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Happy 5 Years of Comparative Geeks!

It’s true! This was the holiday weekend, back in 2013, that we started up Comparative Geeks and got this whole thing going. We’re now coming off of by far our longest hiatus, and it’s good to be back! Hopefully you’ve noticed that the podcast is back – remember you can subscribe to that on iTunes or find the feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ComparativeOpinions

At this point in our lives, now with the Geek Baby and the Nerd Baby, the podcast is by far the easiest thing for us to do. It takes that back-and-forth discussion time that we tended to put into posts and turns it into a process where you can join along! Hopefully you’ve given us a listen and enjoy it – let us know what else you’d like to see us doing with that. Week in Geek should be back soon, a news podcast is a bit daunting after a hiatus, I must say!

We did have a Star Trek post go up Saturday by Hannah – hopefully you caught that! And we’ll try to keep some written content coming, it’s just gotten harder to find the time! That should improve with time.

(That’s the theory).

Meanwhile, David had thoughts of trying to dive back into The Astral Chronicles, but is now not sure. Spending these 5 years as media consumers and critics, he’s realized he’s spent a lot of time saying what he likes to see is new stories – and maybe The Astral Chronicles isn’t quite there. This is leading to thoughts of a more  commentary/non-fiction webcomic, rather than a story-based fiction webcomic. Stay tuned!

In the coming months we’ll also probably make the transition back to WordPress off of our self-hosted site. Life got too busy not only for us but for all of our contributors, making the push to really grow the site too much to sustain. That’s okay – we’re happy still with where we’re at right now! Thanks for sticking with us, dear readers.

Some Thoughts for our Future at Comparative Geeks!

Hello, dear readers! You may have noticed it’s largely just been me (David) around these parts lately. Rather than bury the lead, I should just say… we’re expecting a second Geek Baby! Due in November, so we’ve been making a lot of plans around this fact, and it’s coloring our decision making otherwise.

And one big decision is, of course, Comparative Geeks. We started the site because we felt like we had so much we love to talk about, and the Internet gave us the place to put ourselves out there and do so. We’ve met a ton of great people along the way, and last year, we swept up a bunch of those great people and brought them along with us to this new self-hosted site to make a go of it on our own.

It’s not really gone to plan.

Life has caught up with each and every one of our contributors, up to and including Holly then with the pregnancy, and me just chipping away posting every day isn’t quite the vision we originally had for all of this.

We’ve also noticed that, surely, it’s not as easy to interact with this site, for our longtime WordPress-based readers. Easily measured elements like the “like” button and comments have been down. I know some of that is that quality has decreased lately – like I said, it’s just been me trying to keep things afloat – but it’s more than that.

So one thing that we’re going to work on figuring out in the coming weeks is moving the site back onto WordPress.com. More details on that to come. We’ll move this whole archive over, and bring along all the contributors as well for when there’s time and interest for them to write. Overall, I wouldn’t expect much of a change in that way – just that we’ll have WordPress taking care of the technical aspects of this whole endeavor.

One of the big pushes for going out on our own was to do more with advertising, which also hasn’t really come together. Given that I think we have more of a smaller, dedicated readership than necessarily some sort of growing brand, I’m thinking something like a Patreon may be more appropriate – and doesn’t need a self-hosted site at all.

We would tie something like that to the Podcast or perhaps the webcomic (or exclusives tied to those sorts of things). Which, speaking of those…

Comparative Opinions and Podcasting

One thing we’ve found – and discussed in this last podcast – was that it’s been a bit easier to podcast than write, of late. And we expect that to only be more true in the future. As such, we’re working on coming up with a second podcast, scooping up some of the bits of Comparative Opinions and overall leading to what will hopefully be more like two 30-minute podcasts, rather than one 45-minute podcast.

The second cast we would focus around geek news, and would include information and opinion around the world of geek. Then Comparative Opinions would focus around the longer topical element each week.

The Webcomic and other articles

One thing that’s happened to the webcomic – other than me taking a break and losing my stride – is that by picking up more and more of the weekly content, I haven’t had time to add the webcomic creation back into my life. It did take some dedicated time to do – usually the effort of a few sessions, not just one like many posts will be.

But I want to keep going with it, and even see if I can get to posting 2 or more times a week. However, to do that – and to more correctly align with our current life reality – I think that the goal we’ve set for ourselves of daily posting needs to be let go.

We got into daily posting in the first place as a reasonable, realistic goal to set for ourselves, and we kept it up for a good long while. Well, okay, it was originally 6 a week with a day off. During the first Geek Baby pregnancy, we dropped it to 5 a week. With the new Comparative Geeks, we went to one (or more) a day and I’ve tried to keep that going, without necessarily re-evaluating it. Well, that time is now.

I would rather we were providing good content – interesting, unique, or at least passionate – rather than just presenting content just because I’m forcing myself to do so. The biggest risk will be that we start to slide and post far less frequently, so please, dear readers, keep on top of us. I’m not looking to take big breaks. But if in two nights I could do one good post, rather than over two nights doing two filler posts, well, one of these scenarios is truly better.

Looking Forward

Holly will be back at it. Other contributors will return, and each will have time and not as their lives ebb and flow. Comparative Geeks is continuing on.

But it’s time to both return to where we probably should be, and to slow ourselves down to be a better voice. Thank you for sticking with us, dear readers, and let us know your thoughts and anything you would like to see from us. Cheers!

