Friday, August 5, 2011

Don't Forget to be Awesome

I see Nerdfighters. They're everywhere. Walking around like regular people. They definitely know they are nerds.

In 2007, YA author John Green and his musician/NASA fan/professional blogger brother Hank decided to cease all text-based communications and send each other videos via YouTube, which were, of course, available to all of us unsuspecting viewers as well. Before long, a community gathered around the Vlogbrothers and the Nerdfighters were born (though some would argue that the Nerdfighters already existed and just didn't realize they needed to be labeled.) Nerdfighteria is swiftly and cheerfully taking over the Internets with a gleeful surge of activism and global connection. Wear your Nerdfighter flair with pride and you will meet kindred spirits wherever you may travel, all of you sharing the same creed: "Don't forget to be awesome," and the same ultimate objectives: Increase Awesome and decrease World Suck.

In the video below, John Green lists just a few of the remarkable accomplishments of the united Nerdfighters, including getting his next book on bestseller lists many months before it's actual publishing date, getting his brother's indie album to chart on Billboard, and helping people all over the world. You can join this community too! Just don't forget to be awesome, and, if you like, watch the videos and join the forums. I'll see you there. And look for John Green's new book, The Fault in Our Stars, coming out in January.

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