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Still here after three years!

1 Mar

I can’t believe I nearly forgot my blogiversary.

Three years ago today I started writing about my adventures in family history, hopefully along the way I have amused/entertained/informed/educated you.

Last year wasn’t a good year and my blogging output almost dwindled away to nothing, but this year I have got back into my stride again.

I must admit it isn’t always easy finding something to write about or rather it isn’t always easy to put into words what I want to write about.

I still have big plans for this blog (and others) but a lack of free time prevents me from acting on them at the moment.

So thank you for sticking with me, and here’s to another year!

Happy blogiversary to me

1 Mar

Can it really be two years ago that I started writing this blog, it seems like only yesterday. As I am not really one for parties what better time for a bit of reflection and perhaps a look forward to the future as well?

My life was full of challenges last year, beginning with unemployment in January. Although this gave me time to pursue a lot of the things I wanted to, there was always the worry that my dwindling pot of redundancy money would run out before I found work. Back in employment in the middle of the year it was suddenly all changed, from plenty of time to very little spare time at all. Money was still a problem as my travel costs increased along with the cost of doing genealogy, but at least I have some job security.

Still that shortage of time is a problem, I have tried to keep up my daily blogging schedule (and succeeded), but often this has often been at the expense of other things, such as actual family history research. Blogging is too much of a part of my life now to give up, but a delicate balance has to be found. I haven’t quite found that balance yet but things are improving. It is like anything in life, if you really want to do it you will find a way.

So what of the future? I have lots of idea for this and other blogs, but I know that I would be stretching myself too thin if I was to try to pursue them now. Their time will come in the future but for now I need to concentrate on this blog and improving my communication. I wrote a while ago that I was particularly bad at replying to emails and comments and commenting myself, hopefully things have improved slightly, but I feel there is plenty of room for further improvement.

One thing I really want to do is improve the appearance of this blog, I want a more professional appearance, which may mean moving away from a free wordpress.com blog to paid for wordpress.org hosting. Also I am getting bored with the photo of me at the top of the right-hand column and I would like to replace this with a logo of some sort.

I also have an idea for a series of guest posts with a difference, I am not sure if it will work out (I haven’t asked the guest poster yet) but it would be a win-win situation for me if it does happen.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has made this such a wonderful experience, I wouldn’t have got this far without you. Whether it is by commenting, emailing, providing ideas and inspiration in your writing or by just proving that I am not alone. Thank you all.

One year later….

1 Mar

Last night I realised that this blog would be one year old today, I knew it was coming up but forgot to let Geneabloggers know. So happy birthday The Wandering Genealogist.

Given I have just spent the last three days up at Olympia it is quite ironic that my first post, on the 1st March 2009, was about Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009. I can see how my blog has changed over the year, and I am sure it will continue to change, evolve and perhaps expand over the forthcoming years.

When I started I decided that I would try and publish at least one post a day, and I am pleased to say that I did, my count for the last 12 months is 484 posts. I wouldn’t say it has always been easy, sometimes the words just kept flowing, but other times it was a real struggle and was glad that I have a postcard collection to fall-back on!

I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog, especially to those of you who have left comments or emailed me, and if you haven’t there is still plenty of time left to do so!

Special mention should go to Alex at the Winging It blog, whose comments in the early days of my blog reassured me that people were reading my blog and inspired me to keep blogging (although I don’t think I have ever seriously thought about giving up).

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