Tuesday, September 29, 2015
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
If you like: sarcasm * the internet * memoirs
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is Felicia Day’s story. It includes gaming, acting, running a company, and dealing with the variety people you meet online. When you run the company you can execute your vision, but there are also all sorts of complications. When you are the director, the writer, the talent, and the back office it's a never ending stream of work in progress. Felicia has managed to learn from all of this and gives practical advice for building your own empire like she did.
Felicia is the embodiment of a DIY culture. There are many pros and cons to living your life this way. Most of all there is a lot of stress. There is no safety net when you're creating your own empire. You have to rely on pure mettle alone to get through every day. You have no protection just the desire to make cool stuff and hope people follow along. There is an “if you build it they will come” philosophy. You know that if you make cool stuff there will be a market for it and you will find your people. The more you do, the more your job becomes your life and your identity. Eventually separating yourself from your stuff becomes difficult, and you begin to wonder who you are without everything that you have built. True success and happiness will come once you figure out who you are and that what you do does not necessarily make up all of you.
Felicia also covers the topic of geek culture and women. Oftentimes women are not taken seriously. They face sexual harassment and unwanted attention. There is a theory that you asked for it by showing up and being a part of the culture, when this really isn't true. At the end of the day this an unwelcome dark side of the culture right now. There are also lots of opportunities for women. They have the opportunity to change the industry and the world. Felicia hopes that they won't be discouraged, because the world needs to change. Much like your job doesn't define your identity, the things you enjoy don't either. We are each a combination of everything we love and everything that has influenced us throughout our lives. Don't shy away from things that scare you if it's something that you really want to do. You can change the world if you put in the work and are willing to brush off all the disrespect and hatred you encounter.
If you can’t find your place so you build one of your own read You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
Day, Felicia. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir. Touchstone, 2015. Kindle Edition.