I was 54 when I became a fan. The first time I saw her was on Saturday Night Live, April 14, 2007. She performed 'Girlfriend' and 'I Can Do Better' and I liked her right away. I did a search of the TV schedule and within a couple of days, I watched and recorded a half hours worth of older videos and a half hour show where she did songs from TBDT. I liked it so much, I went out and bought the album. Within a few days, I found her web site and listened to her first two albums. Went back to the store and bought her first two as well. So, within a week, I went from not knowing who she was to owning three of her albums and became a member of her forum. The next year, I joined bandaids when her web site went down for about a week. I have been pleasantly surprised that an old fart like me has been fairly well tolerated within her online community. I've had a lot of fun and made more friends than enemies.
"They say I'm lazy, but it takes all my time. I'm just looking for clues, at the scene of the crime. Life's been good to me so far."
I became a true fan during the GL era. It was a few months before the album was released and right after the WTH video was released; so basically January 2011. I was 14 at the time. I was always aware of Avril's music such as her bigger hits (Complicated, Sk8er Boi, My Happy Ending, and Girlfriend), but it wasn't until GL that I got involved with her music, bought albums, and basically fell in love with her.
I remember when I stumbled upon the WTH video. I was watching Avril music videos on youtube and literally became obsessed with listening to the multi-lingual versions of Girlfriend. I then discovered that she had a new single and album coming out soon. Excited about listening to her old singles and upcoming album, I bought physical copies of LG, UMS, and TBDT and listened to them. I can honestly say that I instantly loved each album.
EDIT: I'm jealous of the fans who became fans earlier on in Avril's career than I did. I feel like I missed out, lol. I think I've spent countless hours doing anything and everything Avril-related to make up for the lost time though!