Saturday, June 20, 2015

One Year of Writing my Blog

To quote Sally Field from her Oscar acceptance speech in 1985, "You like me, you really like me!" That is how I feel when you, my fellow bloggers, friends and family when you stop by to read my blog.

Thank you everyone who has stopped by to read my blog! There were many people who helped me, gave me feedback and support. However, I feel I may accidentally forgot someone if I list names and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but you know who you are and please know I am very grateful for your encouragement and support. 

I started joining some of the genealogy and DNA groups on Facebook last year and one of them was Geneabloggers, hosted by Thomas MacEntee. Now I will admit, I had heard several of his webinars for Legacy Family Tree and when I saw his Geneabloggers page on Facebook, I knew it was time to start my blog. I asked several questions on the group page and I found that everyone was very supportive and it was Thomas who came up the name for my blog.

I am setting a new goals for the coming year, I would like to average 3-5 posts per week. I have plenty to write about that is for sure! I have started a new tradition here called "Family Photo Friday" and I will be using family photos from the past as well as the present. I am considering other possible weekly or monthly ideas such as men in my family who worked for the rail road. I will also be continuing with My Mormon Pioneer series as I now work through all of the children of Charles Coulson Rich. 

My goals for my blog in the first year was to experiment with how many times a week I would be able to post, I had decided that 3 was a good number to start with and began writing. According to my mathematician (my hubby) for the first six months of my blog from June 20th to 31st of December 2014. I wrote 54 posts in that time which is an average of two blogs a week. Not exactly what I was hoping for but still pleased with my effort. 

I have written blogs from January 2, 2015 to 30 June, 2015 (scheduled to post while I am in Savannah). That is a total of 181 days so far in 2015 and 68 posts total for the end of June. This means that I have averaged 2.72 posts a week. Which is better than the previous six months and I am getting closer to that goal of 3 posts per week. According to Blogger's statistics, I had 1,774 page views for the month of May and since starting my blog I have had 15,216 page views since starting this blog.

Thank you again for stopping by and visiting my blog! Here is to another year of blogging. And here are my top 15 posts for the last year. I am looking forward to the coming year with plans and dreams for my blog!