This is a good question. I don't even own a decent pair of goggles, for Pete's sake. I'm pretty sure I don't have anything with gears glued onto it. I rarely wear brown, sepia, or cream. In fact, most of the time I wear black and some interpretation of what I think is a Victorianesque look. I'm certainly not historically accurate. I suppose I could be most accurately described as being in some kind of Gothic time warp.
(Sorry about that - I had to).
Which is rather ironic, as I have been accused in the past of "trying to dictate to others what is Steampunk" (kind of hard to do, since I can't seem to achieve this for myself, let alone anybody else). I even have the temerity to host a weekly meetup called "Steampunk Coffee & Community"! And it is well attended! And people seem to be having fun and liking it! Some of them even come back!
So before I get hauled away as some kind of Steampunk "poseur", let me just tell you what I do stand for. I love the Victorian era, and history in general. I am fascinated by Science (yes, with a capital S). I like meeting people. I like making friends and socializing. I like to drink tea. I like to wear elegant clothes and dress up. I like to behave in a genteel manner toward my fellow human beings. I like art. I like creative self-expression. I like "weirdos". I like a "do it yourself" attitude. I like old things with a history over new things without a soul. If you're reading this, I probably like you, too! Maybe Steampunk isn't exactly the right word for me, 'cos I don't shoot a raygun or wear mechanical wings or pilot an airship. But it is the place where I find the most fun, interesting, and compatible people, so I'm stickin' to it!
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