Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's Genea-Musings 11th Blogiversary!

 It's Genea-Musings 11th Blogiversary today!!!!!!!

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 eleven years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 10,591.  Over 4,018 days, that averages out to be 2.64 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 988 posts, or 2.70 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.65). I think that the most over the 11 years was 1,034 in 2011, and the most posts in one day was 8, but I've had some days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  371 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  174 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  459 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  406 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  170 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  391 Surname Saturday posts
*  417 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  501 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

2)  My known on-website readership has increased each year until recently. Since I started this blog, I have had over 2,448,000 unique visitors on the website from a browser (these include multiple visits per day by the same reader) and over 3,395,000 page views over 11 years, and over 341000 page views and over 245,000 unique visitors in the past year. 
My Statcounter statistics indicate that in the last month this blog had about 696 unique visitors a day, with an average of about 931 page views a day.  Those numbers (from StatCounter) are somewhat lower than last year. 

3)    I also use Google Statistics to look at statistics, and the page view numbers are a lot higher for some reason (about 4730 per day over the past month).  I still don't know if those numbers include RSS reader and mobile visits and views - I do think the Google Statistics numbers include RSS reader and mobile views.

4)  In addition, about 2,186 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and over 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 5,000 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 20%) 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 and comment on each other's blogs.  Facebook and other social media sites have enabled us to "know," 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 31 months ago), or when we travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we attended RootsTech in February, and we're going to Genealogy Jamboree in eight 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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Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy, Congratulations on #11. I love reading your blog and appreciate all that you do and the tips that you share. We've even discovered that we are George Soule cousins. May you have many more years of fun blogging.

Chris said...

Happy Blogiversary. It has been a short 11 years. I mostly do my reading via Feedly. Does using an aggregator affect your reader/visitor numbers?

DanniDoodle said...

Happy Blogiversary....And many many more! I really appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog. Instead of taking the week off, why not take a 2 hour lunch each day? .

John said...

Hey Cuz -- CONGRATULATIONS on a truly amazing milestone. I have taken the liberty of mentioning your milestone in today's "Saturday Serendipity" round-up. Happy Blogiversary! The genealogy blogging community owes a lot to your dedicated efforts all these years. Blog on!!

Geolover said...

Your Blogiversary is terrific. It reflects your care and curiosity from The Cave, both much appreciated :-)

Nancy said...

Congratulations on 11 years, Randy. I can't imagine the online genealogy blogging community without you!

Edward Black said...

A big thank you!! We're the ones that get the daily presents. Its really appreciated.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Congratulations Randy! I don't know how you keep up the pace but we're all grateful for the knowledge you share.

Unknown said...

Happy 11th bloganniversary to a prolific and extremely interesting geneablogger. I have learn so much from you. Thank your. Annick H.

Jacqi Stevens said...

Happy belated 11th blogiversary, Randy! And yes, you are mind-boggling!