself wanting to do is make a register of sorts, something that finally gives the wider world a clear idea of how diverse this fanbase is. Putting the idea to the Rmy on #MCRchat, I learnt that people agreed with me. How many of us are there? Where did we first hear the band? What’s the actual percentage of male fans?! My idea is that this will be open for a duration of maybe six months, depending on you guys’ response, then the results will be published anonymously on some form of website, as a census. The ‘register’ part of the questionnaire, with participants’ name and/or Killjoy name, country and optional web address and/or display picture, would be listed separately on the same site and always open to updating. There would be a search application and filters so people can find fellow members in their area, discover if anyone’s got a similar Killjoy name or track down kids they met at shows. Your details would, of course, only be used with express permission, the option of which is in the questionnaire, which is here. If you have any questions or suggestions, or if I’ve made tremendous spelling mistakes, please email email@example.com, Tweet @MCRmyCensus or @ToBeQuiteFrank or hit me up here. I don’t bite, spam or retweet obsessively and your details won’t get passed on. Promise.
To keep up to date with developments regarding this whole project, check back here. Specific details of the register are still being sorted (I do know I want to stop calling it a census or register. Name suggestions are appreciated!). The census will be open until 30th April 2012 (I will take it offline on the 1st May).
If the project goes well, I have another idea which, again, involves everyone and is MCRmy-related as opposed to fan expression-related. So let’s see how for we can make this thing go.
Note: Please answer ALL questions. If you don’t wish to say your view, just put a dash ( – ) in the answer box. If you don’t know, estimate. Compiling the final results is a lot easier when all questions have been answered