Calling all Geeks: Post about Your Hobbies September 12th to the 16th

It seems like there’s an internet gaffe every so often where geeks are the butt of all jokes. This time, the article was written on a site where the author gets paid-per-click. Do I understand that garnering negative press increases page views? Sure, but the writer’s initial point — that we stereotype and make judgments as humans — was completely lost.

But alas, enticing so-called “nerd rage” inspires me to do something else. It reminds me of all the fun I have, of the fact that properties like Magic: the Gathering and World of Warcraft are incredibly financially successful and a huge part of the overall community, of the friends I’ve made and the hobbies I’ve shared. It makes me want to play Vampire: the Requiem in public or have a Doctor Who marathon. It forces me to put as much awesome as I possibly can in my next game-related assignment or story to make it that much more fun for readers and players alike.

And it encourages me to reach out to others who are passionate about “an” interest, to listen to their experiences, too. There is no one I’d rather reach out to right now than the demographic that bucks the stereotype, my fellow female geeks. (Edit: Based on feedback, this call is all-inclusive.)

Here’s what I propose:

SPEAK OUT WITH YOUR GEEK OUT

Sometime during the week of Monday, September 12th to Friday, September 16th post about what geeky hobby you love. Then, tell us why we should try it, too. Leave your fears (and edition wars) at the door. Forget about your latest rant. Tap into that well of positive energy and share in the excitement of all things geek.

Let us invite those who would stereotype us to sit at our table and share our interests.

Thoughts? Complaints? Observations?

Sadly, I lack the graphic design skills necessary to come up with a small icon or logo, but I wish there was a way to “light up” the internet with this and truly see how far the rabbit hole goes. There is so much negativity online, that I’d love to see one entire happy week of the shiny, meeting new friends, and really tapping into that well of positivity and exuberance I know is out there. Sure, I’d love to solve something like world peace or get something for charity going, but we have to start somewhere… Right? :)

I leave it to you, my fellow coordinators and commenters… What say you?

UPDATE: Thanks, Angeli, for coming up with the tagline. :)

UPDATE: While the concept about a girl geek week was enticing to many people, several commenters have said we should take the idea of being positive and throw caution to the wind. So if you’re a geek, speak out!

UPDATE: The Facebook event is public and live! When we get a logo, I’ll update the event with that picture. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190025581068159

47 Responses to Calling all Geeks: Post about Your Hobbies September 12th to the 16th
  1. Angeli Pidcock

    We should call this “Speak Out With Your Geek Out” or something. :D

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  3. Shadow

    You know I’m in. And I’ll see if I can get the photo shop going on the laptop and make a few patches.

  4. Amanda Valentine

    I love this idea, bur I see mixed goals. This could go two ways:

    1. Focus on the prevalence of happy and involved female geeks, similar to the goal of Filamena Young’s “We’re here” GenCon video, in which case we should totally focus on women.

    2. Light up the Internet with geek love and positivity in which case we might want to be as inclusive as possible.

    With so much negativity floating around, spending a week celebrating our collective geekiness might be really fun. I like the rules of no edition wars, no put downs of other people’s stuff or interests, just happy love letters about our passions.

    Your invite feels inclusive. I like the idea of inviting everyone to participate. And maybe we can also sometime do a “female geeks represent!” week.

    • Monica Valentinelli

      Admittedly, I think I was so emotionally super-charged I didn’t really think this through. I agree that it should be all-inclusive.

  5. A.J.

    High-five for Doctor Who marathons!

    I’d absolutely love to participate–or at the very least throw together a logo or two.

    I know the post title is “calling all girl geeks,” but I’m pretty sure the guys could benefit from something like this as well. Both genders suffer from the negative media stereotyping associated with “geek” and “nerd” labels, if nothing but for the “socially awkward” synonym.

  6. Angela

    Totally in. Love the tag line. I think I’m going to be making a post every day that week highlighting something different I’m into!

    Are we going to have a master post of some kind so people can surf around easily? Twitter hashtag? #geekout maybe? A G+ hangout some night? Just throwing ideas out to see what sticks :-)

    • A.J.

      Love the social media promotions Angela. I’m not particularly active on G+, but I’d have a reason to use it if I could connect with other geeks that way. Viral Facebook page, anyone?

      • Monica Valentinelli

        I made an event, but for a page I think we should wait until we have a logo. Sounds like a few people are working on it…

      • Angela

        AJ – I have yet to actually use the hangout feature on G+, though I know they’re capped at 10 users, but I thought I’d throw it out there as a possibility. I’ve got a strong gamer-following on G+, so I’m definitely going to be talking it up on there in posts.

        Can’t check out the Facebook page because FB is the one social media site my work has blocked :-(

        I do a weekly geeky podcast with my husband (Couple of Geeks at http://www.Geekshow.Us), and I’ll be sure to mention this on next week’s episode (should go up on Tuesday, unless we get delayed by the holiday), and talk it up again during the week of the event!

