Tara M. Clapper

Writer • Editor • Speaker • Content Manager • Geek

Philadelphia, PA

Tara M. Clapper

Tara M. Clapper is The Geek Initiative's founder and senior editor, an experienced content manager, former blog editor at SEMrush, and an active participant in LARP and theater. A proud geek, she has over a decade of experience in digital publishing and marketing.



Gilead Anxiety: Is It Justifiable?

I have a bad case of Gilead Anxiety. I worry that America could become like the nation in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” called speculative fiction because it is a look at what things could become. Despite the marketing materials, the interviews, and the feminist subcultures in which I conduct most of my business and personal life, I’ve heard it said:

6 Reasons Why LARP is Not Just a Game

If you’re a LARPer (live action role player) or even just know a bit about LARPing, you’ve probably heard it: “LARP is just a game.”. As a staff member and new LARP marketer of a small American fantasy boffer campaign game back in 2010, I quickly realized the power and importance of this phrase. When players became emotional or upset over a rule or a plot, I mistakenly thought it was helpful to remind them that LARP was just a game.

Dragon Thrones – High Immersion in a LARP MegaGame

Entertainment. Escape room. Map-based MegaGame. Boasting so many features, Dragon Thrones was an ambitious and collaborative production. Produced by The Game Theatre and fully funded on Kickstarter in January of 2017, this game came onto the U.S. larp scene as ambiguous and expensive, and its presence and success were not necessarily anticipated by members of the larp community.

How LARP Made Me a Badass at Work

Guest Post from Tara Clapper of The Geek Initiative and Mythbuilders. Few professionals emerge from high school, trade school, or college with the badassery required to act fully confident in their respective field. In any job, you grow as you learn – but you can enhance your confidence and other work-related skills through the magic of LARPing.

#HowToWrite Guest Blogging Content: 10 Keys

Here’s the scoop on guest blogging: Google doesn’t appreciate paid links or content published just so you can “win” a link. However, if your guest post is informative, genuine, and helpful, including a relevant link back to your website is a great way to improve your exposure and relevance. It no longer results in the skyrocketing SEO as it did before Google started evaluating placed links more thoroughly.

Writing for Diversity: How to Attract and Connect With a Diverse Audience

Writing for a diverse audience is a marketing challenge. Use these helpful strategies to connect with minority audiences and customers for your business.

How to Create Content Marketing Interviews with Tara M. Clapper @irishtara #VCBuzz

Doing interviews with niche influencers is a great way to promote your site, but not many publishers can still do that right. Today we’ll learn some tricks: Interviews as a powerful content marketing tactic! ***Please sign in here to follow the chat -> Clapper @irishtara is content development specialist at @ExpWriters and senior editor at @RollForGeekInit.

How I Explored External Validation Through Transformative Role Play at New World Magischola

Run 5 (Second Semester) of New World Magischola was the most transformative role playing experience of my decade-long LARPing career. While I went into the game as prepared as possible for an intense, dark plot and a romantic story ending in heartbreak, my primary game experience revolved around internal and external validation and the availability of choices in a world without sexism.

DC vs. Marvel: A Digital Marketing Showdown

DC and Marvel are “The Big Two” in comic books. Now that geek is chic and comic book movies and TV shows are popular, the rivalry between these companies intrigues a large audience – and marketers should pay attention. From exclusive cover releases to live tweeting TV shows and making announcements at fan conventions, these giants know what they’re doing when it comes to marketing.

How to Create a Preliminary Buyer Persona With Facebook Insights and Google Analytics

By combining the powers of Facebook Insights and Google Analytics, you can determine some basic demographic and affinity data and use it to create a preliminary buyer persona. While you’ll want to pull other sources of data (if available) to determine your buyer persona, Facebook and Google Analytics are great places to start.

Case Study: I Merged My Accounts With a ‘Twitter Wedding’

When I started working at SEMrush a year ago, I made a new Twitter handle and promptly began engaging influencers and participating in #semrushchat and other Twitter chats. It made a lot of sense: as a reflection of an established and respected brand, I wanted to present myself in the most professional manner possible.



Tara M. Clapper

Tara M. Clapper is The Geek Initiative's founder and senior editor, a professional storyteller and LARP marketer, former blog editor at SEMrush, and an active participant in LARP and theater. A proud geek, she has over a decade of experience in digital publishing and marketing.

A veteran of digital publishing in the Philadelphia area, she's worked with A Better World, hibu, Taylor & Francis, and Xlibris.

Tara has authored over 1,000 pieces of online content, some of which appears on notable and influential channels such as,, Hello Giggles,, and New Worlds Comics.

Her topics of expertise include LARP (live action role play), geek culture, women in technology, content writing and management, small business web copy, and entertainment such as movies, graphic novels, books, video games, and comic books.

In LARPs, Tara enjoys playing characters who participate in musical groups, politics, and boffer combat.

She loves sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero movies. She's an avid fan of Marvel's Thor.



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