Sunday, June 10, 2007

My 200th Post

This is my 200th post.

I started genea-blogging on January 16th, 2006 on Bravejournal. Already I was a regular reader of Dick Eastman and Leland Meitzler (who I had discovered through my friend Donna Potter Phillips, who occasionally contributed to his blog). Through Donna, I learned about RSS Genealogy, and thus discovered Ken Aitken and Chris Dunham. I also used GenJet (no longer online) to find other blogs (this was before Chris's Genealogy Blog Finder). I signed up for a Blogger account, but didn't use it to blog, merely to search for other genealogy blogs. At that time, I only found two of any interest to me, people who blogged with any kind of regularly: Randy Seaver (a frequent commenter on Ken's blog) and Craig Manson. I felt pretty much alone in the genea-blogging world.

Then one day, probably after visiting Randy's blog, I discovered the Carnival of Genealogy, hosted by Jasia. While I had been plodding along in isolation, a whole genea-blogger community had sprung up and was interacting with each other! Immediately, I signed up for the next Carnival, and in late January 2007 , I switched over to Blogger for ease-of-use. The rest, as they say, was history; not family history as we know it, but I did discover a new family along the way: people who were as obsessed with genealogy and with writing about it as I was! Through the Carnival and a few memes (here, here, and here), we were able to make personal connections, and when I started up Scanfest on February 25, 2006, we learned even more about each other (and perhaps, ourselves) through chatting using various technologies.

I can't imagine not having this community surrounding me. We've stood by each other through thick and thin. We keep each other updated with news from the genealogy world so quickly, it's old and outdated by the time it hits the magazines and newsletters (for instance, the recent issue of Internet Genealogy had a short article about using FreeOnAncestry.com, a website that no longer exists). During the days and weeks when life gets too busy for me to post my thoughts or read my favorites regularly, I just about go crazy! I don't think I would have reached this 200th post so soon if it hadn't been for this community. We're each others' fans.

And so, this is really an open thank-you letter to all of you: those who read my blog, those who take the time to comment, and those who post on their own blogs, either from a professional or avocational standpoint. Thank you for being there, and for expanding my genealogical and personal world. And always, Happy Hunting!

9 comments:

Tim Agazio said...

Miriam,

Now it's my turn to offer congrats on your 200th post...and for having such an interesting blog that I visit every day! I wish you many many more posts!

Tim

Craig Manson said...

Congratulations, Miriam! I agree with your comments about this community. I think we all encourage excellence in each other and keep each other going. I know that the community has been a great source of learning, enjoyment and sharing for me. Thanks for your 200 posts!

Becky said...

Happy 200th Post! A milestone to be proud of and may there be many more for all of us to enjoy. Congratulations Miriam.

Randy Seaver said...

Congratulations, Miriam,

I enjoy everything you write about. Keep up the good work!

Cheers -- Randy

Ken Spangler said...

Miriam,

Congrats on reaching a milestone! I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoy your blog and visit it as often as possible, sometimes 2 or 3 times per day!

Keep on plugging away and helping all of us who need it and keep sharing your wonderful writing with us!

Ken

Miriam said...

Thank you to all of your for your kind words.

I'm not the only one celebrating this week! If you haven't had a chance, please go over to the blog of my good friend Tim and congratulate him on HIS 200th post!

Jasia said...

Congratulations Miriam! Has it really only been 200 posts? Somehow I feel like I've known you longer than that.

I enjoy your blog and treasure all the articles you write and submit for the COG. But most of all I treasure you, Miriam. You're such an inspiration to us all. I appreciate all that you share with the genea-blogging community and all the support you've shown me personally.

I'm drinking a toast to you right now, girl (O.K., so it's only iced tea... the sentiment is the same!). Here's to 200 wonderful posts and the next 200 to come!

Bill West said...

Congratulations, Miriam!

Miriam said...

Thank you so much, Jasia and Bill!