It blows my mind what I can find on the internet. Voices I have never heard, with opinions so similar to mine. The more I get into my own blog, the more I find people that make me use my brain meat and get me thinking about where I stand on different topics. Checking my Twitter feed today, I somehow found my way to the blog Hipster, Please! and within it was an incredibly long sermon about the Geek vs. Nerd debacle.
The author said:
"Geeks, we are told, are cool techies with eccentric passions, while nerds are awkward basement dwellers defined by their social failings."
I was always educated that the opposite was true. To me, nerds were the cool guys that happened to dig Star Wars, build their own PCs and play video games, whereas geeks lived in mommie's basement with highwater pants and Star Trek figurines. But as I have grown more into my nerd-dom and searched the interwebs for others like me (and realized that there was no need to look far) I realized that the terms are merely synonyms. To me, anybody can be a nerd/geek...they just have to be passionate about something.
Let's put it this way... Has someone ever asked you about something you are well educated about? In your response, did you find yourself growing so excited about your answer that you sidetracked into far more information than the person could ever understand? Did you talk so fast maybe you oversalivated or drooled a little? Okay, the last part may not be a deciding factor, but it could be a dead giveaway. You don't have to play D&D (though if you do I am infinitely jealous, because I have been wanting to learn for YEARS) or build computers or have LAN parties or even play video games to be a "nerd." The whole point of being one is just being who you are and not being ashamed of your passions.
So embrace yourself, and let people see that inner spaz you know just wants to jump out and scream "All Geminis to the Raspberry hats!" because if I have learned anything from being a nerd, it's that I am so far from being alone.
" Because, on some level, everyone is a nerd. Such is the power of our kind; such is the delightful flavor of our culture." -Hipster, Please!