Three Million Registered Users on AO3

The Archive of Our Own Reaches Three Million Registered Users!

The Organization of Transformative Works is pleased to announce that the Archive of Our Own has now passed 3 million registered users!

After opening to members of the public on November 14th, 2009, AO3 has seen rapid growth. We hit 1 million registered users four years ago on October 31, 2016 and 2 million registered users just over a year ago on July 17, 2019. We could not be more thrilled to have hit this new record.

We absolutely could not have done this without all of you, our users, both registered and unregistered alike, and we cannot thank you enough for helping us to achieve this mind-blowing milestone. Read More

Spotlight on Open Doors

Rawhide-fic is Moving to the AO3

Rawhide-fic, a Rawhide fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The fandom for Rawhide, a show from 1959 about a cattle drive, is small but enduring. This collection of stories dates back to the year 2003 when the rawhide-fic group was created on Yahoo Groups for members of the fandom to share and talk about the stories they created around this never-ending cattle drive. When Yahoo Groups announced that it was closing down, the group began looking for a new trailhead.

Open Doors will be working with Grey Lupous to import Rawhide-fic into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own.

We will begin importing works from Rawhide-fic to the AO3 after November.

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OTW Guest Post: Leah Elisabeth

Every month the OTW hosts guest posts on our OTW News accounts to provide an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom. These posts express each individual’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy.

Leah is a librarian/program coordinator in a small town library. She has been writing fanfiction since 2009. Currently, she spends all her free time participating in and facilitating fandom events. Today, Leah Elisabeth talks about her work with the Secret Santa Exchange in the Untamed fandom.

How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?

My first active fandom was Supernatural. I started watching in the first half of season 5 and was immediately addicted. When the mid-season finale aired, I was absolutely distraught and immediately started looking online for things to tide me over until the show came back in the new year. I found fanfiction on Shortly after that, my laptop broke and I had to send it away for repairs. This was before I had a smartphone, so with no access to my newest addiction I was inspired to start writing my own fanfiction.

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