Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From 0 to 25,312 -- One Year of Blogging! (December 31, 2013)

It is hard to believe that it was a mere 365 days ago today that Filiopietism Prism ["The Prism"] was born -- but as the old adage goes, "Time flies when you're having fun!" Or as others have put it and warned, "Genealogy blogging can be addictive!"  I think the latter admonition might have a lot of truth to it after re-reading my very first post on The Prism
It absolutely amazes me as this first year of blogging comes to a close that there have been over 25,000 page views by others during this year.  I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by. I'd also like to especially thank those who provided encouragement, advise, clarification, corrections, and supplements via likes and comments throughout the year!  THANK YOU ALL!

Since this is the last post of the first year of Filiopietism Prism -- the omega if you will -- I thought it might bring some symmetry to the year by publishing again the first post on The Prism.  This is the time of year that we tend to look back as we stand looking and planning forward. And so to bookend this year with the alpha and the omega for 2013, here is a reprise of "First Things First," which was posted minutes before midnight one year ago today.


First Things First

Today is New Year's Eve day 2012 and there is no better time to get a jump on a New Year's resolution than the night before the new year begins -- and it also makes it easy to remember a Blog Anniversary!  Following an excellent introduction to the world of genealogy blogging earlier this year (see immediately below), I resolved that I would start my own modest contribution to this growing community.

But, first things first.

I was inspired to finally get started with my own genealogy blog by the outstanding example of Nutfield Genealogy http://www.nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com owned by Heather Wilkinson Rojo.  Heather and I have never met, but we have exchanged several emails following my initial introduction to her blog.  In the January 11, 2012 issue of The Weekly GenealogistHeather's Nutfield Genealogy was selected by Lynn Betlock, Editor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's (NEHGS) The Weekly Genealogist, as the first ever "Featured Blog."  Since my ancestors are almost all from New England -- and since I was born in Rhode Island and lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire before venturing southward when my father's work transferred him to Philadelphia -- I immediately checked out Heather's blog centered in New Hampshire.  To my surprise and delight, I actually found that Heather had a posting relating to my Tew family from Rhode Island.  I emailed Heather to inquire further.  This led to Heather's very generous and kind invitation to submit a posting on the pirate Thomas Tew for consideration as a guest post to her blog.  She accepted the submission and posted it on February 16, 2012!  As so many authors have said before, the inspiration (and recent encouragement) for beginning this Blog belongs to another -- Heather in this case -- but any errors and missteps will be entirely my own.  THANK YOU HEATHER for your inspiration and encouragement!  :-)

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This is my first post to my new Blog.  I am definitely in the learning stages of the techniques, etiquette, effort and time commitment involved in maintaining a useful and meaningful genealogical blog.  It will undoubtedly take a while before I can aspire to the dedicated consistency Heather and others have shown with their genealogy blogging, so please do not expect regular postings for some time to come (probably to coincide with my too-distant retirement).  I hope to post at least bi-weekly for the time being while I begin to learn the basics of Blogger and put together some items of interest through my genealogy prism; but the all-important first step has been taken -- and there is no turning back now.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2013!  :-)

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Copyright 2012,  John D. Tew
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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  1. John,

    Happy 1st Anniversary to you and your blog! And Happy New Year!!

  2. Happy First Blogiversary John!! Looking forward to more education, enlightenment, and entertainment from you in 2014! Happy New Year!!

  3. Congratulations on a great first year, John! Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  4. Happy blogiversary and happy new year :)

  5. Happy Blogoversary, Thomas! You've done an amazing job this past year, and have quite a following of readers and commenters. I'm so glad you "took the plunge" and started your own blog.

  6. THANK YOU ALL (Jana, Laura, Nancy, Dawn and Heather)! You are among the most frequent readers and commenters of The Prism and your support and encouragement are MUCH appreciated! [All of you are among those mentioned "especially" in the second paragraph of the post above.]

    A very Happy New Year to all of you. Blog on! ;-)


  7. Really late in saying this, Congratulations on your first blogiversary. A lot of us are very glad you came on board! And, it's pretty nice that you've made Randy's Best of list for 2013. You have so much to share and I look forward to each post.