A long time ago an old friend of mine gave me a great compliment. She said that I was good at explaining complex things in a way that could be understood, without making people feel stupid.
I liked it so much that nearly ten years later, I still remember it.
Now I don’t always succeed at that. Sometimes I am talking about something and you see the glaze over. Geeks often fall into the nasty habit of thinking other people speak geek. But when I was speaking at DPCON about social media somebody said that it was like I’d just showed them the matrix. THAT’S THE DREAM, PEOPLE.
My brother used to like to remind people that I was a geek, not a nerd. He was always very protective.
Being able to share your knowledge about something, no matter how small or inconsequential is joyful. Having a personal blog, I don’t always feel like I’m actually helping people. Other than obviously making them feel supremely mentally healthy in comparison to my rampant neurosis. YOU”RE WELCOME. So when I get the opportunity to help people with geeky stuff, I freaking love it. Having knowledge is great, but is it really worth anything if you don’t get to share it? And I don’t have THAT much knowledge and the vast majority is gained by trial and error and a whole lot of slamming my head on a desk. But what I do have, I love to share. And preferably share the shorter version with less head injuries.
To that end, I am slowly but surely geekifying Kate Says Stuff. Ask her, it’s totally a thing.
Every now and then I’ll be talking to the Editorial Team at The Shake and I’ll start geeking out over something or other. Happens ALL THE TIME. I get thrown into geek overdrive very easily. And I get really excited when I think I could write a tutorial about that. On that note, you may stay tuned for me writing about Google Drive and how to install Twitter Cards. Because both AWESOME.
It helps to have fellow geeks to talk to as well though because otherwise you say to your husband “I just installed Twitter Cards” and he says “What is that?” and you show him and he’s all “I have no freaking clue what you just showed me” and he initially fails to revel in the gloriousness of your achievement in geekery. Of course I explained it and he acknowledged that it was cool, but then he got distracted by Hugh Jackman’s abs in Wolverine and really fails to appropriately soak up the awesomeness.
Geekification is a long-term process. He’s definitely next.