Top 5 Geek Collaboration and Sharing Sites

Top 5 Geek Collaboration and Sharing Sites


Every person on this planet has a stupid human trick. I’m convinced that God made us this way for that very purpose; to cover all the lands in epic randomness.  For some people it’s all about crafting, others its skateboarding tricks, Lego creation building and even MacBook bag decorating.

Unfortunately not all of us share our geeky passions. We hoard our creative selves, perhaps in hopes one day we’ll ..

  • get paid a fortune to showcase it
  • we’re just shy
  • a bit lazy
  • or don’t know where to share it. Besides YouTube that is.

This post is dedicated to your inner geek and stupid human trick. I implore you to share ‘it’ and in turn inspire and be inspired by other stupid human tricks.

That’s right, I’m asking you to let your freak flag fly. What’s the worst that could happen? A bad comment or it gets turned into a meme? There’s always the other side of that spectrum. What if someone ends us seeing it, loves it and want to work with you or buy it?

On that note, here are the top 5 Geek Collaboration and Sharing Sites for your visual pleasure:

 

Etsy.com

 

Concept –share, sell and buy

Etsy.com Website Screenshot

Stick it to the man and support small business at the same time. This is just one of the reasons why I love Etsy. The other, all the amazing homemade goods you can buy (literally anything and everything except human remains of course – a new rule).  It’s also a great platform for geeks looking to sell their own goods.

There are no membership fees with Etsy.  Have an excuse in mind for why you just can’t use or sell on it? Bah humbug with a side of truth: It costs $0.20 to list an item for 4 months, or until it sells. Once you sell your item, Etsy collects a 3.5% fee on the sale price. What’s a word to describe something that’s the opposite of horrible, aka that.

Go there now – www.etsy.com

 

Instructables.com

 

Concept –share, sell and buy
Instructables.com website screenshot

 

Instructables is a website where people can upload and share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.  I’m sure you too have seen some pretty amazing makeshift projects in your day. Stuff you’d love to know how to do yourself. For me in particular after going to Comic Con (SDCC).  Anything and everything can be makeshifted; from body armor to replica weapons.  But it takes the tools and some very creative thinking. That’s pretty much the definition of instructables.com.

For those of you into 3D printing, aka the homemade way to make your own parts, they have a 123D section. Makeshifting + robots = http://www.instructables.com/group/123d/

You can join the site free, but have limited use, kind of like Flickr.com. Long story short, they offer pro editions; starting at $23.40/year. If this site doesn’t get your freak flag at least blowing in the wind, you might be a robot.

Go there now – www.instructables.com

 

Raverly.com

 

Concept –share, sell and buy
Ravelry Website Screenshot

Knit and crochue your heart out with your own kind on Raverly.com.  Well, it’s much more than that actually.  In their own words:

“Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.”

I’m a former knitter, but who knew there were so many ways to knit an octopus?

You have to join Raverly in order to see all the goods people are making, but it’s easy and free. If you’re not ready to take that jump (esp. as a non-knitter/crafter), you should see this TED talk about hyperbolic crochet coral reef http://youtu.be/zGEDHMF4rLI. Your mind will be blown, without dying. And I have a feeling you’ll be back to Raverly.com to sign up.

Go there now – www.ravelry.com

 

 

MOCpages.com

 

Concept – share

MOC pages screenshot - all things LEGO

This is the number one unofficial place to see amazing, insane, odd and epic Lego creations. Yes, all things Lego fan extraordinaire.  I’m not talking about the complete builds from out of the box instructions, these are homemade renditions and scenes that take hours.

The name MOC stands for “My Own Creations,” which is very fitting with the little blocks of wonder you can do pretty much anything with.  I loved them as a kid, and still do as an adult.

The site is 100% free to join and use, and you don’t need an account to scour user creations, which I love.  My only qualm is, it isn’t user friendly, unless that is you’re a fan of playing in the HTML side of things when uploading. But if you like Lego, this is the go to place to get inspired and show off.

Go there now – www.mocpages.com

 

Dotpedia.com

 

Concept – share

 

Dotpedia.com website screenshot

 

Magnets, how do they work? Obviously the Insane Clown Posse had nothing to do with this site, because it’s dedicated to serious magnetic dot builders and their creations.  Some people call them Nanodots, neodymium balls, desk dots or magnetic constructors, but at the core these are more than just magnets.

The builds shown on the site are highly educational and complex.  Mind boggling even. Pages are littered with geometric shapes, scientific models and even intricate pixel art.

The site is free to use and stupidly easy to upload to.  A piece of advice though, if you’re going to delve into the complex world of magnetism, do your patience a favor and start with basic tutorials first – http://www.nanodots.com/tutorials.

Go there now – www.dotpedia.com

 

At the very least, I hope these sites entertained you and inspired your inner geek and stupid human trickster. It deserves to have its time to shine. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite, inspirational ChickTech quotes:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein

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  1. I’m a HUGE fan of etsy, but never heard of the others. This is badass. This should be on Lifehacker!!

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