Sharing my love for the geek community on the 23rd day of the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge.
Just as a reminder, the 30 Day Geek Out Challenge is all about what makes you geeky, from fandoms to hobbies, favorite characters and more. I’m going to do this challenge along with my regular schedule of posts, so there will be tons of content from me this month! Thanks to Megan at A Geeky Gal for creating this!
Today’s question is: Something you love about the geek community?
The thing I ultimately love about geeky communities is the camaraderie and finding mutuals for things you love. It’s fun to geek out with others over things, and I find that geeky loves are a quick way to bond with really anyone.
Storytime: my job in college was as a mentor for first-year students to the university, first-year meaning straight from high school. I would have a group of around 25 students that I’d mentor each semester as a part of their first-year seminar class. One of the things I’d do is have one-on-one meetings with each of my students, the first being a get-to-know-you type meeting.
One meeting I have etched into my brain was with one student who was more introverted and quieter. The first meetings are always kind of awkward, but even more so for the introverted. We get through the standard questions and then one I ask is things they enjoy, hobbies, etc. She mentioned reading, so I asked what kind of books. We then had a 20 minute tangent about Harry Potter and Hunger Games and just geeked out for a while. It is really awesome how mutual interests can connect people so quickly.
I get to have these same moments with other geeky bloggers when they write about things I love. Just this morning I got to fangirl on a post because the blogger wrote about a game I adore. And my closest friends I met through gaming and Twitch. So being able to bond with people over geeky things is my favorite part of the geeky community.
Make sure you go an check out A Geeky Gal’s post for this question too!
What is your favorite geeky thing to bond with someone over? Let me know with a comment below.
My favorite thing is finding someone who is into one of my more obscure fandoms. I am a huge Star Wars fan but it’s not hard to find other Star Wars fans. Kushiel’s Legacy fans, on the other hand, are hard to come by. Don’t get me wrong, finding anything in common with someone is awesome, but it feels extra special when it’s really not mainstream.