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Greetings nerdites! Your friend­ly neigh­bor­hood EiC and web ad­min here with a small site up­date.

My aren’t we grow­ing well? That is the what the stats tell us at least. Week on week growth is what we show, and we are not even in our fi­nal form! It’s as­tound­ing for a small set­up like ours — and hum­bling.

We can’t prop­er­ly ex­press how ex­cit­ed we are that we are re­ceived so well. We are fo­cus­ing on cov­er­ing gam­ing and the geek sphere in a slight­ly dif­fer­ent way than most sites, and you have shown us there is an au­di­ence there for it! There is a mar­ket for thought­ful analy­sis, there is a mar­ket for these view­points that haven’t been a fo­cus of the main­stream gam­ing press. There is a mar­ket for a site that doesn’t treat its au­di­ence like a com­mod­i­ty to be served up to the high­est bid­der.

With my un­end­ing pas­ta spillage be­cause of you fine folks cov­ered, let’s get you all up to speed on a cou­ple of hap­pen­ings over here at SuperNerdLand.

Powergamer.co

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Just re­cent­ly we were ap­proached by Liam Crowter, who is the mind and body of Powergamer.co. Liam and Powergamer have a very sim­i­lar ide­ol­o­gy be­hind the cre­ation of their site as we did with SuperNerdLand. To cre­ate a stan­dards dri­ven al­ter­na­tives to the cur­rent gam­ing press; To make sites that will treat their au­di­ence with re­spect and will es­chew the tra­di­tion­al mon­e­ti­za­tion method of squeez­ing au­di­ence eye­balls for max­i­mum CPMs and con­ver­sions. You can read more of our view on that from our last site up­date.

Powergamer.co is in the state of evolv­ing, though. And that is where we — and some oth­er sites — come in.

Powergamer.co is look­ing to grow into some­thing more of a con­tent ag­gre­ga­tor, as well as build up a com­mu­ni­ty around it all. You can find out more from their an­nounce­ment on the mat­ters here.

As such, they reached out to sites that ad­here to sim­i­lar ideas on stan­dards and com­mu­ni­ty ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Sites like Christcenteredgamer.com and our­selves (com­mence blush­ing) to start pulling con­tent from once Powergamer makes the switch to their new form lat­er this year.

After dis­cussing it with the crew, we are more than hap­py to throw our hat into the prover­bial ring!

So what does this mean for SuperNerdLand? Well, re­al­ly it’s a pure ben­e­fit to us. At least as we see it. Powergamer.co is built with very sim­i­lar stan­dards to our own, so we are proud to team up with them. This con­tent part­ner­ship in no way gives any ed­i­to­r­i­al con­trol over us by Powergamer, nor us over them.

What this con­tent part­ner­ship means is: sites that agree to part­ner with Liam and Powergamer will have some of their con­tent ag­gre­gat­ed on their site, along with oth­er sites. This is won­der­ful to us, since we are not ad‐based. Our fo­cus is on qual­i­ty con­tent, and that con­tent be­ing able to reach as many will­ing eyes as pos­si­ble. To us, so long as some­one is view­ing, com­ment­ing on, and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the con­tent… it doesn’t mat­ter to us whether it was viewed on our side of the fence or another’s.

What does this mean for Powergamer.co? Well you would have to read up on their state­ments here, and talk with Liam about specifics, but they are es­sen­tial­ly just build­ing a sta­ble of qual­i­ty con­tent cre­ators to be able to pull con­tent from to ag­gre­gate for the com­mu­ni­ty at large.

Right now, every­thing is still in the build­ing and plan­ning phas­es. You will see a new sec­tion on our side­bar start­ing to­day, though, which has a link to Powergamer.co and an­nounces them as a “Content Partner.” This was the only caveat Liam gave for the ag­gre­ga­tion agree­ment, and some­thing we would have want­ed to do any­way. So it cer­tain­ly works out for the both of us go­ing for­ward.

Until then, I do urge you to go check out Powergamer.co if you do not al­ready! As he says, he doesn’t have the time to up­date every­day but the con­tent he has cer­tain­ly has a fo­cus on qual­i­ty over quan­ti­ty.

Community Features

They are fi­nal­ly com­ing!

Smaller bit of pon­tif­i­cat­ing on this as­pect. I just want to an­nounce where they stand.

Due to be­ing busy do­ing work that ac­tu­al­ly pays my bills (every­one is a vol­un­teer here at SuperNerdLand), and cer­tain events like E3 and hol­i­days that oc­curred, our com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures launch got a bit de­layed. They are not for­got­ten though!

The back­bone for the com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures is al­ready es­tab­lished. In fact, all  the func­tions are there now! It is just a mat­ter of fi­nal­iz­ing some fea­tures, get­ting it themed and look­ing nice, and test­ing that are left. So ex­pect fo­rums, user pro­files, groups, mes­sag­ing, user blogs and more very soon!

We are go­ing to be test­ing these fea­tures in­ter­nal­ly this week, and next week we shall grab a few au­di­ence mem­bers to beta the fea­tures a bit. The plan is to have every­thing up and run­ning for folks by July 17th! We are so ex­cit­ed. You have no idea.

That wraps up our cur­rent hap­pen­ings, be­sides our con­stant pur­suit to craft qual­i­ty con­tent for you all. As al­ways, I want to give my most heart­felt thank you to our au­di­ence. We could sit here all day and rant, pon­tif­i­cate, and an­a­lyze the in­dus­try to our hearts con­tent. Without our au­di­ence, we are noth­ing. We may make the con­tent, but you are SuperNerdLand.

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Josh Bray
Josh has worked in IT for over 15 years. Graduated Broadcasting school in 2012 with a fo­cus on A/V pro­duc­tion. Amateur pho­tog­ra­ph­er with a pas­sion to make things work… by any means nec­es­sary. Editor‐in‐Chief and do‐er of tech things at SuperNerdLand