I have to be perfectly honest with you. When my writer’s group friend approached me after one of our monthly meetings, and asked me if I’d ever be interested in writing for the GeekMom blog, I immediately had my doubts. GeekMom? Wouldn’t a Geek Mom be someone who understood a whole lot more about electronics, computer programming, and , um…math, than I ever would? I was an English person in high school and college. Math and the sciences were not my strengths.
But my friend, who is an editor for the blog, wouldn’t let me off so easily. She was on a mission to gather a group of women who were passionate about a lot of topics. I quickly came to see that the term ‘geek’ in the world of GeekMom actually stood for more than just a love of science. Now that I’ve been around the block a few times as a core writer for GeekMom, I’ve fallen in love with the concept.
GeekMom Laura Grace introduced us, as we branched away from the GeekDad forum, in this way – “Every day GeekMom.com demonstrates that fostering our own passions requires us to value them. Give them a little space. Hoist up our geek flags and let them fly.”
Here at GeekMom, when we say you ‘geek out’ about something, it doesn’t matter the topic. Anything that makes you happy, keeps you engaged, makes you squeal when you get to participate in it, can be considered geeky. Some of us geek out about science related topics. But beyond that, many of us geek out about so many other things.
Through this adventure I’ve met some of the most amazing people. Well, I use the word ‘met’ quite loosely. Most of the smart, funny women I’ve learned from and grown with, as we’ve discussed a huge variety of topics on this blog, I’ve only met online. We’ve had long email exchanges and encouraged each other in our individual passions. I’ve learned about conventions and hobbies I’d never known about before. I have come to understand huge areas of interest that were always foreign to me before. That’s not to say I adopted their hobbies. But I’ve loved learning about them, and understanding in a much deeper way, how we are all amazing women because we are all made up of a unique variety of passions.
I decided it might be time to show our readers just how diverse our group is. If you think you can’t relate to a website called GeekMom, read on. I almost guarantee that somewhere on this list you’ll see yourself. When I put the question out to our GeekMom writers, “what makes you geek out”, these were some of the answers I got back. Who do you relate to the most?
GeekMom Jules –
Academia and learning (specially STEM, some history)
WordPress Design (seriously, if I can find an excuse to buy another domain and design another website, I’ll do it)
GeekMom Rebecca –
Tea. Check out her tea blog!
Science literacy and creative arts
Making a labyrinth for a history camp for kids
FONTS! I am a total geek about fonts!
GeekMom Dakster –
Comic books – I read pretty much anything that doesn’t involve sex or drugs. Batman and Booster Gold are my favorite characters in DC and the X-Men and Avengers are my favorite in the Marvel Universe.
Cosplay – I already own three professional grade costumes and hope to make some more.
Retelling’s of classic stories such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.
Music – I love all types of music. Soundtracks and Taylor Swift are my current favorites.
Dancing – I allow myself one hour a night to pop on my headphones and dance to my hearts content
Justice League, Batman and Superman animated series
GeekMom Ariane –
DIY/Crafts (though I’m terrible at them!)
Playing music (saxophone)
New experiences (I am easily bored, so I tend to obsess over a topic and then move on. You should have seen me in my saltwater aquarium days! Ah, back in the good ol’ days when I had no kids and unlimited time and money to pour into random hobbies! I also love seeing new sights, trying new foods, and making an adventure out of everything.)
GeekMom Laura –
Open source and collaborative solutions to social ills
Small scale sustainable farming
DIY, particularly pushing myself to learn new things
Mediation, peace-making, history and current application of non-violence
Neuroscience and other research as it pertains to learning
Natural learning and homeschooling
Body-mind health, lately focused on healing from/preventing trauma
Anthropology, particularly relating to hunter-gatherer lifestyles
All things pertaining to reading including libraries, book-related art, writing, and most of all, reading itself
All things bookish
GeekMom Brigid –
Music (indie,punk and Yann Tiersen)
Food – husband and I are gourmands of the local and sustainable but wholly decadent variety
Wine – wait thats also food
Cheese – oh wait thats food too
Art – nouveau, pre-raphaelite and some contemporary
Books – both for their contents and their value as artful objects
Mythic & Magic
Squirrels! (Yes, you read that right. Some day I’ll get her to write a post about why she loves squirrels)
GeekMom Corrina –
Also a tea geek. Loose tea all the way.
Comic books, especially superheroes.
GeekMom Patricia –
Books, books and more books (which is why I got my knickers in a knot about my oldest son not loving books as much as the rest of our family, but that seems to have resolved itself now, phew!)
