The International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club, also known as the IGGPPC, is an active and thriving group of worldwide geeks. Founded in March 2013 by Leslie Hunsinger and Emily Farquharson-Hall, the club was designed to bring together the nerd community through shared interests and a love of stationery. Each month, we pair hundreds of geek girls and guys with their nerdy soul mates using their ‘Top 5 Geek Loves’ to find the perfect match and so far, we’ve paired 7,000+ very happy pen pals. We’re proud to know that many of our pen pals have found life-long friendships through the IGGPPC, and some have even traveled overseas to meet each other! Our website is used to host many more activities, including Book Clubs, Meet Ups, Swaps & Exchanges, Photography Challenges, and discussion on our Forums! It is also home to our blog, +5 Charisma. The TL;DR version? Our club has brought together geeks of all ages, shapes, and sizes, to help them connect with others from around the globe in traditional and non-traditional ways. We’re proud to be spreading positivity, friendship, and fostering a truly loving community online and offline using the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. Join us, and help us to keep it geek, worldwide.
From 2014 – 2015 I contributed to a podcast on behalf of the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. Charm Bomb was a podcast all about geekery, snail mail, and friendly foolishness. Toasty, Summer, Hadas Rosa and I giggled about pop culture, all things geek, and what we were obsessed with. Each podcast centered around the monthly theme.
From 2012 – 2014, I managed and designed products for my own nerdy Etsy shop. Word To Your Unicorn was where I sold geeky pop-culture inspired greeting cards, postcards, and stickers. I illustrated some of my favorite characters and created unique designs and patterns with a nerdy twist. Some of the fandoms I paid homage to in my designs: Daria, the Powerpuff Girls, Bob’s Burgers, Studio Ghibli, Pacman, and Invader Zim. My “Daleks need love too” sticker was favorited over 1,000 times!
The Larpettes is a community on Facebook dedicated to celebrating the female Larper. It allows female Larpers to have a safe space and speak about issues and themes specific to being a woman and a Larper. I created their logo, and help to moderate the community when I have time. Go say hello!
From 2012 – 2014, I worked with 3 other fabulous women on a project known as NEPA BlogCon. While creating and running NEPA BlogCon, I focused primarily on branding, design, social media, marketing, as well as event coordination, strategy, planning, and logistics for NEPA BlogCon. It’s well known as NEPA’s first and only blogging and social media conference. In 2013, our conference raised over $5,000 for Blue Chip Animal Farms Refuge, a local no-kill animal shelter.