G is for Geek

First portable Apple computer.

Twenty years ago, it wasn’t cool to be called a geek. 

I came of age in the era that saw such a fact change.
Here’s what changed.
  • Books: Everyone read them; only geeks actually liked them.
  • Glasses: If you could wear contacts, you wore them. Now they’re considered fashion accessories.
  • Computers: Only nerds knew how computers worked. Students didn’t usually write papers using computers. Now, you can’t get most jobs unless you know how to use a computer and being cutting-edge when it comes to technology is accessible and fashionable.
  • Websites: Only super geeks had websites. Seeing the appeal of self-publishing, I started publishing my own content online in 1997.
  • Star Wars and Star Trek: Only geeks liked movies about outer space–and geeks were they only ones who went to conventions. Now fans of all different types of movies flock to mega-conventions.
  • E-mail: My first e-friends lived in Wisconsin and Ireland. People thought it was strange that I’d want to talk to others on the computer, but I knew that I could learn from their experiences. Now, people constantly network online on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.
By the time I graduated high school in 1999, my peers predicted I’d make a living online. They were right.
How has your perception of the word ‘geek’ changed over time?
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About Tara M. Clapper 287 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.


  1. From one geek to another … love it.

    Happy A to Z!

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    Click my name/icon for links to all these blogs! Happy A-to-Z!

  2. Thank you for helping to celebrate our geekiness!
    My B is the A-Z Challenge was Buffy, love Firefly & I met my husband through joining a role-playing group of friends 🙂

  3. I for one am thankful that geek chic is now a good phrase 🙂

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    PS: pls turn off your word verification to make it easier to comment—you might consider comment moderation instead if you’re unsure 🙂

  4. I started my first website (which was REALLY embarrassing – it had a picture of a dragon on it) in 1996. I still write html for my blog posts, just because old habits die hard. I’ve never been that into Star Trek or Star Wars…but I do dress steampunk and go to cons, so I think I still earn geek points. Ha!

  5. Funny how things change in time. I’ve always liked Star Trek, though, so I don’t view it any different now than I did when I was a kid. Now Star Wars, however, is a different story, lol. Some of my friends and new people who I meet are shocked when they learn that I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies.


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