“Carpe diem” is not exactly my cup of tea lately. I used to be much wilder and impulsive in the past years but now, on the verge of my 30ies, I’m not that reckless. So this is why it takes me so much to write this first damn post. How To Be a Red Nerd is such a milestone for me, that I wasn’t sure about where to start. And then, here I am, still not knowing what will be my first post about. Oh, I should know every copywriting and SEO technique but not this time. This time is for me and I’m excited as a girl at her first day of school. I purchased this domain like one year and a half ago, but time is always my first enemy.
First of all: why in English? As I explained in my About section, I really want to practice the language I use every day at work. And since I’m really fond of my job I always want to improve my skills. Also, English is the worldwide communication language nowadays and I hope I can embrace as many people as I can with my site.
Also, feel free to poke me if you notice errors or mistakes, I’ll be glad for the feedbacks. I’ll use my native language, Italian, for specific posts, mostly local events.
What about this obsession of being a “Red Nerd”? Some years ago I dyed my hair red. It was a slow process, helped at the beginning from some girlfriends since I was too broke for actually sustain such an expensive treatment at the hair saloon. Then, after some big changes in my life, I started to dye myself my hair, long and wild as my temper and I’m still really proud of the results. Such a small gesture, (well, tell my mama’s house bathroom…sorry mum!) and yet such a statement for a young independent woman that was unable to do a lot of stuff by herself, that time. It’s not a mystery that I struggled in the past with severe anxiety and panic attacks, something that I managed to overcome within the years but still a part of me, forever.
“Red” is such a strong color, bold and vibrant as I want to be. My favorite color is also pale pink, frail and delicate and yet red is the one which defines me for everyone.
Here the color palette of the site, representing both of my sides. A journalist once called me “Red Fury” and that nickname and my hair, became my trademarks.
But here I’m not “Red Fury”, I’m just a young woman who manages a normal life, working in the video game industry, struggling with her weight and trying to express her nerd side between a Skype meeting and an almost healthy cooked dinner.
“Nerd” symbolize for me what I was always renown about: the weird girl, with the passion for Japan, manga, anime, cosplay, technology, video games, fanwriting, dolls and vintage toys, Japanese fashion, comics, tv shows and all that concerns the nerd-geek hemisphere until “The Big Bang Theory” glorified the category. (BTW, thanks.)
Being peculiar never stopped me from having an intense social life, friends, a family that loves me and normal teenager/college adventures, but I felt rarely included until Internet opened its doors at my place (I spent basically all my teenage incomes at internet cafe until 18 years old) and unlocked tons of new paths like the passion for social media and their applications.
The weeaboo phase actually passed a long time ago (and it wasn’t so tragic, I like to be balanced also in my passions) but the love for these things still stuck and it became something more mature, passions that I live vividly also with a “normal” life.
I will not be the one who delivers perfect tutorials, the perfect wife or the perfect god-fearing mom since I’m a mess, childfree, and in a not by so blessed-by-god relationship since I live with my companion, I share with him all the home duties and we’re not married (also, atheists).
Otherwise, this blog will be my journey through the adulthood, with the heart of a forever child. I’ll express my passions and show my progress in my continue looking for improving myself at all the things I want to learn, if not master: sewing, crafting, painting, writing, acting, singing, enjoying art in all its forms and so on.
This is a funny window on a pink and red world, sometimes with black stains since is my fav color as well, with occasional reviews, shopping tips (oh yes I’m good at shopping, like the 80% of us) but also a place to discuss and feel included on all the serious topics that I care about: freedom, feminism (not the nazifem kind), gender and sexual equality, body-positivity and more.
Well, it was a long introduction indeed. I wrote way more than I recommended to myself for writing an attractive first post, Pinterest wise like, but this is the truth behind the site and I like to be honest. If you had stuck until now, thank you very much for your time and I hope to see you again soon!
(Also, thanks to my friends Marco, Emanuele, Davide and of course my Beloved for the technical support. You’re the best guys.)