I call this site the original Shakespeare blog for a good reason. Way way back in 2005, I wanted to talk about Shakespeare. I’d heard some kind of Shakespeare reference on the radio, I think it was on Howard Stern actually, and I was driving to work thinking, “Who do I know that would get that reference?”
Turns out, not too many people. As a life-long computer geek I went to an engineering school, got a computer science degree, and worked behind the scenes building web sites. I wasn’t surrounded by Shakespeare people.
I went looking for other people who wanted to talk about Shakespeare in the same way that I did. I’m not an actor and I don’t have my degree in literature. I’m actually a life long computer geek. I just happen to love Shakespeare. I don’t fit the mold. Surely I can’t be the only one? Turns out I’m not.
At the time, blogs were big. But there were no Shakespeare blogs. There were plenty of places where I could read the text, and plenty of places where you could get a “modern translation” of the text. That’s not what I wanted. I wanted people saying, excitedly, “The new Halo commercial features the band of brothers speech from Henry V,” or, “I heard that Elton John produced a full length animated of Romeo and Juliet.” (Both true, by the way.)
Such Shakespeare Stuff
So I created the very first Shakespeare blog. At the time I wasn’t even calling it Shakespeare Geek, I called it Such Shakespeare Stuff, a play on “We are such stuff as dreams are made on,” from The Tempest. But that was pretty long for a title. Over time I realized I was calling myself a Shakespeare geek because it did the best job describing how I approached the subject. I’m not a professional or an academic. But words like “fan” or “hobbyist” didn’t sound right. All my life people have called me a computer “geek”, so much so that I’ve come to embrace the term as a positive.
Welcome To The Original Shakespeare Blog