Join us as we take a look back at the good, bad, ugly, and amazing things that happened to Living With a Nerd in 2011.
2011 was a pretty crazy year for us. We started out strong, with nearly 6 months of uninterrupted posting. There were tons of things to write about, from new games to happenings in industries that geeks relate to. The site saw continued growth in the time between January and June, with each month surpassing the one before it. We had a few articles get voted up like crazy on Reddit, and even made it to the front pages of N4G and TechSpy. Things seemed to be going our way: visits were up, posting frequency was up, and we were starting to get some solid exposure.
Then two horrible things happened: we got bored, and we got lazy. Posts became less frequent, as we found our free time increasingly taken up by consumption rather than creation. Then, near the beginning of the summer, we just completely dropped off the map. Living With a Nerd wasn’t the only thing that stagnated; for the most part, all drive to be creatively active had completely gotten away from us. This wasn’t limited only to Living With a Nerd, as my ambient and drone tunes suffered as well, with my Oxygen 49 keyboard going untouched for nearly 4 months. The science fiction story I’d started that showed a lot of promise was delegated to a dusty corner of my hard drive, and Brittnie hung up her cross-stitching and sewing.
As the Fall approached, we slowly came back down to Earth. We started updating the site again (although not with any kind of regularity), and I wrote a few extra pages in my science fiction story. Then, with Fall in full-swing, creativity came exploding back! I began working in earnest on my music again, and Brittnie began writing down story ideas. While she didn’t actually write any complete stories, and I didn’t finish any tracks, the important thing was that we were enjoying being creative again.
Then, as these things tend to go, life got in the way.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been handed a HUGE number of new responsibilities at work, which have collectively taken over the majority of my thoughts. It became hard for me to write about the Mining Cylinder in my short story, or come up with things to say about game releases that no one else was saying. So, once again, Living With a Nerd suffered. Sure, we’ve had a few posts over the past month as we’ve found the time and the drive to make them, but I still feel like we’re slowly killing this platform that we’ve created.
Until yesterday, it had been almost eight months since I’d checked our traffic stats for the whole of 2011. I have no idea how or why this happened, but somehow, even without any new content for almost half the year, our traffic has jumped by an insane amount. Last year, we barely broke 60,000 unique visitors (60,116 to be exact.) As I type this, we’ve had 101,158. That’s right, even without any new content for nearly six months out of the year, we brought in over 40,000 more unique visitors than we did last year. I don’t know if that’s because of the kind of content we posted, or if the quality of the content has increased, or what. In the end, the reason doesn’t matter; what matters is that a hell of a lot of you are visiting our little corner of the Internet, and if our RSS feed stats are anything to go by, many of our regular readers are still with us despite our long periods of silence.
I don’t like making New Year’s pledges, as it seems like that’s a way to set ourselves up for failure, but here it goes: our New Year’s resolution is to give this site the attention it deserves and you, the readers, apparently want. Even with my increased professional responsibilities, I feel like this is something important, something that has to be done, and something which we will make a concerted effort to achieve.
So, with all that in mind, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Yule, Happy Holidays…however you wish to be greeted during this time of year, we’d like to thank you for sticking with us during the content-full and content-less times, and hope that you’ll come back and see us again. Peace, love, and happiness to you all!