Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Post Number 9000 on Genea-Musings

My motto:  "Life is short - eat ice cream and do genealogy first!"

A funny thing happened nine years and five months ago on my way to the ice cream store - I said to myself:  "Randy, maybe you could blog about something once a week or so ... about genealogy, politics, sports, religion, you, know, your life."  My wife said "Honey, that would probably be pretty boring - who in the world would read what you write?"

So the experiment began, and 9,000 posts later here I am - happily stuck in a "routine" of writing two or three or more blog posts each day about genealogy resources and results on Genea-Musings, a daily journal blog post on The Geneaholic almost every day, and occasional posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.  Then there's Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, including my almost weekly participation on video (available on YouTube) in Mondays With Myrt!  My wife wonders what I do in the Genealogy Cave every day for eight or ten hours!  Heh heh.

Oh, I forgot, there's my society meetings, society presentations, the senior adult and CVGS education classes, and I even find time to spend on online research (and very occasional repository research), entering data and sources into my genealogy database, entertaining the grandchildren and my wife, and watching Padres baseball games on TV or at Petco Park.  There is Life with Genealogy!  But, for me, there is no Life without Genealogy!  It's part of me, who I am, and has been for 27+ years.

In celebration of my 9,000th post (that's over 2.6 posts per day on average, and over 960 posts per year on average), I'm going to take the rest of the day off from ... blogging, not genealogy.  Or maybe not if there is something interesting to blog about. Tomorrow is another day.  

The statistics for nine years of blogging, from StatCounter and Blogger (it looks like SiteMeter has died):

*  1,983,328 unique visitors (StatCounter since 2006)

*  2,774,541 page views (StatCounter since 2006)

*  5,095,060 page views (Blogger, since 2010)*  15,525 comments (average of 1.7 per post, Blogger since 2007).

*  StatCounter says I had 25,158 unique visitors in August, an average of 812 per day, which may not include returning visitors day after day.
*  Blogger says I'm getting about 112,000 page views per month, or about 3,600 a day.

I don't know why StatCounter and Blogger have different page view numbers - it probably something to do with feed readers like Feedly.

Then there are the static Pages (see the links below the Genea-Musings header that continue to pile up visitors.  These count on the visitor and page totals, I think.

Thank you to my friends, geneablogging colleagues, and Genea-Musings readers for their patience, understanding, collaboration and support over the years - it's been a lot of fun, and I hope it continues for years to come.

I do appreciate your comments and emails, and will be happy to answer "Dear Randy" questions about genealogy, research, online resources, software, family trees, etc. on the blog.

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Geolover said...

Congrats on the milestone, and thank you for the innumerable educational efforts!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Wow! and Double Wow! 9,000 posts equals untold hours of research and editing. I love reading your blog. Congratulations!

GeniAus said...

Congratulations Randy and thanks for all you share. Looking to heading to 10,000 with you.

James Tanner said...

I'm glad this isn't a competition. I would have lost a long time ago and people ask me when I sleep!! Thanks for all you write and all you do. You are a monument to perseverance and patience. Keep up the good work.

Seeds to Tree said...

Congratulations on your 9000th post, Randy. I will toast your success with an ice cream cone of my own today (it will be in the 90's here in Chicago) Thanks for all you do for genealogy.

Emily Garber said...

Congratulations, Randy! Quite an accomplishment. I enjoy reading your blog.

Andrea Kelleher said...

Congratulations Randy! What an amazing milestone. Thank you for all that you do.

Kitty Cooper said...

Thank you Randy! WOW

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Congratulations to THE most prolific genealogy blogger I know! :-)