I’m posting this a few hours before the Big Day, but January 6th is the one year blogiversary of What’s Past is Prologue! It took me a year to realize the irony of the random date I chose to begin this blog, for January 6th is traditionally celebrated as the Feast of the Epiphany. In addition to its use as the feast of the Magi’s visit to the Christ child (and their realization of Who He Is), the word has taken on the broader meaning of the original Greek word, which according to Webster can refer to a “sudden manifestation or perception of the meaning of something” or “an illuminating discovery or realization”. I’m surely not suggesting that my blogging has caused any ephiphanies for my readers, but the act of writing this blog has definitely been an epiphany for me! In retrospect, it was the perfect day on which to start a blog.
I’m also glad I started blogging at this time of year, when it’s natural to review the “old” year and set goals for the “new” one. I’m amazed that I’ve had just over 23,000 visitors in the past year! I appreciate each and every one of you – because, no matter how much fun I have talking to myself, it’s much more fun when I realize that someone is actually reading my musings. I considered posting a “year in review” list of my favorites, but I realized that I’ve done this not too long ago, twice. In September, I celebrated my 100th post with a look at how well I did or did not meet my original intent from my welcome message. Later that same month, I participated in the “Getting to Know You” challenge and mentioned some of my personal favorites.
Just to update, my “top posts” from September are still my top posts, just with higher numbers! I’m still too wordy, and my goal of offering “research tips” seems to have been overcome with a need to write personal reflections instead. I think all blogs are a work in progress, and the one thing I am happy with is the fact that I’ve kept it going. Best of all, I still have a lot of ideas! If I was retired, had a clone, or had twelve more hours each day I could post more often, but I will aim for three times a week until there is more time or more of me to devote to it.
One of the other “best” things about this venture is the rest of the “genea-blogging” community. Not only have I made some great friends, but I have continually been inspired by their blogs. Now I’m armed with new tips to find my ancestors and inspiration to write and create more and more until I run out of time. Thanks to all of my new friends, those who have left all of the great comments, those who subscribe, and the silent, lurking, yet faithful readers who come back again and again. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but my personal epiphanies about genealogy, writing, friendship, and life in general have been many. Thank you for your support!