Monday, April 16, 2018

It's Genea-Musings 12th Blogiversary (Yesterday)

It's Genea-Musings 12th Blogiversary ... yesterday (15 April)!!!!!!!  Oops.

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 twelve years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 11,635.   Over 4,383 days, that averages out to be 2.65 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 1,044 posts, or 2.86 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.70). I think that the most in a year was 1,053 in 2017, and the most posts in one day was 8, but I've had some days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

2)  I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  424 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  174 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  409 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  500 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  224 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  442 Surname Saturday posts
*  470 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  555 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

3)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 8,383,990 page views in the 12 years.  Currently, I average about 100,000 page views per month, or about 3,300 per day.

4)  In addition, about 3,525 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and over 2,000 persons subscribe via RSS using 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 6,000 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 25%) on the actual website come via Facebook or a search engine.

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

1)  I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers Tribe 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 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, Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger, 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 record provider 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 43 months ago).  We love to travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we attended RootsTech in February/March, 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.  Maybe I'll do some research until the Padres come on TV tonight.


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Anonymous said...

Happy Blogversary to you! (and to all your followers as well).

You are an inspiration in the genealogy/blogging community. I have benefitted immensely from your frequent, topical, and timely posts.

Thanks for all you do!

Grandpa Landmeier said...

Thanks for the inspirtion and encouragement you provide.

Dianne Nolin said...

Happy Blogiversary Randy! What an accomplishment, writing all those posts for 12 years. I love to pop in and see what you have for us each day. Here's to another 12 years!

Genealogy: Beyond the BMD

Anne said...

Congratulations. Happy blogiversary
From Australia

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Unknown said...

Happy Blogiversary Cousin Randy! Here's hoping you have many more years that are just as informative, thoughtful and insightful. ~ Tiffany Nash

Marian B. Wood said...

Wow, 12 years of active genealogy blogging is quite an accomplishment. Your posts are my morning must-reads. Congrats and blog on!

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Happy Blog anniversary! May you have many more posts. I enjoy them all!

Jacqi Stevens said...

Happy belated blogiversary, Randy! With an anniversary date like April 15, I can understand how one could get sidetracked...

Looking forward to meeting up with you at Jamboree, as usual!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Another Happy Belated Blogiversary, Randy! Best wishes for many more years,