The geeks gone soft

Paul Boag

Today is my eighth wedding anniversary and so I have decided to take some liberties with this blog. After all, while most men say I love you with flowers or chocolates, a geek says it with a blog post.

Recently I was asked in an interview how I dealt with the stress of running my own web design company as well as podcasting, writing and keep on top of the latest innovations in web design. To be honest the question caught me somewhat off guard. My job is far from being the most stressful one in the world. but at times, it does get to me. Running your own business can take over and if you are not careful you can quickly find yourself "living to work" rather than "working to live". Fortunately, my family and in particular, Catherine my wife, prevents this from happening and ensures my stress levels remain under control!

Cath is so incredibly supportive of what I do and yet does not let it take over my life. If it was not for her constantly dragging me away from my laptop, I would be forever lost in a world of CSS code and website validation. She strikes a perfect balance between reminding me about what is important in life and accepting that sometimes I just have to work.

The last eight years have been awesome but it has been the last four (since we set up Headscape) that have proved just how incredible the woman I have married really is. Recently diggnation featured a story that explained why women should date a geek. It is a really funny article but also contains some nuggets of truth (at least for my marriage). One such nugget was:

Here’s the deal, sweet and simple: Your geek will worship the ground you walk on. He’ll be so happy that a pretty girl like you paid attention to him that he’ll be at your feet. He’ll adore you as if you were his queen.

And that’s exactly how I feel. Catherine is not only "pretty" in appearance but also in personality. I would be lost without her and I thank God everyday that she continues to pay me attention.