Geek Syndicate is the only good thing I managed to take from an emotionally abusive nine-year relationship. For clarity: I was on the receiving end of the abuse. Through my (now ex) girlfriend I met Barry – aka: The Nuge. Before I met him for the first time, I thought it would be a good idea to check out this “podcast” thing that he was involved with. To be polite if nothing else. That was Summer 2008.
By the end of that year, I’d not only become pretty good friends with Barry, Dave and several other members of the podcast’s forums (including one who later agreed to marry me for some reason) but I’d also attended my first couple of comic conventions and started to help out with news articles on reviews on the website that Barry had started to put together. For those interested in such things, my first post was a review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars back on August 21, 2008.
My role in Geek Syndicate has evolved since then and I am really appreciative of Barry who has always encouraged me to do more and had faith enough in me that I won’t mess something up when he asks for it. It’s this faith and attitude that really sums up Geek Syndicate to me. Although there have been some hard times, GS has been a positive factor in the lives of all who are involved, whether this be as a contributor, listener or reader of the site’s content. I’m speaking as someone who has been all three over the years.
Through this positivity, my interest for – and ability to do – design work has flourished – I’ve created banners for a couple of podcasts as well as themed periods on the site, became the editor (along with Barry) and designer of ten issues of the Geek Syndicate digital magazine (which I am still proud of) and am responsible for modifying the theme used by the current web site as well as the Geek Syndicate ID cards. That was a fun project!
I think there will be a lot of talk about “community” and “family” in this series of articles about a decade’s worth of Geek Sass. Rightly so. Even someone like me, who is a self-confessed anti-social monkey (though probably isn’t as bad as he makes out!) sees the team as a community. A very high number of my friends – people who I see on even a sporadic basis – are made up from either the Geek Syndicate team or from people I’ve met through being involved with the site.
I guess that’s the heart of Geek Syndicate and what it really means. Geek Syndicate is a positive community. It’s inclusive. One thing that I think shows this more than anything: Every single member of the team, no matter their roll is working on a voluntary basis. Everyone. And we love it. Every. One.