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Weekend Coffee Share – One Year of Geek Baby

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Those of you who have been reading us for a while may remember that this time last year, Holly and I fell off the face of the blog, and we were held aloft by guest posts. For six whole weeks, the guest posts kept us rolling. It was really amazing. And if you missed it, here’s a link to links to those posts.

If we were having coffee, I’d be telling you that in case you missed it. But that also means, we’re celebrating a year of the Geek Baby. And what a crazy year.

Now we have almost-words, almost-walking, and all sorts of other things, Geek Baby. And it’s a blast. And we have sleep happening at night, which has given us back enough time in the evenings that we’re actually getting to play co-op video games again! We’re watching movies on a weekly basis! And we’ve gotten some long blog posts out as well.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is leaving us with confidence that we can do more with what we have going on here. More with Comparative Geeks. That’s been the dream for this year, and it feels obtainable. There’s still more to do with that, and more preparation in advance. And thinking back to those guest posts, those contributions, last year… more of that sounds great to me.

Looking forward to this next year. How’re you?

Happy New Year! Comparative Geeks thoughts for 2016

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Happy New Year! We don’t really have big news like last year, but the New Year is a good time to look back and reflect, to look forward and plan. Definitely plenty of that going on here.

Reflection

What the latter half of 2015 showed us was that, even with the Geek Baby, we want to and can keep blogging. I would like to think we’ve kept at least some of our quality and consistency. Hopefully that will just improve with time, but at its most basic – we can do it.

More importantly, what the first half of 2015 showed us was that we have a strong community around us and supporting us. We ran the blog for 6 weeks on guest posts by a variety of people and on a variety of topics. Opinion pieces, old stuff, new stuff, large-level reviews… just a bunch of really great stuff. This post has links to all of it, and I highly recommend checking it out. We’ve had some additional contributions from folks later in the year – and have even added a full-time weekly contributor, Julia, the newest comparative geek!

There were some things that didn’t work this year, sure. For one, we didn’t create a great communication system for all our contributors and guest posters – so it’s hard to tap them on a continual basis. For another, some of our series have just kind of fallen. I still owe everyone a Geek 501 page that I’ve promised – it’s about halfway done. And our LitFlix have really fallen to the wayside – more on our thoughts on this to come in the next few weeks. And overall, I had a lot more thoughts of what I could accomplish this year than what I really did.

Future

So looking ahead, I’m excited for what we can do this year. We’re coming up on three years of Comparative Geeks – it’s hard to believe! Thank you to everyone who’s been here with us through this. We feel we’re at the point that it’s time to consider moving forward, moving onward – growing.

We’re going to take our time with it, but our hope is that by about July, we’ll be running a self-hosted blog. The archives here likely would not come along for the ride, so this blog would stay here and live on, but without necessarily updates.

As to a self-hosted site, and the things that go with it, we have a lot of thoughts. One would be the webcomic I’ve been saying I want to do. I had some good starts before I completely fell off the wagon… And the fact that I’m not hating what I am creating is the most important thing. I might like my writing, but my drawing? Coming to terms with that has been huge.┬áThere are other things we’re considering too, that should be fun.

However, the number one thing that we want to see in a grown and improved blog is you – so let us know in the comments what would be good ways to have folks follow along to a new blog, or better yet what would work for you. And the thing we’re going to want too is contributors – to take what we accomplished early this year, drawing all those bloggers together, and channel that as a long-term thing. To magnify what we’re all doing by doing together, in one space, that can be a one-stop for people to check it out. So spend some time thinking about that, and feel free to comment on that as well!

From our family to yours, a Happy New Year indeed!

#WeekendCoffeeShare- On My Phone Edition

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Just a quick blurb for today. So if we were having coffee, it’d be a small coffee, not my usual massive or multiple coffees.

As I tippety-type this away on my phone, on LTE because we hit our home data limit, I mostly wanted to say we had a good vacation week. It was our first distance travel with the Geek Baby, and she did great. 

And I want to say thank you to all our contributor assistance for blog posts as well. Did you read them? Check them out!