One Year and Counting!

Birthday Cake by Will Clayton on Flickr

A little over a year ago (on September 12th 2012, to be precise), I embarked on the blogging journey and created The Geek Anthropologist blog. Since then, it has grown into a small community of authors, and has been the source of great collaborations and projects, such as the Geek Girl Survey or the upcoming panel at the annual AAA meeting. It was even featured on Freshly Pressed, WordPress’s daily editor’s picks.

In addition to having found a clearer voice as a blogger and reaching a clearer understanding of what I wish this blog to be, I have learned some valuable lessons during this first year of blogging:

1. Don’t insert images from links. When the links go down, so do the images;

2. Pace yourself. You may want to publish three posts this week, but it might be better to keep them for a rainy day when you lack time and inspiration;

3. Don’t try to do everything alone;

4. Write less than 1000 words (if you can);

5. Blogging takes time. Lots of time. Especially if you want to create a community blog.

As I am going over the posts published during this last year, I am updating the blog, making notes for the future and remembering a few loose ends that need to be addressed. I take this opportunity to thank the loyal, long-time readers of the blog and welcome any new readers. What makes blogging so great is the opportunity it provides to connect with people who share our interests, provide valuable input and encourage us. Thanks to all of you!

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 6 comments

  1. starwarsanon

    Oh gosh. The 1000 word or less thing always gets me. So hard. However, one blogger did say to me as a rebuttal once: “We are writers here on WordPress, not ‘bloggers’, so that rule does not apply.” Lol.


    1. The Geek Anthropologist

      That’s another way of looking at it! Of course it’s hard to find a balance between writing something short enough so that people will actually read it, yet interesting, coherent and relevant. As with anything else, blogging is a learning process.


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