Sunday is Embrace Your Geekness Day, and to celebrate, the cloud-hosting, dedicated server-selling geniuses over at SingleHop have asked me and several other geek bloggers to talk about being a geek. I’ll be honest. I have little to no idea about anything related to cloud hosting or dedicated servers, but these folks are great about giving you the information and help you need to get your own magical cloud stuff. The cloud is a mystery to us all, so it’s good that there are those who understand its enigmatic ways. Anyway, if you want to follow what other people are saying about Embrace Your Geekness Day, you can head over to the SingleHop blog to read other posts by other geeks and follow the hashtag #GeeknessDay. The term geek or nerd was something I certainly shied away from in high school and college–even though I have literally always been one (You mean everyone didn’t read Chaucer just for fun? Oh…). However, as I’ve moved into adulthood, being a geek no longer means being some mouth-breathing, poorly groomed, anti-social freak (though I do have thick, dark-rimmed glasses…and bad allergies that often result in my breathing through my mouth…anyway…). Simon Pegg describes geekery best, I think:
So yeah, I’m a geek, and I’m embracing it. I get really excited when I see casting announcements to movies like Star Wars or Batman v. Superman. Getting to spend hours pouring over books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, or otherwise, is my idea of a personal heaven. I go to stuff like Comic Con and I push through the crowds on Free Comic Book Day. I get excited over video games and tabletop games. Simon Pegg is right, embracing those things that make me “geeky” has been one of the most liberating things ever.
What’s also been really cool, and has really made me proud, is starting this blog. I’ve been able to engage with so many other cool geek bloggers (and in the case of Outright Geekery and Girls of Geek12, I even get to contribute to the sites). It’s been so awesome to meet with other geeks, and it’s been extremely awesome (yet kinda strange) when people tell me how much they enjoy reading my blog. Though it’s so nice to know other people enjoy the same random, geeky stuff that I do. It can be tough to be a female in the geek community. For some reason, there can often times be a pretty strict set of “rules” for us to avoid the dreaded label of “fake geek girl”. Luckily, there are some truly awesome women in the geek community. My biggest role model in the geek community is definitely the one and only Felicia Day. She’s amazing, and is just about everything I want to be when I grow up. Felicia is an actor (Supernatural, The Guild, Eureka, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the list goes on…), she’s a singer… …she’s a writer (for instance, The Guild was her brainchild), and she’s an entrepreneur. She started her own awesome business called Geek and Sundry (honestly, one day I want to work at G&S). If you haven’t checked them out, you need to do that now. She’s kind of amazing, and she’s someone I aspire to be like. Of course she isn’t the only amazing geek role model out there. There are TONS of amazing other female geeks like Aisha Tyler, Bonnie Burton, Amy Dallen, and Jen Timms (just to name a few), and some awesome guy geeks like Wil Wheaton and Chris Hardwick. Really, I’m not even scratching the surface of the amazing people out and about in geek culture, but those are some of my favorites. Being a geek is great, and there is no one way to be a geek. You can geek out about books, music, theatre, games, movies, television, comics, or anything else. Being a geek means loving what you love with just as much intensity as you can muster, and not feeling pressured to tone it down–which is pretty great. So have a great weekend embracing your geekness, everyone! Remember check out the SingleHop blog and follow the hashtag #GeeknessDay over the next few days to see what others are saying about being a geek!