On 4 February 2010 I took a bold step into an unknown future by establishing “Stardust ‘n’ Roots” and publishing my first post. In these two years I have published 149 posts — not a spectacular number (Randy Seaver. probably does that in a month) — with more than 12,000 pageviews over the two years.
By far, my most popular post has been “A Hobbyist’s Genealogy Manifesto.” Blogger stats indicates that it has received 550 pageviews, equal to the next two most popular combined (“Location! Location! Location! A Question Answered” and “Name Collecting – ‘Mythology’ or the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Option“).
I have been fortunate to have posts listed as “best” or “favorite” of the week by Randy Seaver’s Geneamusings, Greta Koelh’s Greta’s Genealogy Bog, Ruth Blair’s The Passionate Genealogist, and Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life. What an honor! Thanks! Then it was almost more than I could comprehend when I found my blog listed among Randy Seaver’s “Best of Geneablogs for the Year 2011” (based on the number of times listed in Randy’s “best of the week”).
Even more astounding is where the blog is being read. Blogger stats indicates that there have been page views from: United States, Russia, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Latvia, Ukraine, France, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Sweden, South Affrica, Guatemala, Kuwait, Ireland, Italy, Egypt, Nigeria, Slovenia, Turkey, Singapore, and New Zealand. Put it on the Internet and it is truly available everywhere.
I was surprised to find that a Swedish blog (iFokus) had a brief post dedicated to my “Sometimes Less is More!” post. He not only recommended the content of the post, but suggested that Swedish bloggers might use the post to improve their English reading skills. Thankfully, Firefox had a translation of the Swedish ready for me.
When I began this venture, I never expected this kind of response. I am both amazed (actually, befuddled) and honored by the response. Thanks to all who have taken the time to read one or more of my blog posts. And special thanks to those of you who have taken time to leave comments. A few “cousins” have come forward and I now count a number of you as my genea-friends.
My birthday wish for all of you: May your searches uncover new resources on a regular basis, may your source citations be accurate and up-to-date, may bricks start to fall from your brick walls, and my your ancestors prove to be as kind to you as you have been to me! Blessings on you all!