Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Six years ago today I started this West in New England blog, and as has become
tradition on my blogiversary I'm posting the story of its beginnng:

"."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."

And that's also how I learned the first rule of blogging, "Don't forget
your password!" "

During these six years I've had 130,169 page views and written
1300 posts. The top five most viewed posts were:

Dec 20, 2010, 17 comments
Feb 9, 2012, 4 comments
Mar 20, 2011, 6 comments
But I don't worry about how many people view West in New 
England or about making the "Best of" lists because what makes 
it enjoyable for me is sharing what I've found in researching my
family, especially with the relatives who've found me through 
this blog.

I want to thank all those who've read the blog and left comments,
those who've taken part in the memes and Challenges over the
years, and those who've provided suggestions and answers 
when I've been puzzled by something or other I've discovered 
along the way,
I'm still having fun writing about what I find researching my family
history, and I hope you all enjoy reading about it as much as I do
the writing!


Miriam Robbins said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your blog continues to be in my Google Reader. Can't imagine the geneablogiverse without it. Here's to many more, Bill!

the said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Regards, Grant

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! Congratulations on six years of great blogging. I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to many more.

Jim (Hidden Genealogy Nuggets Blog) said...

Happy Blogiversary.

Regards, Jim
Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

Sheri Fenley said...

Dear Bill,

Please note the flutaphone quartet that is my road band for this performance.



mdingrimsby said...

Happy Blogiversary. Your blog is also partially responsible for me taking to the blogging world to document my research into family history. Thank you:)

Becky Wiseman said...

Happy Blogiversary, Bill. May there be many more!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Happy Blogoversary, Bill! And many more!

Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Happy Blogiversary! Hope you have many more!

Celia Lewis said...

Happy 6th Blogiversary, Bill! Balloons!! Parades!! Chocolate Cake!! Go blow out some candles! Cheers to many more blogiversaries!

Jana Iverson Last said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary!

Elizabeth Handler said...

Happy Happy Blogiversary to you and here's to many more!

Unknown said...

Happy Blogiversary! I recently started a blog and your blog is one that has really impressed me. It was the first link I added to my blog.

I hope you continue for many more years.


Barbara Poole said...

Bill, Happy 6th Blogiversary, and may there be many more. You have the very best attitude about blogging, it's what makes you special.

Unknown said...

Congrats and happy blogiversary, Bill! I really enjoy your posts, and look forward to reading more in your 7th year and beyond!

Bill West said...

Thanks, everyone!

Julie said...

Congrats on 6 wonderful years, Bill!!! Best of luck in the many years to come!

Les said...

Keep plugging away Bill. You were one of the first blogs I followed and remain a favorite.