Maybe the word fandom is a bit... controversial, I'll admit. But I don't know a better umbrella term to refer to the OYP community + the google group + pixiv + the Japanese community + the rest...
Anyways, some backstory. I've been around since... man, 2009? My attention to the community has been sporadic to say the least, but I was always there consuming material. I wrote a few stories under various monikers, even got interested in drawing (of course it never got anywhere), the whole nine yards. The community was more active back there - at least in the yufanfics Google Groups thingy people posted much more often. Now I'm writing more stories, but is there anyone left to read them?
It's natural to assume that interest for this tapered off a while ago... but is it completely dead? Nobody's in the IRC channel (although I never remember it being precisely full of people), and while OYP gets a few images per day at most, posts in here are scarce (granted, I never really visited here). My question is, I guess, is the Western Yukkuri "fandom" dead? I'd say that no, there are a few people here -- but where do you get material, aside from pixiv? Or is it mostly just pixiv? Is interest for Yukkuris more alive in Japan than in here, while it was always just a handful of us?
I see that there were pixiv chats regularly. Man, I missed those completely! Are those still happening? How many of you are there?
Sorry if this comes off as a bit spammy. I guess I just want to contribute and I'm curious if there's still something we can still call a "community", whether here or in Japan.