So what has outing myself as a bonafide geek and blogging as such taught me?
There are more geeks out there than you think
One of the great joys of this blog has been the amount of friends - and others - who have revealed themselves as closet geeks. I can't tell you how many times people have said to me 'Oh, I love Star Wars/Game of Thrones/X-Men': people who I would never have thought to discuss these kinds of things with, and with whom I'd never broach the subject of all things geektastic. This has enriched my life enormously.
Geeks are great...
On the whole, everyone I have encountered through this blog has been utterly, utterly lovely. I've had strangers from Twitter sending me things, I have emails and messages daily recommending things I would like, and I find that people are supportive, informed and intelligent. The stereotype of socially inept fanboys living in their parents' basement really couldn't be farther from the truth. But…
There needs to me more female voices out there
Yes, there are some great female commentators out there (check out i.09, DCWomenKickingAss, Girls-Gone-Geek for just some) and there are growing numbers of female writers on the mainstream magazines, but we still could do better. There are still some areas - comics being one in particular - where sexism still seems to be rife. I'm not saying we need more writing on 'female' issues - though that wouldn't hurt - but that the more female voices out there, the more balanced the commentary will be. Also, let's broaden the scope of what they are writing about: you regularly see women writing about female-friendly shows such as Supernatural, but its still relatively rare to see them talking about those shows which are perceived as 'male-oriented', such as Game of Thrones and Walking Dead. Let's see that change.
Because women like hardcore horror and zombies
Seriously, most of the horror afficianados I know are women. Let's not pretend this isn't the case.
There is no limit to what people tie in with Star Wars
Honestly, there is no product in existence that people can't put a Star Wars slant on. I'm firmly in favour of this.
The Dean Pants are still my favourite thing ever
Of all of the merchandise I've featured, a big place in my heart - if not, alas, on my bum, because I'm not the one who bought them - will go to the Dean Pants.
You can't go wrong with shirtless menYou'd be amazed by the amount of people who find this blog by googling 'Charlie Hunman's nipples' or 'Nathan Fillion naked'. I expect they end up disappointed, but a hit is a hit...
|Jamie Bamber naked? Gratuitous, you say?|
|Alcide with his shirt off|