Geeks Vs Loneliness: A turn around the sun

In which we reflect on the past year, and say thank you for stopping by

In the time it has taken the earth to orbit the sun, so have I been at the helm of Geeks Vs Loneliness, Den of Geek’s weekly spot to check in, chill out and have a breather.

This weekly spot exists to give you – the readers – a place to put your feet up, have a natter and grab a cuppa. It’s a place to vent, to ask for help, to banter.

Most of all it’s a place where we can be supportive of one another, even if it’s just a brief comment to reach out someone who is having a hard time.

We’ve talked anxiety, ageing, and asthma. Given the floor to snooker and the appreciation of pylons. Been open about exploding guts, toxic workplaces and corrosive anger, and how some days we feel like we are sinking. Acknowledged how our geek identifies help to shape, nurture and sustain us, and we’ve taken pride in Pride. And there was Buffy, books and Batman’s midlife crisis.

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When I stepped into his role last year, I was nervous. I asked you what you wanted to see, and I hope we’ve managed to cover the majority of requests in a way that makes you feel included and which satisfies you.

These included articles on how physical spaces reflect our moods, music that cheers us up, hidden illnesses and basic steps towards fitness. Rather fittingly, I have procrastinated about writing an article on procrastination. It lurks, a silent reprimand forever on my to-do list.

I want to thank you for your patience. I don’t always get this right – but you always give me the benefit of the doubt and help make me a better writer. More importantly, you make me a better listener.

We’ve had excellent guest writers talk about motivation, genetic lotteries and how the Internet can bring us together in a positive way. We’ve had thoughtful and supportive comments, with very little negativity. In short – the GvL community is brilliant and you all make this column what it is.

So this week I want to open the floor to you guys again. Is there anything you would like to see covered as we move into the next year? Is there anything you would like to write about or contribute to the series yourself? What can be improved, what do you like about this space?

Comment below the line or visit me @Gingerdolly on Twitter for a chat.

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Finally, thanks to everyone who reads this – commenter or not – for taking time out to do so. You are all brilliant. If ever we can help, irrespective of the weekly topic, do stop by and say hello. We will always hear your voice.