Happy Blogiversary

partyI’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!

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13 thoughts on “Happy Blogiversary

  1. Congratulations Donna! This is the perfect time to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. You have a great way of telling stories and the funniest collection of family photos I’ve ever seen. I’m so glad you joined the Genea-Blogging community! And thanks for all you do to contribute to and support the COG. You’re a great friend!

    I’m looking forward to the year to come. I just know you’ll wow us with more great photos and stories. And I treasure your posts on all things Polish!

    Sto Lat!

  2. Congratulations, Donna, on your first blogiversary! Your wit and wisdom is a great addition to the genea-blogosphere! You’re one of my favorites! Always a good read.

  3. Congrats to you Donna, for a fine blog.

    Never apologize for blogging too few or too many times each week. Hey, you have a life.

    But blogging is certainly a way you’ve shared your expertise with us in the world of genealogy. THANK-YOU, honestly.

    Love ya,
    Myrt

  4. Donna,

    Way to go! Hitting that first year and realizing people are actually reading what you write is a good feeling. I’m a regular and may you have many more years entertaining and informing the rest of us!

    Tim

  5. Keep up the good work, Donna! I’ve enjoyed reading your many articles over the past year and can’t imagine the blogosphere without you.

    I wonder if I still hold the title of your most frequent commenter… If not, I’ll have to work to catch back up! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to many more good things to come knowing that “what’s past” is only “prologue” here at Donna’s online home.

    Happy writing!

    Lisa

  6. Donner:

    You are no longer a blogling. Congratulations!

    I also love you wit, wisdom, and writing. Your writing appears so effortless, you have the gift. I’ve learn so much from you.

    And a personal thank you for becoming a friend and for giving me my fifteen minutes of fame.

    Here’s to another year!

    Killa

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