Updated March 23, 2019 – realized I missed a category/topic.
I am fast approaching blog post #1,500.
As always, a big thank you to those who read my blog, follow me, like a post, or comment. It’s appreciated.
If I do it right, this will actually be the 1,500th blog post, may or may not count the very first that WordPress ate, and not counting the 108 draft posts and 8 scheduled posts. Some of my earlier milestone blog posts are:
200th Blog Post – MIA as I can’t find it even though I did one.
Since the 1,100th blog post in late January 2019, I hit my first 200+ post month in February 2019 and should hit 200+ posts this month (March 2019). My home Internet is still my cell phone and apparently WordPress treats my phone posts using Eastern Time instead of Central Time like it does when I post using my laptop.
I try and schedule my blog posts for 8:08, 10:10, 12:12; 2:02, 4:04, 6:06, 8:08, and 10:10 U. S. Central Time Zone, starting with the first post at 8:08 A. M. and the last post being at 10:10 P. M. Aside from other posts that I may add above the times mentioned or the occasional cell phone post that throws the time to an hour earlier, this will be my schedule. If I run across a post that I want to slip into an existing time slot that has been filled, I usually switch the existing scheduled post to a later time and/or day.
As noted in earlier milestone posts, I use the posts to look inward, both in what I accomplished vs. what I wanted to accomplish.
One of the things I added to my schedule is two re-blogs/shares and I vlog re-blog/share/day. I try to make these posts from bloggers and vloggers I follow although there are exceptions. I do my best not to re-blog from those I have re-blogged lately, but there are times when I do because it’s timely or relevant. I look for blogs / vlogs that are funny, serious, relevant, and/or cover one or more of my blog topics. In general, I try to do two non-reblogs / shares in between the re-blogs/shares. In some cases, I will do a re-blog / share with little or no comment, and later add a blog post related to it if I think commenting would detract from the re-blog/share.
I am doing better at covering the various topics mentioned in my blog’s description:
Migrated my old blog here. Content – Eclectic Mix of Genealogy, Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness, DNA, History, First Nations (aka Native Americans), Military History, World War II, Cemeteries, CrowdFunding, Authors/Writing, and Gaming (RPGs, Board Games, Wargames, etc.).
I tend to merge the following topics into groups:
- Genealogy, DNA;
- Bipolar Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness;
- First Nations / Native American;
- Military History, World War II.
- History that’s not First Nations / Native American or Military is its own category.
- Cemeteries are a separate category unless they are a military cemetery.
- Museums, Ship Museums tend to go under History or Military History category
I have some topics that are posted on different days: Gaming Sundays, Mississippi Mondays, Tombstone Tuesdays, Featured Vlogger of the Week (usually Tuesdays or Wednesdays), Weirdness Wednesdays, FindMyPast Fridays, Featured Blogger of the Week – on Fridays. I may add a few more daily topics. I try to add a Kansas themed topic, usually on Tuesdays. I will be adding a North Carolina topic, but haven’t decided if it will be Thursdays or Saturdays. Museums and Ship Museums posts tend to be scattered throughout the week unless they are related to Mississippi, Kansas, or North Carolina museums or ship museums. For Find-A-Grave Forums clarifications, those will fall during the week most of the time as there are so many clarifications that aren’t covered in the Help section.
I was trying to use the above as a guide although based on 2018 results: 2018 Blog Stats in Review, it looks like Genealogy and DNA posts were my most popular by far when I hit 1,100 posts and still score pretty high on views at 1,500 posts.
I mentioned this several times in earlier milestone blog posts, but think it still applies:
A snippet from the 800th blog post and if people have suggestions for topics or posts based on the above topics, please feel free to make suggestions:
Also, if you have suggestions (blogs, games, topics, etc.) you want to hear about, I will try and cover as many as possible. I don’t have paid access to Ancestry so there are some limits to what I can do in cases where I don’t have paid access or I haven’t purchased a product.
My very long blog post (25,000+ words) is slowly getting closer to completion. It’s about various DNA companies, including most that aren’t traditional genealogical DNA testing companies. I will be posting about some of the companies as they may meet a need you didn’t know you had.
I have done some product, service, or book reviews lately, but I will be doing more as time allows. Always treat any review by me or somebody else as Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV).
My posts on crowdfunding also known as crowdsourcing opportunities will continue. It’s a great way to help your for-profit, non-profit, etc. out. It’s also a great way to help you out if you think crowdfunding can help you personally.
I will continue focusing on writer, author, blogger posts as it’s an area that often doesn’t get much attention except by those who are trying to sell you their services. I am working on a long post briefly highlighting most of the bloggers and vloggers I follow. In addition, I will do a series of posts about bloggers/vloggers by category that links to the long post.
It’s still on my to-do list, but vlogging is still a goal. I may be closer to the audio side as I know somebody who has a decent audio system they might let me borrow. Another goal is to debate with temporarily going with a paid personal WordPress account even though it limits me in a lot of ways. I will also be adding vloggers (YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitch) that I find interesting. In addition, I will start highlighting videos from some of the vloggers.
Keeping my blog G-rated is a high priority. I do occasionally link to sites or blogs that fall under Not Suitable for Work (NSFW) or include profanity and I do my best to warn (usually in bold red letters) if I am aware the link has NSFW or profanity.
Update on the Links tab: Getting closer, but not as close as I want to be. I have a proto-type out that requires a password and am slowly cleaning it up to make sure links work.
I started a few more posts on museums, ship museums, and will continue to publish more of them in the near future. I am working on a long ship museum post and using the ship museum posts to speed up the process as I link them.
Been doing good at updating the Current Monthly DNA Sale: Current March 2019 DNA Sales post every few days except when WordPress eats the update which happens more often than I think it should.
On the Uncategorized, there should be none listed since I check it on a regular basis as I sometimes forget to uncheck the Uncategorized Category and I the few that slipped through this month (https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/). It’s usually from re-blogging, but sometimes I forget to add a Category which throws in the Uncategorized list. Last month I started using Tags again and am slowly working through old posts to tag those that didn’t have tags.