Welcome, Nerdites, to a very spe­cial update for us here at SuperNerdLand!

Why? Well, it’s not just because this week marks the one year anniver­sary of the launch of our site. But that does have a lot to do with it!

It’s been one year since we offi­cial­ly launched SuperNerdLand into the wild, and it’s been an awe­some year. We’ve had every­thing we could hope for in the past twelve months; from great new fea­tured con­tent by awe­some con­trib­u­tors, to excit­ing site fea­ture addi­tions and exten­sive back-end growth. Our dai­ly views have grown from 50 – 100 at the start, to 300 – 400 now, and our arti­cles spawn con­ver­sa­tion all across the web.

Not too shab­by for a plucky group of vol­un­teers who start­ed a web­site for $1, eh?

Content and Contributors

The word of the Nerd is start­ing to be heard by more and more peo­ple across the tubes, and that hap­pens to bring more peo­ple with some great insights will­ing to con­tribute when they can. As such, we’ve been able to add on fan­tas­tic reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors. We’ve also been proud to host the occa­sion­al guest edi­to­ri­al, with pieces from fine folks such as free­lance writer and pro­duc­er Micah Curtis and con­trib­u­tor Justin Knight. That past year has also graced us with many fan­tas­tic inter­views from well known mem­bers of games media, game devel­op­ers, and even a quite illus­tri­ous voice actor.

I look back some­times and I am just astound­ed. When we set out to fea­ture con­tent that we our­selves would enjoy, we over­shot the mark! I still go back to re-read arti­cles we have put out, and enjoy them immense­ly.

2016 is going to fea­ture more of that. More of what? All if it! We are going to be hit­ting more game reviews, more inter­views, more edi­to­ri­als, and more news. More every­thing!

January was a bit of a slow­er mon­th for con­tent gen­er­a­tion, though. Not just because our main con­trib­u­tor, John Sweeney, was tour­ing the US, and sub­se­quent­ly came down with con­ven­tion flu from PAX South at the end of his tour. Consequently, you can look for­ward to some PAX South round-up cov­er­age from him as soon as he is recov­ered!

Your hum­ble EiC has been busy with his admin hat on also, and I’ve been hard at work on many site fea­tures that are all com­ing togeth­er very nice­ly!

Feature Updates and Additions

We’ll take that segue to diverge into the top­ic of the fea­tures we are bring­ing to SuperNerdLand! You might notice that the top­ic of new or revamped fea­tures come up often in the­se site updates, and that is no acci­dent. I spend a num­ber of hours every day when work and life allows ham­mer­ing on the site frame­work. This site is ever evolv­ing, and I just can’t stand leav­ing the func­tion­al­i­ty stag­nant.

Because of this, I am always look­ing to intro­duce fea­tures that allow our con­tent cre­ators room to breathe and do what they do best, to bet­ter serve said con­tent to our audi­ence, and to move us away from being behold­en to grub­by hand­ed cor­po­ra­tions and out­side Terms and Agreements.

What bet­ter time than our One Year Anniversary to intro­duce two of the­se long await­ed fea­tures that I am absolute­ly hype for?

Community Site



The first would be the revamp/re-launch of our com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures! This relaunch is much bet­ter than what we had, and for a vari­ety of rea­sons. We had pre­vi­ous­ly launched forums and site pro­files on our site, but I was not pleased with the imple­men­ta­tion, the peo­ple tapped as mod­er­a­tors and pro­mot­ers couldn’t do that job any­more, and because of those pre­vi­ous two rea­sons that last iter­a­tion of the com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures just didn’t take off.

That’s just fine, though. Not every idea, or imple­men­ta­tion of it, will take off. You take what you learned from those sit­u­a­tions, and apply it to serve bet­ter things to peo­ple!

The need for revamped com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures hap­pened to con­verge with plat­forms like Twitter absolute­ly shit­ting the bed. Fed up users are switch­ing over to plat­forms like GNU Social to take advan­tage of a more free and dis­trib­ut­ed net­work, and we not only want­ed to help provide anoth­er node for this dis­trib­ut­ed social net­work, but want­ed to cre­ate a space for our own audi­ence to dis­cuss top­ics and talk with SuperNerdLand staff in an easy man­ner.

