Making geekery cool
I’ve been talking to a few people recently about this blog and my habit of referring to myself as a geek and I’m surprised with how many people think it’s a bit odd. I’ve been told I don’t look or seem like a geek, but I do wear glasses, I retain absolutely random facts for no good reason, I have an aspergers spectrum ability to turn the most interesting topic into a conversation resembling Mrs Patel’s year 9 science class and I spend up to 80% of my day in front of a computer….anyone else think I’m not a geek?!
The point is to re-dress the idea that being a geek is a bad thing, an uncool thing that you’re supposed to shy away from. That’s the mentality that gets kids bullied, that makes a young person not want to achieve lest they be tagged as that person who knows it all. My POV is sod that. I embrace the lot of it. I will happily talk about subjects that other people find boring because as long as I find it interesting that’s what counts. The fact that if I try and start talking about that subject to someone else, their eyes start glazing over and you see them drift towards an alternate reliality….well…whatever…their loss!
- User Experience (I’m hoping this particular passion will keep me clothed and fed too)
- Soshal Meedja (I’m close to deleting my Facebook account, but gotta love my Twitter, LinkedIn, Ning groups, Meetup…yeah…a few others..ahem)
- Nigerians, where they get to and why they are everywhere (not forgetting the problem with them)
- Gadgets, technology and fast cars (well what I pick up on Top Gear anyway)
- Paulo Coelho books (plus his facebook and his twitter feed!)
- Books, books, books (including the ones other people don’t read and just watch the film like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings trilogy which I first read when I was 15)
- Star Trek (pretty much all of it; Star Trek (Original), The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise and 8 out of the 11 films sad, but true)
- Black history (I’m working on being able to talk 12 hours non stop!)
- Major conspiracy theories (Although he’s bonkers, that David Icke’s been doing a lot of thinking that makes some sense!)
I could go on, the more I think about it, the more random it gets and the less chance we have of this list ending.
The point of this post is to make us all realise that geekery is actually quite common. There must be something that each of us are obsessive and overly knowledgeable about, let yourselves be free and proclaim it to the world!
Speaking of which, a bunch of very cool people who I have mentioned before live over on the Black Nerds Network. Me thinks the cool kids got a hold of this one, but alas, I love the theme, I bought the t-shirt and I wear it with pride. As a proud geek, I shall stand tall as part of the Black Nerds Network.
(N.B. for those of you who are pedantic, I don’t make any distinction between a geek and a nerd. Tomatoe : tomato)