Please indulge me for a moment as I get something off my chest:
Why are so many writers/bloggers using negative terminology to describe their interests and pursuits? It bothers me to see someone apologize for their “geeky” behavior or downplay their intellectual curiosity with other dismissive words. Some might say they use these words to show its okay to be smart, but I think the opposite is true.
Almost everytime I see terms like this used, a writer/blogger is expressing something about herself that she’s uncomfortable with or worried might be viewed as stupid.
It is especially bothersome to hear those of us who work with or write for children describe themselves in these ways. Kids need to see the rich benefits that come from curiosity and life-long learning. Let’s not negate in ourselves the very things we are trying to encourage in our children.
What’s your take on this?