Can I Be a Nerdfighter?

Nerdfighters SNES BoxIt started with SciShow. While watching chemistry videos on YouTube, I stumbled across Hank Green’s series of short, concise science videos. From there, YouTube’s Related Links led me to Crash Course World History with Hank’s brother, John Green. I was hooked, and after binging through the Crash Course videos, I moved on to Hank and John Green’s original YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers. Soon I was counting myself as a fan, a Nerdfighter as they are called. But I’m not the typical fan, and that might be a problem.

Not My Demographic

The problem is that, as much as I like Vlogbrothers videos, no one else in my social group seems to share my enthusiasm. I’ve shared their videos a number of times online, and none of my peers seem interested. That makes sense if you look at the demographics. A large number of people in the Nerdfighter community are teenage girls. (This makes sense since John Green is a well-known Young Adult author.) I am a 35-year-old man, and I don’t want to hang out with teenage girls. Not just because it’s creepy, but because, other than the love for the Green Brothers’ many endeavors, I don’t have much in common with teenage girls.

No Connection

To me, half the fun of being a fan of something is discussing your shared interests with fellow fans. But try as I might, no one I know seems interested in watching John Green play a soccer video game with two players named after himself. Granted, it’s a pretty weird concept. but you’d think I’d be able to find a few other people my age who appreciate it. In the end, I could consider myself a fan of the Green Brothers’ work, but I’m not really part of the Nerdfighter community. That’s okay too. I have plenty of other interests that I do share with my peers. I can still watch the Vlogbrothers videos and enjoy that such a community exists, even if I’ll never really be part of it.

Have you watched any of the Green Brothers’ videos? If so, do you consider yourself to be a Nerdfighter? Let me know in the comment section.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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  1. January 31, 2017

    […] I’ve always been a big fan of documentaries and educational videos, and that got me to watching educational YouTube channels like SciShow and CrashCourse. Both of these channels were created in part by two brothers: Hank and John Green. […]

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