I’ve been sitting on this comment for a while, not quite sure what to do with it.
Sorry, but to me you just sound like an normal wife and all out action girl. Which is not a bad thing, honest, its cool, but I would hardly call it geekdom! To me, geekdom (true geekdom) is hating beinge away from the computer (remeber your Laptop is your only true friend,) never going on holiday unless you absolutely HAVE to. Living on your own and NEVER socialising. And being self contained in your own little world. Which describes me, perfectly!! I do love you blog, and have read loads of it, but being married, leaving the house to have your hair done, and especially socialising (YUK!) is hardly geekdom in my eyes!! Sorry if I offend!!
I did take offense at first, because this guy questioned my geekiness based on his own idea of its meaning. And then I realized that he clearly has Asperger’s Syndrome or some form of social phobia, and I felt kind of sorry for him. His definition of “true geekdom” encompasses the definition of Asperger’s and with that comes a lack of social awareness. Sure, lots of geeks may have Asperger’s, and certainly that’s the sterotype among non-geeks. But there are many, many people who are very geeky and very social.
When it comes right down to it, few people agree on the exact definition of a geek. That’s part of the wonderful journey I’ve traveled for almost ten years… figuring out what makes a geek a geek and encouraging people to embrace their geekiness no matter how big or small.
I don’t think that being married or getting my hair cut affects how much of a geek I am. There’s lots of geek love out there, and everybody gets a haircut at some point in their lives. If you read the actual post on which he left this comment, you’ll see that the the mention of getting my hair cut was directly related to my new geeky business card that I was really proud of.
The label of “all-out action girl” is flattering, I suppose. I’m guessing this came from my previous posts about all the action I reported from Comic-Con. You know, the ones where I was gushing about Wil Wheaton, Futurama, and Battlestar Galactica? I can see how there’s nothing truly geeky about any of that. (Whoops, let a little sarcasm slip out.)
I considered writing a cranky response because I don’t think that the commenter had solid grounds for his judgment. But I’m sure that there are plenty of other people who will read this blog and agree with the commenter that I’m not a “true geek” because I don’t include technical specs in every post. Their idea of a geek is different than mine, which is okay.
But keep in mind that this is my personal blog. Right at the top of my blog (unless you’re viewing it in an RSS reader) you can see how I call it out: Geeky topics and my life as a Geek Girl. “My life” includes my cats, my routines, and lots of other stuff that is not geeky at all. But it all makes me part of who I am, so if you enjoy my blog, then read it for whatever reason(s) you enjoy it.
Just don’t call me a normal wife, m’kay? My husband doesn’t, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.