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From journal based platforms to Tumblr, there was a large change. On Tumblr, it is far harder to organize a fandom, or multiple fandoms, to get large-scale projects done. The lack of comments is one thing that makes this difficult, and Tumblr fandom tends to be more scattered than LJ or previous incarnations were, because there are just so many blogs out there, and it's very easy to become multi-fandom and find a blog that has many of the same fandoms as you. I once saw someone express that they find it unlikely that something like the Organization for Transformative Works could be formed through Tumblr, and I have to say that I agree.

But that doesn't mean people don't try.

DashCon 2014 came from an idea that, as far as I know, had been posted and then reblogged for ages without anything being done about it. Tumblr users wanted a convention by them and for them. There were a lot of jokes made about the idea, primarily from older bloggers, but the idea went forward despite criticisms. Many involved in the planning stages said that a lot of the disasters were caused by shoddy planning, as was predicted by these older bloggers. Some people just don't plan before they spend thousands of dollars.

In July of 2014, DashCon 2014 was born. Bloggers headed to Illinois for the con, including two of my friends. The rest of Tumblr sat back to watch.

Dashcon, which was born as Tumblecon (Tumblr did not wish to be affiliated with it, which proved to be a wise move) and was crowdfunded on IndieGoGo and allowed people to preregister. The start-up had made a deal with the hotel they were staying at to pay gradually throughout the con as more people entered. However, the DashCon staff gathered all of the attendees into a room to break the bad news to them--someone from the staff of the hotel said that the con needed to pay $17,000 in advance or be kicked out of the hotel. The management of the hotel denied requiring this when asked, and denies it to this day. They asked the attendees for this money. I believe they claimed that people would get their money back after the con, or they later began to give it back once people complained. Either way, the majority of the money taken was in cash, and DashCon staff was not good at keeping track of who donated money and how much they donated.

The suspicious demand for $17,000 was not the only trouble the con faced. On Tumblr (because of course) reports began to surface that minors were getting into 18+ panels and that staff was not checking. This included minors getting into panels on BDSM and other topics of a sexual nature. Also, several creators left early, including Noelle Stevenson (pseud Gingerhaze, known for Lumberjanes) because Dashcon could not pay for their rooms. The Welcome to Nightvale panel was also canceled for similar reasons. Those who had paid extra to attend were offered an extra hour in the ballpit, which was a child's pool filled with balls. This has spawned many memes, as well as rumors that someone peed in the ballpit and other nasty occurrences involving it.

Dashcon 2015 has been canceled. Fandom marches on.

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