Here's a wonderful article about online fandom, sent to me by the beautiful and wonderful mun of ninewho, who tells me she found it on Wil Wheaton's blog (why do I not know about this blog??). It really made me smile and struck a real cord in me towards my very dear friends who exist in my computer, so I thought I'd share.
Fandom's about not being alone anymore. Maybe you started as a fan-inna-box, two hundred miles from the nearest con and farther still to the nearest fan, but you came here to find friends
, and to share your squee, and to create things together, and to say, "I was here, and I loved this thing, and these are the people who will remember me." ... Even if you never met in the real world, the way the mundanes would say you define a friend, they'll remember.