Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Looking back on our goals for 2015, you might notice that we didn’t exactly keep up with our objectives. What happened?

Which brings me to another questions you might have: Marie-Pierre, where the hell have you been? Last time you wrote on the blog was months ago!

I’ve been having two babies. 

Yes. I had twins. How incredibly Padme Amidala of me. And Leia Organa, because I don’t care if the Star Wars expanded universe is no longer canon. Let’s just hope none of my kids turn to the dark side.

I learned last February that I was pregnant and from that point on, pregnancy brain, all-day morning sickness and then a placenta previa have kept me pretty much at the intellectual level of a golden fish. I didn’t even play video games (gasp!). Sadly, I had to give up on working on the blog for a while because I simply didn’t have the energy and the brain power to keep editing and writing. My colleagues Emma Backe and Rayna Elizabeth, as well as wonderful guest contributors, held the fort while I was away. Go ahead and read their stuff! They did a wonderful job: we got about 23,000 views more this year than in 2014. That’s crazy! Thanks to all our readers!!!

So, what am I up to these days? Well, I spend my days changing double the diapers, feeding double the bottles, and giving double the kisses. I am also having double the fun seeing my precious little girls smile. I had two daughters and I just adore them. I mean, sure, I did have these great names lined up in case I had a boy and a girl. At first I tought of naming them Luke and Leia of course, but then I had the greatest idea since the wheel: Jean-Luc and Leia! The perfect nod to my two favorite sci-fi franchises ever. Anyway, I had two girls and my husband and I ended up picking the names Emilie and Vivianne for very good reasons, just not so geeky ones.

How is the year lining up for The Geek Anthropologist, then? Well, I don’t really know. I am just getting back into the game and although we do have several projects in the works, a definite publishing schedule has yet to be drafted. We are recruiting several new research assistants and a community manager, new contributors have been sending us material and previous team members have left the boat. We thank them for their great contributions and we hope they find success in the next endeavours.

By the way, we are always looking for new team members and contributors!

I can’t say what this year has in store for our team, but I know we will work very hard to bring you excellent content, geeky fun, anthropology-related geeking out, and occasional silliness. I hope you tag along for the ride!

I look forward to hearing from your, dear readers! Do you have any suggestions for us? Any wishes for 2016? What do you want to read about? Let us know in the comments below!



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! https://mariepierrerenaud.co/

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