Five Years and Still Going . . . .

I  started this blog five years ago yesterday.  How nice of everyone to take the day off in honor!

I really had no idea what I was getting into at the time.  I conceived of it as a place to update research, tell  some family stories, report relevant genealogical news,and set out some opinions and philosophies.  And I hope I’ve done that.

Some great people and terrific experiences have come my way as a result of this blog.  I found cousins I didn’t now I had, reconnected with friends I hadn’t heard from in years, and made many new friends.  I’ve learned a lot about genealogy and I have had the chance to ponder the role of technology in our lives.   I’ve seen the blogosphere expand at an astounding rate and mainly for the better.

I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers on issues of common interest.  And to dispel a misconception about the alleged insularity of the genea-blogging community, I have many regular readers who are not bloggers and some who are not  that interested in doing family research themselves.  Some come for a story or a bit of info about a hometown.  All are welcome here.

It’s all been great fun for me.  As longtime readers know, I’m an old radio guy (i.e., an old guy who used to be in radio).    My first radio mentor nearly rorty years ago told me to speak to the audience as if it consisted of only one person.  That was good advice then and I’ve tried that approach with the blog.

Sometimes, like on the radio, the blog misses the mark.  Or I think it does.  Other times , it hits exactly the right chord.   For example, in hindsight, I thought the series on Paul Harvey was overbaked and even beyond the scope of what I usually do.  The Walter Cronkhite piece on the other hand seemed to reflect the collective memories of my generation.

From a genealogical vantage, my favorites have been the discovery of my Birdsong relatives starting with the piece She’s Spanish, published on September 17, 2005, and continuing  over several months; and The Greatest Genealogical Find Ever; and The Wrong Longs and The Right Longs.

Naturally I like doing the bits on the law: copyright, privacy and so on.

Pieces that I enjoyed writing the most were the three-part series Art, Science & Serendipity [the story of a week’s visit from my parents to my then-home in Virginia] and the Revealing Heroes series about Medal of Honor winners.

On the side of whimsy, I loved doing the “Delta” series that began with Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day in June, 2007.

I completely enjoyed our 2007 Research Trip [starting here ] and the French Negroes series, which now has become a major academic research study.

Come to think of it, I like it all!  Most of all, I like the fact that I’m part of a community that takes pride in its work and enjoys what is does.  That would not be possible without you–reader, colleague, commenter,  occasional visitor who got a one-time chuckle or smile from something–thank you, merci, gracias, vehlen dank!

So on this anniversary, look forward to  more to come because Resistance is Futile!


21 Responses to “Five Years and Still Going . . . .”

  • Craig,

    I’m finally getting here to wish you belated congratulations! I included a link to this post in the October e-News. Looking forward to seeing you next weekend!

  • Donna says:


    Allow me to wish you a belated blogiversary since I am still getting caught up with my blog reading after vacation. Congrats! I love reading what you write. You have a great talent and I hope to continue to learn from you for many more years!


  • Bill West says:

    Happy Belated Blogiversary, Craig. Actually, I took a whole two weeks off
    to celebrate. A day just didn’t seem to be enough!

    Seriously, like others, yours is one of the blogs I discovered when I
    first found the Geneablogging world two years ago(thanks to Randy’s blog
    list)that inspired me to try my hand at it and that I always enjoy reading.
    I look forward to many many more years of Geneablogie!

  • Oh my goodness – I was so busy with the long weekend and celebrating Labor Day, I mean GeneaBlogie Blogoversary Day, that I wasn’t here to wish you many happy returns!

    Thank you so much for all the things that you write – I often find that you’ve written either just what I needed in terms of explaining something or an elegent and consise summary of something that is being discussed in the blogosphere.

    I come to GeneaBlogie for sanity, humor and intelligent content and you never fail to deliver.

    Wishing you many more years of blogging!!

  • Greta Koehl says:

    I have to echo Miriam and Becky – your blog was one of the first “genea-blogs” I found and I was fascinated and inspired. Your blogoversary and my genealogy anniversary (1 Sep 2005) are pretty close together. Coincidence? I don’t think so :). You are one of the genea-immortals!

  • Craig, Five years in the blogosphere puts you in the Experienced category. Always interesting, usually provocative, often humouous, I truly enjoy reading Geneablogie, and look forward to the next five, and the next.

  • Congratulations, Craig! Five years is quite an accomplishment. As others have said, yours was one of the first genealogy blogs that I found and I have enjoyed reading your posts ever since. Your analysis of certain issues affecting the genealogy community can’t be matched. Your opinions are valued as are you well-written and enlightening posts. It’s been a pleasure getting to “know” you.

  • George Geder says:

    HI Craig,

    Congrats and keep on Rockin’!
    Someday when they look up ‘value-added genealogy blog’ on Wikipedia, they will see your name!

    Stay Fresh, my friend!

    “Guided by the Ancestors”

  • Dave says:

    Congrats! Like others have said, it’s the quality of your posts that stand out. Five years of quality is something to be proud of.

  • Yours was one of the first genealogy blogs I found, Craig, along with Randy’s. I can’t imagine the geneablogosphere without you and look forward to many, many more posts!

  • Craig,

    Congratulations. Your blog has become must reading for me. Continue the great work.


  • Craig:

    I love absolutely everything about you and your blog. Congratulations on this momentous occasion.

    You are so kind, generous, intelligent and handsome! Can’t get enough of a good thing, and you my friend are a “good thing.”

    More, More, More!


  • Renate says:

    Hi Craig! Congratulations on your blogiversary, and ditto to what everyone else just said. I just joined the blogging community in July, and it immediately became a part of my daily life. Even if I don’t post, I check my reader daily, and have truly come to feel a sense of family with everyone on my roll.

    Please keep doing your thing…lol. I’m one of your fans! :)


  • Sheri Fenley says:

    Oh please tell me that you completely overlooked the number of years I congratulated you on in our last email. I just know that I didn’t write 3 years – I am so sure that I said 5 years! LOL

    I simply adore you Craig! You are the most genuine, down-to-earth, gentle soul I have ever met. You are one of the few that have set the bar for quality, professionalism and class. So….


  • Congratulations and happy anniversary! Five years is an incredible accomplishment, and you should be very proud. I have enjoyed reading your blog and the valuable content you share with your readers – it really is a service to your fellow geneabloggers.

    Good luck on another 5 years!

  • Jasia says:

    Congratulations Craig! Five years is a mighty long time to be making your mark in the blogosphere.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and especially your articles submitted to the COG. No matter the topic, I can always count on you to write something that will stand out from the crowd.

    Thank you for all that you bring to geneablogging!

  • Styln says:

    Congrats! What a wealth of information and a great inspiration your blog is. I just love reading your family stories and research. Please keep doing what you do!

  • Ken Spangler says:

    Congratulations! Five years! Wow, I didn’t know blogs even existed that long ago! I must say that you have always been one of my favorite bloggers and I have always enjoyed your writings. Here’s to many more wonderful years of enjoying your blog!

  • Denise Olson says:

    It’s been a great read for the rest of us too. Glad to be one of the people you connected with through GeneaBlogie. I’ve enjoyed regular visits to “your place” and plan to continue stopping by often. Congratulations on five great years and looking forward to many more.

  • Craig – congratulations! I’ve enjoyed many of your posts and like Janet said, I am now going to have to go back and look at some of the older ones!

  • Janet Iles says:

    Congratulations on five years of blog postings. Five years ago, I did not know that blogs existed. I will go back and read some of your articles that you have highlighted.

    Thanks for sharing your stories.

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