Monday, April 15, 2024

Today is Genea-Musings 18th Blogiversary! Celebrate with Me!!!

 It's Genea-Musings 18th Blogiversary -- yep, I started writing Genea-Musings on Tax Day, 2006!   I've been so busy, I almost forgot about it!  Genea-Musings is still a teenager -- but perhaps nearing graduation.

  • 216 Months of writing about my genealogy and family history journey.
  • 939 Weeks of posting about transcriptions, obituaries, news, photographs, education, records, gravestones, providers, ancestors, relatives, societies, bloggers, etc.  
  • 6,574 Days of thinking about what my readers want to know about, what I can provide based on my experience and enthusiasm, and what I want to share about my ancestry.
  • 17,088 Blog Posts - an average of 2.6 posts per day, 18.2 posts per week, 79.1 posts per month, 949.3 posts per year.  

Some reflections:

1)  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. 

2)  After 18 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 17,088.   Over 6,574 days, that averages out to be 2.60 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 804 posts, or 2.32 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.20. 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 or in the hospital).

3)  I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:
That totals about 30% of the total number of blog posts.

For reference purposes, 521 weeks is 10 years, and 939 weeks is 18 years!

4)  Over the 18 years, over 95% of the posts have been original content that I have written, edited and posted about my own research, experience and education.  

5)  My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 16,102,522 page views in the 18 years.  Currently, I average about 120,000 page views per month, or about 3,900 per day.  It's also 885 views per post on average (ranging from tens to thousands).

5)  In addition,  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 2,000 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-Bloggers 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-Bloggers 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 love seeing 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 my research is unfinished. 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, surrounded by books, notebooks, papers, and photographs. It's even better when family history is made with our daughters and our five grandchildren (now 20, 18, 18, 16 and 9).

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 and blog-peers.  

8)  Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.   A new week starts today and I look forward to writing about 17 posts this next week.   I will likely work on several blog posts and my RootsMagic family tree tonight before watching the Padres game.


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Doris Kenney said...

Congratulations on 18 years! Thank you for your dedication to sharing about your family and genealogy with us. Your blog was one of the motivators for me to start writing. Keep the posts coming Randy...we'll keep reading!

Marshall said...

Congratulations, Randy!

18 years - that's a lot of posts.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Randy - Many, many best wishes and congratulations on blogiversary #18! Thank you, too, for all you contribute to the genea-community.

Marian B. Wood said...

Wow! Sending best wishes for your 18th blogiversary. What an achievement. Looking forward to your blog posts during the 19th year ;)

Teresa said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! Your blog is an inspiration to all genealogy bloggers and a huge asset for the community. One of my favourite blog stops every week :)