Opening Crawl…

Welcome to my brand new blog “Be A Better Geek.” I’m so very new at this whole website building thing that if you’re here from the very beginning then you’re looking at a pretty bare bones site. Maybe as we become better geeks together I can have a better site to go along with it.

I have to be up front and say that I am still coming to terms with the word “geek.” When I was a kid I learned that geeks were sideshow performers that would bite the heads off of chickens or rats and though that was a thrilling concept for me as a youth I realized that it wasn’t going to be a career option growing up. But since the common vernacular has a very different meaning for geek now I’ll go with it and swallow my pride (instead of a chicken’s head).

So what am I trying to achieve with this blog? Well, I have a lot of ideas already about what I want to write about but it basically comes down to this: finding ways to make geeks and geek culture the best they can be. Individually I want to share what it has meant in my life to be a geek, how I got here, and where I want to go. I also want to look at geek culture itself and the way it fits into or rejects aspects of society. I also want to highlight and pay homage to some of the cultural milestones and individuals that help shape me and the geeky world.

Our world of geekdom is filled with both beauty and toxicity, nostalgia and forward thinking. And whether it is in the world of science fiction movies, superhero comic books, fantasy novels, and horror video games or the world at large I want to see a world where individuals can feel free to experience their best lives and where we as a community can make a better society.