As always, a big thank you to those who read my blog, follow me, like a post, or comment. It’s appreciated.
NOTE: around 1,500 words long.
As noted in earlier milestone posts, I use these posts to look inward, both in what I accomplished vs. what I wanted to accomplish.
I mentioned this 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.
This post – KATE MULGREW AS MRS. COLUMBO: What A Mistake! – YouTube Video Dave Sundstrom was around my 5,000th blog post, not counting the very first that WordPress ate or the dozens of later posts it ate, and not counting the 350+ draft posts and 20 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 – most likely a victim of the insatiable hunger of WordPress.
Since the 3,000th blog post in August 2019, I started re-arranging Categories and Tags, have a ways to go before that’s completed.
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. My goal is to get and have the next two days already scheduled and change as needed.
I usually schedule my blog posts for 8:08 A. M., 10:10, 12:12 P. M.; 2:02, 4:04 , 5:05, 6:06, 8:08, 9:09 and 10:10 U. S. Central Time Zone. 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.
One of the things I added to my schedule is to do several 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 as those are separate categories.
- 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, Weirdness Wednesdays, North Carolina Thursdays, FindMyPast Fridays, Featured Blogger of the Week – on Fridays, Space Saturdays; DNA Saturdays. I may add a few more non-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. I stopped Find-A-Grave Rules/FAQs/Forums clarifications as there are so many clarifications that aren’t covered in the Help section and it changes frequently without warning. Also, I Haven’t Seen It All tag is another non-daily topic that crops up when I run across a post that falls in this category. I started a few more posts on museums, ship museums, and will continue to publish more of them in the 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.
I was trying to use the above topics as a guide although based on 2019 results that I looked at an hour ago, it looks like Genealogy and DNA posts are still my most popular by far when I hit 1,100 posts and still score pretty high on views at 5,000 posts. Many of my posts are in the Genealogy/DNA categories, but I do my best to include the other topics during the week.
I will continue to do product, service, or book reviews lately, and will be doing more as time allows. Always treat any review by me or somebody else as Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV). All of my reviews are for products or services that I purchased, new or used, and in the case of free ebooks, the ebooks were free to everybody on Amazon or another ebook service.
My posts on crowdfunding opportunities will continue. It’s a great way to help out your for-profit, non-profit, etc. out. It’s also a great way if you think crowdfunding can help you personally as some sites like GoFundMe are designed for individuals.
I will continue focusing on author, blogger, vlogger posts as it’s an area that often doesn’t get much attention except by those who are trying to sell you their services. 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 a goal. I am not as close to the audio or visual side as I thought I would be. I decided to hold off on going with a paid Business or Personal account as the Personal account 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. Third party hosting companies tend to offer a cheaper initial price, but often charge more once the initial price runs out.
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 – https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/links/ (over 7,700+ words): Not going as fast as I want; am in the middle of checking all links as some are no longer valid. It doesn’t help that things change as much as they do in the DNA world. I did a partial update today and am working on a fuller update soon
Been doing good at updating the Current Monthly DNA Sale: Current March 2020 DNA Prices March 1, 2020 post as needed except when WordPress eats the update which happens more often than I think it should. I added a Sticky post with the current DNA sale prices that gets replaced as needed.
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 the post 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 and to remove Categories that no longer apply.