It’s really hard to believe that this is my 100th blog post. I remember my husband set up my blog page in September 2016, but I didn’t write my first post until January 4, 2017. I had been researching for about five years and had my sights on publishing a book about my research someday. But I didn’t know where to start writing. And honestly I didn’t know if I would be able to write anything. I tell people all the time…I’m not a writer, but that I’m a researcher. It took me almost four days to write my first blog, The Beginning. I made it my goal of 2017 to write at least two blogs per month.
I would often tell my husband, who wants to read about me going to the library or spending hours looking at microfilm. That’s boring. He told me that people in the genealogy world would be interested. I wasn’t so sure. So I decided this blog would be a way for me to organize my thoughts and get some writing experience. I never thought I would have people following my blog, commenting on my posts, and being so supportive and encouraging to a stranger. I am beyond thrilled to have 54 followers.
I have been able to share my genealogy successes and disappointments on this blog. I have shared with you my toughest genealogy challenge and my biggest genealogy achievement. I have been able to share my favorite genealogy TV shows. I have been able to take you with me to genealogy conferences. When I was at a loss for words, my Wordless Wednesdays became a new way to share my family with you. I have participated in research and writing challenges on this blog. I have grown as a writer and a blogger. This blog has helped me gain more confidence in my research skills. This blog has helped me to talk more openly and honestly about not only my personal genealogy research, but genealogy in general.
I now find myself at a crossroads with my genealogy research. I’m not sure what the future holds for my personal research, but I do know that genealogy is my passion and my legacy. Although I may not be actively researching my own ancestry at the moment, I can assure you that the creative and writing side of my genealogy journey will continue. I have learned over the past couple of years, the genealogy world is huge, so finding subjects to write about won’t be hard. As I prepared for this my 100th blog post, I went through my archives and read some of my older posts. I also looked the statistics for each post and was surprised that my favorite blog posts were not among the top five most popular.
Thank you for joining me on this genealogy journey. If this blog has been an inspiration or motivation for at least one person to get started in researching genealogy, to pick up their research again, or to continue researching through a brick wall, I consider this blog a great success. This blog has been a part of my journey that I hadn’t expected, but now I can’t see my journey without it. I can’t wait to see what my 200th blog post is about.
My Top Five Blog Posts:
- When Reality TV Meets Genealogy…Relative Race – Have You Watched (01/09/2018)
- Getting To Know My Grandfather Through My Genealogy Research – Part 1 (8/27/17)
- Getting To Know My Grandfather Through My Genealogy Research – Part 2 (9/11/17)
- Getting To Know My Grandfather Through My Genealogy Research – Part 4 (5/29/18)
- My Membership in the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage Lineage Society (9/30/17)
My Favorite Five Blog Posts (in no particular order):
- My Journey Always Includes Food (11/9/17)
- Walking Back in Time – My Visit to the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum (4/2/17)
- 12 Days of My Family Series (12/2018)
- Our Family Tradition Help Siblings Reconnect (8/9/18)
- Some People Collect Stamps…I Collect Funeral Programs (1/25/17)
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