Something something… clickbait title… Comparative Geeks!

Hello and welcome to Comparative Geeks! Yesterday was an above-average traffic day, so I’m thinking there are some new followers and readers today. Happy to have you!

Comparative Geeks is a multi-author site with articles running every day, on the topics we’re interested in – so it ranges all over! We have a couple of series running right now, one on human-centric diversity in science fiction (Wednesday), and another of Westworld recaps (Sundays).

We also have a webcomic called the Astral Chronicles (which I’m writing and illustrating), and a podcast called Comparative Opinions (which you can subscribe to on iTunes or by clicking here). Thursdays and Sundays, respectively.


Thinking of new readers, and attracting views and getting heavy-traffic days, my mind of course turns to click-bait, that modern way of designing a post that you can expect someone to click into. And sure, I could probably do it, but thinking of the lists and such that make up click bait… I was reminded of our number one source for consuming click bait, and that’s Watch Mojo.

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Welcome to the new Comparative Geeks!

Hello and welcome! This is post exists because there was a little feature in WordPress that we did not realize existed: the ability to bring along our existing subscribers from the old site to the new one! We had grown quite the following on comparativegeeks.wordpress.com and many of you had followed us over to the new site, but for some of you (especially with us starting up over a holiday weekend), we may have just disappeared from your Reader feed or email subscription. We’re still here, and we’ve been going strong!

So what have you missed in the last few weeks from Comparative Geeks? Well, let’s see… we’ve had a series by Rose on Voltron: Legendary Defender on NetFlix:

Voltron Legendary Defender Kicks Giant Robot Reboot Ass

Voltron: Legendary Defender Post #2—Reinventing My Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender Post #3 — Questions, Questions, Questions!

We’ve also joined the world in discussing Pokemon Go, from a variety of perspectives:

Augmented Reality in Designed Spaces

Pokemon Go – Gotta Catch the Socialness!

Pokemon GO Is The New Devil And Other Thoughts.

We’ve been doing some new stuff too! For instance, we started a podcast called Comparative Opinions, which you can find here on the site, on iTunes, or can subscribe to via this link.

Comparative Opinions: Episode 1 – Introduction

Comparative Opinions: Episode 2 – Ranking the X-Men Franchise

Comparative Opinions: Episode 3 – Game of Thrones Season 6

We’ve started some new things as well, such as our Forums and David’s webcomic. A few places to start for those:

http://www.comparativegeeks.com/forums/topic/why-do-you-blog/

http://www.comparativegeeks.com/forums/topic/science-fiction-today-police-again/

The Astral Chronicles – an Introduction

And then there’s the sorts of things you’ve come to expect from Comparative Geeks: reviews, opinion pieces, and general geeking out. We’ve had a number of contributors already, and more in the wings writing and working on posts now. We could link to every post we’ve done this month… or we could let you find the things you like!

Login and Subscribe to Comparative GeeksSo the things to know for keeping up with us. Expect at least one post a day, many days there are two (like today with this post!). The podcast goes up on Sundays, the webcomic on Thursdays. Expect more contributors and more in general going on with the site as time goes on. Because of all of that, we have created a combined Twitter account which will share everyone’s articles: @comparativegeek. Head on over and give us a follow there! And we’re still active on Facebook as well.
If you’re looking for where and how to login to the site as a WordPress user, or how to subscribe in general, look no further than the top sidebar on the homepage! And that handy link to get you to a page where you can sign in with your WordPress credentials (circled in the image to the left). You can also comment on posts via Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress, or by being logged in to the site. Pretty sure the Forums require being logged in, but WordPress should work with that! Let us know if you run into any issues with these features.

In closing, we are so happy to have you with us, faithful followers. Comparative Geeks has been an enterprise years in the making, and it’s reached a next stage now – a stage that we want to bring you along to join us in!

Officially Moved to http://comparativegeeks.com

Happy 4th of July for those that celebrate it!!

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So this is the 1000th and final post on the comparativegeeks.wordpress.com site; some of you might have noticed some updates made to our social media accounts already. All future content will only be posted to the newly set up and self-hosted http://comparativegeeks.com. This has been such a great place to share some of our thoughts, opinions, views, etc. WordPress.com has such a wonderful community and there is a part of us that hates leaving. Thank you everyone who has joined us here, commenting, reading, and engaging on these topics. Hopefully it will not be too much of a leap to have you join us at the new site.

By doing a self-hosted site there are definitely features that we can add through customizations that would not be available if we kept the site here. We are excited about this new endeavor, but we are sad to leave.

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It is not about changing what we are doing, but trying to improve and expand. We will be increasing to posting something at least once a day. Sundays will always be the Comparative Opinions weekly podcast, which we have officially launched so look on the site for that or it should be available on iTunes shortly. The other piece that we are hoping to add is a little bit more community engagement. Forums have been set up to allow for a different type of discussion topics and threads to keep going that can hopefully function a bit better than just a comments section.

This blog started as David and I just wanted to talk about things that we geek out about and we want it to grow beyond just our voice. We have many contributors who have said they would be willing to help write things and we are so grateful to all of them. If you are interested in potentially being a contributor whether it is one post or recurring you can email comparativegeeks@gmail.com. The last three-and-a-half years has definitely been a journey and hopefully they will continue to be so in to the future.