I started kicking around the idea of starting a genealogy blog in the fall of 2009. I was finding more and more blogs that I enjoyed reading but I wavered back and forth between "I want to blog" and "What am I thinking? I can't do that." On December 27th I was in one of the "I want to blog" phases and before I knew it, I'd set up this blog and written a short 1st post.
I had two main goals at that time.
1. Feed short stories about the family history to my family. You know them - the people who get that glazed over look in their eyes when you talk about your genealogy research for more than 3 minutes.
2. Get in shape (writing wise) for some bigger projects down the road. Writing is definitely not my best event. Years of writing computer specs for system changes wrecked havoc with any writing skills I might have ever had.
I'm not sure how successful I've been in meeting those goals but starting a genealogy blog was one of the best ideas I've ever had and I'm glad every day that I didn't talk myself out of it. I can't say enough about how great it is to belong to this wonderful, welcoming and supportive community of genealogy bloggers. Even though I was reading several blogs before I got started (that number is in the hundreds now), it never occurred to me that other bloggers would read my blog. That actually still surprises me today but I appreciate it very much.
This has been a rough (non-genealogy) year and sometimes I think blogging has helped keep me sane. (If I am sane.) If it weren't for the daily blogging prompts, I might not have made it to this blogoversary. I hadn't intended to rely so much on those themes but, when I wasn't capable of concentrating enough to even think of a subject, I could at least find a headstone and family photo to post each week and that kept me from simply quitting.
It seems like I got started just as genealogy blogging was about to explode. According to the e-mail Thomas sent when I registered with GeneaBloggers on January 1st, there were over 800 genealogy blogs on the list at that time. That number has almost doubled this year and now stands at over 1500. At the Family History Expo in Atlanta last month genealogy blogging seemed to be the biggest buzz. I don't think it's a coincidence that in the following three weeks there were 122 new blogs added to the GeneaBloggers list. It won't surprise me if the total number doubles again by this time next year.
I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has ever left a comment here or on Facebook. That encouragement means a lot and even though I know that I'm still not very good about commenting at other blogs. I always mean to go back and leave a comment later but the reality is if I don't do it at that moment it doesn't get done. I'm going to do better in year two.