5th Blogversary and 500th Post
I set this up to be both my 5th Blogversary and 500th post (according to WordPress, which doesn’t include several scheduled posts – one of which is scheduled for March 2019 and you’ll understand why I set it for March when it posts, but I have mentioned it in at least one blog post already and mention it later in this blog post). As noted in earlier blog posts, it’s hard to count exactly how many posts I have since some were started as drafts, but were deleted or haven’t been posted yet. My very first blog post was eaten by WordPress and so WordPress doesn’t count it as part of the total. I repeatedly saved it and had auto-save turned on so it shouldn’t have been eaten by WordPress. I learned a lesson about not trusting the auto-save and save features of WordPress.
A quick word on the ads you may see on my blog. They are generated by WordPress and I receive no compensation for them. At some point, I will upgrade to the paid version of WordPress and see about getting ads that generate income for me, but that’s down the road a bit. I will also add affiliate links, but will clearly mark them as such to avoid having to pay the FTC a hefty fine.
I originally was going to use the schedule ability of WordPress to generate this post since it usually works pretty well, but as I just posted #499, I decided to go ahead and post it regularly.
As I initially started writing this blog post, my Wi-Fi access wasn’t working on my laptop so I can’t access certain features of WordPress. For example, at the time I had 493 published blog posts, about 59 – 60 draft posts with half of them eventually becoming published posts and the other half getting deleted. I have 2 scheduled posts in addition to this one. I have probably deleted at least 30+ drafts that aren’t included in the above totals. I have a couple that probably won’t get published as the links I used no longer work and I haven’t found replacement links.
Much of my blog posting has focused on DNA testing, and it will probably continue to be a large share of posts since DNA testing has become so popular. It’s estimated that over 15 million people have taken DNA tests for genealogical purposes. Roughly that many have been DNA tested for either CODIS or for being in the military; some of these have done DNA testing for genealogical purposes. I read an article that I can’t find where some experts expert 10 million people to DNA test for genealogical purposes this year. It’s a shame the various DNA companies don’t regularly update the number of people who have results with them.
Since my blog is an eclectic mix of Genealogy, Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, DNA, History, First Nations (aka Native Americans), Military History, World War II, and Cemeteries, I will be doing more on the non-DNA aspects. I will also be doing product and services reviews. As an example, I have talked about cell service providers and made a handful of posts about the subject. I will also be doing some posts on festivals, some unusual and some personally relevant. I have a blog post scheduled to go live March 1, 2019 that covers the Frozen Dead Guy Days event in Nederland, Colorado and will try to remember to update this post once it goes live. I recently posted on the antique Thresher Show held in Bird City, Kansas. I will mention some conventions and other events; some will be related to genealogy, DNA, or any of the other topics I mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph, but some will fall in the unusual category. I will also continue to blog about writer/author related topics. I will also highlight or reference blog posts from other bloggers as I come across interesting or unusual ones.
I will include some YouTube videos and Patreon projects, and possibly delve into other crowdfunding (KickStarter, GoFundMe, etc.) since it has become a popular way of raising funds. I will also blog about some unusual things I find as I am looking for other stuff.
I may add this to this as other thoughts pop up.
Addit July 28, 2018: I have an upcoming Three Stooges post that will go live once somebody adds the last headstone photo on BillionGraves. I was able to get help photographing all six of the Three Stooges and one supporting cast member. The last person’s headstone waiting to be photographed is a support member who is one of only two to appear with all six of the Stooges. All eight of the individuals’ headstones have been photographed for Find-A-Grave. I included links to each of them on BillionGraves, Find-A-Grave, IMDB (Internet Movie Database), and Wikipedia.
Addit 2: Working on a list of ships, usually part of a museum, that you can visit. While most will be warships, there will be some non-warships and possibly aircraft although there are plenty of static aircraft displays around the world. I will try to do a separate post for flying aircraft that you can actually either go inside or take a flight, like the B-29s “Doc” and “Fifi,” as there are plenty of them around.