to Journey to the Past, I'm Brenda (Glover) Leyndyke and I believe researching your family history is a fascinating journey.

The Terrible Two's are Behind Me

01 March 2013

Over 470 posts later and I am still at it.  I started writing "Journey to the Past" on March 1, 2010.  Today marks my third blogiversary.

I wasn't sure I would last for three months let alone three years.  I have learned a lot during these past three years.  I have wonderful readers who help me when I pose a question.  My readers are always there to add information to what I have written.  I am very thankful for all of you who have supported me in my blogging pursuit.

Another generous group is the geneabloggers group.  Little did I know when I wrote that first blog post that I would find such a wonderful group of people to associate with.  No matter what the question is, I have found supportive people to help me.  I am truly grateful for that.  I have met other geneabloggers at conferences, meet ups, and workshops.  I am proud to be a part of it.

My blog has evolved through the years and I imagine it will continue to do so.  The first year I was all over the place.  I wrote my own family history posts, wrote about tips, technology, genealogy software, and local history.  It was a hodge-podge of information.

The second year I tried to hone my writing skills and concentrate on telling family stories.  I shared pictures and documents that I had found.  I tried to concentrate on blogging about my ancestors.  I didn't write as much about the other aspects of genealogy.

This past year I really paid attention to my writing and sourcing of family history material.  I think I have finally found a balance between blogging and researching. Blogging has definitely made my research better.  I even felt comfortable enough to start a second blog, "Journey to His Past".  Ay yi yi!  What was I thinking?  I know what I was thinking and it was kind of selfish.  I didn't want to share my blog with my husband's ancestors.  I wanted a separate place to record the research I had done on his family.

What will Year four bring?  I don't know, yet.  I hope it will continue to bring new found cousins.  I have been in contact over the past three years with a lot of cousins.  I have gotten a family Bible, lots of pictures, stories, and more information than I dreamed possible.  I only hope that I have been able to give back to those who have helped me.  I hope it will bring more geneablogger friends that I can learn from and grow as a family history writer.  Those connections are what makes blogging fun.

One of my worries that first week of March in 2010 was that I would not find enough to write about to keep a blog going.  I haven't had that problem, yet.  I look forward to sharing many more stories with you and thank you all for continuing on this journey to the past.


Joleen Aitchison said...

Happy Anniversary! Keep up the fabulous posting. :>)

Barbara Poole said...

Brenda, Happy 3rd Blogiversary. It's been a nice journey for your readers who have enjoyed your posts. Congratulations to the nicest of bloggers.

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Thank you, Joleen.

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Awww! Thanks, Barbara. I appreciate your support and kind words.

Nancy said...

Congrats on 3 years of great blogging, Brenda. Well done!

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Thank you, Nancy.

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Congrats, Brenda!!

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