Military: history and current affairs
STEM, especially when it comes to seeing youngsters develop a love for STEM
Gadgets and gizmos <– this is part of what I LOVE about GM!
Scifi (not so much fantasy, though I’ll read anything with a dragon or King Arthur on the cover).
Emotional health/mental health/how the brain works/what drives behavior.
Special education/how we learn.
Contemporary music–anything recorded since the 40’s. Classical: not so much.
How things work. Especially things with knobs or screws or wires.
Learning new stuff.
GeekMom Natania –
Ukuleles, guitars, amps, gear
Middle English romances
Thrift stores/antique stores/old stuff/vintage stuff
Pre-Raphaelite art/William Morris/furniture
Cooking (especially making complicated things, like beer)
Social media/the web/analytics/data
GeekMom Kriss –
Growing things. You should see my collection of seeds.
Treasure hunting (thrifting/garage sales)
Fantasy and Sci-Fi (I like fantasy a little better)
Disney (just found out that my in-laws might start being snowbirds in Orlando, which means more Disney trips for us)
Movies in general – my husband and I see a lot of movies in the theater and have a huge collection of Blu-Rays. We rank our favorite movies throughout the year.
GeekMom Rachel –
Cooking (baking and making bread)
Gadgets (tech and cooking gadgets)
Home Entertainment (movies and TV)
circuits with without soldering)
GeekMom Melissa –
Books, books, books, especially children’s books, and especially especially the work of L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Noel Streatfeild, and Maud Hart Lovelace. I’m a card-carrying member (literally, it’s in my wallet) of the Betsy-Tacy Society.
Bee-and-butterfly gardening. We’ve planted milkweed everywhere we’ve lived.
Gardening literature, especially the work of Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence. And Allen Lacy. I could read nothing but horticultural lit and be happy.
Japanese candy. Fortunately I have Kristen in my life to keep me supplied. 🙂
Fiber and fabric, all the fiber arts. I haven’t *made* much since my kids came along–my old loom is gathering dust in the garage–but anything to do with yarn makes my heart go pitty-pat.
British period dramas. Helloooo, Downton Abbey. And Lark Rise, Cranford, Garrow’s Law, Berkeley Square, all that stuff.
Education & homeschooling philosophy. Charlotte Mason, John Holt, the works.
I get very excited when I have a new social media platform to figure out.
GeekMom Amy –
– Kids’ books, especially the picture book variety
– Kids’ games and apps
– Kids’ TV
– Animated films
I guess I have a few grown-up things, too:
– Movies (particularly the libraries of directors like Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and the Coen Brothers)
– Violent or otherwise adult TV (play really well in contrast to the kids’ stuff: The Wire, Lost, Breaking Bad, etc.)
GeekMom Sarah – I’ve really learned a lot from reading the posts on GeekMoms and I now get excited about things that I wouldn’t have before, like the space program, STEM and Firefly which I just started to watch last week.
I geek out over amigugrumi and knitted goods. For example, I just created a Jayne Cobb hat for a friend and am working on some Amigurumi patterns of the Octonauts for my son. I avidly follow several amigurumi blogs and am constantly trying to come up with my own. I will spend a fortune on Red Heart Yarn and get high looking at the colors!
I also geek out over books. Old books, new books, vintage books, paperback books, hard cover books, pre-release editions, first editions, foreign language editions. I love to judge a book by it’s cover, as long as I can savor it for a while!
I geek out over Disney, that is my life long passion. I wrote my Bachelors thesis about how Disney represents foreign cultures to America.
I’m a big TV geek, some sci-fi, some not. X-files, Star Trek (TNG), Buffy and the life. I am currently devouring Heroes, having missed it the first time around. But I also have an obsession with Mash, The Good Life (Good Neighbors in the US) and anything from old school British comedians. Old cartoons, new cartoons. Okay this list could be endless!
GeekMom Sophie –
Well obviously X-Files is my number one geek out, I can literally talk for hours about even the tiniest detail of the show. I cosplay Scully, have two shelves of books, another shelf of the VHS tapes, the complete DVD collection plus other DVDs and random collectibles. I’m now building a collection of art pieces based on the show, got a private commission and a limited edition show piece in there already along with an original sketch drawn by the actor who played Langley. A friend’s old boyfriend did some graphic design and made her and some friends (including myself) these adorable cartoon badge sets, they’re like XF for kids so Mulder’s shooting an alien with a water pistol and the Cigarette Smoking Man has a lollipop instead. So freaking cute and there’s only three or four sets in the world.
