I started Geek Studies in 2007 as a way to keep interviewees and informants posted on the status of my dissertation in progress. The blog ended up being not just a way to document the research, but a central component of that research, and a path to some lasting friendships. The dissertation itself—Geek Cultures: Media and Identity in the Digital Age—went on to be hosted as a free download on Penn Scholarly Commons. I thought I might maintain Geek Studies as a professional blog after finishing the dissertation, but ended up letting it fall by the wayside as I transitioned away from an academic career. Unfortunately, hosting your own WordPress site and then leaving it dormant for too long is effectively an invitation to be hacked—and it was—so I’m moving the site to WordPress.com to be archived.
There’s a lot I would change about the actual content of these posts if I were still in the business of academic blogging. There’s a lot more to say—and thankfully, that’s being said by others more qualified than I—about the intersection of race, gender, and class with geek identities. Still, I hope that these archives might be useful to readers and researchers going forward.