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What Does It Mean to be a Geek?

So often when I talk to people about this site, or going to the latest superhero movie, or whatever, I either see some sort of sneer, or a sheepish look, with the reply, “Oh, I’m not really into comics.” Like that’s all that being a geek entails. Read on to see if you recognize yourself.

Being a Geek

Being a geek isn’t only about reading comics (though that can be included), or watching every single Star Trek episode (though that’s also really cool), or knowing how to code a killer app (kudos to that, too!). There’s a Simon Pegg quote that really sums up the geek experience for me.

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

― Simon Pegg

Flavors of Geek

There are SO MANY flavors to being a geek. That’s part of the joy of being a geek – you don’t have to be any ONE kind of geek – AND you can’t be the WRONG kind of geek, or “enough” of a geek. You can like Star Trek, but not really be into gaming <raises hand>. You may love horror movies, but the superhero flicks? Eh, not so much. And any version thereof? That’s totally cool. And you don’t have to apologize or feel “less than” if your “flavor” doesn’t match someone else’s.

In fact, Clearly Guilty did an awesome video about being a Bad Nerd – kind of a PostSecret for geeks. (H/T to Lora Williams of Extra Life KC for the link to the video.)

You may be a Geek if…

You may be a geek if you like any or all of the things below (though this list is hardly all-inclusive):

Star Trek DIY/making things yourself comics/graphic novels
Star Wars figuring out how things work books & reading
Firefly/Serenity Harry Potter TV
science Doctor Who movies
math science-fiction computer coding
technology fantasy tabletop games
card games role-playing games video games
ninjas pirates Renaissance Festivals
photography social media costumes & cosplay
debate/forensics theater anime/manga
space Battlestar Galactica (BSG) zombies
making forts Legos action figures

Or maybe you like something completely different. If you are passionate about something – a hobby, a job, a charity, a website, a book series – whatever lends you energy and zeal, and makes you want to share it with others, you can proudly claim the title of “geek.” And you are welcome to share that enthusiasm here.

Find new ways to geek out

That’s actually one thing I love about connecting with other geeks, especially those with interests outside of mine. That’s one of the perks of geek groups like Geek Girl Brunch – we get together because we self-identify as geeks, and then just talk about our interests. I’ve had so many fascinating conversations with people who like different movies, or TV shows, or comics, or books, and have received wonderful recommendations to try something new – things I had never heard of or wouldn’t ordinarily consider, but enjoy once I try it. You don’t get that feedback unless you get out there and talk to other geeks.

Connect with other Geeks

I founded this site so you would know there ARE people with interests like yours. I also founded this site to highlight all the different geeky things people are doing right here in Kansas City. In fact, you can even be a Kansas City geek – someone who loves everything about this great city of ours.

I want all of you to feel welcome here, to be heard here, to discover your tribe here, and to find the resources you need to connect with them.

Be sure to sign up for the Geeky Goodness newsletter, or check out the Geek Events Calendar to stay informed on what geeky people just like you are up to in Kansas City.

So. What flavor(s) of geek are you? What geeky thing/group/fandom would you like to see featured here on KC Geeks? Share your enthusiasm with a comment below.


4 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to be a Geek?”

  1. Hm…going from your list – I’m realizing that I may be a geek about more things than I realized. I must admit that I love that quote…I think that is the best thing about being a geek, we’re so accepting and interested in other things.

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