There’s a few reasons I started it…About a year ago I was talking to my then Social Media Manager Leslie Kay, the creator of Disneybound. I talked about how I was tired of the hierarchy that has grown within the nerd community. The fact that it became more about Instagram followers and less about making friends and connecting with others. I set my goal to create an extension of Nerd Out. For people who wanted to find others to do cool nerd stuff with. A community, a place anyone could join. We’d go to stuff like Dapper Day, conventions, game nights and the like. She loved the idea, as did I.
Nerding Out incorporates nerdy style into your every day.
Shortly after I created the Nerd Out Squad Facebook group. It took a while to find it’s footing. Because we are located in Los Angeles, it was hard for me to personally connect with those outside of LA. I felt bad for those who reached out and wanted to be part of the community but were too far to make it to the meet ups we were having. No matter where they were, I wanted to get them involved. I hate seeing anyone left out, so I needed to find a way to bring people into the fold.
A Little More Personal
Now comes my more personal part of the story. I tried cosplaying. Didn’t love it, hardly liked it. I always felt uncomfortable and frankly, embarrassed. I’m nearly plus size by our “beauty standards” and didn’t feel comfortable trying to recreate characters that looked nothing like me. I know, I shouldn’t compare myself to others. It’s something I even tell others not to do, but sometimes, it just happens. This is when #NerdingOut really began to brew in my mind.
The photoshoot with Katie a did in the Doctor Who dress from Hot Topic cemented it. I felt much more comfortable in clothes that fit my body shape instead of trying to conform to something I’m not. I no longer wanted to wear things that made me feel uncomfortable. Finding things that flattered me and made me feel good about myself was my new goal. Instead of trying to hide my shape in clothes I hated.
Learning to Be Yourself
Nerding Out has allowed me to feel more like myself. This past WonderCon I was perfectly happy in wearing a DC Comics Bombshells Wonder Woman top. It’s vintage feel allowed me to be a bit dressed up without being in cosplay. I paired it with a Superheroes Rivet Clutch from Julia Kays, a Wonder Woman logo necklace, and red converse. It may not have been nearly as elaborate as cosplay, but it made me happy. And that’s what I should truly care about at the end of the day. I may need to remind myself of this every so often, but it is something I’m working on.
The later solution became the former’s solution as well. As I began to see people from different parts of the world Nerding Out! It was great to see people like Chelsea (@gryffindorpinup) embracing the heart of Nerd Out. She is having fun, meeting others, and looking adorable while doing so! I’ve loved seeing her posts amongst others! It makes my little nerdy heart happy. So to you reading this, yes YOU! Go out, meet some new friends, and have some geeky fun in whatever makes you feel your best!
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