How to Be a Productive Geek
Geek: What's in a name?
The word "geek" is used all over the place these days, and I think it is but natural for one to wonder whether if every single person using the word actually knows its real meaning. Probably not, but words do evolve in meaning, so it may not be such a big deal.
Being me, I would like to build on a good foundation, so if you like trivia...
Did you know that the word "geek" was first used in 1914? Experts think that the word was derived from the German word "geck". Merriam-Webster gives three definitions of the word, the first of which is rather amusing if you think about how "geek" is used today.
- a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
- a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
- an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity
For the purposes of this hub, I think we can all agree to use the third as our working definition. After all, there are so many kinds of geeks these days, and they have one thing in common: they are absolutely passionate about a certain thing/topic/activity.
One thing about geeks is that they are consumed by their point of interest, so much so that maybe, sometimes, they don't get to turn their attention to other things in life. While this may not always be a negative thing, there are also many ways by which geeks can turn their passion/s into something productive. And that's what this hub is all about.
Check out my ideas on how to make something more out of your geekiness, and let me know what you think!
Publish on Instructables
Instructables is a community of people who are geeks in the widest sense of the word. This web-based platform is all about providing people with an online venue where they can document their projects. Call it a geekified DIY site or whatever you want, but it is an awesome place to find all sorts of creations: from origami to food to home decorations to gadget accessories to LEGO projects. It is a veritable treasure trove for DIY-ers!
I don't have to go deep into the concept, do I? Whatever kind of geek you may be, if you are the type who spends days, weeks, maybe even months on a project, you can share your obra maestra with the rest of the world through Instructables.
You may not get rich doing it, but you will reach out to likeminded people, and you can experience the satisfaction of others geeking out with you!
Draw Out the Creative in You
Creative is another buzzword, isn't it? Whether you like the buzzword and how much it is used these days, it does not matter. What matters is that if you love playing with ideas and concepts in your head and then making them tangible in one form or another, you can share your creations with others who will appreciate their value.
Do you have a way with words? Write! You do not have to write a novel - but if that is your dream, why not? - as there are so many forms of writing. Write short articles. Write feature articles. Write commentaries. Write short stories. What matters is that if you are passionate about something and you love to write, don't let anything stop you!
Do you have a way with the pencil or paintbrush or any other fine art material? Maybe you're awesome at digital art. Maybe you already have a huge collection of drawings, sketches, or paintings. Why don't you showcase these? deviantART is a great venue for exposure.
Maybe you like sitting in front of the camera, or you like talking. Go into podcasting or video! Where do you think those YouTube sensations start from anyway?
Whatever it is that you like creating, the point is to SHARE your work. And if you're really into geeky-nerdy things, you might want to share your creations at the ForeverGeek Directory. This site is one of the oldest running geeky sites, and while it may not be as big as others, it does have pretty interesting content for different kinds of geeks: superheroes, anime, games, art, and so on.
Start a Kickstarter Project
Now if you're really on to something that you think might be huge, why don't you go all out? Why don't you harness the power of crowdsourcing, and try out Kickstarter?
I have seen so many good projects from this web site, and there is no telling what it can bring you. Whether it is a book or a movie you are investing your time in, you can always reach out to people who might be interested. If your concept is good enough, you can raise funds to make your dream a reality.
What kind of geek are you?
Just Do It!
Nike's slogan back in the day is arguably the most motivational our generation will encounter. After all, every person has a dream linked to his passions. Every one will have that one thing that he wants to leave as his legacy.
The difference lies in whether or not you actually make it happen. You may spend countless hours on something, but unless you step up to the plate, it might forever be lost. So yes, just do it!