It's hard to believe that I have been doing this already for four years! A look back at the last year:
Over the past year I have created and published 49 blog posts.
Some of my Favorite Posts this year:
The series of posts I did on MM Coolbaugh; including MM Coolbaugh, Tombstone Tuesday with a Twist, Death and Obituary for MM Coolbaugh, Wedding and Anniversary of Betsey Granteer and MM Coolbaugh, Election Day-Ever Wonder if Your Ancestors Were Involved in Politics, etc. I seemed to just keep uncovering information.
A fun post was about discovering a hidden little cemetery I never knew about- How Many People Does it Take to Locate a Cemetery?
All time History Page Views- this year went from 54, 464 to 96, 989
Followers – this year went from 12 to 22
In Case You Missed Them, My Top Five Most Viewed Blog Posts Were:
- The Dark Day
- 2018 A Year of Genealogical Research
- 1827 Pupil List for School District #3 Baiting Hollow New York
- Sometimes You Just Get Lucky
- 3 July 1778 The Wyoming Massacre
What I’ve learned:
- I appreciate finding out how my ancestors participated in the happenings of their times. How they became a part of history with the lives they lived whether it was being a soldier in the Revolutionary War, taking a ship across the Atlantic to start a new life, being involved in the politics that lead up to the Civil War, etc. Researching the time period they lived in adds to much to my ancestors’ stories and gives me a better sense of them. These also seem to be my most viewed posts as well.
My Frustration continues to be that there never seems to be enough time and money to do as much research as I want.
My goals for this next year:
- Complete my edit of my great grandmother Carrie’s Letters in a digital format so that my cousins and others can easily access them.
- To once again attempt to publish at least 50 posts while continuing to work full time.
- Make the stories of my ancestors lives be more than just dry facts. Help the readers understand the time period better.
- Three published years of my blog stories. How exciting to see all the research for a year published in to one place in a book format.
- Write reviews of the Speakers who present for the San Diego Genealogical Society. I have enjoyed doing this and am able to ‘try out’ suggestions from the speakers and blog about it.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK-YOU TO ALL MY READERS! I enjoy sharing what I have learned and appreciate the comments you make and/or questions you ask. I’m always looking for new directions to search or information that is questionable and needs verification.
My updated Surname word cloud:
It has been another great year for me as a blogger. On to new discoveries and new cousin connections.
If you have any corrections, additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,