When I was a kid these things were not good things to be called. I’ve loved that in more recent years this word has taken on a new meaning. Some of us wear it as a badge of honor. I adore Wil Wheaton’s commentary on how awesome it is to be a nerd. For me Nerd and Geek can be used somewhat interchangeably.
“The defining characteristic that ties us all together is that we love things. ” – Wil Wheaton, Calgary Comic Expo, April 2013.
I find myself using this definition for Geek — someone who is passionate about something. It’s interesting, the way that I have found myself gravitating to geeks of a certain type — even if the interests they share are not exactly the same as my own. Perhaps it is because they understand, still, the passion and interest. The way something — a topic, story, interest, culture, characters — can become such an overwhelming interest. They are the people who get it when I go on, and on, and on, about something that most people might just brush aside with a passing comment.
Some types of geekery gets good “play” time. Others not so much. So I thought it would be fun to start an exploration. The second Wednesday of the month will now be given over to Passionate Geeks. I’ll share some of my own geekery’s and I’m lining up guests to share some of their own — and I would like to invite you to share! If you’re interested in writing a guest post about a particular geekdom of yours just let me know — the more contributors the merrier!
Feel free to use #passionategeeks on Twitter to join the conversation as well!