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 24 – Something you want to improve about the geek community?
Yesterday I gushed about the good things the geek community has done for me. Today, I need to touch on the not-so-great qualities that comes with most online communities. Toxicity is apparent in most places and touches all communities, unfortunately. The geek community is no different. I have been on the other side of that fence as a girl who games, and felt the toxicity of the community pitting members against each other due to gender, age, sexuality, skin color, etc. It’s hurtful for all involved and needs to be addressed.
There’s not much that can be done about select individuals who are hellbent on bringing toxicity into whatever community they choose to frequent. We can approach those people with love and understanding though. Or we can choose to make our own community where toxic traits aren’t permitted within a smaller group of like-minded people. I want to expand upon this further in a future blog post, but there are ways to combat toxicity in communities like ours.
I mentioned yesterday that the geek community inspired new series for my blog including my Mental Health in the Geek Community series. While it is a positive thing to shed light on these issues, the idea stemmed from taking a mental health break myself. I noticed I’m not the only geeky blogger and YouTuber who is burned out and stressed out. Unfortunately, as writers, YouTubers, and creatives, it’s easy to get burned out when your readers and fan base have expectations of you to fulfill, whether that’s a post quota or a strict upload schedule.
There’s a huge uptick in mental health awareness online now, but there’s still a pesky stigma attached to everything we do and talk about, even in our geek community. It can be difficult to talk about your own mental health when there’s an audience watching you, with select people who can be less than understanding, or, worse, think mental illness is not a real thing. I hope that with my series and my videos that I can bring a brighter light on the situation and make people in the geek community feel less alone and more comfortable talking about their mental health.
While there will always be things that the geek community and its geeks can work to make the community better, there’s still good people within the community striving to make it inclusive and positive. As a whole, I still believe that the geek community is welcoming to those of us who have been shunned elsewhere for our love of all things geeky.
What is something you want to improve 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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