Updated: It worked.
For some reason, the first attempts to make this post kept failing. I was able to copy/paste it into a new browser window.
I reached 600 blog posts faster than reaching my 500th blog post, but not as fast as I thought I would. I am still waiting on the last headstone photograph before posting a Three Stooges tribute post. If you know anybody in the area of Glendale, Queens County, New York, here’s the photo request: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Mount-Judah-Cemetery/70611 (you need to be logged into BillionGraves to see the request although if you scroll fast enough, you may be able to see it without logging in. The cemetery is Mount Judah Cemetery: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Mount-Judah-Cemetery/70611.
Harold J. “Tiny” Brauer 1909 – 1990Thank you in advance. Here’s the lot information from the cemetery’s website: http://www.mountjudah.com/search.asp Society: SONS OF ISRAEL OF B B Section: 2 Block: 22 Gate: 3 Path: PLR1 Grave: 001 Map: 334
As previously mentioned, the ads on my blog are placed by WordPress and not by me. Any revenue generated by ads on my blog goes directly to WordPress. I am hoping in a year or two to see about migrating from a free WordPress site to a paid one. In the early days, I had a paid WordPress site using a third party company to host my WordPress blog. I have avoided affiliate links for the most part and if I added any links or promo codes that generated income for me, I have made it clear. In the future, I plan on adding affiliate links, but unlike most bloggers, I will include non-affiliate links. For example, if I add a 23andMe affiliate link, I would also add a link to https://www.23andme.com/ and clearly note which was the affiliate link and which wasn’t. I recently posted where you should understand how to correctly do affiliate linking, product reviews, and other forms of endorsements: Why Bloggers, Websites, and Others Who Use Affiliate Links, Offer Product Reviews, Etc. Should Be Aware of the FTC Guidelines.
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, a lot of my blog posting has focused on DNA testing and will probably continue to do so, but I am working to create more non-DNA blog posts. It’s estimated that over 17 million individuals have done DNA testing. Many of them in the United States, but a fair number in other countries around the world. Depending on which expert you believe, somewhere between 10 – 20 million new people will genealogical DNA test this year. That’s 10 – 20 million unique individuals as some will test with two or more companies. It doesn’t include those who test for non-genealogical purposes (whether or not ethnicity DNA testing fails under genealogical DNA is open to debate as some would say it does and others would say it doesn’t). It doesn’t include those who are added to the CODIS or military DNA databases, or those added to health/medical databases.
I will continue to add blog posts about Genealogy, Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, DNA, History, First Nations (aka Native Americans), Military History, World War II, Cemeteries, RPGs, and other things as well as continuing reviews on products, services, and companies. I will continue giving tips on writing and becoming an author – be it a blogger, vlogger, or published (self, independent, or traditional). I will also continue interjecting some humor into some blog posts. I will include some conventions (wide variety of interests), but will include unusual items like the upcoming Frozen Dead Guy Days event in Nederland, Colorado during early March 2019. I will also include Humble Bundle and Bundle of Holding items that may interest some readers. I will link to YouTube videos, Patreon projects, other crowdfunding items (KickStarter, GoFundMe, etc.).
Some ongoing goals are to keep the site G rated; I may link to some other sites that aren’t G-rated, but will try and let you know when I do it. For example, DWBS is a mostly profanity-free site, but he does drop some F-bombs and other profanity with little or no warning.
I am in the middle of a huge update of my Links tab: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/links/. I am hoping to have it fully updated by the end of October 2018, and hopefully sooner. I have a scheduled blog post that I am using as a base to update the Links tab. I have the blog post mostly done, but am comparing it to the existing Links tab to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
I am still working on a list of ships and other items (planes, museums, etc.), but it is going slower than I planned. I may do it in stages as there are plenty of things of interest.
I am also working on a couple of interesting posts on the Flintstones and dinosaur parks which aren’t about the Flintstone cartoons as much as it about two Flintstone themed parks that are now closed and several dinosaur parks that you can still visit, including one of the newest ones in Derby, Kansas: https://kansasdinos.com/.
I will also be including some blog posts on other bloggers: many of which I follow, but some of which I come across in my online searches.
I am working on a blog post about the latest Bundle of Holding: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/TunnelsAndTrolls which is a bundle deal for the RPG, Tunnels and Trolls (T&T) and I will be doing a separate review of T&T as it’s one of the earliest games to have an option for solo RPGing.
One thing that takes between 30 minutes and two hours of my daily routine is the Current Month DNA Sales post updating; current one is Current September 2018 DNA Sales. It’s something that most DNA and genealogy bloggers don’t do; I haven’t come across any other blogger who does it, but if you find another blogger who does let me know and I will add them to my list. I choose to do it because the sale prices can vary from day to day. Amazon often does sales on the major genealogical DNA tests (23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA/FTDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and Geno 2.0 Next, but at present doesn’t include LivingDNA or FindMyPastDNA which I expect will change in the near future as the two companies become contenders with the other major players). Most of the bloggers who blog about DNA only list when they find a sale or are notified of a sale.
I am going through a few earlier blog posts: Blog Post Number 400, My 300th Blog Post – Sort of, and 100th Post Or Is It? Reflections – Past, Present, and Future (it appears I missed a 200th blog post or at least I am not finding it using search), to see if I forgot anything that I planned on doing.
From the 400th blog post, I mentioned focusing more on Facebook groups. From the 300th blog post, I still lack reliable at home Internet service and after switching cell phone providers, I am down to 2 GB LTE with unlimited slower speeds. I usually do most of my blog posting at a local eatery that lets me use their Wi-Fi, at a local historical/genealogical society on the two days a week it’s open, or at one of several friends’ houses. From the 100th blog post, I still have plans to edit the first blog post that went live, but it may be a while longer. I forgot about a goal of developing a 52 Cemetery challenge, but will try to come up with some basics soon as I believe it’s doable. A few other items from the 100th blog post haven’t made it as regular features yet and I will look at ways to achieve some of them.
One goal is to take all of my blog posts that have Uncategorized attached as a Category (https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/) and remove the category.