Geek Out Challenge: Day 23

If you’re interested in participating in the Geek Out Challenge, read this post here! Each day I will be posting a question for that day for the next 30 days. When I reach day 31, I will release all 30 questions in a single post with links to all of my answers. Follow along each day with your own post or feel free to wait until the entire challenge has been released and take it on when you like! Be sure to link back to the master post at the end or link back to each post for each day.

Day 23 – Something you love about the geek community?

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Meeting Cool People

The geek community may have a million and one subsets, but as a whole it has been an incredibly welcoming place to me. When I started blogging, it was a solitary activity, but after discovering Facebook groups dedicated to geeky blogs like Geek Blogs United, Discord, Twitter, and subreddits it became way more social for me. I was meeting bloggers from all walks of life who love the same things I do. It felt welcoming and safe.

Through Later Levels‘ cool blog parties and Normal Happenings huge blogger collaborations, I’ve been able to connect with so many other amazing bloggers. We’ve been able to exchange ideas, support and encourage each other, and more. I have even created logos and mascots for fellow bloggers this year like Backlog Crusader. I have met so many amazing people on this blogging journey within the geek community, and I can’t wait to meet more positive people.

Making New Friends

Through those geeky people in those online communities, I was able to make new online friends! Thanks to social media and blogging, some of the new people I’ve met have quickly become people I would be happy to call my friends. Jaycee of Thinking Moon is literally the best blogging friend you could ever ask for, but she’s more than a hype queen. I love her content and her personality. Heather of Just Geeking By is planning some really cool stuff, one of which I was able to contribute towards this year so stay tuned to see what else she has rolling out!

I can’t even begin to list every single person here in this post that has become a dear friend to me. They are all special and creative, and I’m happy that the geek community has brought us together, whether it was through a blog party, collaboration, Twitter, Discord, or WordPress. We’re in an age now that communication over oceans is simple, and now we can get to know so many unique people!

Creating New Series

The geek community brought other geeks and myself together in so many positive ways, either through friendship or blog collaborations. Another positive thing that came out of connecting with so many new people was my newest series: Mental Health in the Geek Community. Inspired after taking a mental health break, I turned to the geek community for help in those posts, even gathering some quotes and anecdotes from other geeky bloggers.

30 Day Challenges aren’t new to my blog, but the networking and collaborations opportunities have brought more attention and more participants to my challenges! 30 Day Challenges are an opportunity to bring the community together. Most of the geeks that participate visit each others’ daily answers to a set of themed questions, and usually leave a comment or ‘like’ the 30 Day Challenge post. While not as large of labor-intensive as collaborations, 30 Day Challenges are an easy way to be a part of the geek community if you have social media or a blog to share your answer to that day’s question.

I want to give a big thanks to the geek community for making me feel safe and included after all this time. It’s an incredible experience having met new and interesting people, making friends with creative and unique individuals, and being inspired by so many positive people here to make new series on my blog!

What is something you love about the geek community? Let me know in the comments below OR take on the challenge yourself and link back to this post so I can see your answer!

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9 thoughts on “Geek Out Challenge: Day 23

  1. What I love about the geek community is how open minded they are. People don’t care if your are, lesbian, transgender of different skin or religion. You aren’t defined by your weird way of walking due to a disability or by your autism.You might be socially awkward but they will invite you to play that board game along just as much. Are you a bit overweight? They will talk to you all the same about that cool new anime/ Though moving into specific fandoms this isnt always the case, standard geekismn seek more a reason why you are one of them rather than not one of them. Where I feel the normal world constantly tries to seek to prove you are different and should be better, geeks seek reasons why I or other geeks are awesome people they could befriend.

    I also love at how conventions they are larger than life. Life truly is that metaphoric box of chocolates there. One day you end up Naruto running to a Pizza Place, the next day you see a BreakDancing Hello Kitty, the next day you end up singing the Pokémon team with the entire con gathering in the karaoke hall. You don’t plan for these things to happen but when you do… you feel free.

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