Saturday, February 28, 2009

Maven Hangs Out With Good Company!

Just Hangin' Out!

Yes, I certainly do hang out with good company, the entire "company" of GeneaBloggers. It seems hard to believe, but on this date two years ago the footnoteMaven wrote her first post of note, a submission for the 19th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I was such a blogling, my hand shook as I hit the blog submission button, uncertain as to whether I had just made a huge error in judgment.

Earlier this year I wrote:

I had joined the 19th Carnival with my blogging idols, Randy Seaver - Genea-Musings, Jasia - Creative Gene (the reason I started blogging), Miriam Midkiff - AnceStories, Becky Wiseman - kinexxions, Craig Manson - Geneablogie, Apple - Apple's Tree, David Bowles - Writing the Westward Sagas, Tim Abbott - Walking the Berkshires, and Chris Dunham - The Genealogue. I had been reading these famous bloggers for months . . . uncertain as to whether I was worthy of sharing the page with them.

I'm still not certain if I'm worthy, but I'm here, blogging away two years later; there is something to be said for longevity (or is that being long winded).

I recently received my first fan letter. Someone actually took the time to write and say exceptionally nice things about my posts. Thank you Kathi, for getting my offbeat sense of humor, I still contend it's a southern thang. And I encourage you to blog, your writing is excellent, interesting and relevant.

I've often said this blog reminds me of Sienfeld, a "blog about nothing;" focused on the minutiae of searching for those elusive ancestors and coping with the petty injustices of my efforts. Set within the four corners of this blog, Maven has featured a host of "lost and found" ancestors.

So what's the best thing about GeneaBlogging? It's the relationships, no not the kind you can chart on a family tree. It's the great friends I've made, the generosity of spirit I've experienced, the laugh at life attitude so necessary in today's world, and the certain knowledge that this is home.

Thank you my friends, for reading, for commenting, for sharing,
for encouraging! I could never have done it without you!

Raise a glass with me to many more posts about nothing!
I'm quite looking forward to it!


Blogger Sheri Fenley said...



February 28, 2009 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Congratulations, fM! And happy blogiversay!

I can't even remember the genea-blogging world without you. You became a big influence right from the start. And you have been a great friend to all, especially me. I always enjoy reading your blog posts. You are a terrifically talented writer, researcher, and footnoter! You bring out the best in others and inspire us all. I appreciate you and I want to thank you for all you do for the genea-blogging world but most especially for being a good friend to me. You're the best!

February 28, 2009 at 4:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Happy Blogiversary! I shall raise a glass to one of my favorite bloggers - here's to many more years of posts about nothing! I've admired your writing and humor from the moment I found your blog, and I'm delighted to have found such a wonderful friend. Here's to the footnoteMaven!


February 28, 2009 at 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooops - I forgot to add that I ADORE the photo. That is one gallery I shall visit (and yet another instance of our shared great mind as I was visiting a site that can make a photo with that very template last night).

February 28, 2009 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

Happy Blogoversary, Maven, and may you have many more!

February 28, 2009 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

February 28, 2009 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Dorene from Ohio said...

You are a wonderful blogger!!
Keep up the great work!

February 28, 2009 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you all! You have just proven what I know in my heart. It's you, not me.

I couldn't do it without you; my friends, my inspiration!


February 28, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

Happy Blogoversary sweetie! You make all of this so much fun! And you - as are most of the geneabloggers - so open to new ideas and trying out new technologies!

Thomas MacEntee

February 28, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Hip, hip, hooray! Happy blogoversary! Can't wait until September, when we have GOT to have a Bloggers' lunch at the Washington State Genealogical Society state conference! It'll be twice as much fun, since we won't be meeting for the first time, and we'll have so much to talk about! :-)

February 28, 2009 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Happy Blogiversary fM! Like Jasia, I can't remember a time when you weren't a part of the group. I've always enjoyed your posts, especially your family stories, such an interesting bunch!

February 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Best wishes on your achievement! Your generous spirit encourage so many bloglings, and your style and wit charm us all. A toast to the Maven, from Denise L

February 28, 2009 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy Blogoversary,fM. Glad you're back and hope you and Mr. Maven have recovered from that nasty food poisoning. Looking forward to more good reading.

February 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

A wonderful day of celebration for our beloved footnoteMaven! You can always count me in as one of your fans. I hope to continue visiting your various homes on the web for many years to come.

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February 28, 2009 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Linda Hughes Hiser said...

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I am new to genabloggers and have found so much help on your site.

March 1, 2009 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Lake Hogan said...

Happy Blogaversary Greetings fM! Yours was one of the first blogs I started following, and I have always found your posts to be informative and interesting. I am looking forward to reading more in the future.

March 1, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Happy Blogiversary to one of my favorite Genea-bloggers!

March 1, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Amanda E. Perrine said...

Happy Blogaversary! Here's to many more years of your fantastic posts!!!

March 2, 2009 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger my Heritage Happens said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to you fM! You have a wonderful blog, and have taken on so much more in the realm of things. Your posts speak as if you have done this all of your life. I love the photo, your blog and all that you participate in and do. Congratulations, we all look for many, many more years of your blog and you! Thank you!

March 4, 2009 at 11:41 PM  

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