While I’ve been mostly (if not entirely) behind the scenes, Geekadelphia has been an important and constant part of my life for the past five years. After an identity crisis that lead me to leave Philadelphia for San Jose, I returned just ten months later grieving for my beloved East Coast. I was 24. I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I still didn’t know where to start. In California, I dreamed of studying journalism at Berkeley, but after an internship, I realized that lifestyle simply wasn’t for me. After attending both the Community College of Philadelphia and Foothill in California, Drexel offered me a partial scholarship, and I came back. When I got back, Geekadelphia welcomed me with open arms. I covered events disproportionately involving bacon and alcohol, promoted science-centric happy hours, and devolved into a literal child every April 1st. The Geek Awards filled my heart with pure joy every year since. I connected with this city in a way I’ve never connected with another place in my life. Geekadelphia is part of what helped make Philly feel like home.
After three years of writing, I became an editor and partial social media manager. Two years later I’m still beyond flattered to have been entrusted with that responsibility.
With their mentoring and the experience I obtained at Drexel, I now have my own business copywriting, editing, and consulting. Geekadelphia may be just one of many contributors my success, but it has had one of the biggest influences on me in every possible way.
Working with the Geekadelphia team has been nothing but an incredible experience. I’ve made friends, connected with the city, and immersed myself in Philadelphia’s geek culture in a way my introverted self would have never achieved otherwise. Our team not only showed the world that our city is at heart a bunch of geeks, but they’ve embraced and elevated the community’s diversity beyond typical representation. Members of our community are of every race, gender, sexuality, age, and background on the planet, and Geekadelphia has always strived to give everyone a voice. I’m so humbled to have been part of a team that embraced geek culture beyond the status quo. <3
Finally, I just want to thank you, our readers. You’re the reason we’ve been around this long, and I adore you. Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for making the Geek Awards such a success that it continues to live on. Thank you for coming to the movie screenings Dan organized. Thank you for introducing us to your friends. Thank you for tolerating our bullshit on April Fool’s Day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It’s a sad time for us, but in truth, we aren’t going anywhere. While the site may be on permanent hiatus, our incredible writers will still be promoting awesome events on social media, uplifting local businesses, and just doing cool shit in general. So, keep in touch. We’ll miss you all just as much as–if not more than–you’ll miss us.