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Hello, my fellow KFP Wikians! :D So with today being the 2-year anniversary of Kung Fu Panda 2—Yeah, I know, it's already been two years. Time really does fly!—I thought I'd take the opportunity to announce another upcoming anniversary: the entire Kung Fu Panda franchise.
That's right—it's been nearly 5 years since the release of the first Kung Fu Panda film. 5 years of having a chubby, clumsy, kung-fu-fighting panda bounce all over the world on the big screen, television, in breathtaking art (both concept and fan-made), across the Web through fanon, videos, social networking sites, and a whole lot more. And, in this case most importantly, it's the reason we're all here as a community on this wiki. This, most definitely, calls for a celebration.
I've been technically planning out this celebration ever since the beginning of the year—the moment I realized that this summer would be the 5th anniversary. School and work kept getting in the way and I wasn't able to sort out the details, but then after finishing up the semester and rearranging my work schedule, I eventually got everything organized and (nearly) all-the-way planned out. Now I'm super excited to finally share it with everyone and put it into action! :)
Why is this even happening here?
Not only was the world exposed to the awesomeness of Po and his epic Kung Fu five years ago, but the fandom has also been in existence ever since. I feel like we, as fellow fans of the franchise and editors of the wiki dedicated to it, are almost obligated to celebrate. Although this is first and foremost a wiki and not a "fan club" (not in primary purpose, at least), we're still a community of people who love Kung Fu Panda; that's the reason I assume most (if not all) of you are here (and, for those who've been here for more than a year and contribute daily, are still here). I'm exactly the same way—I didn't just stick around this wiki for nearly 3 years volunteering all of those hours of my own life because I felt like I had to. I'm still here because I still love the franchise and still consider myself a hardcore fan.
And so, because of that, I want to join together with the rest of you in celebrating 5 awesome years of having this amazing franchise around!
On that same note, I also know for a fact that we're not the only ones celebrating. I lurk just about anywhere and everywhere on the web populated with KFP fans, and I've already seen fans talking about the 5-year anniversary and planning out what to do to celebrate. I invite everyone within those web communities to share with us your celebration plans, and to also consider joining us in ours! Whether you're a browser, a new user, or an active user who's been here for years; whether you've been a fan of the franchise since yesterday or since the very beginning; everyone is welcome to join us in this momentous occasion. :)
Tell me more about the event
Haha, yeah, it's about time I got around to that. :)
So what is it?
As the title indicates, this celebration is going to be "a special wiki event," meaning we're going to host it right here on the wiki. Honestly, if this was a real-life event (meaning this community actually was a fan club that regularly meets with each other in person), I would personally throw the biggest house party and go all-out on everything Kung Fu Panda and party related—and of course all KFP fans would be invited! Unfortunately, this is not the reality of things. There's only so much a website (and even more so a wiki) can do to celebrate something, but I still would like to do everything we possibly can!
This event is also going to be month-long. Yep, that means the entire month of June is going to be Panda Month! Why? While planning this event, I discovered there was going to be a lot happening this June—not just with the celebration, but other events like birthdays and holidays that we normally spotlight on our social networking accounts on Facebook and Twitter. So because of this (and because this is a celebration of the entire franchise and its fanbase), I figured we'd do it justice to have something new happening each day of the entire month.
Having the event last so long also gave me inspiration for its name. Why have a name? Because it'll help get word out about the event easier (which is a key component that I explain in the last section). And so, I hereby officially dub this event:
30 Days of Kung Fu Panda
I know, it's like the cleverest name in the history of named events. But it's somewhat catchy and gets to the point, right? ;)
Basically the whole event is like a huge, online birthday party. We won't have some of the pleasures of a real-life party (like food), but we can still have decorations (through some of the graphics I made for the event—view an example of the event's theme on the wiki's Twitter page header), music (through the featured tracks from the films), and even activities! See the next section for more info...
What's in store?
I'm saving most of the specific details for when it's actually time to start the event on June the 1st, but I'll try to give a basic run-down of it:
The plan is to use the wiki's communication tools (user blogs, forums, the poll generator, etc.) and our social networking accounts to get everyone involved in a variety of online activities. ("Ooh, what kind of activities?") Well, like I mentioned in the previous section, there's only so much a website can do. So unfortunately that means there won't be any piñata-bashing, "Spin the Bottle" or "Pin the Tail on the Donkey". But here's some of the stuff we can do and what's currently on the event's itinerary:
Daily updates to interactive blogs ("interactive" meaning some kind of central question or request involving your opinion)
Daily article spotlights
A televised event (the Daytime Emmys)
Some other random stuff
(Got an idea for something else? Share it in the comments!)
The whole point of having any kind of celebration (in most cases, at least) is to get people involved and to have a good time—that's precisely my goal with this event. I want everyone to have fun with this celebration, and to also share that fun with those who haven't yet experienced the awesomeness of Kung Fu Panda yet.
What can I do to help?
I would still like this celebration to be the biggest "house party" Kung Fu Panda celebration on the web, but the only way we can do that is with people. Here are three basic ways to help out with this event:
Get the word out. This event is exclusively online; therefore, we are dependent on getting word out through social networking and other technological means. We live in such an age where we are surrounded by technology and information; we can communicate with people all around the world in a matter of seconds, and whatever we put on the Internet can spread like wildfire. Post/share/like/tweet/retweet/tag/blog/reblog/comment/rate/etc. anything about Kung Fu Panda, this event, the celebration, and word will definitely get out there.
Give feedback. Also part of the reason for making this entire announcement is to see what your thoughts and ideas are about it. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or input or whatever else about this, or if you have any ideas about what else we could do during the event.
Participate. This is self-explanatory. When we officially start, show your support for the franchise and/or for the wiki by participating in our activities. :)
Those three will just about cover it, but if there's anything else you think you'd like to help out with, just let me know!
Whew! Hopefully you survived through all of that. Didn't mean for this blogpost to be a novel, but that's how it turned out. :P
More details on the event will come on the 1st day of the event (June 1). And again, any questions/comments/ideas/etc. about this, leave them in the comments below and I'll be sure to look over them.
I hope you're all excited about this event—I know I am! Long live Kung Fu Panda! :D