Sunday, September 4, 2016

My Third Blogiversary!

September 5th marks the third anniversary of this here blog. The first post? Well, you can read it here. Samuel Faulkner started it all. I had been toying with the idea for quite some time. I loved the idea of a blog, but wasn't sure if it made sense. Blogging about my ancestors. MY ancestors. I was looking for something more than just a Family Tree - which I had made private years ago - to share my research, my grandmother's research, family photos, etc.

I considered a website.

Seemed like a lot of work for this very tech-UNsavvy gal.

Blog it was.

Google made it uber easy.

So, I stuck my toe in the vast blog sea.

Now, three years later, I've had one heck of a  bumpy ride. Fell off the wagon, got sidetracked. Made promises to myself that went broken. Lost track of what I initially set out to do. Felt defeated. Lost my purpose, found it again. Questioned my competence and the point of it all. Compared myself to the current darlings of genealogy - only to fall defeatingly short (in my opinion).

But, I kept on keeping on.

Along the way I've met a posse of new friends, not only in the genealogy realm but in the blogging world at large.  And I can honestly say I've found my tribe.

This past year has brought personal challenges beyond anything I've been challenged with so far in this lifetime. My mother's declining health and mental capacity. I've had to step into my designated role as POA. (Both for health and for property - big shoes ...) Most of my summer has consisted of keeping a jillion plates spinning on their wobbly sticks while jumping through flaming hoops on a unicycle. ....Um, at least that's what it felt like.

I've had to waylay my (well underway) plans to relocate to Florida to be near my grandchildren, (who moved away last July, taking most of my heart with them) as my mother's needs are now the primary focus.

Things are beginning to calm down as we all settle into our new roles, and I feel like I can actually breathe again. This past month I've been able to set some great goals for the blog and start a few new projects. I've come to the realization that these are not just MY ancestors and there are others who would like to hear the stories I can tell.

I believe that genealogy is the greatest hobby on earth and I am so happy to be a part of this awesome tribe of like-minded people who 'get me'! Thanks for tuning in, for supporting me, for reading my blog. Here's to another year of going deeper down that rabbit hole!

And I'm seriously considering that website.

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