Dear Blogging Community,
I've met some of the most inspiring and wonderful people since blogging. I consider the girls at Female Geek Bloggers, Superheroesque, and International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club as my sisters and friends. You have helped me embrace my feminism instead of trying to hide it and get me into all sorts of new fandoms!
The blogging community has also helped me through some rough times in my life lately by just simply being there. While I never talk about it, there's leftover feelings I'm still dealing with from several deaths in my family in the last year as well as episodes of depression. I lost one of my kittens when he was still very young (barely six months) earlier this year and the entire community was so supportive during that time. It was an eye-opening experience that made me really reflect on blogging and how people make connections online.
Another thing I've never mentioned (out of shyness? fear?) is my constant uphill struggle with chronic pain and Lupus. There are some days where I feel I can take on the world and then others where I simply can't get out of bed and want nothing to do with the world. But everyone's enthusiasm through blogging, collaboration, and pen pal letters helped me understand that, hey, things will get better and you don't have to do this alone! Thank you so much for that. Truly.
|The original logo and name I was using before switching over to Nerdjoy!|
There are so many other bloggers who I admire and really enjoy talking to online, too. Gwen, Sophie, Gladys, Elle, Mariko, Jessica, Joie... Naming all of you guys and how awesome and rad you all are would take up another long blog post in itself! But all the lovely ladies found over at the Female Geek Bloggers Community, everyone from IGGPPC and the entire Iggle forums, you're all so great. This blogging thing really opened up my eyes to a new side of geekdom that I'm so proud to be a part of. While I know I can be shy and aloof at times online, I am making an effort to share more and blogging is certainly helping. It's crazy how much it can change you.
Blogging was just a random thought I had one day and the whole idea of a geek girl blog took me three years to actually sit down and do. In those three years I always made excuses or was too shy or thought my opinions wouldn't matter. But I am so glad I finally kicked myself in the rear and started blogging. It's certainly made my life so much more interesting and, in a way, balanced.
|An even older logo design I was using when it was still called Nerd Allure!|
Thank you so much for actually taking the time to give my blog a read and creating such an amazing community. Here's to many more years! And, hopefully, a meet up in the near future because I'm totally saving up my money now to go to San Diego Comic Con next year!
P.S. -- I'll be putting together a little giveaway next week! Stay tuned for more deets. :)