Another day in April 2020, another Blapril article written by me! Today I’m going to take part in another community event while participating in this event. Meta blogging community-eventing over here or something, I guess?
Anyway, the awesome Heather over at Just Geeking By started a series of blogging prompts called Seriously Geeky Sundays. This is such perfect timing since I’m bumbling along to create content every day in April for Belghast’s Blapril event. Definitely check out Heather’s cool prompts and take part in the fun if you want!
Without anymore intro babbling from me, here are my answers to Just Geeking By’s questions for this week. Thank you, Heather!
Let’s start with the basics; who are you and what do you do?
You can call me Solarayo. Nice to meet ya, internet! Long story, but I’m kinda an ex-former-blogger and not comfortable publicly revealing who I was at this time (or ever). It’s admittedly not at all hard to figure out who I am if you knew my past online persona. 😅
Past is past, anyway. Moving on! I’m a 31 year old Capricorn chronically single demiromantic asexual woman who lives in Canada, eh. I’m an Electronics Engineering Technologist who is grateful to be working in the essential telecommunications industry during the coronapocalypse. If I could do it all over again, I’d take a career path in psychology, though. That is my true passion: figuring out how my brain works to stop it from doing stupid things and trying to help anyone around me with their problems. You got this!
When did you start blogging?
I started Ace Asunder last month, right when the coronapocalypse was starting to set in. With all my new offline social activities no longer safe to do, I missed the whole internet blogging community thing and desperately desired a platform to babble while being overwhelmed with lonely feelings. I’m eternally grateful for the new connections and reforged connections I’ve made since I started. You guys rock!
I’m a newbie blogger on Ace Asunder but definitely not new to the whole blogging in general thing. When I was 15 years old (way back in 2004) I started my first blog, which was a little user blog on GameSpot.com (I hate that toxic cesspool of a gaming news website now, but that’s another story). I was the bullied outcast growing up and blogging played a critical role in helping me connect with cool people who didn’t hate me.
In my mid-20s I ditched GameSpot due to some stupid controversies and eventually wound up on WordPress for 5 years under the old identity I don’t want to talk about. Depression, anxiety, and a painful broken heart (my first one of those) that took 2 years to be shattered completely destroyed the blogger I had become there. You can’t start climbing back up into the light until you’ve fully crashed through rock bottom. So…. let the climbing begin!
I’m absolutely loving blogging again as Solarayo on Ace Asunder, and that’s what matters now. I feel like I’ve finally grown into the better person I wanted to be. It’s a big reason why I don’t really want to bring up or be reminded of who I was online. That person is gone but I’m proud to have evolved from her mistakes.
Do you personally identify as a geek or nerd, or both?
I’m going to say geek. I haven’t checked the official definitions of those words, but I view nerds as being really, really smart like, and I definitely don’t feel so smrt… I mean, smart about the stuff I geek out about.
When did you first realize you were a geek/nerd?
I’ve known I’ve been a geek for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved collecting video games, action figures, Lego, and pretending to be a pirate. Yarr!!
What was your first geeky interest?
The very first fandom I remember being absolutely obsessed with was the TV show The Simpsons. My parents let me watch it as kid since they new most of the inappropriate jokes would be way over my young brain. I blame the show’s influence for turning me into the sarcastic smartass I am today.
I have many fond memories of incorporating the likes of Homer Simpson in all my school assignments. Some teachers loved that, some not so much…. In Grade 8 my teacher jokingly awarded me with the Homer Simpson award for using his likeness in all my assignments.
The show lost me around Season 15, but the classic episodes will always be brilliant masterpieces in my eyes.
What was the first movie you watched this year?
I am so late to the Potter party, but at the tail end of last year, a really cool new friend I met sold brokenhearted me on the Harry Potter series… finally! I spent the holiday’s binge-reading all the books and she told me I NEEDED to watch the movies after I was done (that was expert advice from her). By the time 2020 rolled around, I was on the last movies. So that makes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1) the first movie I watched this year.
I was beyond annoyed by all the differences between the books and novels, not going to lie, but I enjoyed all the Harry Potter magical action in movie form nonetheless. I’m just going to say books will always be better than movies, in my opinion. I enjoy creating my own versions of worlds rather than being shown someone else’s vision of them.
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