To me, “nerd” is a compliment.
“Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff–like, jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘You like stuff,’ which is not a good insult at all. Like, ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.'” -John Green
At a young age, most of my time was spent reading books and chatting on the computer. I worked in IT for two years in college. Then, in 2011, I attended my first comic convention.
These days, I attend at least three conventions each year, including Emerald City Comic Con (in Seattle), GeekGirlCon (also Seattle), and Rose City Comic Con (in Portland). People often ask me whether I dress up. I absolutely do.
My favorite part of dressing up at conventions is the time and effort it takes to make an outfit. Most of my convention outfits are completely handmade.
At my second convention in 2012, I dressed up as Game Boy. Wil Wheaton took a picture and shared it on his blog!
Then the following year, he did it again!
Reach out to me if you are curious about conventions.