I have just read the Big 04 post from Wendy of Jollett Etc. where she reviews her four years of blogging, when I suddenly realised that in August I reached my 5th bloganniversary - and I almost let it pass me by.
Looing back at the past year or so, made me ask myself the question " Is there a Life Expectancy to a Blog?
When I began my blogging journey in August 2010, I thought I would exhaust my own family history material in about eighteen months, but here I am still, thanks to Geneabloggers - the many prompts and support of online colleagues.
In my early days I was a avid reader of my blog statistics, but that went overboard when I discovered spammers were playing havoc with my page views. Now I rely on comments to gauge how successful I have been in awakening interest.
But like Wendy, I feel I have got into a bit of a blogging rut, with Sepia Saturday the only prompt I write regularly for - and even there I feel I am repeating material rather a lot. Writing for Sepia Saturday in some ways spoils me, as there is such a great tradition among contributors to comment on each others' posts, that in contrast it can be a bit disheartening when other writing receives little or no acknowledgment.
Photographs are in short supply for other branches of my family, and I must admit I have got too used to the idea that a good post must feature photographs, especially when Geneabloggers now focuses on Pinterest to promote responses to its daily blogging prompts.
But to look on the positive side, what have I achieved this past year?
- I too completed my fourth A-Z Challenge and already have ideas for 2016.
- Much of my blogging time has been spent on setting up and contributing to a new blog for my local heritage group in the Scottish Borders - Auld Earlston. I have enjoyed this challenge very much and am working hard to build up an audience. It has been gratifying to receive a request to join the One Place Studies Group. The bonus here is that I can use some of this material on my personal blog - two hits for one lot of work must be good news!
Last year I refreshed my blog appearance, responding to a prompt from Alex at Family History Frog - this year I think content should be my focus. So:
- Dust down my other research on other branches of the family and hone in on my writing skills to create interesting posts, even where they do lack photographs.
- Make more use of the resources on Geneabloggers. My Reading List and number of Followers have remained static for some time, and as Wendy commented on her post, many bloggers fade off the scene. So I must pay more attention to new blogs and broaden the ones I read and comment on.
So yes, I think there is yet life left in my blog - so do keep watching this space!