Let Your Geek Flag Fly
Let’s face it, if you read our blog then you most likely have some geek tendencies. Since the evolution of the Internet, being called a ‘geek’ is less of an insult and more of a badge of honour. A badge of honour and term I personally associate with an individual who is passionate about something.
While there are interests more commonly associated with geeks (Dungeons & Dragons, comics, etc.), the term could really be applied to anything. At Top Draw, I think it’s safe to say that we’re geeks about the web, and we try to show that in everything we do. You’ll see evidence of our team’s geek-ness littered all over our office, from a Google Android robot and vinyl toys to the Terminator.
Some people proudly let their geek flags fly, and can lead to really great things. For myself, as someone whose life has been heavily influenced by my own inner geek, those wonderful things include my career and my wife, whom I met via an online Harry Potter community.
But for others, unleashing the inner geek can be a challenge.
For their sake, I’ve listed my top 7 ways to unleash your geek:
Show the world you’re passionate about something by displaying it every chance you get. Clothes, desk chotchkes, and even home decor is available with your geek interests in mind. Some of my favourite retailers for this include ThinkGeek and Etsy.
2. Find Your Fellow Geeks
Online communities are an excellent way to meet people who share your interests. You just might make some new friends, and you may even get to chat with your favourite athlete, author, singer, celebrity chef, or movie star. Blogs, Twitter, Tumblr, LiveJournal, and Forums are excellent places to join the conversation.
A great way for fans and geeks to express their deep interest for something is to create content — write about it!
Start a blog, write about developments or an opinion piece or an analysis of your chosen geekdoms, and then discuss with the like-minded geeks.
Another popular avenue is fan-fiction, where your imagination can take off and go anywhere.
Or, make handmade clothing or accessories to sell online (Etsy is my choice). Heck, you might even make a few bucks in the process.
4. Meet Up
Meet up with people who love something as much as you. I’ve made friends around the world, and I’ve even had the chance to meet some of them in person —plus I married one.
Most places nowadays have local meet-ups* for a wide variety of geeky interests. Events like conventions and social clubs bring larger groups together in celebration of all things geek.
5. Dress Up
Cosplay (or costume play) has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Some cosplayers have even achieved a fair bit of fame. Dressing-up as your favourite characters can be a hobby all on its own, as some people really put a lot of time and effort into recreating characters they love to watch and read. It’s a fun and unique way to express your geek side, and it’s often very interesting to witness.
6. Plan A Trip
Following your passions is an excellent way (or excuse) to go somewhere you’ve never been. In fact, it might be the best reason of all. For instance, if you’re a foodie, take a trip to New York, Paris or Tokyo to indulge in some of the top-end restaurants and eateries in the world. Or maybe you’re a Lord of Rings geek, so why not take a trip to New Zealand and see where it was all filmed.
7. Get A Tattoo
OK, I’ll admit that this may seem extreme, but it’s actually pretty common. Sometimes, the things we love so much become a part of our identity, and tattoos are a way to reflect the things we love. While it’s not for everyone, many do go this route, including yours truly.
The moral of this post isn’t to get you to the nearest tattoo parlour or suggest that cosplay is the only to show the world that you’re passionate for something, it’s meant to encourage you to own your geek, be proud of your geek and unleash your geek.