I can’t believe it’s been 8 years since I decided to start a blog. I honestly had no idea who would ever read it. I’d never had a web page or authored anything, up to that point. But, I’d read other blogs and I like the idea of sharing family stories in a format that others could access. More than names and dates, actual stories about their lives.
This is a time when we, as bloggers, can look back on our accomplishments.
Here is the text from that first blog post on January 12, 2010.
Blogging about family research - Day 1
I have just created this blog as a way to try and connect with more family members. I have been researching my family, including my husband's family, for over 5 years. I've never had a blog before so this will be a learning experience.
Here are some of the surnames that I am researching. This is not a complete list, but includes some of the primary names: Boggs, Bowen, Bowden, Bright, Fink, Frampton, Gillen, Goodbody, Gould, Hall, Hart, Hunter, Lindsay, Milne & Thorp
I hope that this will be a way to share this incredible journey. I currently live in southern California, although I was born in Michigan. My parents and grandparents and many other family members were born in Michigan and many still live there. There are also family connections in many other states.
Stay tuned and let's see how this blog thing works.
Til next time,
How did I do that first year? I wrote 5 posts. I had few, if any readers. What about the following couple of years?
2011 – I didn’t write a single post
2012 – Decided I’d pick it up again and give it a try. I produced 16 posts that year. Again, not many readers (judged by the views) that Blogger keeps track of for us.
2013 – I started out slow and only wrote 4 posts between January and September. But, then in October I decided that if I was going to do this, I needed to give it every chance to succeed. By the end of 2013, I’d written 44 posts. That means that in October, November and December I managed to write 40 posts.
In the years since that first post in 2010, I’d been reading a lot of other blogs and I’d learned a thing or two.
- Make your content interesting and give the readers a reason to come back
- Use images in every post – many people are visual, I know I am
- Promote your blog on some of the social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter
- Be consistent. Don’t go a month without publishing something.
- Read other bloggers posts and comment on them. They appreciate it and they will, in turn, read your posts.
- Share research tips frequently – this has been very appreciated by my readers
From 2010-2013 I wrote a total of 66 posts.
From 2014 through 2017 I have written 377 posts. That’s an average of 7 per month.
I’m so grateful for the faithful readers that follow my blog. I love reading their comments and I reply to each and every one. To this date I have had 1480 published comments!
My total pageviews “all time” is 445,439.
What are my most viewed posts of all time? I don’t know, so let’s find out.
ADDING SIBLING LINKS TO FINDAGRAVE – 18,134
Those are the TOP 5 with many others in the 2,000 – 2800 pageview range.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet many other bloggers and I can easily say, it’s a wonderful community of people. We meet up at conferences and seminars and hang out together. We have a Facebook group where we share ideas with each other. I completely appreciate when one of my fellow bloggers or a reader points out a typo or some other error in one of my posts.
Blogging has made me a better researcher. How? Because when I am writing something I want to have as many facts as possible and I want them to be correct. Therefore, it’s caused me to dig deeper and look harder. You can’t imagine the things I’ve found just because I decided to write about a particular ancestor.
I hope that I can continue to write posts that will be helpful to others and allow me to connect with the many cousins out there.
Here’s to a great 2018!
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