Yes, this is something new, and yet it makes so much sense. GeekDad has always been about building a community for the geek parents out there, and now we have the tools to make it so. We have built this GeekDad community site to allow for a much more interactive experience, and we're really excited about it!
Rather than relying on the comments section of each post at GeekDad, we now have a dedicated discussion forum so members can carry on conversations with each other about any geeky topic. On a daily basis, our Community Leaders will start forum discussions based on the day's GeekDad posts that seem ripe for deeper analysis. We have photo and video sections where members can share their media from projects they've built with their kids, or other geeky events.
But there are two sections that we are really excited about. The first is the Projects area. One of the core features of the GeekDad blog has always been geeky parents posting how-tos and demonstrations of the cool science, engineering, craft, or other projects they do with their kids. And we know folks in our community are doing awesome projects as well. We finally have a place to for everyone to share those in an easy-to-read, organized way so everyone in the GeekDad community can use them as a resource and try them out with their kids.
Second are the Community Blogs. Now our community members can post their own stories, reviews, commentaries or news for everyone to see. And even more exciting, the GeekDad Community Leaders will be scanning the community blogs continuously and picking posts to run on the front page of this community site, and in some cases, even on the front page of GeekDad.com! Just abide by the GeekDad Community Terms of Service, and the Blogging Guidelines.
What's vital though is that we make this a great community to be part of. As Rufus said: "Be awesome to one another!" Let's avoid divisive issues like politics and religion, and do our best to be civil when we disagree. Flamewars will be deleted, and trolls will be booted from the membership post haste. Abide by Wheaton's Law. We have Community Leaders and Moderators representing time zones all around the world, so there will always be someone keeping an eye on things, available to answer questions, or solve problems.
In the end, what makes a community great is its members. We've known from the comments and emails we've gotten over time that we have a wonderful readership. Now we hope you'll all truly join in the GeekDad Community and get involved. Welcome aboard!