With the­se two things crash­ing togeth­er, we decid­ed that our next iter­a­tion of com­mu­ni­ty fea­tures should be a distributed/federated social net­work instance. While oth­er folks are using the very capa­ble GNU Social to cre­ate Twitter-equse sites, we decid­ed to go with a piece of soft­ware called Friendica. It oper­ates a bit more like a mix between Twitter and Facebook, but it does offer inter­op­er­abil­i­ty with GNU Social instances, as well as offers con­nec­tion options for post­ing on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc when con­fig­ured prop­er­ly.

It is still under con­struc­tion and test­ing, but this site is now LIVE for our love­ly com­mu­ni­ty to come and test! Once I final­ize just a cou­ple more things, I will provide a video tour to get peo­ple acquaint­ed to the setup. But if you are famil­iar with oth­er social net­works, then get­ting used to either GNU Social or Friendica should be a snap.

If you want to take a look at the pub­lic wall of our new com­mu­ni­ty page, then just click here! Or vis­it:

Feel free to cre­ate an account, poke around, and come tell us how much we suck!

Remember, if you already have a GNU Social account some­where then you can already come talk to us all, and fol­low us! But you can cre­ate an account on our com­mu­ni­ty site to take advan­tage of more fea­tures speci­fic to our site. If you prefer to use the “Twitter” like expe­ri­ence pro­vid­ed by most GNU Social installs then I have no prob­lem rec­om­mend­ing, or the com­mu­ni­ty site for pro­vid­ed by their EiC (and our server room­mate) over at (some of you all may even like!

Self-Hosted Video Streaming

The next fea­ture intro­duc­tion is very dear to me. Self-hosted video stream­ing has been some­thing in the back of my head for some months, but recent events with how accounts have been treat­ed on YouTube pushed this from a back burn­er “want” into a very upfront “need.” YouTube has always been a ten­u­ous place for small­er chan­nels not part of an MCN, and we are start­ing to see more and more MCNs oper­at­ing in ways that are coun­ter to how we want to be treat­ed as a cre­ator and a con­sumer of con­tent.

So we rolled our own stream­ing solu­tion!


Well, tech­ni­cal­ly it is uti­liz­ing Nimble Streamer, and get­ting its out­put inte­grat­ed into the site. Nimble Streamer is a piece of soft­ware (Nimble is free, but the con­trol pan­el that expands its func­tion­al­i­ty is a month­ly sub­scrip­tion) that allows one to become their own Twitch, YouTube, or Netflix essen­tial­ly. Right now we provide chat by embed­ding an IRC chat into the page, but we are look­ing into a more per­ma­nent solu­tion to this

I’ve been bang­ing around for the past week and a half or so to work us into a nice beta sta­tus for our live stream­ing fea­tures, and I dare say it is more than ready for some pub­lic test­ing!

You can click here, or vis­it to see the setup.

We are going to be work­ing on some sched­uled game stream times to announce, so you all can come see us game and even come play with us! The Nimble Streamer con­trol pan­el also allows us to eas­i­ly do things like repub­lish streams to sites like YouTube.

So that means that all future episodes of our The Weekly Grind stream will simul­cast LIVE on our web­site and YouTube. We plan to keep up the simul­cast for some time, so if you like view­ing us via YouTube then you won’t have to do any­thing dif­fer­ent to keep view­ing our video con­tent. As we move into the future (or if YouTube kicks us off the site) we will be look­ing to migrate to host­ing video via our site only, but we will make sure to ease this tran­si­tion as much as pos­si­ble over the com­ing months.


The past year has been a bless­ing, and we are absolute­ly hon­ored to have built up the audi­ence we have so far. We look for­ward to anoth­er year of grow­ing the site, build­ing our audi­ence to even greater heights, and help­ing to con­tribute to the ongo­ing dis­cus­sions rel­e­vant gam­ing, comics, movies, TV, inter­net cul­ture, and oth­er abso­lut­ly nerdy endeav­ors!

Another thing I say often, but can’t express enough, is that we are lit­er­al­ly noth­ing with­out all of you out there in NerdLand. I want to thank all of you who have been with us the past year, and I want to extend a greet­ing to every new per­son com­ing around the­se parts.

As an aside to end with, I do want to provide a kind of shout out to Leigh Alexander. She was hand­ed the Offworld brand by the web­site BoingBoing last year, and it was such a resound­ing suc­cess that she is leav­ing the site and quit­ting games jour­nal­ism for a time! Thanks for being our traf­fic mile­stone for a while, as our site hov­ered below, but not far from, Offworld’s traf­fic lev­els near the end there. And thanks for giv­ing us anoth­er site that we out­last­ed to put up on the list.

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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. Leader of the crazy exper­i­ment called SuperNerdLand
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