Today is a special day at Nerdy Girl Notes, and it seems very fitting that it should fall on a Fangirl Thursday. It’s NGN’s third birthday/blogiversary/whatever the kids are calling it nowadays. The point is, three years ago today, I picked out my hot pink color scheme, wrote a post about the joys of being a nerdy girl, and NGN was born.
NGN has evolved and grown so much since its earliest days, and in the process, I’ve grown so much, too. I started this blog as a way to reconnect with the kind of writing I wanted to do, and somewhere along the way, I also discovered the kind of person I want to be. That’s not something you think about when you write your first blog post, but it’s something I feel thankful for every day—that what started out as a writing exercise turned into a place where I was able to grow as a person not just through my writing, but through interacting with some of the smartest and kindest people I could have ever hoped to meet.
This year has been a year of new challenges at NGN. New TV shows were reviewed, new features were started, new lists were made, and new essays were written. I pushed myself as a writer this year not just in the sheer volume of posts I wrote, but in the vulnerability many of them required. And I am forever grateful for all of you who’ve responded with vulnerability and openness of your own. We share something special with one another when we talk about the media we love, and this year was filled with reminders of that belief, which has always been at the heart of everything I write here.
I’m proud of the fact that, over the last three years, NGN has become known as a place of positivity and enthusiasm. There are plenty of places on the Internet to go for criticism and snarky comments. But sometimes you just want to feel like it’s okay to find joy, hope, and inspiration in the media you consume. And that’s my goal every time I sit down to write something new: to create something that resonates with people in a way that makes them feel less alone for loving things with the intensity with which only a true nerd can love.
There’s something really magical that happens when we start talking about the characters and stories that inspire us. In sharing our feelings about those stories, we start to share our stories, too. And that’s something I’ve become fiercely protective of when it comes to the dialogue and discussion around NGN. When people say why they love something they’ve watched or read, they’re opening up a part of themselves, and that’s something that should be treated with the respect and appreciation it deserves. So thank you to all of you who’ve shared your stories with us in this way over the past three years.
NGN started as a labor of love, and this year was another year filled with a lot of labor and even more love. It was a year that taught me the importance of staying true to who you are even when you know some people won’t understand. It was a year that showed me how rewarding it is to write with an open heart and get back the love you put into something. And it was a year that made me feel happier than ever to be a nerdy girl.
I hope all of you know that I sincerely appreciate the kind words you’ve sent my way via Twitter and Tumblr over the past year, as well as all the beautiful graphics you’ve made using the things I’ve written. I can never properly express how honored I am to have your support and, in so many wonderful cases, your friendship, too. To those regular commenters who’ve become my little NGN Family, you mean the world to me. To the lovely Leah, thank you for your insightful writing and for being such a kind friend. And to my beautiful tropical fish Heather, thank you for always pitching in when I need help, for letting me work through posts in text messages days before I actually write them, and for being the most encouraging friend any girl could ask for. For as rewarding as the writing part of NGN is, the most rewarding thing is watching friendships form and grow because of this blog.
I’m so excited to see what the next year has in store for NGN. I already have some big plans I hope to share with you soon to help us get through summer hiatus time. Whatever the next 365 days has in store, it’s sure to be a fun ride, and I’m so happy to share that ride with all of you!