One year ago today I started this blog. I had intended to write regularly — at least once a week — and I do, in fact, have 52 posts. (Although I’ve arguably cheated a bit with my “Throwback Thursdays” series look at family photos, and my more recent “Copples in the News” series on Fridays.
With one year under my belt, I thought I’d look at my blog stats. What’s my most popular post? How many people have visited, and from where? Let’s see…
Here’s a graphic of all-time views and all-time individual visitors. I have to see all these numbers are much higher than I expected since I’m primarily focused on my own family history and what I’m learning with DNA.
What countries are they from? I’m guessing WordPress counts spammers, too? (Not sure, but I suspect so.)
Finally, my most viewed post (after the main page) was my review of the BU Genealogy Certificate class. Fully 25% of the visitors to my blog this past year checked that out. The next top 5 posts viewed all related to DNA — specifically clustering matches, Blaine Bettinger’s Shared cM Project (which is ongoing as of this writing), and 23andMe’s ethnicity update.
I haven’t kept up well with the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” series. That’s okay. It’s going to hold limited appeal — unless one of my ancestors is also yours. The top-rated post in that series (which I did not do for a full 52 weeks!) was the very first one, featuring my maternal grandmother who died at the age of 26. Fitting, really, because in many ways, it was the fact that my own mother knew fairly little about her that got me started in genealogy.
So, for the next year, while I’m still going to continue my “Copples in the News” series, and post more of my research, I will certainly post about what I learn by clustering my own matches, as well as those of my dad and my mom. I hope it can help others. We can all learn together!
Thank you for reading, and here’s to another year of learning about our genes and our roots!