Last week, it was the day we were all waiting for – SDCC badge day. Hundreds of thousands of geeks all around the world were gathered in a virtual waiting room, hoping their luck would result in a pre-reg badge to San Diego Comic Con.
Naturally, I was on Twitter through the whole nerve-wracking exchange. It was an incredible experience to joke with people about our stress, see the community helping strangers get badges, and generally make the whole thing less anxiety-inducing. Of course, there’s always someone unhappy with the badge process… and this year, I read this tweet:
I was kind of shocked – the statement seemed to imply that the badges being distributed were going to people who weren’t “actually” fans. Or perhaps the statement meant people who were into specifically comics, versus other the pop culture that SDCC has become known for? Either way, whatever the original poster may have intended, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
I have expressed my distaste for those who make this fun umbrella hobby of geekiness into a contest more than once. Instead, today I’m going to teach you the secrets of how to be a real geek.
Yep, it’s that easy! The only “requirement” to identifying as a geek is to enjoy something, to celebrate something. Hobbies vary wildly from person to person – maybe you’re totally passionate about the Star Wars universe, while your best friend can’t get enough of She Hulk. The point isn’t what you care about or how deep you are into it, just that you love something and want to share it with others.
My favorite people are always those who are passionate about something (literally anything!), and that’s why I love being a part of this big geeky family.