Saturday, January 23, 2010


Three years ago after discovering the geneablogging community
I set out to write my own blog---and failed.

Yes, now it can be told. My first geneablog was a failure. I was new
to this whole idea and started out enthusiastically and wrote
five posts within a few days for my blog which I'd named
West of New England. But when I went to add a new post a day
or so later, I discovered I couldn't recall the password for the blog.
After about a half an hour I gave up and just recreated the blog.
I'd saved what I'd written so I created a new blogger account
and started a new geneablog, West in New England. And that's why
the first five posts are all dated Jan 23,2007.

It's been a fun three years. I've enjoyed being part of the geneablogger
community, both in reading so many great blogs and in sharing what
I've discovered about the many branches of my family tree. This
past year has fairly been productive for me because of all of the
records I've found online that provided so much blogging material, so
much so that I'll soon hit post #700.

I want to thank all those who read West in New England and especially
those who've given me feedback through comments and emails. I really
appreciate that.

I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I am enjoying
writing it!


Gini said...

Happy Blogiversary Bill, I very much enjoy your blog. I so look forward to your posts. You are doing awesome.

Your experience with your first blog sounds so much like something I would do!

Apple said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversary Bill! Your blog is always fun and I enjoy reading about my New England roots.

T.K. said...

Ah, Bill, always fun, sometimes funny! And this is another great example of the importance of backing stuff up, one way or another. Happy blogiversary!

Barbara Poole said...

Bill, You need to celebrate. Three years, wow that is a lot of writing. Thankfully, I found you and each one is a joy to read. Good for you.

Carol said...

Congrats!! Love the story of the first lost blog. Most of us can relate. THREE YEARS!! That earns a huge WAHHOOOOO from Carol!

Russ said...

Bill -- Happy Blogiversary.

With encouragement from folk like yourself, I also entered the blogging community. My failure is not in what I do, but what I don't always do. That is to Leave a comment on the Blogs that I do read.

Keep up the good work.


Kathryn Doyle said...

Congratulatons on three years, Bill. I look forward to reading your blog for many more.

Heather Rojo said...

Congratulations to Bill, from another New England Yankee!

Miriam said...

Happy Blogoversary, (cousin) Bill! I can't imagine the geneablogosphere without you! Here's to many more years and posts!

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Congrats, Bill. Keep up the great work!!

Vickie Everhart said...

Happy Happy Happy 3rd Blogoversary, Bill. I always enjoy visiting here with your kith 'n kin, and appreciate your visits to my blog, too! Enjoy!

footnoteMaven said...

What's not to love!

You have always been on my "Top of The GeneaPosters."

Happy Blogiversary! Keep on keepin' us on our toes.


Thomas MacEntee said...

Congratulations to a super genealogy blog - Happy Third Anniversary!

Wendy said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!

Greta Koehl said...

Three years, almost 700 posts, and so much humor! I am in awe. Happy blogiversry, Bill!

Sheri said...

My very first blog post was to your "picnic" carnaval. Do you remember? You are one of the few that I really look up to. Sooo. . .


Kathryn Lake said...

Happy 3rd Blogiversary Greetings, Bill! I'm looking forward to reading more in year 4.

Herstoryan said...

Happy Blogiversary! I truly enjoy visiting your blog!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Happy #3! I enjoy your blog and look forward to many more years.

George Geder said...

Congrats Bill,

Keep Doin' Whatcha Doin'!

"Guided by the Ancestors"

Donna said...

Congrats, Bill!!!

Tracy said...

Congratulations on three years! You were one of the earliest to post a comment on my blog and I am thankful you took the time to do so. It was very encouraging. I look forward to many more years of your posts.

Terri said...

Happy Blogiversary Bill! Enjoy reading your posts!

Bill West said...

Thanks, everyone. Geneabloggers are
the best!

Lisa said...

I'm a little late to the party, but wanted to make sure and wish you a Happy 3rd Anniversary here at West in New England, Bill!

Here's to three more!

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