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The Wandering Genealogist takes a break

30 Jun

I have decided to give myself a break from blogging for the next few months.

I am not sure if it will be a complete break or whether I will just excuse myself from my daily blogging schedule, either way I want to take a break from the “demands” of blogging for a while.

There are several other projects (other than family history) that I want to work on, but most of all I want a bit more spare time to do some walking.

Hopefully the weather is improving and I need to get some more miles under my belt if I am going to walk the South Downs Way again this year.

Then of course there is the upcoming London 2012 Olympics, which is going to mean a few long days when I am simply not going to have the time to blog.

All in all I want to take a break and not have to “worry” about blogging.

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Where do you think you are?

15 Mar

I don’t take a lot of notice of my stats for this blog, sure I check them most days to make sure that people are still reading what I write, but I haven’t really been making any attempts to increase my readership. If more people find my blog then good, but I won’t be losing any sleep over it.

I have however become quite addicted to the latest addition to the WordPress.com stats page, the ability to view which country the visitors to my blog come from.

My plans for World domination were progressing well ....

As you can see people are finding their way to my blog from all over the world, whether this is by accident and whether they find what they are looking for are both different questions.

The numbers themselves are not particularly exciting, but the distribution of visitors is quite interesting. The most popular country of origin is the United Kingdom, followed by the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in that order.

Next up after that are Germany and France, which surprised me. I’m not sure why or how they found their way to my blog, but I hope they found what they were looking for.

Most interesting is the long tail, the likes of Azerbaijan, Albania, Georgia, Latvia, Senegal, Slovakia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Jordan, Japan, Lithuania, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Colombia and Chile. There are only one or two visitors from each, but it is good to see a stream steady trickle of international visitors coming to see me.

Wherever you call home you are more than welcome to my blog and I hope you enjoy your visit.

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New Year – New Blogging

2 Jan

Last year wasn’t a particularly good year for me or my blog so thank you to those who stuck with me last year, but what better time than New Year to resolve that I am going to make 2012 a better genealogy blogging year?

It is my intention to return to a daily blogging schedule this year. Time is still going to be an issue so I am not sure that I will achieve an 100% success rate on this, but I need to aim high to stand any chance succeeding.

I need to get more organised and achieve some time savings in the whole blogging process to maximise my time but most of all I need to learn to sit down and write, rather than worrying too much about what I should be writing or what else I could be doing instead.

I want to be tackling some new topics and making it more useful to my readers, in particular I want to make this blog much more Sussex focused. Whether it is news, walking or my own family history I intend to focus more on Sussex, hopefully not to the extent that other English counties don’t get a look in, but much more than I have done in the past.

One of my ideas is to introduce a new category of posts focusing on family history in Sussex, hopefully fulfilling my intentions to make this blog useful and informative. I also want to be writing more about aspects of Sussex history and life, providing more background on the county that was home to the majority of my ancestors and fulfilling my blog’s tagline, Exploring the Lives and Landscapes of my Ancestors.

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Back to blogging

25 Jul

I have decided that it is about time to get back to some blogging because I am starting to feel rather lazy now for not having blogged regularly for so long.

When my father passed away I had no time or energy to blog and to be honest time had been an issue for quite a while before that but I insisted on continuing with my daily posting schedule even though it was a struggle. Having taken a break I now don’t feel quite so bad about not posting every day, so I probably won’t be. After all it is my blog so I make up the rules.

The other problem had been a lack of things to write about. Again time was an issue here and I hadn’t really been doing much family history, so as a genealogy blogger it was sometimes a struggle to come up with things to write about or to find time to research the things I wanted to write about.

I have started to do a bit of family history again, although I am getting a little frustrated by frequently running into dead-ends where a visit to an archive or record office is needed before I can continue. The problem of course is that I don’t have the time to actually visit an archive or record office at the moment, but I do know that time will come.

I should probably give my blog a bit of a makeover, I think the design is looking a little tired now although I am sure that the majority of you are reading this through a feed reader of some description and will never see my blog on the web for months on end.

As for content, I have lots of ideas about what I want to write about, but in general I want to focus more on Sussex. It is where I live, where the majority of my ancestors and relations lived and where my expertise (such as it is) lies, so it seems natural to me that I should concentrate on Sussex. I know I will sometime stray over the county boundary and occasionally leave these shores, but I would like the focus to be on Sussex.

Whether this actually happens is different matter, but watch this space…

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Motivation Monday: A bundle of awards

14 Mar

One of the best motivations for any geneablogger is to know that people are reading their blog, it is even more rewarding to know that people actually appreciate what you are writing. Several fellow bloggers have been kind enough to bestow awards upon my blog, and I really appreciate this.

Ros at GenWestUK, Fi at In the shade of my family tree, and Alison at My Family Puzzles have all seen fit to bestow the One Lovely Blog Award upon by my blog. Thank you all.
Both Jill at Geniaus and Mike at You Don’t Choose Your Family have bestowed an Ancestor Approved award upon my blog. Thank you both and apologies for taking so long to acknowledge it properly.
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