GeekDad

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GeekDad
GeekDad logo.png
Web address geekdad.com
Type of site
Technology news & information
Owner Ken Denmead
Current status Active

GeekDad is a website covering multiple topics targeting fathers who categorize themselves as a "geek." Popular categories include Lego, Star Wars & Star Trek, video games,[1] books, and field trips. GeekDad also publishes a regular podcast covering items of interest to the website's readers. The GeekDad blog was named one of the top ten best-written blogs for its in-depth explanations of difficult and intricate topics.[2]

History[edit]

Black and white photograph of a man holding a laptop.
Chris Anderson, founder and Editor (Emeritus) of GeekDad.

GeekDad was started on March 15, 2007 by Wired editor Chris Anderson. Anderson was inspired by a weekend of fun and adventure when his love for R/C planes and his son's love for Lego came together and they built and programmed a UAV driven by the Lego Mindstorms NXT. Wanting to share this experience with other geek dads, he bought the geekdad.com domain, then set up a Wired blog. As readership grew, he realized he needed some help and sent out a call for writers. Anderson brought Ken Denmead on board to serve as the GeekDad leader. Denmead then brought on more writers and has grown GeekDad to a well-rounded blog with a focus on things that geeks can share with their own children.

In 2009, the GeekDad brand expanded to include clothing by offering a GeekDad T-Shirt through ThinkGeek, an online retailer.[3]

The first GeekDad book,[4] Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share, written by Denmead, was released May 4, 2010. The second GeekDad book, GeekDad's Guide to Weekend Fun, was released on May 3, 2011.

On June 28, 2010, GeekDad was named one of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010" by Time magazine.[5]

In April 2013, GeekDad left Wired because of a contract dispute with Conde-Nast, Wired's parent company. In April 2015, GeekDad announced that they had settled the contract dispute over legal ownership of the GeekDad brand name and would remain an independent blog.[6]

Editor-in-Chief[edit]

  • Matt Blum

Managing Editor[edit]

  • "Z"

Senior Editor[edit]

  • Jonathan H. Liu

Publisher, Editor-at-Large[edit]

  • Ken Denmead

Editor (Emeritus)[edit]

  • Chris Anderson

Core contributors[edit]

  • Dave Banks
  • Darren Blankenship
  • Jenny Bristol
  • Rory Bristol
  • Preston Burt
  • Jamie Greene
  • Michael Harrison
  • Ryan Hiller
  • Rob Huddleston
  • Will James
  • James Floyd Kelly
  • Anthony Karcz
  • Corrina Lawson
  • Mordechai Luchins
  • Jim MacQuarrie
  • Brad Moon
  • Tony Nunes
  • Anton Olsen
  • Andy Robertson
  • Judd Schorr
  • Tony Sims
  • Randy Slavey
  • Garth Sundem
  • Mark Vorenkamp

GeekMom[edit]

GeekMom
GeekMom logo.png
Web address geekmom.com
Type of site
Technology news & information
Current status Active

GeekMom is a companion site for GeekDad that was created by Ken Denmead and the women GeekDad writers, Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Bristol (then Jenny Williams). GeekMom was also featured on Wired and a Geek Mom book was published by Potter Crafts in 2012. GeekMom left Wired at the same time as the GeekDad site. In addition to its Founding Editors, GeekMom featured contributions from Kari Byron and the following writers [7]

  • Amy Kraft
  • Andrea Schwalm
  • Ariane Coffin
  • Brigid Ashwood
  • Cathe Post
  • Fran Wilde
  • Helene McLaughlin
  • Jennifer Day
  • Jules Sherred
  • Judy Berna
  • Kay Holt
  • Kelly Knox
  • Kris Bordessa
  • Kristen Rutherford
  • Laura Grace Weldon
  • Marziah Karch
  • Melissa Wiley
  • Nicole Wakelin
  • Patricia Vollmer
  • Rebecca Angel
  • Sarah Pinault
  • Ruth Suehle
  • Sophie Brown
  • Cindy White
  • Lisa K Tate

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2012 GeekDad Webby Won
2013 GeekDad Webby Lost
2013 GeekMom Webby Lost

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