If you’re a site regular, I bet you’re wondering a few things, among others:
- Why am I still here?
- Where is everyone?
- Why is Sam writing this post?
- Why has DoubleGeek been in so much neglect lately?
Okay, I’ll admit it. DoubleGeek has certainly been through some hard times lately. Heck, we even forgot our birthday last week (which was also American Independence day)! But we’re going to try get back on our feet.
Due to the authors’ residence in East Africa for the next few months, where technology that isn’t 3-year-old smartphones, as well as not-celular internet is uncommon, we may not be around as much as our readers would like. But, after a road trip through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, we’ll be off to the UK! The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be as an oaisis to parched travelers, after our soujourns in relatively tech-less Africa (although Africa is a wonderful place with wonderful people).
So what will we do to get on our feet? Well, let me start by mentioning last week’s special event. Our startup in July last year was a little slow, but over the past year, we’ve had 1,879 visitors, who between them generated 2,319 views, all of whom deserve a thank you. Thank you to the over 590 people who commented on our posts, even though some of you may have been spammers. Thank you to the 9 people who have followed us. And a very special thank you to the kind person, who, early in July 2017, gave us a helping hand by sharing one of our posts on Reddit. That post, over our year, has generated 34 views, which, while it doesn’t look like much against the 2,319, has been very appreciated, especially in the early days.
Now that I’ve got all that off my chest, let’s get down to business and talk about how we’re going to get this blog back on its feet and celebrate Our Birthday. John and I have had a lot of conversations about this, and a lot of ideas. John’s favourite idea was running a prize draw for Amazon Dash Wands. These little things cost $20, but if you buy one they come with a $20 Amazon gift cars, so are basically free. But we don’t have Amazon in Africa (many of our European readers will sympathise), so that becomes no-go. Here’s what we’ll do instead
Yesterday, I was helping my mom set up her own blog, Rainbows in the Clouds. I realised that, since our startup a year ago, a lot more free themes had arrived in the WordPress gallery. So, we’ll be giving this blog a fresh new look. John is skeptical because of what happened last time we tried this (it’s actually a wonder that people visited us back then), but since John is ill at the moment, I’m hoping to be able to operate under his (admittedly rather acute) radar. Wish me luck and… hopefully John doesn’t read this.
So that’s all. Once more, I would like to offer my heartiest apologies and thanks to all those who read this block.