Is this Fan Site succeeding in its stated mission which is to 'support' Susan Boyle? You be the judge:
This fan site was created on April 12, 2009 and written about in Huffington Post just 4 days later because it already had 12,000 members.
For Susan's first American TV appearance, fans lined up and mostly sat together to cheer her on. She knew American forum members were there, she looked right at them and giggled at the end. I'm sure that support before she'd even released an album, meant a great deal to her.
First New York Plaza performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cee42UfxpXQ
Susan has related in her book how terrified she was. It finally was Andy telling her how many of her fans were out there waiting, and did she want to disappoint them, that got her to get ready and perform. She was also presented with her first quilt - made by forum fans. When Susan returned to Blackburn, she was wearing a red scarf - gift from a forum fan - and a Tweek button - clearly again, fan support meant a great deal to her.
In April 2010, 16 fans from around the world flew to Japan to see Susan, and the story of their support, and the birthday party they shared made international news, a great positive for Susan.
The first time that Susan ever came to a M and G simply to meet fans, not connected with any performance was July 2010 in the Premier Inn in in Livingston, Scotland and there were just eleven of us there. It was memorable because Susan came dressed in red and as she entered she said " I'm in my red!", in support of the Forum's adopted colour. She'd gone to the trouble of wearing a red poncho over her red dress despite the summer weather!
The day after Susan's Papal Mass performance she chose to attend a fan meet - and stayed much longer than she'd planned, clearly enjoying herself. Again, the fan support obviously gave her a lift, and it wouldn't exist without this forum to organize such get-togethers.
Lisa Pulley's video count was written up in Irish Central Sept 2010 - helping make clear how much Susan's videos are viewed - at that time the count had already surpassed one half billion.
LucyB's first book in her continuing series came out about the same time, getting 'the facts' out there for anyone who cared to read the book.
cicichi and 1susanfan went to Chicago to see Susan on Oprah and a poster about their trip was featured on the Official Site.
At Susan's first book signing, and at all future album signings, Susan has been well supported in person by forum fans.
In Nov 2010 fans greeted Susan in New York and the airport welcome made the news there. 140 forum fans and friends attended the Plaza concert as well.
In March 2011 Susan performed brilliantly at the Scottish Music Awards, again visibly supported in person by 27 forum fans - and she clearly appreciated it. Again she surprised them by unexpectedly joining them at a fan meet the following day.
In August 2011, at very short notice, a group of about 20 fans were organized in New York to meet with Susan for filming to be included in a documentary about her. The documentary was hugely successful, selling to 88 countries, and forum fans certainly played a role.
In October 2011 fans welcomed Susan back to LA at the airport in a big way, resulting in 'Subomania returns' press. (Susan was performing on Dancing With the Stars - a group of very dedicated forum fans dressed up in wild costumes in order to get tickets to the show, which they then shared with other fans.)
In early November, Australian forum fans had the chance to meet Susan in person and demonstrate how widespread her support is.
For the opening of the Stage Musical, forum fans around the world organized and went to Newcastle. Their presence generated worldwide press about how Susan's fans were travelling from everywhere to see the show including 'City Gripped By Subomania!' Many reviews mentioned 'fans travelling from around the world. Susan again chose to join in a number of Fan Meets during the show's run, including with over 60 fans after the musical's last show.
In 2013 forum fans became part of a press story of fans from around the world buying tickets for Susan's first tour. And again, some reviews referred to 'fans from around the world' most of course organized here.
The cover of Susan's fifth album was affected by fan support here for a suggested cover photo.
In Oct 2013 fans shared a dinner with Susan to show their support for her at the Prince and Princess of Wales Fundraiser.
In Nov 2013, fans gave Susan a great Houston welcome at the airport which again got press coverage.
While it is impossible to know how much forum fans affected attendance at Susan's movie, many certainly worked very hard to get the word out, and to attempt to get theatres to show the film.
In December, 2013 the second Susan Boyle documentary came out, again featuring forum fans in a 'supporting' role.
Above are just some of the highlights. This doesn't take into account those who Tweet, our SBFII Facebook site (where some who don't post here, do comment there) our Youtube Channel soon to reach 8 million views... It doesn't cover the Charity auction purchases and donations, the blogs, like Graysea's and Poulson's. Tweek's buttons which are now scattered in their thousands around the world. The online voting by forum fans, with the most recent result, Susan's Fan Choice Award in Scotland.... there are many ways we support Susan - and together, we can continue to in ways that impact her positively. After all, how many times has she mentioned how she 'looks forward to seeing those red scarves'?
PLEASE NOTE: This post isn't meant to diminish in any way, contributions of support from other Susan Boyle fansites, but this is the only one I belong to and can review.