TGA’s 2 months anniversary: new logos and avatar, a dissection and an award

It’s two months ago today that I started blogging and created The Geek Anthropologist website. Time to crunch down the facts and look at the numbers. But first, I’m super happy to reveal the new logos and avatar for TGA!

Isabelle Angell did a great job at drawing these little guys and me. I met her at Montreal Comiccon this year and really liked her style. She draws beautifully and her illustrations are funny, unique and full of color. The following is one of my favorites: Batman’s expression is priceless and the two characters remind me of my sisters. Check out her website and Etsy shop! She has a blog, as well!


Now let’s have a look at the last two months. First, a few facts. I’ve gotten a bit more  than 2000 views, 61 people follow my blog, 47 my Twitter account and 19 my Facebook page. This is my 37th post. I’ve considered 15 different themes and I’m still wondering if I should switch. There have been 128 comments on my blog, a lot of those are mine. I’ve also received 84 spam comments. They were all ridiculous.

The Top 5 posts and pages

1. A Meme Biography: Le Clown

2. Geeks and Nerds: a terminological debate

3. Stormtroopers 365: an interview with Stéphan Le Dû

4. Who is this geek?

5. How Geeky are you: the geek code and the geek test

How people got here

Looking at the search terms that led people over here, I realize what people might be more interested in reading. Various combinations of terms related to science-fiction and anthropology even gave me some idea of what to explore next. Some search terms, however, were unexpected.

Some more recent search terms we a lot weirder, but I could look that over at the end of my first year of blogging.

The experience

It’s still way to early for me to write my blogger’s biography. I will say, however, that I have been learning a lot and that the experience of blogging has proven interesting, fun at times and frustrating at others. I must also add that the greatest part about blogging is meeting new people and discovering their awesome blogs, photos, illustrations, animations and more.

Check out the list of blogs I follow for some great reading recommendations (on rotation). Also have a look at the posts I like, they are worth checking out.

I am grateful to EVERYONE who took the time to comment on my blog, follow it, give me feedback and recommend readings, videos and websites I might enjoy. Every time someone likes or comments on a post, I am happy I am not the only one who enjoys what I write! And I always enjoying discussing topics I am interested in, no matter if people agree with me or not (trollers and haters excluded).


The most popular post on my blog was written last Saturday morning in celebration of another blogger’s idea to create his biography with memes. I didn’t expect a lot out of it, but he reblogged it and people enjoyed it. This blogger is none other than Le Clown, so I’m pretty happy! Check out A Clown on Fire if you don’t understand why. In a few short months, he’s created not only a funny and interesting blog, but a community.

I’m also very happy to have been handed the Sunshine Blogger Award by Rarasaur. Although my position on awards is similar to Rarasaur’s, it’s always a great feeling to be shown appreciation. So thanks, Rarasaur!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

1 / Display the award logo on your blog.

2 / Link back to the person who nominated you.

3 / State 5 things about yourself.

4 / Pass the award to 8 bloggers and link to one of their posts so they get notified by ping back.

Five Things About Me

1 / I love tea. 2 / I own a photo of me as a newborn doing the Vulcan salute. 3 / I knit. Well. 4 / I wish I could breakdance. 5 / I speak a mix of 4 languages. Three of those I speak fluently. No, Klingon is not one of them. 😦

And the winners are

The Thesis Whisperer: edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, this blog explores the ups and downs of writing a thesis and other topics related to academic research. A community of writers contribute posts on a regular basis. It gives great advice and keeps me hopeful my memoir will one day be finished.

Method in the Mythos: head over there for an exploration of world creation, character composition and philosophy in fantasy, science-fiction and games. A mix of commentary and analysis guarantees and interesting read!

Shitiheart: I love anything related to illustration, graphic design and lettering, probably because these are all things I have absolutely NO talent for. I really need to learn how to use Photoshop…Anyhow, this blog is a collection of pretty, inspiring and funny videos, art, drawings, and much more. It uses that premium theme I’ve been eyeing for a while. What do you think?

Geek Feminism: the name says it. But its much more than you can imagine. Because there are issues with geek culture, as with popular culture and society in general, and gender representations and relations. DO check it out! And no matter what your impression of feminism is, I’d be happy to hear about it (as long as it’s formulated respectfully).

Eclectic Camel: this blog is written by an enthusiastic geek. Posts are sometimes quite funny, sometimes more serious, but always written is personal voice that makes the blog unique. I enjoyed this post about DC’s new 52.

A Clown on Fire: does this one still need an intro? Not if he has a Press Releases section, no. It’s always a pleasure to read his posts and exchange geek references with Le Clown. He’s got a great writing style and sens of humor. He doesn’t need awards anymore, but deserves them anyway. Because he makes everyday fucking magical.

Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog: Gamers, saying another player “raped” you because he beat you at a game isn’t cool for a number of reasons. Please find another word to express that you lost miserably. Please.

Geek Syndicate: where I go for some geek news, and sometimes very random facts.


Here’s to you, TGA readers, commenters and other contributers! Thanks for your ongoing support, your voice and readership!

– The Geek Anthropologist

About Marie-Pierre Renaud

I am an anthropologist living in Quebec city, Canada. I specialize in native studies and anthropology of health. I am a geek. I founded and now co-manage The Geek Anthropologist blog. I am working on transforming my memoir into a book and journal articles. I like to knit while watching Star Trek. Reach out to me for collaborations!

There are 5 comments

  1. CrucibleofWords

    Very nice all round! Glad the first two months have gone so well, and hope they get bigger and better as time goes on. As I’ve said emailwise, would be great to work with you on some things in the future, will have to see how it goes. The future is looking very bright for The Geek Anthropologist!

    And thanks for the mention! I’ll be reposting the award in the next few days, busily writing various other thoughts down at the moment.


    1. thegeekanthropologist

      No worries, you do what you want with it! Let me know if you ever get ideas for some collaboration. Conversations between various bloggers might be interesting also. I was thinking I could create a debate between interested bloggers about sci-fi, gaming, etc. Debates could be written and rated by readers.


  2. Le Clown

    The Geek,
    Thank you again for your meme biography. It is one of my favourite pieces about moi… I had it framed, and even removed the pictures of my kids that were taking too much place anyway, and replaced it with your clever homage. You are part of our family now.

    As for the award, thank you. But. Le Clown does not do awards. He appreciates the gesture. But he does all that is in his power to avoid them… This being said. As YOU seem to enjoy them… Do I ever have a surprise for you! It will make the Quebec winter days warmer, and will let you forget about [our] dire loss on the Plains of Abraham. I hereby bestow you with the Alan Smithee Blog award! Yes, it is yours. What’s even more beautiful is that you have zilch to do in order to grab it and make it yours. Le Clown is that magnificent™:
    No need to thank me.
    Le Clown


    1. thegeekanthropologist

      Thanks for welcoming me in the Le Clown family. Or is it the Fire family?

      I totally get your position on awards, no worries! I’m ambivalent about them myself. As I stated, it’s more of an opportunity to give kudos where deserved. It’s true that they feel like chain letters.

      I’m flattered to receive the Alan Smithee Blog award. It’s hard to forget about the Plaines d’Abraham though, I live right next to them! But this award can help me focus (or further ruin) my vision. So thanks!


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