A highlight for me came in April, when I was honored by footnoteMaven to be the first Guest Blogger on "Shades of the Departed". I wrote about the impact photography has had on me as well as discussing some of my old family photographs in A Moment in Time.
Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has boosted my ego several times this year by selecting some of my posts for his weekly Best of the Genea-Blogs. As did Terry Thornton with his Harvest from the Blog Garden series. Thanks, Randy and Terry! 'Tis much appreciated.
Also in October I hosted the 6th Edition of Smile For The Camera with Peruse our Virtual Album and Tickle Your Funny Bone!
The post that has garnered the most comments and the most hits this year, despite the fact that it wasn't written until October, is A Salute to the Old Timers! honoring the genea-bloggers who have been blogging for two years or more.
Following close behind in number of page views are Got slides you wanta digitize?, Foiling 'Round in the Cemetery, What is Blogging? Why would I want to do it? and Photo Studio - Light Tent.
What this tells me is that my "family" posts probably aren't really of much interest to others, which is something that I already knew! I guess, if I was concerned with increasing readership, fewer "family" posts should be published and more posts of the tips and resources genre should be published! I'm not sure I'm prepared to do that yet, there's a lot more family stories to be written, and whether anyone else wants to read them, or not, is another matter! After all, the "purpose" of this blog is to publish the stories of my ancestors and other relatives in the hopes of making connections with other family members and I'm quite happy with the successes I've had in that respect. So, for now, I'll continue to do what I have been doing. . . below are my picks for the "best of" kinexxions in 2008.
Some Fun Stuff
- Ancestral Map - Oh what fun it is to play! Using markers with Google Maps to plot ancestral locations.
- A Million Dollars? Just for genealogy research? The Ultimate Research Trip!
- A Symbol of My Heritage is a flag for the Genea-Blogger Games
- Wordles display words in a graphic image
- Elusive Ancestors? Nope, Martians! A poet, I am not!
- Researching The Peter Wise Family during the first three months of 2008.
- My Greatest Genealogical Find Ever? Nine of my ancestors traveled to New England together on the same ship!
- Archaeology and Genealogy? The 1705 ancestral home of my Sprague ancestors is uncovered in Connecticut.
- The Case of the $12 Box Coat Lysander Joslin is sued for non-payment of a debt.
- Correcting Mistakes :: Elsie and Charles Wiseman Using your blog and PostEm Notes to "correct" errant data in WorldConnect databases.
- Where's Waldo? (subtitled "Go ahead, Make My Day") The quest to find Waldo Phend and his family and contact with one of his granddaughters.
- A Tale of Two Pensioners The Civil War records for Samuel Fisher get confused with another Samuel Fisher.
- Unraveling a little mystery. Is Mercedes the daughter of Flora C. Bair and how does she fit into the family of William Hamilton Dunfee?
- Keith Eugene Phend 1922-1943 Killed while on a training flight during WWII.
- Robert Quillen - An Independent Spirit Famous during his lifetime, nearly forgotten now.
- Indiana Sisley Stem :: Show and Tell Family treasures in my grandmother's files.
- A Scandal in the Family John Brubaker was the father of William Brubaker who was born out of wedlock to Sarah Foster.
- The Residence of John Brubaker was found in an atlas, and amazingly It's Still There! in Huntington County.
- Gentleman Farmer
- Happy Birthday Uncle Bill
- Two Stylish Ladies
- A Gift From a Stranger :: Dressler Family Photograph
- The Hover Children :: All Dressed Up
- Icelandic Sunset
- Fuel for the Soul
- I just couldn't resist...
- A Hoosier Farm
- I think that I shall never see...