Well, here we are! One year older, and one year wiser. Where has the time gone?
There are so many amazing things to think about in regards to this milestone, but I guess I’ll start with the most important fact:
I love writing for this blog.
Originally, though, I never thought I would. As I have mentioned before, this blog began as a project in college. For three months, my classmates and I were required to make three posts each week in order to receive credit. When we were first given the assignment, I realized, “Oh crap, what am I going to write about?”
The idea of a geek blog was just a thought. This stuck, however, and here we are.
Before I began, I was so worried that I wouldn’t have any material to write about. I later came to the conclusion that I would do my best, get my requirements out of the way, and then eventually forget about the site once the class was over.
As it turned out, I found quite a lot to cover on the blog. It’s easy to write about the things you love. When I was compiling the list of my favorite posts from 2015, I was brought back to those early days. There was so much excitement and joy and love for the content that’s related. Dare I say, I geeked out over blog writing?
Only bad joke, I swear.
But the best part about keeping the blog? I’m the happiest I’ve ever been because of it. My last year in college was rough—extremely rough. About a month before graduation, I received an email which informed me that I was not eligible to graduate. I had to seriously scramble. Shortly after, I found a solution that was less than savory, and soon after that my cat died. Needless to say, I was a mess. Coming up with prompts for the blog made me happy. I enjoyed sharing the progress of my Two Face cosplay and reviewing movie trailers. I genuinely looked forward to uploading a new post. The blog kept me going.
Even now, this blog is the only thing that truly makes me glow. Working two jobs, impending student loan payments, and worrying about my future as an active adult are surprisingly stressful factors. I hate working two jobs. I hate all of the uncertainty surrounding my future. I hate worrying all the time. If I didn’t write for this blog, I would be miserable. The blog keeps me, well, me.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever revealed the theme of this blog. Yeah, it’s nerdy, but unabashedly so. What I wanted to convey was how it’s really not so bad to be a nerd. We’re all nerds of something—sports, movies, games, TV shows—so why should we hide it? Life was meant to be lived however you choose, so if you’re a nerd, live your life nerdily. In a nerdy way. There were times in my life when I was so ashamed to show how nerdy I am. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who can sympathize. When I changed the name of the site, what I wanted most was to convey how positive it is to be a nerd. I wanted to impart my happiness on others, and pass it along. Even if my readers have, at some point, laughed at some stupid joke I’ve written, then I’m over the moon.
But, I couldn’t share this happiness if it weren’t for readers like you. You all matter so much to me; not because having followers gives the site numbers, or I somehow feel more popular, but because you’ve become friends. Even though there’s a screen separating us, I think you’re pretty swell. You guys give me a purpose to write, to chat, to share and gain knowledge. In short, you guys are pretty fucking awesome. And it’s not just you Nerds, it’s everyone I encounter here, on Google+ communities, and in person.
I have a confession to make: before the blog was created, I was so afraid to put my thoughts out there for the public to read. Stories of cruel trolls and hate comments made me shy away from the idea of asserting myself in such a way. I feared that the moment I voiced any sort of opinion, some person would start sending death threats. Pretty extreme, yes, but that was my greatest fear.
The more I write, the more brave I become. Because, in my first year of hosting a blog, I have found that the Internet is full of genuinely wonderful people. Wonderful people like you all. There’s support, and congratulations, and sharing of ideas. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have begun here, whether or not it’s in the comments or on the Community Pool. I get to mingle with other nerd culture bloggers, and there’s no rivalry. Instead, we’re united.
This blogiversary means quite a lot to me. For one full year, I have stepped out of my comfort zone, I have made friends, and I have learned that technology isn’t so bad after all. There are only good thoughts to be had for the next year of Nerd•ily, and I can’t wait to see where it will take us. Thank you for all of the support, advice, and kind words. This has been one of the best experiences of my life.
Happy blogiversary, Nerd•ily!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?