Going on 4 years with this fandom is a long time. You start out seeing the good, then you just end up seeing the bad and the ugly. And let me tell you, it’s not a good sight to see among all of us. I hope you take the time to read this. It is not to yell at you, or to tell you that you are a bad friend. It is just a little reminder as to why we are a fandom and to show you what’s been lost through out all of this.
Let’s take it back to 2011. When Hunter first toured with Taylor Swift and then started up his little headlining tour called the “Most Wanted Tour” in selective cities. I was lucky enough to see him play many of these cities. I remember thinking that this kid will make it big in life. And he did. I remember getting on twitter and everyday find a new fan that liked his music. HIS MUSIC. At some point there were a good chunk of us talking every day and creating new friendships, thanks to twitter, that me and my best friend (who i met through twitter, irony) started a group on facebook called #Hayniacs. It wasn’t meant to be an exclusive group. It was a community for all of us to just come in and talk to one another. Tell each other about our shows, or what we did during the day. Yeah we talked about Hunter, but we also talked about our normal lives. We even got personal, and people would come in asking for prayers because of situations. We basically were a family. And that family grew. It grew all over facebook, twitter, and Instagram. We shared stories, videos, and photos. It was the best time.
Hunter increasingly grew more famous, so he kept gaining new fans by the minute. Especially when going on tour with Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood. A lot of people took a liking to the fact that he was good looking, and no one can deny that he isnt. But this fandom looked past his dreamy blue eyes and gorgeous hair. We saw a human being who loved playing every night on that stage. We saw someone who just dedicated every moment to make his fans happy. And we enjoyed the power of music he gave to us. Fans started to travel to different states just to see him play, and as ive heard him say before, it makes him so happy that people do that for him. He really does appreciate it all. So the more you traveled and went to the shows, the more times fans got to meet him.
But now the fandom is gaining more and more fans. And it’s taking its turn for the worst. As more and more fans gather, more and more bad things happen. People shouting vulgar things to Hunter at shows, writing horrible things on posters, telling him horrible things, the fandom is fighting so much more, the fandom is getting into his personal business, we are yelling at him when he hasn’t done anything to us. Ive seen so many Hayniacs say they don’t want to be associated with this name anymore because of all the bad things going on, and to say, I don’t blame them. To many people the term “Hayniac” it just a stupid name. But to people, its an identity. It’s a comfort feeling to have. To be labeled as something good. We used to be good. We used to own up to that title and show country music how amazing we are.
We were labeled most loyal fandom in country music. Doesn’t that show you that we were something. We told ourselves we would never be like the beliebers and the directioners. We would never get out of hand. But we have and it’s sad. We have fans who call themselves Hayniacs, but don’t get the true meaning of the name. It never meant who went to so many shows and who met him the most or who could kiss him first. It was about who helped support him to where he is now, who loved him for who he really was (just a geek with a guitar), who listened to his music and new every word to every song, who wore his shirts, who spread the word on him, who just went to shows FOR him.
We’ve lost sight in all of the hating, gossiping, and yelling at each other that we forgot what it really meant to be a family. To love each other, to make new friends and welcome everyone from the outside world. Whether you are a new or old fan, we are supposed to stick together through the good and bad. We aren’t supposed to bail on each other when you think the going gets tough. We are losing what we stand for.
One day, we wont have Hunter anymore. One day, we will have to either go on with our lives. But that doesn’t mean that being a Hayniac has to get lost then too. We need to show the world what we used to be made of instead of what we are now. We need to lean on one another and be there for each other instead of critizing what someone else has or is doing. We never were judgemental people. We welcomed new fans, but it seems like we just shun them now.
Lets make a difference.
Hunter would never want us to fight. He would want us to stick up for each other. He would want us to support each other and be friends. So let’s not do it for our sake, let’s do it for his. Lets go back to the happy Hayniacs we were, where we dominated everything. We kicked ass at some point. I miss it.
I am writing to you guys because I want you to know that I am here for you all. I am here to talk, to listen, to give advice. I don’t want you to think that no one cares in this fandom. Because honestly, people do. If you are scared, sad, mad, upset or even happy, talk to me. I will be there for you.
Don’t lose sight of who you are, because you are perfect. Trust me Hunter agrees.
Please share this with everyone, because everyone needs to know this. Thank you so much for reading And I would love to know your opinions on all of this.
- A Hayniac!