How to be a “Real” Geek

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.

About Mia Moore

Mia Moore
Mia is one half of SHe’s founding team, in charge of social media, blogging management, and guest content wrangling. MBA student concentrating in Digital Marketing by day, geek of all trades by night. Loves dressing up, advocating for self-love, and crying about magical girls.

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  • Sami

    Very well put! :)


  • ageekandheroven

    Ick..people like that leave a bad taste in my mouth. Why cant people just be fans of something and leave it at that.

  • Stephanie Medeiros

    Preach it!

  • misslumpy

    So true! I'm really sick of people constantly making others feel like they need to "prove" to them how much they care about a specific topic. I really don't understand why we can't just be happy to see others liking the things we like, and be happy that we aren't alone in our weird interests.

  • Joie_Fatale

    After our discussion on Twitter I spoke with my brothers about this. I'm putting the convo into text and I'll send it to you.

    It was a really great one!

  • Mia Moore

    I adore ALB and her videos always say everything I want to, except much more eloquently!

  • Mia Moore

    Ooh I can't wait to see!

  • Mia Moore

    I agree! It's always seemed weird to me when people are exclusive about a weird hobby, haha.

  • gamerwife

    Yeah, I encounter this all the time in the gaming world. It took my husband a while to come around to the fact that the only real "qualification" to belonging to a culture is self-identifying. It really wasn't until he saw how awful the other people were who made these types of distinctions were that he realized he had to stop.

  • Mia Moore

    I think it's harder for gamers to accept because gaming is one of the only forms of media that you can actually be "good" or "bad" at. I can see it making more sense to a gamer that some people are more legitimate fans than others based on this – though of course that's not the case!

  • gamerwife

    Although in gaming, it also has to do with what you play. I could play SimCity for 45 hours a week, but still not be considered a "real gamer" by some dude who plays Call of Duty for an hour on the weekend with his friends. I could be the best Bejeweled player in the universe, but that's not gonna get me much cred with even the crummiest Halo player.

  • Sophierocious


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