Monday, February 28, 2011

Party At Maven's

Today Is The Twenty-Fourth Anniversary

Of The footnoteMaven Blog

Last year I explained that the Web doesn't run on human years, it runs on Web-years. Every blog year is the equivalent of six human years. That means that today footnoteMaven celebrates four human years of blogging, the equivalent of 24 web years.

Last year I had three wishes:

May I continue to blog in these interesting times

May I continue to enjoy writing, and you continue to enjoy reading what I write

May I find what I'm looking for, whatever that may be

If wishes were kisses
I'd still be kissing you!

Interesting Times:

There is no doubt that our times, today's times of family historians, have become increasingly more interesting. We are no longer viewed as little blue haired old ladies/men on library tours. We are engaged in the online world; a tech savvy, entertaining, "willing to try anything new" segment of the entire genealogical community.

We have learned to communicate with each other through the emerging and interesting aspects of social media. Facebook and Twitter are at the top of my "getting the hang of it" list. The community and education I receive daily through social media is astounding.

Online webinars have developed to the point where even if you're snowed in somewhere in this wonderful country you can continue to educate yourself with a computer and an internet connection; joining those who were able to make it to the conference in person. All things are becoming possible.

Everyday I marvel at the connections I make. A conversation with a friend in New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Scotland, the East Coast, Midwest, or just down my street. Online. In real time! Isn't that amazing? Amazing!

Television continues to recognize the mysteries of our histories. They haven't made us sexy yet, but there's always next year.


I still love to write and to blog on my version of a Seinfeld blog; a blog about nothing in particular and anything and everything that strikes my fancy. And if you read me you know my fancies are rather eclectic. It amazes me that after four years I still have anything to say, or at least anything to say that others will read.

This last year I've also focused much of my effort on writing, editing, and publishing Shades The Magazine. It continues, and I hope it continues to improve. It is a joy to work with the friends who make it educational and interesting. It is a joy to experience the enthusiasm of our readers. footnoteMaven and Shades are one. Shades was born here.

May I find what I'm looking for:

My third wish is the one wish I would change. I would change it to - May I never find what I'm looking for, whatever that may be, as it is the challenge of discovery that gets me out of bed every morning. The excitement of what the world has to offer footnoteMaven today.

And to those who take the time to read, enjoy, comment, and

become friends, thank you! I wouldn't be here without you

and it wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

Notes: defined a web year as the length of time it takes for Internet technology to evolve as much as technology in another environment might evolve in a calendar year. Early posts by old line bloggers quoted 3 months as equaling a web year, but that was in 1996 and things have sped up since then.

The author of "Manage your speed in web years," on the Business Management Daily website had the what and why of conversion. In 2006, BMD wrote:
"Ever hear of Internet time? It’s kind of like dog years: Each calendar year equals six Web years.

More organizations are realizing that they have to measure time by this new clock: New-product development speeds up from years to months. Developing new technologies accelerates from months to days. Decisions are yours to make in
hours. . .

Lesson: If you’re not six times faster than your competition, you’re in trouble. Your dog days are coming."


Blogger my Heritage Happens said...

Happy Blogiversary fM! Wow, that is a lot of years you have been doing this! Adding a magazine too...are your hands cramping yet? That is a ton of writing! Love what you do, and done only as fM can do it! Hugs!

February 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger geneabloggers said...

Happy happy blogiversary to you my dear fM! You were one of the first blogs I followed over four years ago and I've enjoyed the journey!

February 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Diana Ritchie said...

Happy Blogiversary fM!! You and Randy Seaver - the first blogs I followed. :-) I love the conversion to web-years. Wishing you many more years of writing because, selfishly, I'd like many more years of reading what you write!

February 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Donner said...


Happy Blogiversary, my friend. You are my favorite blogger (don't tell any of the others!). Keep on blogging and I shall keep on reading....amen.


February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Gini said...

Happy Blogiversary are the best, and our genea-blog land would not be the same without you!

Looking forward to many many more web years, reading your wonderful posts.

February 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Michelle Goodrum said...

Congratulations on turning 4. Does this mean you are the grandmother of them all?

Seriously, your work is both enjoyable and inspirational. I'm looking forward to four more years!

February 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Happy blogiversary! I wish I could be there with you to celebrate.

February 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Congrats! CLAP CLAP CLAP, CLAP, each clap, well deserved. Keep draggin' us along on your MAHHHVEEELOUSSSS journey!

February 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

We are blowing out the virtual candles and raising our glasses to toast the blogger with the most-est. Inspired and inspiring.

Thank you!

February 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Happy Blogiversary!! May you have many more!

February 28, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary! Looking forward to many more years. Can't hardly wait to see what you'll come up with next!!

February 28, 2011 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

To a person who teaches by what she does and how she does it - Happy 24th!

February 28, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

I want to thank each and every one of you for making this a special day.

I just want to be where "everybody knows my name." (OK, some of you.)

For me, some of you were my first and will always have a special place in my heart.

For others, I was one of your firsts and I hope I haven't disappointed.

We are family!


And yes, my hand is cramped.

February 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger kinfolknews said...

Happy, happy, happy, happy Blogiversary, Maven!!

February 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger BDM said...

Congratulations on 24 years, foot! All your wishes have come true and may that continue for eons to come!

February 28, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger GenSpeak said...

I noticed you didn't mention your drawings. I'm no expert, but most people seem to have one of your two gifts-the gift of writing or the gift of being an artist. How amazing that you have both! Your a true artist, and I look forward to seeing your amazing work for many years to come! Happy (belated) Blogiversary!

March 1, 2011 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

I always seem to be running to catch up... always a day late and a dollar short. Please accept my belated but very sincere congratulations on your Blogiversary. I'm so happy when I see a new footnoteMaven article pop up in my feed reader. It just makes my day (even if I am a few days behind in my reading). I look forward to many more years of footnoteMaven posts to come!

March 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Kerry Scott said...

I'm late too (although you wouldn't want me at your party...I'm a ball of germs and snot). Happy anniversary...24 looks fabulous on you!

March 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Free Genealogy Guide said...

Your statement that your blog was 24 years old dumbfounded me for a minute. I had thought blogs weren't even invented till the late '90s, but then I saw you were talking about web years. Now it all makes sense--I'm just a little slow.

March 3, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Hello late arrivals! Only problem with being late is you missed the champagne!

Jasia - thank you for looking forward. We family historians spend a lot of time looking backward.

BMD - as long as a camel can go without water, at least.

CJ - thank you for the artist remark. I used to draw to entertain my children. A few years ago I lost all my sensory nerves and can't sign my name. Thank God for the computer where I can play again.

Artist is in the eye of the beholder and I like your eye.

Kerry - Cough, cough!

Dear Guide - in person I'm as old as dirt.

& Thank you Kin - it's been lovely.


March 4, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

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