Well, at least I didn’t forget my blogoversary this year as I did last year. (Thanks to Sheri Fenley for having a second blogoversary right before mine – it served as a reminder!)
I have written several times about why I blog and how important the Genea-Blogging community is to me in developing as a researcher, so I won’t repeat all of that, but I will say that the past year has confirmed what I learned the first year: I like to blog, I like to read other people’s genealogy blogs, and both of those activities yield benefits.
I cannot deny that blogging cuts into my research time a bit, but it also adds so much to my research. That part about contacting fellow researchers? It has paid off beyond my wildest dreams. During the past month alone I have been contacted by four people who found the blog and realized that we are researching common lines. In addition, Becky Jamison at Grace and Glory realized from reading one of my posts that someone she recently met, who is very interested in genealogy, may be related to me. I read similar stories of Genea-Bloggers helping others several times a week.
And at least some family members do follow the blog, so I don’t have to duplicate my research reports in e-mail; the blog is actually my central research sharing platform, though I still get hits from genealogy forums, Footnote pages, and even GenealogyWise.
So I would simply like to thank my readers, commenters, and fellow Genea-Bloggers who make every day an adventure in reading and learning.