Monday, April 15, 2019

It's Genea-Musings 13th Anniversary Today!

It's Genea-Musings 13th Blogiversary ... yep, I started it on Tax Day!

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 13 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 12,635.   Over 4,748 days, that averages out to be 2.66 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 1,000 posts, or 2.74 posts per day (that is a little lower than last year, 2.86). 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:

*  475 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  174 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  459 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  589 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  276 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  493 Surname Saturday posts
*  520 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  608 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

For reference purposes, 520 weeks is 10 years!

3)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 9,425,455 page views in the 13 years.  Currently, I average about 80,000 page views per month, or about 2,700 per day.

4)  In addition, about 3,500 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 5,000 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 4 years ago).  We love to travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we did not attend RootsTech in February/March this year, but 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.  I'll do two more blog posts today, unless something important comes up.  Maybe I'll do some research until my first place Padres come on TV tonight.


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Joan Bos said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary ! 🎉

jennyalogy said...

Congrats Randy. Keep up the good work.

Barbara said...

Congratulations, Randy. I read your posts every day and sincerely appreciate your efforts!

Marian B. Wood said...

Wow, a baker's dozen anniversary and going strong! Best wishes on your blogiversary and looking forward to your future posts!

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

13 years... Wow! Your blog is such a wealth of knowledge. I use the search feature to look up citation models, or software tricks and tips. Thank you!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Happy 13th blogiversary Randy. I love your blog, read it every day and you are an inspiration to the rest of us. Best wishes for many more fun years of sharing family history. :)

Unknown said...

I have not even worked on my genealogy for that long! Congratulations and thank you for all the invaluable information I have found on your site to help me. Annick H.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Congratulations on your longevity! I enjoy your blog very much.

Susan said...

Congratulations, and thank you for all that you share with genealogists.

Lacie Madison said...

Great job on your 13th blog anniversary Randy! I very much appreciate the amazing content you share. You work hard on every single post and give me a hand full of knowledge, and for other fellow genealogists. Thank for all you do and I am very glad to discover your blog. Lacie P.

Ellen T-J said...

Congratulations Randy on 13 years. I love your blog and I've learned so much from you. I also appreciate the times you've shared my blog and the shout outs are always appreciated.
Ellen T-J

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