#innercircle is an IRC chat.
When I started out in this fandom I had a few people on IM I could chat with, primarily my dear friend and beta trinaest, but we reached a point where we wanted to invite some folks we were getting to know into a place where we could all chat and hang out together. Thus we created an IRC channel for ourselves.
IRC is an old, pre-web technology, but it’s come back a bit largely because of web services like Mibbit that allow you to make a portal for people to enter into your IRC chat via a web link. That’s nice, I like it. It means when we run into someone online and we want to chat with them some more, we can just give them a link and suddenly there they are! In the digital flesh! In our living room! It’s handy.
The name of it is my fault. It’s a joke. And in poor taste, oops. “Inner Circle” is an old name for what people thought was an exclusive fandom clique. I decided we should create a non-exclusive, multi-fandom “clique” (meaning, a group of friends, really), link it publicly, invite interesting people we run into, and make sure anyone who wanted to could drop by and say hi. That was the idea: an ironic inner circle. I kind of considered that it might be seen as an actual inner circle at some point, but I figured what were the chances of that and threw caution to the wind like a dummy. Sorry about that.
It is essentially my fandom living room. It’s a bit intimidating to walk into the living room of someone you’ve never met, I suppose, so I can understand that feeling. It’s linked from my tumblr and my LJ, and I know a few others have done the same, so it’s hardly members-only OR a secret. It’s just my living room. It’s where I hang out.
I’ve made lots of friends through it. People drop by, some stay, some don’t. I mean, you might drop in and discover that you don’t like us and the things we chose to talk about. Not everyone gets along on that level, it might not be for you. One person’s comfy living room is another person’s burning fires of hell. I know there are a few other IRC channels around fandom doing the same thing: just a gathering of like-minded souls, hanging out, being friends. I recommend it. Set up a channel, post a link, chat with your friends! It’s fun!
I’m happy to invite anyone to #innercircle to hang out with us! I love meeting new people! But keep in mind that it’s our living room, not a fandom beta-reading or entertainment service, if you know what I mean. People live there; that’s the only fitting metaphor. The denizens of the place are very friendly, and if you’d like to meet some folks and join a random conversation that might be about nothing at all, you’re welcome to drop by and say hi!
We are generally older people (though not entirely) because it’s my living room and I am an old woman. So be warned that the 30+ contingent makes up the majority. We complain about our joints and our jobs sometimes. And get excited about our new vacuum cleaners. (It’s a DYSON, how can I not be excited?) We talk about non-fandom things all the time. Like I said: it’s just a living room. But if you want to meet us, we want to meet you, too!
#innercircle: sounds intimidating, but generally isn’t. I don’t think. Well, we don’t mean it to be. Welcome to my living room!