I wasn’t paying enough attention so this is slightly past my 2,500th post.
As always, a big thank you to those who read my blog, follow me, like a post, or comment. It’s appreciated.
As noted in earlier milestone posts, I use the posts to look inward, both in what I accomplished vs. what I wanted to accomplish.
If I had done it right, this would have been my 2,500th blog post, may or may not count the very first that WordPress ate, and not counting the 150+ draft posts and 20 scheduled posts. My actual 2,500th post was Genealogical Database Growth Slows — The DNA Geek which was fitting in its own way. 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 2,000th blog post in early May 2019, I hit my 6th blogversary – https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/6th-blogversary-according-to-wordpress-june-24-2019 (technically it happened after I hit post #2,500, but since I am not posting this as #2,500, I included it). As mentioned previously, my home Internet is still my cell phone and at times WordPress treats my phone posts using Eastern Time instead of Central Time like it does when I post using my laptop. To make it worse, my primary cell phone used for posting had an accident so I can’t use it to post which is why I was running a bit behind. I had over 5,300 views for May 2019, but with fewer visitors (bit over 1,400) than a few other months where I had between 1,997 to 2,072 visitors.
When possible, I do my best to schedule several days in advance. I can always re-schedule posts if something more pressing comes up before a post is scheduled to go live. On some days, I spent a lot of time re-scheduling posts than I did creating new posts.
I try and schedule my blog posts for 8:08 A. M., 10:10, 12:12 P. M.; 2:02, 4:04, 5:05 (semi-regularly), 6:06, 8:08, 9:09 (9 P. M. tends to be my most popular viewing time these days; it used to be 5 P. M., with between 8 – 10 posts most days, depending on how much time I can devote to research and posting as well as Internet access) and 10:10 U. S. Central Time Zone with occasional posts on the odd hours (9:09, 11:11, 1:01, 3:03, 7:07, 11:11), 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. On rare occasions, I will post or re-blog something if I think it needs to be posted immediately instead of at the next scheduled posting time.
One of the things I added to my schedule is to do at least do two re-blogs/shares (this is in addition to any of the major DNA and genealogy companies 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 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 History 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
- Other – for bloggers / vloggers who don’t fit in any of the above categories
I have some topics that are posted on different days: Forgiveness Sundays, Gaming Sundays, Mississippi Mondays, Kansas Tuesdays, Tombstone Tuesdays, Featured Vlogger of the Week (usually Wednesdays most weeks), Weirdness Wednesdays, North Carolina Thursdays, FindMyPast Fridays, Featured Blogger of the Week – on Fridays, Space Saturdays; DNA Saturdays (new). I may add a few more daily topics. 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 Rules/FAQs/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 topics 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. Many of my posts are now in the Genealogy/DNA categories, but I do my best to include the other topics during the week.
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.
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) – https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=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 as some sites like GoFundMe are designed for individuals.
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. This will include topics like copyright and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) affiliate links/ reviews in exchange for free products guidelines. Still see too many bloggers/vloggers violating copyright and FTC guidelines.
It’s still on my to-do list, but vlogging is still a goal. I am not as close to the audio side as I thought I would be. I decided to hold off on going with a paid Blogger or Personal account as they won’t meet my needs. I can’t afford the Premium account right now if I go with WordPress as opposed to one of the third party WordPress hosting companies like BlueHost, Gator, etc.
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) which include profanity and I do my best to warn (usually in bold red letters) if I am aware the link or video has profanity. That’s not always possible with videos because the transcripts and closed captioning don’t always show profanity, or they add profanity that wasn’t in the video.
Update on the Links tab: Not going as fast as I want. 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 June 2019 DNA Prices post as needed 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 found a handful that slipped through (https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/). It’s usually from re-blogging/sharing, but sometimes I forget to add a Category which throws in the Uncategorized list. I have been better at using Tags again and am slowly working through old posts to tag those that don’t have Tags.