Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

OK….. I was on a long hiatus due to computer issues. Briefly, the PdaNet program I downloaded onto my Mac in order to tether my phone, pretty much jacked everything up after a routine Mac update. That’s about as technical as I’m going to get regarding the issue. Frankly, because I’m so over it. I was out of commission for approximately 2 months. I became a lazy blogger-bum settling a little too comfortably into my disability leave.

Since the laptop’s been fixed, I’ve been in a writing funk. I got use to not having the pressure everyday to come up with something interesting to say. All this fabulous wit doesn’t come easily (but obviously the arrogance sure does). So now, I’m going to sit down and crank out some useless geek cultural literature, like the athlete that was injured and is finally getting back in the game.

I miss the limelight and journalistic comradery. Well that’s a bit much… I miss the metaphorical laser pen that briefly beams at my article posts, and the circle of geeks that give me their 140 word pat on the back. Welcome Back Kotter!

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I have recently become a contributor to the tech news blog “for the computing masses” – Geek Shui Living. It was founded by Justin E. Gehrke, an accomplished Information Technology Consultant with more than twelve years of experience in the complex and constantly evolving world of Information Technology and Information Systems Security.

Geek Shui is a modern derivative of the ancient art of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement within a space. This careful placement and arrangement seeks to help one achieve harmony with the environment around them. Geek Shui incorporates many of these same principles, with the evolving virtual world of Information Technology.”

Justin, or Sensei @GeekShui as I call him, asked if I would like to contribute to GSL. He is on a continual quest to gather geek tech writers, in hopes of sharing articles that are inspirational and informative. When I mentioned that I had no tech background, he welcomed my “geek culture” articles and quips, and said there was a place for me at Geek Shui. Listed below are a few of my articles. Please enjoy them as well as those of my co-writers @ Geek Shui Living

* * * You can follow both @NerdyGurlBlog and @GeekShui on Twitter * * *

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on Nerdy Gurl Blog do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Geek Shui Living or it’s writing contributors.

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I deactivated my Facebook account last week and so far… I do not regret my decision. Ahhhhhh… is all I have to say. Originally, I was worried about deleting my account because of fear of losing touch with  friends and family.  You can probably relate, but it took a long time to find many of them, and the joy of reuniting was wonderful. I had also taken a lot of time to post, caption and catagorize hundreds of shared photos. But just like any attachment to something addicting, I said “screw” it one day and just deleted it all. Because bottom line – I was tired of letting information funneling through this worthless technology, make me feel bad. And I figured, the people who truly meant something to me would keep in touch and vice versa.

Here are a few reasons behind my FB account termination:

  1. I was tired of logging in at the beginning of my beautiful day, and being bombarded with someone’s negative rantings about their baby momma(s) or their UTI’s.
  2. I was tired of feeling like some sort of freak nerd when no one, except Kae P, would get my odd sense of humor.
  3. I was tired of being berated by other people’s religion and dogma.
  4. I was tired of feeling like a zoo animal on display by people who “friend request” you and then never, ever interact.
  5. I was tired of the jealousy that erupted because of knowing TOO much about lives which I should no longer have any insight, i.e. former relationships.
  6. I was tired of my MOTHER making embarrassing comments on my page as well as her need to “friend request” my friends and ex-boyfriends. Because of this, we ended up having 30-something friends in common (slaps forehead)!
  7. I was tired of self-admitting myself into Facebook rehab and then cheating by logging in, and feeling dirty afterwards.
  8. I was tired of the public relation campaigns being run by my housewife friends, trying to convince us that their failing marriages are happily ever after.
  9. I was pretty much just tired of being tired of Facebook.

Phew… it’s so nice to get rid of all that and much more. My circle of friends had grown from a very small (10) to almost 200 and I was becoming more and more miserable by the day. So, now it’s back to the simple life… you know… email, text messaging, instant messaging, twitter and phone calls.

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I have a dirty little secret I’m ashamed of. And since it’s widely known that we are only as healthy as our secrets… I’ve decided to use my blog to get this off my chest. I have an addiction to the new incredible power, brought on by the boom in online networking – secretly deleting contacts, friends and followers. I am sharing this because I know there are many of you out there like myself. We must bond together in our shame in order to grow, LOL.

I’m seriously out of control. I say this because of the meager reasons for which I delete people and the insane rush I get from doing this. I get a female hard-on from going through my “friends” lists and reducing it by at least two-thirds. The same when deleting numbers from my phone. I sadly receive text messages from people all the time, and don’t know who they’re from because I’ve deleted their number.

Brief background – Nerdy Gurl is a runner. The moment I meet a new person, especially an intimate friend, I already have my Nikes waiting by the door. Blah, blah, blah… I received an A in my college psyche class and know it has to do with a fear of rejection. But I have become somewhat of an expert at avoiding pain and said rejection. Therefore, I thought it would be humorous and therapeutic to list some of the crazy reasons I have deleted people from my contacts, Myspace, Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy the insanity!

I have deleted you from my friends or followers because:

  1. Simply… we never interact.
  2. You constantly post sexist jokes/remarks  and I think you’re a pig.
  3. You provide critiques every five minutes while you watch movies and television programs.
  4. We have recently broken up and you constantly post how AMAZING your life is.
  5. You have posted a “Piss on the Broncos” or “Piss on Obama” picture as your profile.
  6. You are the relative of a friend and we have never had one thing to say to each other.
  7. You are a “friend” of mine, have allowed me to “follow” your tweets but don’t have a desire to follow mine.
  8. You constantly mention that people who don’t have Jesus in their lives are lacking.
  9. You were a beer and football buddy of mine, you’ve met someone and now the both of you keep posting ridiculously mushy messages ALL DAY LONG.
  10. I was a support system during your break-up, you’ve moved back in with your ex and don’t have time for your friends anymore (serious one, I know).
  11. You made fun of me in high school and I’ve decided… I really don’t like you after all.
  12. You are a girlfriend of one of my guy friends and you want access to my page so you can know more about me.
  13. I have remembered your birthday every year since the 11th grade, my birthday is listed on my page, and you still don’t remember to give a shout out.
  14. You stole my boyfriend back in high school and even though we have 50 something mutual friends, I still don’t forgive you.
  15. You constantly use the words Their, There and They’re incorrectly

Can you relate? Give me some of yours!

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