Jessie T. Wolf (wlfdog) wrote,
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I Be Ur Freeend!??!?

Kay, I’m noticing a new trend here with a lot of my more recent fans, and that is the fact that a good number of them come from countries that don’t speak English. O.o In the past two months or so, I’ve been getting e-mails from folks in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Albania… Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it just makes me wonder how on earth I keep getting all of the fans who don’t really know much English. X.x

I suppose the reason this makes me feel kind of awkward is the fact that I have a hard enough time as it is talking to my English-speaking fans (I SO don’t know how to talk to people who send me mails praising me and my art ability…). Generally I’ll get a mail saying something along the lines of, “Hey! I spotted your artwork on such-and-such website, and I think you are very talented. Just wanted to drop a line to say I am now a fan, love your stuff, keep up the good work.” To which I normally reply something along the lines of, “Hi there! And thank you very much for the compliments! I’m glad you enjoy my work. Always a pleasure to hear from new people, and thank you for your wonderful e-mail!”

Now, I find that the non-English speaking fans tend to all be quite similar in the way they approach me. These were from some actual e-mails: “i am writing this because I hope to be ur frind, i really like ur draws.” Or, “Hi, can we speak on MSN, I like to chat, I would like to be your emotionally friend!” Or, “Hi Jessi! I am big your fan, I love wolfs. You are from Canada? I like Canada. Can I be your friends, PLEASE Jessi!!”

Notice that in each example, for some reason the person really expressed an interest in wanting to be my friend. O.o Now this kind of bothers me a bit, simply because… HOW do you reply to these people WITHOUT hurting their feelings?? I do get some fans wanting to be my friend, yes, and I usually have to explain to them that as much as I like meeting new people, and I don’t mind swapping e-mails once in a while, I really don’t have the time to make new friends. I mean REAL, CLOSE friends here.

I know a lot of people, and the level of friendship I have with each person is different. But try to explain to a total stranger that you’re really not looking to meet any new “friends” right now… try to explain that a “friendship” requires time and effort and trust to build, and that it’s not something that just happens automatically over night, and they think you’re an insensitive snob or something.
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Kay, I’m noticing a new trend here with a lot of my more recent fans, and that is the fact that a good number of them come from countries that don’t speak English. O.o In the past two months or so, I’ve been getting e-mails from folks in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Turkey, Albania… Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it just makes me wonder how on earth I keep getting all of the fans who don’t really know much English. X.x

I suppose the reason this makes me feel kind of awkward is the fact that I have a hard enough time as it is talking to my English-speaking fans (I SO don’t know how to talk to people who send me mails praising me and my art ability…). Generally I’ll get a mail saying something along the lines of, “Hey! I spotted your artwork on such-and-such website, and I think you are very talented. Just wanted to drop a line to say I am now a fan, love your stuff, keep up the good work.” To which I normally reply something along the lines of, “Hi there! And thank you very much for the compliments! I’m glad you enjoy my work. Always a pleasure to hear from new people, and thank you for your wonderful e-mail!”

Now, I find that the non-English speaking fans tend to all be quite similar in the way they approach me. These were from some actual e-mails: “i am writing this because I hope to be ur frind, i really like ur draws.” Or, “Hi, can we speak on MSN, I like to chat, I would like to be your emotionally friend!” Or, “Hi Jessi! I am big your fan, I love wolfs. You are from Canada? I like Canada. Can I be your friends, PLEASE Jessi!!”

Notice that in each example, for some reason the person really expressed an interest in wanting to be my friend. O.o Now this kind of bothers me a bit, simply because… HOW do you reply to these people WITHOUT hurting their feelings?? I do get some fans wanting to be my friend, yes, and I usually have to explain to them that as much as I like meeting new people, and I don’t mind swapping e-mails once in a while, I really don’t have the time to make new friends. I mean REAL, CLOSE friends here.

I know a lot of people, and the level of friendship I have with each person is different. But try to explain to a total stranger that you’re really not looking to meet any new “friends” right now… try to explain that a “friendship” requires time and effort and trust to build, and that it’s not something that just happens automatically over night, and they think you’re an insensitive snob or something. <:/ I just can’t talk to these people! Especially since I’m afraid that anything I say might be taken the wrong way, simply because they don’t know English very well. I don’t want to offend anyone!

Okay, fans are nice. I still feel a little odd having fans... since I just see myself as simply another body, and don’t really wish to be on any kind of “higher level” status. People are still people, no matter what their talent is. I am a friendly, open wolfy, and I certainly don’t mind chatting with new folks from time to time. But I just wish that folks wouldn’t slap on such strong expectations so soon. It’s frustrating as all hell. >.< *flicks her ears in annoyance*
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