Weekend Coffee Share – It’s Only Been 11 Months…

It's that kind of postIf we were having coffee, I might apologize for the fact that it’s been almost a year since I posted on this site. I’ve had every intention of redesigning the site to be more of a showcase and personal website than a blog – that’s still probably going to happen.

And it has actually been more than a year since I have done a Weekend Coffee Share here – we moved those for a time onto ComparativeGeeks.WordPress.com. Which, oh by the way, is no longer a site that’s being updated! Nope, we have successfully migrated from a WordPress dot com site to a WordPress dot org site, which included finding a theme and learning it, designing new logos, creating a navigation scheme and category hierarchy, writing pages for various policies and information, and getting buy-in from contributors. Check out that final product on ComparativeGeeks.com!

One thing we did not do was move over the archives from the old site. Those live on on the old site, but we wanted a bit of a fresh start. Some of that is for considering advertising – it seemed easier to plan for that moving forward than to bring over the full archives from a site that was free. That does mean however that we are needing to build up an archives and readership so that advertisers will take the site seriously!

As to readership, we found out that WordPress can migrate your followers from a dot com site to a dot org site! You have to use JetPack I think to do it, but then it can be done. We hadn’t looked at any sort of migration because we weren’t moving the archives over, so we heard about it once the site was live, thanks to Gene’o! The new site instantly became a better place once our existing followers started seeing us in their WordPress feed again.

So what’s new on the new site? Why’d we do it? Well, one thing is we wanted to do more with original content, and first up with that is the Podcast. My wife and I have started up the Comparative Opinions podcast, and you can subscribe to that feed here, or find it on iTunes, or listen on the website. We try to limit it to 30-45 minutes, and hopefully you enjoy it! We go into detail about what it is and why we did it in the first episode.

I also have successfully (finally) started up a webcomic! I had discussed that idea here on DBCII as well as on Comparative Geeks, and had done some initial sketching and technology testing (with my tablet) on the Comparative Geeks Instagram. Well now it’s real! I wrote an introductory post here, and then at the bottom of each page I’ve been manually adding Previous and Next buttons to navigate through the story. I’m trying to think of better ways to do this – there’s probably a plugin for this, I’m realizing. Anyway, I’m really excited with how it’s been going so far, but I would love feedback from all of you!

The other big goal was just to get more people involved, writing, and talking. So far, that’s been going well – quite a few contributors, with more in the wings on the way. We’ve created a way to organize ourselves and communicate that has been a huge help. We’re also experimenting with a Forum section, with the hope that we can create conversations there that live on in a different way than a blog post’s comments section lives on (or disappears over time). The Forums are the most new sort of thing, so they’ve been somewhat quiet – but please stop on by if you’d like to chat! There’s a whole section for writers and another for self-promotion, and those are both open for business so go right ahead 🙂

As to the rest of the conversation, I suppose that takes readers! If you haven’t already, hey, it would be great if you followed Comparative Geeks, come check us out! And depending on your social media of choice, check out our Facebook Page (which has been growing nicely) or our unified Twitter account to get all the post updates. The Twitter, in particular, is quite new and could use some love! And if you’re already following us, hey, stop on by and say hi. Thanks!

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If we were having coffee… Welcome to Night Vale edition

Sometimes, coffee is hot. Sometimes, coffee is cold. Sometimes, it’s a gibbering mass from outside our time and space.

Welcome to Night Vale.

*cue opening music by Disparition*

If we were having coffee, I would definitely tell you that I have spent the week listening to a new podcast – Welcome to Night Vale. This one comes to me highly recommended by a number of sources. The problem before hasn’t been interest, more just that I had not integrated podcasts into my life at all.

I was dubious after just listening to the pilot. The community radio style they’re going for, the NPR style they’re going for, is not something I’ve listened to before. The Lovecraftian subject matter, the Arkham-Horror-card style descriptions and strong sense of genre-awareness, is something I could listen to. So by the second episode, well, there was a line that hooked me…

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I’m not the only one. There’s merch with that on it!

This has me thinking about a short story project I’ve been planning. The Mists of Juneau. What I’ve been needing is not a plot or a feel, but a voice. And while I don’t want to rip off Night Vale’s voice, I do think that level of genre awareness could be just the right thing.

And now, I bring you the weather.

I’ve also been processing a lot more digital files at the library this week – including the university’s literary journal. So I think I have a place I’d like to see if I could get The Mists of Juneau published. Which means I also have a deadline. Which with that, it should be everything I need…

Assuming time continues to exist in such a way that I can make that deadline. There’s no guarantee of that. There’s no guarantee of anything.

How about you – ever listen to Welcome to Night Vale? If not, the librarian in me would recommend the Summer Reading Program. But until next time, good night, Night Vale.

Good Night.

If we were having coffee… Train of Thought Edition

“A thirst for the world’s knowledge.”

If we were having coffee, I’d talk about how I started listening to podcasts this week. There are some times at work where they just work great – I can be working on a task, and listening to that, and really actually get really efficient and in the zone. Of course, I’ve also found tasks where they’re a really bad idea… there’s always still listening to music, right?

Speaking of music, I’d ask if you’ve heard the new Florence & the Machine album… it’s pretty great.

I’d say I’ve been thinking about efficiency, about how to be doing things as quickly or effectively as possible, about finding the time again to do things like blog regularly, to work in new things like sketching. All around the Geek Baby, who is of course the priority. Podcasts are just one of those things, letting me double up my time.

And speaking of sketching, I’d mention that I’m thinking it’s time to step up what I’m doing with my Wordless Wednesdays. When they hit a year, it’s time to mix in some things I’ve drawn. And I’d mention I’m looking at taking some art classes.

I also finished reading Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and that really was one of the more important things I’ve ever read. It gave me a lot of perspective over things that I have more felt than really had words for. It also reminds me of my series on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and realistic versus romantic literature… it’s about exploring the art, explaining the art, such that it might actually be considered “art” by the establishment.

Which of course goes back to my history thesis, about William Hogarth. Who makes an appearance in Understanding Comics. So you can be sure I’ll be writing some blog posts about that! I think it’s always been comics for me. And I think that helps me finally understand why I haven’t been able to get going writing – because I think it’s comics I want to write, and not just words. We’ll see where that takes me.

I guess as I finish up my coffee I’d need to apologize for dumping so much… but we missed coffee last week, and there’s oh so much time for things to go through your head when you’re awake half the night… and oh so little time to get your thoughts organized.

How’re you? Have you heard Florence & the Machine’s new album? Read Understanding Comics?

Find more folks having coffee connected over on Part-Time Monster!

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