It’s that time of year again – When all of you have sat up and lo and behold, the jolly man in red has been and you’ve all got a gazillion* presents. Or, perhaps you’re more of the minimalist type and you’ve gone for one present – Or hey, perhaps you’ve been giving back this Christmas? Whatever your day has lined up for you, there’s no doubt that it should be spent with friends and family – and hey, we’ve got an amazing bunch of you guys to be thankful for this year.
This year has been fantastic; we’ve made some new friends who have been coming back to our meetups, as well as our friends who have been with us for quite some time longer. We’ve also had to say goodbye to some of our regular attendees, some of whom have discussed the idea of them running their own GeekOut meetups – This is exactly what we wanted from our fun little community, which we hope to expand further across the country. It’s been great being able to attend a GeekOut Meetup, instead of always organising them. I look forward to coming up to Shrewsury more often – and any other events that we set up across the country!
One thing I’d like to do is reach out to local shops and services, in a bid to give them a space to advertise to local folk. Naturally, we’d only look at geek-related shops, such as board game shops, IT shops, books, etc. There are two reasons for this: Firstly, to provide you guys with better benefits for being a GeekOut Meetup attendee and secondly, to help expand what we do at our meetups.
This year was a rollercoaster, including this article I wrote on growing up as a gay geek, which I really wasn’t prepared for the lovely response from everyone. Over on Facebook, we had some insane . There’s a lot to get finished for 2019; a lot that we’re so close to finishing, but for various reasons haven’t been. Next year, I have no big convention to go to; I have no home moving commitments to do – I can now focus to turn this already amazing group into something even more special. I look forward to making 2019 the best year for us yet.
So yeah, it’s been a bit of a rush. This year has rather vanished from under me, something to do with starting a business, working a full(ish) time job, and keeping on top of the regular workload of articles and Meetups, and I’ve managed to get to more than a few big events this year as well. I’m going to be trying for an American Convention next year too. Sleep is for 2020 I guess?
As GeekOut continues to grow and draw in bigger and bigger crowds and audiences both nationally and internationally, it has propelled my personal projects further and further, and introduced me to people who can, and have helped. The caveat being that I have neglected a lot of other people and projects, so this year’s plan is not to embrace the new so much as improve and further some older projects, maybe slow down a smidge… while at the same time never slowing down! Merry Christmas! More Coffee!
From the website’s perspective, this has been a record year for us. We’re due to go above 20,000 views higher than our highest year, which, honestly is so humbling to see. Thank you to everyone who has read the website, our rants, our plights and even just clicked on to see if they were in our pictures of our meetups. All in all, it’s been an amazing 2018 for us and here’s hoping 2019 brings on bigger and better things.
Before we go, I’d just like to say a very Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks so much for being with us, even today on Christmas Day. You’re all the reason we keep writing; you’re all the reason we keep meeting up. If you’re in the Bristol and Shrewsbury areas, please check out yesterday’s post, where we detailed all of 2019’s meets. Share a seasons greetings in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.
*We here at GeekOut South-West do not believe a gazillion is a real number**. We were once approached by an impressionable little scamp, who informed us they had received a gazillion presents.
**Tim doesn’t speak for me***, I believe in the Gazillion, and despite the flaws in this article (there’s a lot more differences between British and American Numerology than that buddy), a sound case is made for the value of that mythical number.
***This is why Joel isn’t the boss of me now. He’s certainly not so big.