According to How geeky are you? I’m only 15% geek. That seems right.
I fail as a geek because I don’t like science fiction or other geek entertainment.
Despite 30 years of writing about technology, geek culture hasn’t rubbed off on me.
I’m not comfortable when I’m with other technology journalists who want to talk about Star Trek or Dungeons and Dragons.
To say these things don’t interest me is an understatement.
We have science fiction books on our shelves at home. People who come to our house assume they are mine. They are not. They belong to Mrs B. And apart from her reading tastes, she is even less geeky than me.
Most of the points I scored on the geek test come from work. After all that time writing about computers, I know the difference between a Rom and a Ram.
Of course I have more than one dictionary – they are tools of my trade. And yes, I confess I correct people’s grammar. Editing has been my job for most of my adult life.
In the past people have commented about my non-geek status making me the wrong person to edit a computer magazine or write about technology. I disagree. Detachment means I can make better rational decisions. I’m less tempted to air my prejudices.
I’m a journalist first, technology specialist second. I can – and have – written about most subjects.
And anyway, most of my work has been writing for non-geek audiences. My lack of geekiness means I can better serve their needs.