It’s been an amazing journey – this blogging thing. I’d been doing family history research for about twenty years when I took up Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge to write about my ancestors.
It took me until week 3 to decide to start a blog. I already had a name I’d been using for my online family tree and for my Facebook page.
I don’t know how many pages of material all of my blog posts cover. This is post #559. Ninety thousand visitors have dropped in and viewed my posts over 168,000 times during these five years.
Although the majority of my articles have been about my children’s ancestors, visitors to my blog have been more interested in other content.
All-Time Top 10 Posts and Pages
6 AncestryDNA Notes for Easier Comparison – October 2016
How I Got My MISSING AncestryDNA Circles Back – April 2018
Dear Cousin ~ We Have a DNA Match, Now What? – March 2018
How I Use and Manage AncestryDNA Notes – October 2016
James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia – written in 2002 and at home on my blog since 2014
Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can – since April 2015, a page linking all posts from the series by the same name
The Ancestors, a page linking all of my children’s ancestor posts written in the past five years, mainly for the 52 Ancestors series
52 Ancestors: #47 Johnny CASH’s 1C5R ~ Kesiah LIVELY – November 2014
About Cathy Meder-Dempsey, my “about page” last update in November 2017. Maybe I should refresh it a bit.
My Least Viewed Post
This young man was featured in Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #36 Otterbein E. PADDACK 1874-1942 on New Year’s Eve 2015 and has gotten the least amount of views of all of my posts. A grand total of 47 views compared to the 1,649 to 2,798 for the top 10 above. With a name like Otterbein Paddack, no wonder he hasn’t been Googled.
What brings traffic to my blog if they didn’t drop in by clicking a link shared on social media? Search terms are no longer a precise way of determining what people are searching for as they are often encrypted on the search engines. But the ones which do make the list are fun to look at.
The top search term over the years has been the blog name followed by Johnny Cash family tree. Number 3 was Verwurelter. If you don’t know what Verwurelter are then take a moment to read the only recipe post I’ve written: Family Tradition: Berliner and Verwurelter.
Luxembourg and German towns names, as well as all those surnames of ancestors, have drawn readers to my blog. One search might not have helped the person interested in a dempsey in prison in beckley wv. It makes me want to do the same search just to find out if there was a Dempsey in prison in Beckley. I’m always willing to solve a puzzle.
The person who visited looking for a naughty 50-something mother in the countryside was probably not very impressed when the search criteria turned up: 52 Ancestors: #50 My Naughty Mr. and Mrs. DEMPSEY.
Setting Goals for Year 6
As I mentioned in my first post in 2019, I’m taking things as they come this year. I’ll be working on whatever needs to be researched, reviewed, or updated. No resolutions and no promises.
Not all of my time is spent researching and writing for my blog. Three years ago the president of my genealogy society, Luxracines, asked if I would be interested in joining the committee. It’s not much work, he said. It was more time consuming than I had thought but I will be offering my candidature for another three years when our annual meeting is held in March.
Along with spending time with family and friends, I also have a retired husband who wants to share his passion for cycling with me. He keeps me healthy since research and blogging are sedentary tasks. Riding 5,300 kilometers (3,293 miles) last year took 210 hours and that doesn’t include preparations time and after ride clean-up. And I get my eight hours of sleep at night.
And now it’s time to light the candles.