Friday, April 15, 2022

This is Genea-Musings 16th Blogiversary! Celebrate with Me!!!

  It's Genea-Musings 16th Blogiversary ... yep, I started it on Tax Day, 2006!   I've been so busy, I almost forgot about it!  Genea-Musings is still a teenager... 

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 16 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 15,444.   Over 5,848 days, that averages out to be 2.64 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 894 posts, or 2.48 posts per day (that is a little lower than last year, 2.53. 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:

*  635 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  192 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  715 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  767 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  427 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  528 Surname Saturday posts
*  676 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  766 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

That totals only 29.8% of the total number of blog posts.

For reference purposes, 521 weeks is 10 years, and 834 weeks is 16 years!

3)  Over the 16 years, over 95% of the posts have been original content that I have written, edited and posted about my own research, experience and education.  

4)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 13,515,718 page views in the 16 years.  Currently, I average about 100,000 page views per month, or about 3,300 per day.  It's also 875 views per post on average (ranging from tens to thousands).

5)  In addition, about 3,500 persons receive it via email using Feedburner, and over 2,200 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 I know 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 revel in meeting my friends and colleagues at society meetings, seminars and conferences.  Because of Linda's medical and mobility problems, we will not be able to go together to another conference.

5)  Why am I still writing genealogy blog posts?  Because I can.  Because it really helps me advance my own research.  Because something I write may help other researchers as cousin bait, or as an example, or as a demonstration.  Because I want to.  Because it's therapy for me.  Because it's fun!!!

6) Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with our daughters and the five grandchildren.   

7)  Lastly, thank you to my faithful readers. I appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

8)  Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.  I need to do the Saturday blog posts tonight, unless something important comes up.   I will likely work on the RootsMagic family tree tonight before watching the Padres game.


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agrarian said...

Thanks for all your hard work! Always interesting stuff.

GeneGinny said...

Thank you, Randy, for your amazing stamina and productivity. I still check your blog every day.

KSteckelberg said...

Happy Blogiversary! I always enjoy reading your blogs. They are informative and educational. I’ve learned a lot from you!

Marian B. Wood said...

Wishing you a happy blogiversary--sweet sixteen and going strong! Always enjoy your posts and appreciate your willingness to share your insights and expertise.

Celia Lewis said...

You're a highly energetic blogger, Randy!! Happy Blogiversary!! Yours was one of the very first bloggers I found when I finally started my own in 2012, and I appreciated your style and interesting items to blog. Cheers for 16 more years!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! I look forward to your post in my morning email and am surprised that the feed still comes to me that way. Your posts are always interesting and I especially look forward to SNGF!

Lateboomer said...

Happy Blogiversary, Randy! I have to echo everyone else's comments here and then some! Although I have not been following you as long as others you've provided the genie community with some great links, tips and valuable information and am grateful that you share this with us. I always look forward to seeing your posts!

Jacqi Stevens said...

You are a wealth of information, Randy! But I never realized that one little factoid about Genea-Musings: that it all started on tax day. Happy blogiversary!

Fax said...

Thank you, Randy! And Congratulations. This happy genealogist says, I couldn't have done it without you.

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

I’ve always admired your productivity and content but seeing those numbers has boggled my brain. You truly are a geneablogging guru! Congratulations on reaching sweet 16 :)

Linda Stufflebean said...

Congratulations, Randy! You deserve all the fireworks for all you've contributed to the genealogy community. Happy 16th blogiversary!