Monday, February 22, 2010

Could the Day Get Any Better?

You blog, you wonder if anyone reads, then along comes a day like today. Holy Cow!

I started the day with an email from Diane Haddad. THE Diane Haddad, Managing Editor of Family Tree Magazine. Thank you Diane for a great start to the day!

The email said:

Congratulations! Your blog was voted one of the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy blogs!

You can see our announcement and the full list on our Genealogy Insider blog here.

You may recall we had a round of nominations and voting last fall. We’re grateful to everyone who helped spread the word about that process, and to you for your hard work in promoting the pursuit of family history.

Recall? Of course I recall.

Thank you, to all those who voted and to Family Tree Magazine. I am so very honored to be in such esteemed company; people I enjoy reading and admire greatly.

Thank you, Maureen Taylor, for the really great write up you did for all the winning bloggers. No easy task. And thank you, Maureen, for the lovely comments about the mysterious footnoteMaven. Does this make me MfM?

Thank you to the entire list of Top 40 winners. I read you, I enjoy you! The great work you do makes me a better blogger.

The winners in the All-Around were:

But quite frankly, today I feel like a cross between the Wizard of Oz and Seinfeld (Yes Kathryn, you won't like this analogy).

I've often said this blog reminds me of Seinfeld, a "blog about nothing;" focused on the minutiae of searching for those elusive ancestors and coping with the petty injustices of my efforts.

Who knew there was a category for this in the Family Tree Top 40 called All-Around.

So where does the Wizard of Oz fit into this? Well, I honestly feel like the all-seeing, all-knowing Oz just before someone pulls the drape and finds out that behind-the-curtain is nothing more than a computer, an internet connection, an office filled with stuff (lots of stuff), two dogs and a cat, and the Maven still wearing her slippers (and they're not Ruby) at ten in the morning.

So what's the best thing about GeneaBlogging? Awards? I am grateful, but no. It's the relationships; no not the kind you can chart on a family tree. It's the great friends I've made, and the generosity of spirit I've experience every day.

Thank you my friends, for reading, for commenting, for sharing,
for encouraging! I could never have done it without you!
In particular, Jasia, of Creative Gene for giving
me my start and for her continual encouragement!

Raise a glass with me to the Family Tree Top40!

P.S. The day did get better, Maureen Taylor's two new books arrived. Jackpot!


Blogger Tina Lyons said...


February 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

Clink, clink - (my raised glass touching yours) Congratulations, Queen Maven. We are truly the Ugliest of all by far now!

February 22, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Tina - I mean it. You so deserve the Award. Were I the Queen of all I survey, it would be you.


February 22, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Some days it just pays to be Ugly!

Congratulations my Ugly Sista.


February 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

So happy to see you up there, fM! Clink - hic - congratulations! Oops, there are two or three of you; I'd better lay off the bubbly.

February 22, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


I live for your comments!

Thank you, and congratulations to you. You are a kick.


February 22, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger BeNotForgot said...

I just don't know what's more fun . . . seeing you get the recognition you so deserve . . . or watching how you receive and accept the accolades! We can always count on you to be entertaining! Congrats from Texas! V.

February 22, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

The genealogy blogging community is all the better for having you grace us with your wit, your humor and your guidance. Congratulations on your win!

February 22, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

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February 22, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you, you are the GeneaBloggers engine. The engine that drives us all to excellence.

Congratulations to you as well.


P.S. Wit? Mr. Maven says you're only half right.

February 22, 2010 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so much! Are you just saying that because I finally learned to spell your name correctly?

Thank you for all you do for me. I appreciate it so much!

And Congratulations to another Top40 winner! You are special!


February 22, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Paton said...


February 23, 2010 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Janet Iles said...

Congratulations fM on 3 winning blogs. You are certainly deserving. Your readers love your photographs, posters, awards, articles and newsletters.

February 23, 2010 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Congratulations fM! Thank you for all the sweet comments you've left for me. I can't imagine the genea-blogging community without you and I'm happy to see all of your hard work recognized.

February 23, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Congratulations! Your blog is a cornerstone of the genea-blogging community! Well-done!

February 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Chris! And congratulations on your "wee" blog being a winner as well.


February 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you so much, Janet. I owe the Shades & GYRabbit wins to a great group of contributors.


February 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Cousin Russ said...

Congratulation, fM. Well Done.

February 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

fM, You deserve the tiara. Always gracious, generous, and so well-spoken (not to mention well-cited). Thank you for your friendship and encouragement.



February 23, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Miss Maven,

Oh, dreadfully wonderful news. I owe EVERYTHING to you (and I do mean EVERYTHING).

Best wishes in all your future endeavors -- may they be many!

Miss Penelope Dreadful

February 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Donner said...


You're the bestest blogger and friend ever. Congrats!


February 23, 2010 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Doyle said...

Congratulations on three (!) well-deserved wins. You set the bar high and challenge us to be ever better. I searched high and low and cannot find the comment I made regarding your "Seinfeld" trait. I stand by it, wherever it lives, since you are master of so much - even of humility - misplaced though it is. Three cheers for the Maven!

February 23, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Not once, not twice, but three times a winner! Congratulations, fM, you have set the bar high for the rest of us, just what we needed!

February 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

fM, Congratulations on your awards!

Sorry I didn't write this sooner. I'm still catching up with things.

February 26, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

Gretel - WOW! I always knew you'd make something of yourself when you graduated Nearby History class (in spite of the tacks you would place on Teacher's chair). Great going, Lady fM. I am so excited for you--well deserved!

February 27, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

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