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GeekPlanetOnline is an online community dedicated to the passion and fascination of fandom, covering not only traditional "genre" concepts like Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror but also more modern areas of geekery, like video gaming, comedy and movies. Primarily a podcasting network, GeekPlanetOnline also produces a range of reviews, features and a discussion forum. We are a non-profit site and do not charge our users or our podcasters for content or hosting.
GeekPlanetOnline started life as GeekPlanet.co.uk, a personal project for our Publisher Matt Dillon. Common belief held that the internet was already full of fan communities and so-called social groups but most tended to be very niche, focusing on one topic, genre, series and so on, and that nearly all of them were insular. Perhaps most crucially, however, Matt found that the spirit behind them was almost universally mired in negativity - what sucked, what didn't live up to expectation, what it was and wasn't acceptable to like. What the internet needed, he felt, was a community which included anyone who wanted to join, which focused on the more positive aspects of fandom and in which geeks could talk about the things that they loved. The only problem was a lack of knowledge: Matt had the willingness to put something together, but no clue about how it might be done. This was about to change.
For the first seven months of 2008, Matt taught himself about Content Management Systems and how best to use them to build a website, launching GeekPlanet.co.uk on 31/07/2008 note only as a means to write about the things that he enjoyed but also as a “test site” with which to try out the things that he had learned. The site attracted a handful of volunteers, including a cartoonist, and its fair share of followers, but it remained a small and personal project until he met former site Editor Chris Brosnahan at a forum meet-up the following year.
Chris approached Matt about helping to produce a podcast idea he'd been developing and hosting it on the website. The remainder of the evening was spent batting ideas back and forth and the result of this conversation, The Eclectic Podcast, debuted on GeekPlanet.co.uk in February of that year. Chris took the Editor position a short time later, affording Matt the opportunity to build the community he'd always wanted to make. On his 29th Birthday, 29/03/2009, the site was relaunched as GeekPlanetOnline.com. Six months later Dave Probert, who had joined The Eclelctic Podcast's roster that same year, was brought into the management team as Deputy Publisher, adding another highly talented and motivated individual to the site.
In 2010 the current incarnation of Team GPO assembled for the first time as Gillian Coyle was appointed to the position of Sub-Editor and Dave, taking over from a departing Chris Brosnahan, ably occupied the Editor's chair.
GeekPlanetOnline now boasts a large and popular podcasting network, a busy forum and a growing selection of regular contributors bringing a superb and professional level of written content to a community which enjoys not only reading it, but contributing content back to the site in return. As we tumble through a new decade things can only get better – and it's all thanks to people like you. Just like you in fact. And we'd love to hear from you.
Fancy becoming part of our community? Then hurry over to our recruitment page and learn how you can join in!