What’s ahead for Nerdvana Media in 2018

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It’s a new year, which means it’s a time for introspection and adjustment. When it comes to resolutions, I try to stick to something manageable, like 72 ppi … but all kidding aside, there are a few specific goals for Nerdvana Media in 2018.

In the new year, I see things being scaled back just a bit from trying to be all things to all audiences. NerdvanaMedia.com will still feature the same basic content you’re used to seeing here — movie reviews, gaming previews and features, TV geekouts and coverage of Star Wars Rebels’ final season, to name just a few — but you’re also going to see a tighter focus on those avenues and maybe less “look at this new trailer” content. So you may see fewer quick-hit news updates as I strive for more in-depth, thoughtful pieces (not necessarily thinkpieces!) that spark more conversation and engagement … quality over quantity … but don’t hold me to that, as sometimes the blogger in me won’t be able to hold back from reporting on certain topics!

That’s the plan, anyway. Day-to-day news may take the form of curated links in our daily-ish email newsletter roundup — which you can subscribe to here (we won’t spam you or share your information, either).

Nostalgia Ward

At the same time, we’re going to continue our recent audio experiments with an eye toward a monthly podcast, at first. Nerdvana Media’s next production there will be Nostalgia Ward, a project we’ve teased a few times here already. David Buck and I will launch that project soon, and eventually will involve others if all goes according to plan. Nostalgia Ward’s focus will be on retro games, cult music, geeky pop culture and roleplaying games. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think.

Our first foray into audio was the four Nerdvana News Updates. If you haven’t checked them out, you can find them archived on our long-sputtering YouTube channel — which we’d dearly love if you’d subscribe to and offer feedback, as we hope to use it a lot more.

There may be other news in the year ahead as I try to make Nerdvana Media become more self-sufficient financially and even, I hope, able to give back to our core contributors. Crowdfunding sites like Patreon are one possibility I’ve been exploring for such support, but it’s not something I feel comfortable jumping into without a lot more consideration. (I’d welcome suggestions on the matter, too.) Banner ads help a little bit, but they’re not enough to keep things going strong, or fuel growth, by themselves.

In one form or another, Nerdvana has been helping you find your inner nerd since 2007. Taking ownership of my blog creation nearly two years ago was something I’d long dreamed of doing and, when it happened, it came about very quickly, with little time for strategies and course corrections, as I had (and still do have, thankfully) a full-time day job, and then some. But it’s time to grow beyond those excuses and just … grow.

As the calendar flips on Nerdvana’s 11th year, I hope we can connect more, work smarter together, and serve our many geeky communities more consistently than ever before.