My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, December 31, 2018

New Year's Resolution and the Blogs...Problems!

Several months ago, I began my New Year's Resolution. Since the title of this post has the word Blogs, well you can probably guess I am going to do something with my blog. Many long-time readers know that I had three blogs, but you probably don't know that two have been deleted.

Ten years ago, I was introduced into the world of blog writing, and in the fall of that year, I began this blog, and all articles were related to genealogy. Probably two years later, I started, Flowers from my Area, it showed gardens and flowers and 25 people followed it. It wasn't publicized on social media, but I do know, some people enjoyed it. Perhaps a year later, my 3rd post began. Seeing New England consisted of many photos and information, and was followed by 75 or more.

In the fall of 2018 I realized that all my photos in both blogs were the original pictures, and were not in my computer! I currently had over 45,000 photos on my hard drive, but my blog copies are missing. Although I almost freaked out, I had to figure out a way to get them back. So for months, I looked at every post and if I really liked a picture, I could have to copy it and save it back into the computer. Seeing New England took a very long time, because I wrote over 160 posts for that, and so many pictures represented good memories.

Some of the Seeing New England posts were copied into Life from the Roots, and all are under the tab of Travel /Tourism, with the approximate date I took the trip.

So what about the current blog? Will it survive? I still have the picture problem,...that is a huge issue now. I've published 1,273 posts, have over 704,000 pageviews. The interesting fact is, my top 9 Posts as Determined by Google (you can see it on my home page) have little to do with genealogy. Three are photos of monuments, three about Lowell, Massachusetts, a photo of me and my grandmother, a post I wrote about visiting a Family History Center, and an outline of my Lay family (which is listed first). Over the years, most viewers are interested in the non-genealogy articles. More recently, it has been the historic houses and libraries I've visited.

Okay, time to cut this short, as I hate long posts. My Resolution? I really don't know what I'll do. More important than my blog is the reader, and if you have read one, twenty or more of my posts, I salute you. Thank You and Happy New Year's.