Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top 40 Most Viewed Posts in 2017 on Genea-Musings

Like many other genea-bloggers, I'm curious about which posts on Genea-Musings are "popular" - and why they might be.

1)  Here are the Top 40 viewed Genea-Musings blog posts from 2017 that had the most page views in 2017 (from View Count statistics on the Google Blogger Posts page as of 28 December 2017). 



No.
Post Title
Date
Views
1
RootsTech 2017 Blog Compendium – UPDATED
3/1/17
9758
2
Family Tree Maker 2017 Software Announced at #RootsTech
2/9/17
6785
3
Surname Saturday -- WORCESTER (England to colonial New England)
3/18/17
3789
4
Checking Out FamilySearch Web Search Feature on Family Tree Maker 2017
7/19/17
3362
5
All Census Records at MyHeritage Are FREE August 14-20
8/13/17
3296
6
Family Tree Maker 2017 Update News
4/10/17
2981
7
Latest Update from Family Tree Maker About FTM 2017
4/4/17
2883
8
Why Does the Ancestry API For Web Hints Add Bogus Facts?
8/28/17
2528
9
Amanuensis Monday -- Probate Records of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) Estate in Barnstable County, Massachusetts - Part 3
3/13/17
2328
10
A Wonderful Autosomal DNA Relationship Chart From DNA Detectives
11/27/17
2166
11
Good News for Suffolk County, Massachusetts Researchers
11/20/17
2163
12
Updated Find A Grave Website Adds Decent Source Citations
11/9/17
2082
13
Find A Grave Website Updating on 1 November
10/25/17
2045
14
Comparing My Living DNA Results With Other Autosomal DNA Tests
1/12/17
2018
15
Received my LivingDNA Autosomal Test Results - Post 1
1/10/17
1822
16
Family Tree Maker 2017 News - March 2017
3/27/17
1773
17
It's Easier to Download #RootsTech 2017 Syllabus Articles Using the App Website
1/23/17
1756
18
Amanuensis Monday -- Probate Records of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) Estate in Barnstable County, Massachusetts - Part 2
3/6/17
1642
19
Genealogy Industry Benchmark Numbers for 1 January 2017
1/1/17
1568
20
Is There Really an Ancestry.com "Big Tree?"
3/04/17
1398
21
Well, Good. Ancestry Explains the Lack of Changes to Number of Collections
11/29/17
1348
22
Using RootsMagic TreeShare - Adding Facts, Media and Sources to My RootsMagic Tree
6/29/17
1311
23
Latest Family Tree Maker 2017 Update and FamilySync News
5/1/17
1287
24
Latest News on Family Tree Maker 2017 Release
4/14/17
1230
25
Finding Syllabus Material on the RootsTech 2017 Mobile App
1/16/17
1223
26
Exploring the New FamilySearch Collection "Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950"
1/25/17
1215
27
Get Free Advice About and Access to Probate Records on NEHGS on 18-25 April 2017
4/7/17
1214
28
52 Ancestors - Week 161: #226 Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793) of New Jersey
1/27/17
1191
29
Ancestry.com Quirk: The Vanishing Search Result
7/26/17
1156
30
Which Record Provider Provides the Most Record Hints?
4/5/17
1135
31
Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 23 to 29 April 2017
4/30/17
1126
32
Latest Update From Family Tree Maker 2017
4/20/17
1098
33
FamilySearch Digital Microfilm Update
8/16/17
1096
34
Spring 2017 NEHG Register is Available
5/19/17
1077
35
Have You Tried One Page Genealogy?
3/15/17
1075
36
6 Things to Look for in FamilySearch in 2017
1/9/17
1031
37
CVGS General Meeting on 25 January Features Randy Seaver on FamilySearch Digital Microfilm
1/21/17
1027
38
Ancestry Member Trees, Indexing Rules, Cousin Bait, Source Citations and Me
12/18/17
1011
39
Twile is now completely free for everybody
2/5/17
1006
40
52 Ancestors - Week 189: #268 Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752) of Ipswich and Concord, Massachusetts
8/25/17
968

2)  The ten most popular Genea-Musings posts since 2007 are:

1)  Microfilm Scanning at the FHL and FHC (posted 22 July 2009) - 76,910 views.

2)  1940 Census Enumeration District Maps Online at NARA Website (posted 18 July 2011) - 63,116 views.

3)  Genealogy Presentations on Slideshare.net (posted 28 January 2010) - 25,937 views.

4)  Merry Christmas to All! (posted 25 December 2011) - 14,852 views.

5)  World records for number of children (posted 21 July 2006) - 11,536 views.


6)  Randy's NGS 2010 Photos - Post 1 (posted 4 May 2010) - 9,700 views

7)  Book Review: "The Spyglass File," by Nathan Dylan Goodwin (posted  29 September 2016 -- 6,960 views

8)  Family Tree Maker 2014 Software Announced - 30% Discount (or more) (posted 26 August 2013) -- 5,007 views.

9)  Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 1: New Master Source (posted 12 January 2016) -- 4,786 views.

10)  Surname Saturday - LNU (? Dolbear ?) (England to colonial New England) (posted 28 September 2013) -- 4,407 views



NOTE:  Google's "all-Time" page views seems to be broken - those posts and numbers are what they were a year ago.  The two 2017 posts with over 5,000 page views are not included.  

3)  Of course, all of my blog posts are viewed by many more readers than those that go to the web page for the post - those who read them on the Genea-Musings home page, those that read them in an RSS reader, or on a mobile device, and those that receive them via email.

Another measure of popularity or readership might be in the number of comments generated by each post.  I don't think that is a reliable measure of popularity because of the proliferation of RSS reader usage, email usage, and mobile device usage, each of which require one or more click throughs to get to the comment box.

It certainly seems like readers search for Ancestry.com, source citations, and genealogy software topics, and find my blog posts.

Previous "most popular" posts on Genea-Musings are:


I wondered what the least popular Genea-Musings post was in 2017.  I know that Surname Saturday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Wordless Wednesday, and Amanuensis Monday posts are not that popular.  Best of the Genea-Blogs and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun are usually popular, often with the highest number of views each week.  I found that 52 Ancestors - Week 206: #285 Hannah (Atwood) Horton (1686-1771) of Eastham, Massachusetts  (posted 22 December 2017) had only 73 views to date.  

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1 comment:

Darren Price said...

Hey, Amanuensis Mondays are one of my favorites - abstracting and creating source citations for documents is a crucial skill, and your cases provide excellent examples.