I used to have a "history" section on my old website that served as some form of blog… but now it’ll be a lot easier to keep that updated with moveabletype. As I add more features to my website and make changes, I’ll try to post them here. I introduced a forum, as well, for the more discussion-oriented readers. I guess we’ll just have to see if either of those take off. If not, well then I believe I will simply be entering the world of digital vanity publishing.
You might now be asking, "Who are you, and why should I care about your blog?"
My name is Yvette Beaudoin, and I created and maintain innergeek.us, a site dedicated to geeks that features the near-famous Geek Test. Yeah, there are a ton of geek tests out there, but mine is always a work in progress and is very thorough. Too thorough for some (who are not geek enough) and not thorough enough for others (who think the test is not geeky enough). The first version came to be in 1999 for a small circle of friends. It grew and grew, and I put it online in January 2003. Now the site is growing and growing as I expand my online purpose.
I could probably write a whole manifesto, but here’s the short version of why I maintain this website: I want to encourage people to embrace their inner geeks; to be proud of who they are and not be ashamed that they love Star Trek or collecting coins or playing Call of Cthulu. I want to reach out to those who have been ostracized as a geek (in a negative light) and tell them that "being different" is one of the best things about them; and to encourage visitors to my site to smile or laugh when they recognize a geeky quirk as their own.
In life, I love to make people laugh. Sometimes I end up telling really stupid jokes or just simply making myself look stupid. But every time I get someone to laugh or crack a smile – you know, a real one – it makes all of my other embarrassments worth it. When I am on a job interview and start to explain what my website is to a professional with a blank stare on his face, and I start to feel the heat creeping up my neck into my cheeks, I think about my purpose. It doesn’t matter to me what Joe Normal (who, if I’m lucky, might pay me a salary to edit HTML or his company’s press releases) thinks. I’m here for the cackles and snorts from my friends and people I don’t even know – think Donald O’Connor singing "Make ‘em Laugh" in Singing in the Rain. I may not be that funny yet, but I’ll keep trying in my own geeky way.