Wednesday, April 15, 2020

It's Genea-Musings 14th Anniversary Today!

It's Genea-Musings 14th Blogiversary ... yep, I started it on Tax Day, 2006!
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 14 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 13,615.   Over 5,114 days, that averages out to be 2.66 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 980 posts, or 2.68 posts per day (that is a little lower than last year, 2.74). 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:

*  528 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  190 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  612 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  666 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  332 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  526 Surname Saturday posts
*  572 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  662 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

That totals only 29% of the total number of blog posts.

For reference purposes, 520 weeks is 10 years, and 728 weeks is 14 years!

3)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 10,612,422 page views in the 14 years.  Currently, I average about 117,000 page views per month, or about 3,900 per day.  It's also 780 views per post on average (ranging from tens to thousands).

4)  In addition, about 3,500 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and over 2,100 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 30%) visiting the actual website come via Facebook or a search engine.

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here (it's a given, isn't it?):

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.  I was honored with a Genea-Bloggers Tribe Lifetime Achievement Award at RootsTech 2020 by my peers.

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 5 years ago).  We love to travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(I attended RootsTech in February 2020 this year, but Linda did not due to her health concerns.  We would have gone to the Jamboree in Burbank but SCGS decided the next one would be in 2021. 

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 one more blog post today, unless something important comes up.  I am hosting a Zoom meeting at noon for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group.  I may get a nap, and will likely work on the RootsMagic family tree tonight.  


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Bill West said...

Happy Blogiversary, Randy!!

MCC said...

CONGRATULATIONS Randy you are an inspiration!

Unknown said...

Congratulations Randy and thank you for your help whenever I have asked for it. Annick H.

Marian B. Wood said...

Wishing you a very happy blogiversary! Fourteen years of blogging about genealogy is quite an accomplishment. I enjoy reading what you write and look forward to more pots in the future.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Happy Blogiversary, Randy. Congratulations on fourteen wonderful years. You are truly an inspiration and a treasure to have in the genealogy community.

Dana Leeds said...

Happy Blogiversary, Randy!!! What an incredible accomplishment!

Jane Neff Rollins said...

Congratulations on your 14-year journey as a genea-blogger! Jane Neff Rollins

Emily Garber said...

Congratulations, Randy! Quite an accomplishment. I am amazed at how prolific you are. I cannot imagine writing quality posts so frequently!

Linda Stufflebean said...

Congratulations, Randy! I look forward to your posts every day and I love SNGF. 14 years is a terrific accomplishment.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on 14 years, Randy! They've been wonderful. You're a great guide, leader, and teacher through your blog. Well done and thank you.

Jana Iverson Last said...

Congratulations on your blog's 14th anniversary! What a great accomplishment!

Lacie Madison said...

Happy 14th blogiversary, Randy! 14 years is a huge milestone. The wealth of knowledge you have given to the community is tremendous. Thank you for your dedication and devotion to give the best information to the genealogy community.

Anonymous said...

Randy, thanks for being such an inspiration to me. It is truly appreciated. Looking forward to the next 14 years. Fran