Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Genea-Musings 10th Blogiversary!

 It's Genea-Musings 10th Blogiversary!!!!!!!

It seems like just yesterday that I started my Randy's Musings blog - here is the first post on 15 April 2006. I explained the name change to Genea-Musings in my first anniversary post on 15 April 2007. In my two-year anniversary post, I showed a screen shot of the early blog page. 

I like to spout some numbers on my blogiversary, so please bear with me:

1)  After ten years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 9,603.  Over 3,653 days, that averages out to be 2.63 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 970 posts, or 2.65 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.64). I think that the most over the ten years was 1,034 in 2011, and most posts in one day was 8, but I've had days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  315 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  169 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  408 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  314 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  120 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  340 Surname Saturday posts
*  365 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  449 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts
2)  My known readership has increased each year until recently. Since I started this blog, I have had over 1,699,000 unique visitors (these include multiple visits per day by the same reader) and over 3,050,000 page views over ten years, and over 435,000 page views and over 327,000 unique visitors in the past year. Those numbers (from StatCounter) are somewhat higher than last year.  

3)  My Statcounter statistics indicate that in the last month this blog had about 855 unique visitors a day, with an average of about 1,120 page views a day.  I also use Google Statistics to look at statistics, and the page view numbers are a lot higher for some reason (about 2,500 per day over the past month).  I still don't know if those numbers include RSS reader visits and views - I do think the Google Statistics numbers include RSS reader views.

4)  In addition, about 2,003 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and about 2,000 persons subscribe via Feedly.  I don't have a count for other feeds, blog readers and  Facebook  readers. If I had to guess, I would say that about 4,800 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 40%) on the actual website come via a search engine - you wouldn't believe what some of the search parameters are!

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here:

1)  I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers community and all of my Genea-Musings readers. Without all of you, we would not have as much genealogy information (news, research experiences, family history, photographs, etc.) online. Blogging and then social networking, has brought democratization to the world of genealogy writing - anybody can do it (and many do it very well) and the genealogy community has more information, provided faster and more up-to-date, than it ever has had before.

2)  The genea-blogger community is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive of each other and their readers.  There is very little overt competition, back-biting or flame wars.  This reflects the genealogy community as a whole, I believe, and almost everyone believes, in and works at collaborating with, educating, and helping others, from the most famous (e.g., the genea-rock stars like Elizabeth Mills, Tom Jones, Megan Smolenyak, etc.) to the beginners (new society members, new blog readers, etc.).

3)  The genea-bloggers community as a whole has garnered the respect of the genealogy industry - the database companies, the software companies, website owners, and genealogical societies.  We have been treated and recognized as legitimate media outlets for the genealogy community.  They understand that genealogy blogs are a significant way to announce and publicize their products or services, and to create genea-buzz at conferences.  This could not happen without the commitment of genea-bloggers to objectivity and collaboration.  Not to mention time, energy and lifelong learning.

4)  I'm really proud to be a member of the genea-blogger community and to enjoy the camaraderie online and in person.  At a genealogy conference or seminar, genea-bloggers tend to flock together - it's an instant brother/sisterhood - many of us read each other's blogs.  Facebook and other social media sites have enabled us to "know" and rejoice, or commiserate, with the life and research experiences of our colleagues.

5) Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with our daughters and the five grandchildren (we added grandson Charlie 19 months ago), or when we travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we attended RootsTech in February, in Las Vegas two weeks ago, and we're going to Genealogy Jamboree in seven weeks in Burbank). 

6)  Lastly, thank you to my faithful readers.  I do this to help the genealogy community pursue their hobb obsession, and to document my own family history.  I appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.


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Diane Gould Hall said...

YIPPEEE! Happy Blogiversary to you Randy. Your blog is a daily read for me. I enjoy your wisdom and humor. Thank you for promoting other blogs, including mine, in your "Best of" weekly posts. Keep up the great work. See you at Jamboree.

Unknown said...

Congratulations! Time to slacken off a bit, maybe for a rest day or three!

Unknown said...

Congratulations to a prolific and helpful blogger-genealogist. Hope to read you for a long time to come.
Annick H.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy, Congratulations on your 10th blogiversary. Love your blog and thank you so much for the series on RootsMagic citations.

Jana Iverson Last said...

A very Happy 10th Blogiversary to you Randy! Thanks for your wonderful and informative blog!

Dianne Nolin said...

Happy Blogiversary Randy! I enjoy checking in to read your posts. Here's to another 10 years + !

Free counter for site said...

Congrats on your anniversary and I have read some of your blog posts in the past but didn't comment ... you have mentioned GA for analytics have you tried using a 3rd party tool like gostats to double check it? Just curious.

Louis Kessler said...

A big congrat on your 10 years Randy. I always look forward to your writing and I can count on a few each day. Looks like your next milestone, not too far away, will be your 10,000th post.

Miriam Robbins said...

Happy Blogiversary, Cousin and Fellow Genea-blogger! I, too, passed my 10-year mark earlier this year, although I didn't note it at the time. I remember, back in the day, when there were only about a dozen of us. I wonder what the next 10 years will bring? :-) Hopefully, many more blog posts from you...keep them coming!

Nancy said...

Congrats on 10 years of great genea-blogging! I enjoy your posts very much.
You have a succinct way of explaining a method or giving the background. And there's a good amount of fun mixed in.
Nancy Hurley

Nancy said...

Happy anniversary and congratulations on 10 great years, Randy! I hope you never tire of genealogy research and posting to your blog. You would certainly be missed. Here's to at least another 10 years.

Seeds to Tree said...

Happy Happy Anniversary Randy. As a daily devoted reader, I thank you for your excellent writing that keeps us all informed of the newest of genealogy news and interesting blogs. You are appreciated. Looking forward to the next 10 years.

Greta Koehl said...

Congratulations! Your posts are always must-reads.