I was delighted this morning to receive blogiversary wishes
on Facebook from Geneabloggers
and some genimates but when I looked at the date quoted it didn't quite gel. I thought my blog was a tad older than that post suggested.
Going back through the GeniAus blog archive I discovered that my blog actually turned 8 on November 5th
. Here is what I said in my first post on that day:
A crowded blogosphere?
I must have been wearing blinkers - there were very few genealogy blogs in existence when I got started and only a handful from downunder. Geneablogs now number in the thousands. I have seen many come and go while a few oldies continue to flourish. Notable among these are Olive Tree Genealogy
and Genealogy's Star
. In 2008 Geneablogging downunder was a lonely pursuit. Pauleen's Family History across the Seas
launched in December 2009 is one blog that has weathered the storm. The authors of these four geneablogs have become friends along the way.
I have been retired (from paid work) for nearly eight years and find myself busier than ever. Geneablogging has enriched my life in retirement
. It has delivered friendships, put me in contact with distant relatives, informed and taught me, given me opportunities to teach others and, through my role as a Rootstech
Ambassador, encouraged me to travel to distant lands and opened doors to places and experiences that I had only dreamt about.
Although I primarily blog for myself, my family and future generations I am most grateful for those who come along for the ride
. Many of these readers are unknown to me. I got such a buzz at the Society of Australian Genealogists
event last Saturday when one of my readers sought me out to tell me how much she enjoyed my blog. Thank you to that lady and the other readers my stats tell me I have.
I am still not organised
and have more mysteries
than ever to solve but I am having a beaut time. I'm not too concerned about my messy geneacave and piles of files - as long as I am progressing and sharing my research and knowledge I am content
I hope to be blogging eight years from now.