I run a style & adventure blog called A Geek Tragedy where I primarily document my daily outfits, my travels and sometimes I rant a little at the universe. A new reader commented on one of my recent posts saying, “Wow, I was expecting a little more geek and a little less tragedy.” Ouch! But he made a valid point, my life hasn’t been a walk in the park lately and I suppose a bit of that has seeped into my writing.
I titled my blog A Geek Tragedy when I was in college and spent my free time glued to FFXI Online or pixel art forums. I had a lot more free time then to build on my geeky hobbies. I even made money as a freelance pixel artist and web designer (separate occasions) for a while. Now, I work multiple jobs, attend grad school full-time and attempt to make a concerted effort at maintaining my hobbies and social life. I can definitely say my “public geek” has taken a backseat to other pursuits — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!
If you proclaim yourself publicly as a geek, especially on the Internet, people expect you to constantly reaffirm that assertion or you are deemed not “real” enough (something Mia touched on in her post). Although I may not seem geeky enough to the Internet, or anyone who doesn’t know me well, my boyfriend (someone who knows me pretty well, I’d say) recently asserted the exact opposite. On Valentine’s Day, while I performed a self-coordinated dance to Chumbawumba and talked about someone re-tweeting my Star Trek joke, he said I don’t wear my geek on the outside, but it’s “definitely there.”