In the interests of original research, I’ve removed the previous text of this post.
However, I would like to say that so far the findings have been really interesting, and that the Delphi panel’s responses seem to tending more to a consensus. Fans may not be an homogeneous group, but it appears that there’s a lot they can agree on, especially where their information behaviour is concerned!
I’d like to thank my 31 participants for their amazingly in-depth responses, and for their patience in waiting for me to get Round 2 sent out. They all went above and beyond the call of duty in sharing their lives as fans with me.
I hope to get Round 2 sent out some time next week, or the week after. In the meantime, here’s a link to Mason & Robinson’s (2011) list of sources of inspiration for emerging artists and designers (pp. 167-176) – from my perspective, it’s interesting to compare the inspirations of artists to that of fans. It brings to mind just how much fans also share with creators.