Time for another life update/site update. Click through for a lengthy read about why Living With a Nerd has been devoid of content for the past couple of weeks, along with more detailed…uh…details on the planned shift in our content.

How yeh doin’?

As E3 ended, we were pumped to start putting more time into the site, and were seriously considering what content belongs at a place called “Living With a Nerd”.  We’d gotten some ideas together, and were just starting to work on the nitty gritty details, when life decided to slap us in the face.

The start of it all was when Brittnie’s car decided to commit seppuku. It was a used 2004 Sebring that was formerly a fleet vehicle, so it had been decently cared for prior to being bought by us. We’ve kept it in good condition since we purchased it in 2009, but over the last eight months, it had developed a really odd sputtering/stalling problem. With nearly 18 years of experience of working on cars, I was unable to diagnose the problem (although evidence had begun to point to a faulty crank positioning sensor, despite the lack of a DTC indicating as such.) Money wasn’t all that abundant around here at the time, so we figured up some workarounds that would at least keep the damn thing running. While our efforts extended the life of the vehicle, it was futile in the end: the timing belt broke last week, taking out the harmonic balancer, timing belt tensioner, and a couple of valves. For kicks, I had my old shop foreman run a compression test on each cylinder, and one of them failed. Oh, and did I mention we still owe money on the stupid thing?

Rather than pay to get the engine rebuilt, we decided to cut our losses. We’re going to pay off the rest of what we owe, sell it to a mechanic at the shop I used to work at, and get a brand new car for Brittnie.  We’re still in the middle of this process, which is complicated by the fact that we live in Maryland; this state has some of the most asinine laws in regards to selling a vehicle, canceling insurance, and registering a new vehicle in its place. I swear, it’s like they don’t actually want you to do it!

That, combined with some insanity at my job involving preparation for a systems audit by a potential client (I maintain all the CFR 21 Part 11 documentation for our database), sprinkled with a little bit of other random life drama, all added up to one thing: Living With a Nerd would be forced to stagnate for a while. I recognize that we probably should’ve made a short post about it, but our motivation for giving attention to this site in the face of the last two weeks was so low, we just left it alone.

For that, we sincerely apologize.

I would also like to take this time to publicly apologize to GameBlurb and Little-Players, two sites that I have commitments with…commitments that I have utterly failed these past couple of weeks. You have my sincerest of apologies. I hate letting people down, and I’m going to make a concerted effort to rectify my recent radio silence. I can’t guarantee it’s going to happen this weekend, but it will be 100% in motion by the beginning of next week at the latest.

Content shift

The good news is that this recent hiatus has given us a buffer for a shift in our focus. We started by examining what the purpose of Living With a Nerd originally was (stories and tips from two married nerds) and what it had become (a dumping ground for our opinions on movies, music, video games, and geek culture.) While that’s fun and all, it wasn’t really what we wanted the site to be. As I acknowledged before, there are sites out there that do the whole “review” thing much better than we can due to their talent, commitment, and experience. After two years of being something we aren’t, we’re going to steer Living With a Nerd down the road we originally intended to travel. This will take away the stress of needing to keep up with current news, and make working on the site feel less like work and more like play.

We’ll still do reviews and opinion pieces, often on movies or games that are brand new, but they’ll be from our perspective as just a couple of nerds. What this means is that you’ll see a lot of the same type of content, but the writing is going to shift towards a more conversational style; we aren’t going to review things, so much as observe them. We’ll also make an attempt to offer relationship advice for people where nerdy things are involved. Brittnie and I have known each other for 11 years, have been living together for 4 years, and have been married for almost a full year. We aren’t necessarily experts on the subject, but we’ve worked through a lot in the 11 years that we’ve known each other, so that has to account for something :)

Part of our content shift may involve something inspired by our good friends over at Epic Brew. They currently do a series of posts where they talk about some of the gems they find on Netflix Instant. Well, we’re going to do something similar, but rather than provide a synopsis of the film or show, we’re going to post a paragraph on our opinions, as well as a “keep/change” kind of thing.  This would likely post on Fridays, and cover what we watched the previous week as well as what we plan on watching that upcoming weekend.

We’ve also considered starting a short conversational-style podcast (also similar to the guys over at Epic Brew), but we haven’t nailed that one down yet.

TL;DR

In short, a bunch of insanity happened, but it’s almost over. We’re going to use the break in posting here on Living With a Nerd as an opportunity to shift our focus, allowing us to do what we originally wanted to do in the first place.  As proof that we aren’t abandoning what got us here, look for the next entry in our “Classic Mondays” series next week :)