I am sure many of you are will be disappointed, however this year I have nothing new for Towel Day. I want to say thank you to everyone and know I am grateful for the attention that doing these have given me for the past several years, and I always love hearing from all of you and seeing these things in action. My life has changed dramatically since I started doing this, and the past few years I have been getting progressively less exposure and the effort I put into making these graphics has been getting progressively greater. This year there are just too many other things going on for me to do what I would really want to do. Essentially, I need to reevaluate these kind of projects and decide how I am going to move forward with them from now on. Who knows, I may even decide to do more of these throughout the year, but I need to figure out how to balance them with the other projects.
As things that we see as being traditionally nerdy become popularized, how do we distinguish those that jump on the bandwagon from those who originally sought refuge in fandom? This is a question that I have been hypocritical about in the past, however the only acceptable answer is: you don’t. Ever.
I also think it is worth mentioning that I am not completely innocent here either. To my shame I have posted videos or reposted comments to social media sites that joke about this, and I have tried to delete them later out of my own guilt. To those that saw me do this, I am sorry and I was wrong.
Growing up I was picked on, beat up, made fun of, ostracized, and worse. The terms geek, nerd, dork, etc. was an insult. These were words that were meant to hurt, and we turned them into a badge of courage. I remember how welcoming people used to be when I would go into comic book shops, and how loving and excited people would be when I would show interest in something they cared about. It was a fantastic community of misfits. We need to bring back that welcoming nature that brought me into this world when I had nowhere else to go.
People shouldn’t have to prove they are a nerd, and usually those that are asked to are the self-identifying geeks who don’t fit the “white male” mold. I have seen people chastise the gamer girl, insult the cosplayers, and scoff at the comic book chick. This isn’t an exclusive club. At best this is misogynistic behavior, which only gets worse for those who are homosexual or transgender.
There are also several different tiers, or guilds if you prefer. Someone could be literacy geek, a science nerd, gamer geek, or a comic book dork? What makes your particular brand of fandom more important than theirs?
If you are jumping to conclusions, making assumptions, and then attacking a person because you feel that they don’t conform to your preconceived notions of what is appropriate in your particular venue, then you are a bully. You are ostracizing a person for being different. It is because of this I don’t like admitting to people that I am a nerd anymore, because I don’t want people assuming this is the type of behavior they’ll find in me.
The question we have to ask ourselves about other people is: why do they want to label themselves as a nerd, geek, dork, etc.? If someone feels disenfranchised enough to say this about themselves, then just let them do it.
I am in now within my 29th year of existence on this planet and things are pretty good. I started a new job a little over a month ago and I am completely loving it. It holds the same pains that many places do within my industry, however at the end of the day I feel like I am where I am supposed to be.
Perhaps I am becoming a little reflective as my 20s come to an end, however reading through my posts since my last birthday makes me realize, with pride, how much life has evolved. As well as moving I have switched jobs not once, but twice. My 28th birthday seems like a long time ago.
Before I changed jobs I was in the middle of a series of posts that were very dependent on my workplace environment at the time. The sudden stop halfway through is bothering me however I am working on reformatting them slightly and may pick back up in a few months.
This years Towel Day graphics are now live. Instead of producing one graphics in all of the various sizes, instead I uploaded the high resolution versions of the images and produced two new images with help from local photographers.
I have begun to see them out and about in the world and I am truly loving it. It actually gives me a new idea for the twitter competition for next year.