When The Geek Anthropologist (TGA) was turned into a community blog in 2014, a lot of my energy was absorbed into this transition. My co-editors and I had to:
- Change the layout of the blog;
- Create a logo that was something else than my personal avatar;
- Think of a list of projects for the following months;
- Edit the contents of the blog and create new pages;
- Find new contributors and team members to write on TGA and assist us in management tasks;
- Etc. Etc.
As I look back now, I am happy with the results. In 2014, our blog had more than double the views it had in 2013. New team members have joined us and several guest bloggers posted on TGA. We published original TGA series and we connected with other anthropologists, geeks and geek anthropologist from around the globe. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s also been great fun and a major learning opportunity.
Sadly, all this work I did to improve TGA came at a cost. And let’s not forget that I was finishing my master’s degree, working part-time and recovering for illness. I had less time to write pieces for TGA and for That Sort of Thing. I also had to cut back on my engagement within the WordPress community. I stopped reading other blogs almost completely and I lost touch with great people who had been supportive of my work even since I create TGA.
Luckily, I was able to attend Montreal WordCamp last fall, and this wonderful event allowed me to take some time to write drafts of posts I want to publish in 2015. I did try to participate actively in Blogging 101 and 201, but I had trouble keeping up with the assignments. I am currently taking part in Blogging 201 once again, and this time I am staying on track and enjoying interacting with classmates.
As part of Blogging 201, I am setting three goals for myself for 2015.
- Create an editorial calendar for TGA for March and April before February 28th (already on the way!)
- Get 5 guest bloggers to post on TGA.
- Interact with other bloggers and members of the TGA community at least once a week for the next three months.
I look forward to making 2015 an even better blogging year than 2014!
Image created using photo ”Mountain Study 3” by Gordon Tarpley on Flickr.