New Year, New Challenge

Each new year brings the hope of a new beginning. And with new beginnings come new resolves. Normally, I am not one to make resolutions, as too often life gets in the way, or as Robert Burns sagely said, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.”

Sadly, my plans have gone awry way too much lately, so this year’s resolution will be doable, or as my mother advises, I will do it with a KISS, “Keep it simple, stupid!”

For 2022, I resolve to write more genealogical posts. As I shared earlier this week, 2021 was a down year in many ways, including creatively. As a result, my blog suffered: fewer posts equaled less traffic, fewer comments… just less overall. 

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Crunching the Numbers, 2021

As I wrote yesterday, never have I ever wanted to see the back-end of a year as much as I have for 2021. On this first day of 2022, as I say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu to last year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my blog’s 2021 stats and think about the year that lies ahead.

So how did my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me, perform in 2021? Were last year’s results better than those from 2020? After comparing last year’s numbers with the statistics the previous year, I am sorry to say that my numbers are down, way down. As I said before, 2021 just was NOT a good year for me.

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Never Have I Ever…

The end of 2021 is finally here… thank you, dear Lord. Never have I ever wanted to see the back-end of a year as much as I have this one.

Granted, 2020 was not a good year either, courtesy of a global pandemic. But, like most people, I did my best to weather the storm by masking, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings…not that there were many of those to be had, sadly.

Like many others, I made a conscious decision to protect family and friends by masking up or just staying away. We didn’t like it, but it was the right thing to do.

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Daddy’s Last Days

Daddy, you doubted that it was as bad as was being reported. “You know the news sensationalizes things all the time, right?”

Even when your daughters, two of whom are nurses (one who worked firsthand with people stricken by this virus) assured you that it is bad, REALLY bad, you still did not believe.

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The Day My Mama Socked It To…

It has been a long, long, long time since my junior high days… decades, in fact. And yet, there is one moment in my junior high experience that remains fresh in my mind: the time my mama, a soft-spoken woman, ripped my biology teacher up one side and down the other.

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