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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!

Weekend Coffee Share – Birthday Edition

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you it’s my birthday!

As has been my birthday tradition, today I get to write about whatever I want. In many respects, this differs in no way from any other day on the blog, but whatever.

So I would probably tell you about my plans going forward. Life plans. Dream-accomplishing plans. Read on for those – I’d love some input!

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The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, copyright of Drew Weing http://www.drewweing.com/

Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, copyright of Drew Weing http://www.drewweing.com/

This week I got introduced to a new webcomic called Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing. It has not been going for very long, it has completed Chapter 1 and has recently started Chapter 2 and updates twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday, so it is easy to catch up at this point. The story itself is incredibly creative. It presents the idea of monsters and other scary creatures as things that are living their own lives with their own motivations. Not inherently evil, but trying to live in this world as much as any of the kids. Margo Maloo is a monster mediator for kids. She gets a call from a kid and shows up to help mediate between the kid and the monster. Now we get to see this through the eyes of a kid who recently moved to the neighborhood and surprisingly discovers a monster in his closet. He ends up calling Margo and the first story that plays out is such a fun adventure.

Some of what I really like about this web comic is how it plays into our fears as a child of a monster under the bed or in the closet, but shows this young girl handling them as easily as you would handle another person. There are rules that they need to abide by and it is not just the monsters that have rules, but there are times that the fault might be with the human. I am looking forward to seeing what monsters we get to meet and where they will be found. (Spoilers for Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo) Continue reading