When I first saw Weekly Geeks posts around the blogosphere, I didn't even consider joining in. Geek? I'm not a geek!
But the week I came across pictures of my favorite bloggers' best book places, I was entranced by the vastly different ways people responded to the same assignment. I found myself checking out the Mr. Linky for the first time, and clicking on as many as I could. I never did post the pictures I took of my bookshelves that week (I'd love to see that assignment repeated!), but when the next Saturday rolled around and Dewey assigned a book cover quiz--something I would never have thought of on my own--I was ready. I decided I'd just do it once in a while, when the assignment really grabbed me.
It hadn't occurred to me that new people would actually stop by. I figured people sought out their blogging friends on the Mr. Linky and read those posts. But when comments appeared from bloggers I'd never heard of...and then the next assignment was an interview and I got to know Lenore better...I was hooked.
What does being a member mean to me now? Community. Not like a club--it's actually the opposite of that--there is no true "membership." It's the fact that I can assume another Weekly Geeker will be open to my out-of-the-blue comment even if they've never heard of me. It's the idea that across the world, people are thinking about the same things on the same day, in their own unique ways. It's the excitement of clicking on a brand new name up on the Mr. Linky and waiting for the page to load, wondering who's on the other end.
Here's how I make the most out of Weekly Geeks: I follow as many of the links as I can throughout the week, and try read a full page (not just the WG post) and leave a comment. It slows me down, for sure, and I never get to them all, but the idea of WG isn't to say, "I read 'em all," right? It's to participate fully. I don't feel I've done that unless I've left my mark on at least one blog that's not in my reader. If you're normally of the click-and-lurk ilk, go ahead, try it. Leave a comment.
Nothing to say? Answer me this: If you could only take one CD with you to a deserted island, what would you bring?