The Once and Future Blog

After some really good comments here and on Twitter, I decided to stick with WordPress for Geek Fitness instead of migrating to Tumblr.

You guys brought up some compelling points to stick with WP, not the least of which being the comment system that WP uses–even with Disqus comments, Tumblr just doesn’t compete.

In addition, the minor bit of research I did shows that Tumblr sites are miserable for getting search engine traffic, and since Tumblr isn’t my main social platform (that would be Twitter), I’d be hindering new readers finding the place.

Which is bad on two counts:

  • I have a Geek Fitness project in the works (at the most preliminary stage) that depends on readers easily finding the site.
  • I have received multiple emails recently from readers who found Geek Fitness through searches, and each email indicated how nice it was to have someone with whom they could personally communicate for advice/help.

And that’s what all this is about–helping people. If people won’t read or can’t find a Tumblr site, then the whole point is moot.

So yeah, Geek Fitness is going nowhere new. And there was much rejoicing.

In Other News

I’m going to straight-up apologize right now: I’m sorry this blog became pretty much inactive over the past couple of months. And that’s pretty crappy. So I’m going to fix that.

Like I said, I have a project in mind that will utilize the site (no ETA on when I can announce that, but just know it’s there), and my fitness and workout routines have pretty much mirrored the activity level of the blog.

When I was blogging regularly, I was running and lifting regularly. When I got stupidly and ridiculously busy with the end of the semester, the release of Birthright and Nimbusand a few other personal issues, I stopped blogging and working out like I had been.

I stalled in my running, I lost a lot of progress with my asthma, and I had to notch myself back down to a previous weight with dumbbells. Luckily, my weight didn’t start to creep back up (still within the same 3-pound margin I allow myself), but I did get a bit fluffier in various places.

Writing for Geek Fitness kept me accountable. It kept me motivated. And I hope that it helped you, too. So if my falling off the wagon hurt your progress at all, I’m sorry. Truly.

I’m going to make it up to us both. Just wait and see.

As always, thanks for your support and your feedback. And if you have any questions or comments, you know what to do.

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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1 Comment

  1. Ocho

    Not to mention, finding the RSS on a tumblr is not exactly intuitive, especially if you have it as a linked site.

    Tumblr does have a very large fitness community, but I would imagine that would be the main reason to use it (That is a good reason, though). But since the majority of stuff I see on Tumblr aren’t deep, and are mostly just images reblogged 1000 times, I don’t see tumblr as a source of original content. The community may be big, but you may be lost in the inane chatter that inundates the service anyway.

    However… maybe try both? If you post here, why not just copy/paste it over there, too? This is the scientist in me talking, though. Using your blog as a standard, and the platform as variable to see which one works better, given the exact same content… hmmmmmm….

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