  7. Ellie Di

    Hellz yes! Scribbling down some ideas about my love of Munchkin, playing tanks in D&D, and three amazing years of Requiem.

  8. Brent

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m totally on-board with this, and I’ll try to get the word out. I’ve definitely got some things to share about pen and paper RPGs, anime and SF literature. Thanks for the great idea, Monica!

  9. Angeli Pidcock

    I think geeks everywhere deserve to join in on this crusade, gender is irrelevant because the stereotypes label us ALL. So, I welcome guys, girls, aliens, and vampires the world over to join in. :)

    • Monica Valentinelli

      Totally agree, Angeli. This has moved well beyond girl geeks.

  10. Gretchen

    Yay for geek inclusiveness! I also love “Speak Out With Your Geek Out”.

  11. Angeli Pidcock

    Hahaha, I’m glad everyone’s loving the tagline. :) It’s a small contribution to the event, but I’m glad to have made it!

    Depending on how well this goes, maybe it could be an annual thing. :D

    • Amanda Valentine

      I was thinking that, too. I know it’s a bit early to be looking ahead to next year, but I’d love to make this an annual event. I think it’s good to consciously take a break from cynicism and criticism once in awhile and reset things a bit.

  12. Angeli Pidcock

    For the Twitter fans, I’m starting the hashtag #speakgeek for this event! :)

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  14. A.J.

    I have a logo to send to you for your consideration—where should I email it? You can contact me privately at ajfreemont[at]gmail[dot]com.

  15. Ed Marrow

    How can you choose between geekeries? I consider myself a PolyGeek. :)

    • Monica Valentinelli

      Post the whole week if you want. This isn’t about restricting your love of hobbies, this is about sharing them. :D

  16. Sewicked

    count me in. I’ll start thinking about all the things that make me geek out.

    speaking of which, have you ever seen the comic: Were-Geek?

    • Monica Valentinelli

      Yep, I’m familiar with the comic. She drew the April Fool’s joke for Dork Tower and I’ve seen her booth at shows.

  17. Janet Harriett

    Great idea! Especially giving it a whole week. I’m sketching out multiple entries on my geekery, starting with coming to the geek side and building up to the videogame/Doctor Who knitting accident in which I sprained my foot (subtitle: why I don’t have hobbies anymore).

  18. Sara

    This is a wonderful idea. The internet is full of geekery but I love the all geeks included internet event going on for “Speak out with your Geek Out”.

    Personally, TV is my thing. I write the TV content (among other stuff) over at g33kpron.com. We’ll certainly be tweeting about the event.

  19. Sarah Peduzzi

    I love this idea! Holy crap my geeky is having a party right now.

  20. harlandski

    I love this idea. I have been blogging about my two-week obsessions, some of which are pretty geeky in the general sense, but haven’t had the courage to blog about any fantasy/RPG obsessions yet. Maybe this is my chance?

    • Monica Valentinelli

      There is an entire community of people behind you if you do… :)

  21. Dysartes

    I think I’ll try for a post a day on this – let’s see now: Legend of the Five Rings, Hordes/Warmachine, WoW, Comics, American Police Procedurals…..

  22. Ashley

    This is amazing! A friend of mine sent the FB invite my way, and it sounds like a blast. <3

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  24. Dr Ether

    I shall be ensuring that I make it well known that geek hobbies lead to cool jobs.

  25. Matt Geary

    I’ll be away on holiday for this :o( no internet but ill push it on my geekpride facebook group!

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  28. harlandski

    Hi, I’ve now posted in honour of speak out with your geek out (slightly in advance of the week due to constraints of the working week.) I can’t access http://www.speakoutwithyourgeekout.com Who is the site hosted by? I live in Kazakhstan, and some sites are blocked (e.g. blogger, wordpress). Or is there some other problem with the site?

    • Monica Valentinelli

      Not sure. It’s my domain and the back end is on a Blogspot. It’s possible that it’s blocked. Try the Tumblr. http://speakoutwithyourgeekout.tumblr.com/

      • harlandski

        That explains it – Blogspot’s blocked here. It’s a shame, as I’d love to see what everyone else is writing. I can access Tumblr but can’t work out how to leave any comments there, and I can’t see anyone else’s stuff reblogged. My blog is at http://www.harlandski.com, and is mainly for (partly non-geeky) family and friends. Thanks for encouraging me to speak out with my geek out :-)

        • harlandski

          I take that back – I’ve mysteriously gained access to blogspot again (it’s been down for 18 months). Maybe someone in the government here is a fan of speak out with your geek out?! Anyway, I’ve added my blog, and can now happily view other peoples’ :-)

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Monica Valentinelli is a writer, game designer, and consultant who lurks in the dark.

Monica has published both original stories as well as tie-in fiction for games like Vampire: the Masquerade. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies and collections including Extreme Zombies, Don’t Read This Book, and New Hero Volume 1.

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