As you might be able to tell, geek art is another huge geek out of mine. I wish I’d had time to keep Geek Art going but I couldn’t manage it alone alongside GeekMom and life.
Disney theme parks is a biggie, I’m not especially bothered about the films although I own most of the classics, for me it’s the parks. I have a whole shelf of books on the architecture, conceptual history and behind the scenes information. It’s why I was so thrilled to interview Len Testa last year, he’s an idol of mine for really getting into the nitty gritty of how the parks run. I’m hoping to get the Poster Art of the Disney Theme Parks book at some point.
Scores/sountracks from film/TV. I have dozens of them and look forward to their releases almost as much as the film itself. I’m so excited at the prospect of Volume 2 of The X-Files scores, more Hobbit and Hunger Games this year. I’m also hoping that the Room on The Broom score by Rene Aubry will be released and dream of a Castle score one day. The first X-Files autograph I collected was Mark Snow, I have a limited edition signed CD sleeves from the Vol one box set, the demand was so high the site crashed minutes after I got through!
GeekMom Kelly –
Video games, in particular the creation/development and game soundtracks
A long time ago I used to geek out about anime big time. I wrote something like 100 reviews for an anime review site, and I watched every series completely before I reviewed them. I shudder to think how much time that adds up to. It later turned into love for Japanese dramas, which I still enjoy.
Oh this is a weird one, dancing shows. I love So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. I even figured out the choreographer for a random commercial and geeked out that I got it right. Dancing With the Stars isn’t my thing because I don’t think it’s fair to the stars to be judged.
GeekMom Helene –
New advances in science
My Little Pony
GLBTQ equality activism
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Info
And that leaves me, GeekMom Judy –
Reading/books (I have a library card from the NYC Public Library System, because I couldn’t resist, even though we lived in Upstate and just visited New York City 3 or 4 times a year)
More specifically, Memoirs. (after having written my own, and having spent decades reading others, I am still fascinated to see how a person goes from childhood to adulthood and becomes who she’s supposed to be. It’s twice as fascinating to me as a story someone made up)
Prosthetics and Amputees (I love telling you about the amazing products and professionals that have blessed my life, and the athletes who have inspired me)
Lego anything, including learning about the behind the scenes action. (with three sons, and having collected sets for almost 20 years,at each holiday and birthday, we have about as many bricks as Legoland)
Travel/Exploring new places (with an archaeologist husband, we’ve seen some pretty amazing places, following his job around the country)
Winter Sports, including skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowman creating. It was a huge treat for us to attend the Winter X Games, just up the road from our house, for the past two years. Those athletes are our rock stars.
And speaking of rock stars, in the past few decades I’ve come to really appreciate and love small indie bands. You know, the chicks and dudes who play because they love to? Check out this amazing song, “Not Born to Beauty” that says it so well (track 8). We have a fantastic local venue in my hometown, and I have an old artificial leg that has the whole Bacon Brothers Band’s signatures on it. I’ve met the most amazing people, who also happen to be talented musicians.
So that’s our list. What would be on your list? What topics would you like us to write about more, or cover less? We’d love to hear what you love to read about. Welcome to the new, independent GeekMom. Welcome to your GeekMom.com.
3 thoughts on “What It Means to Be Geeky”
This is a great post! After reading you guys for a while, I wondered about my own GeekMom cred. Was I geeky enough to hang with this crowd? Did owning my own Dumbledore wand qualify me as a True Geek, or was I just geeky to my kids? So glad you’ve clarified this for me!
It sounds like I’d have at least one thing to talk about with ANY of these GeekMoms… and they’d each have at least one thing to talk about that wouldn’t interest ME at all! But that’s the best thing about geekiness– it celebrates the unique. The not-as-celebrated (or the not celebrated ENOUGH according to ones own obsessions!). And I appreciate geekiness even if it’s about something I don’t personally geek out over, because I just love the enthusiasm and the non-conformity. I was thinking this when reading the feed, and seeing this and the one about How Would You Die in a Black Hole right near each other, and I thought “THERE’s your answer!” I geek out over people who would HAVE discussions about How You Would Die in a Black Hole!
Probably my biggest not-directly-related-to-my-job geekdom (the related-to-my-job one is children’s literature) is the Beatles, which, right, is not exactly UNIQUE, but I’m definitely a total geek over… and I sometimes wonder if I would have appreciated them enough if I’d been around in the 60s, or if their sheer popularity would have turned me off!
Funny, I’m a Beatles geek too! My parents were serious fans, and I grew up listening to their music, watching videos and even reading books about the band.
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