After 10 years of podcasting 2-4 nights a week, with well over a thousand episodes and hundreds of lectures and panels, we're ready to take GeekNights to the next level.
We can continue to fund and produce the podcast as-is for many many years to come. But as you may have noticed, our other projects (like the Utena analysis show, tabletop livestreams, appearing at more cons, etc...) have stalled. While we hope to continue them as we can, plodding at our current slow pace, for many of you that wasn't good enough. This is your chance to push us to action on all the things we do around the podcast. Check out the patreon page for more details.
As it turns out, there are still lots of people who like email. As a gift to those people we are proud to announce the GeekNights email newsletter.
We'll be sending out an e-mail blast on a bi-weekly-ish basis. It will contain links to our newest podcasts and videos, and previews of what we are working on. It will also remind you of upcoming convention appearances, the current book club selection, and other meta information. To entice people to subscribe, maybe we will put some bonus content in there once in awhile.
If you think we'll forget to send it, I'll have you know that I put a repeating reminder on my calendar. Watch out!
So go ahead and subscribe to the GeekNights Newsletter if you want to.
We all know that nobody really visited our website at frontrowcrew.com, so we let it languish. Well, the chicken and egg problem is over! The site has been majorly upgraded. It has the same visual style, but a new layout. Whether that layout is actually an improvement remains to be seen.
The parts that most people will care about are the fact that you can actually now get to the book club section. Also, the video section will appear once we start entering data. Another thing our forumites will care about is that forum threads for episodes and such are once again created automatically, just like the olden days.
Most of the changes are behind the scenes. New content will be automatically broadcast on Twitter as usual, but the tweets for old things of the day and episodes are no more. Most of the things of the day were 404, and we were starting to run low. Also, now everything that is tweeted will also be automatically posted to our Facebook page. We would post to our G+ page automatically as well, but they don't have a API. We will have to keep posting things there by hand. No matter what social network you like, we are on there.
One really interesting thing for our ultra hardcore fans is the addition of our crowd-sourced Git-powered shownotes. If you would like to write some show notes for an episode of GeekNights, just send me a pull request. When the pull request is merged the notes will appear on the site immediately as they are directly pulled from GitHub!
Lastly, because the site has been upgraded, it is now much much easier to make changes to it. Expect new things to come soon and relatively rapidly. Some things that are possibly coming down the pipeline are a fanart section, improved FAQ and about pages, special convention section, email newsletter, tighter YouTube integration, mobile site, and more.
GeekNights has been here since 2005, and it's not going away any time soon. Let's see what other non-shit-talk awaits in 2012.
Sadly, there will not be any GeekNights shows this week. Rym has gone to the beach, and I am left here to toil at work. Sorrow.
Regularly scheduled programming will resume next week. Look forward to it.