Last year I had three wishes
and amazingly those wishes haven't changed:
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 never find what I'm looking for, whatever that may be
I'd still be kissing you!
There is no doubt that our times, today's times of family historians, have become increasingly more interesting. Family historians are more 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 has become my life journal and Twitter continues to introduce me to some of the most interesting people on the planet. The community and education I receive daily through social media is astounding.
Magazines and books no longer pile up in the corners of our offices, instead they reside in the Cloud or on our new best friends, tablets and smart phones.
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. Pod and Vod casts are anytime education. 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! When those online encounters translate to real life encounters it is as if we have been friends forever.
Television continues to recognize the mysteries of our histories. Family history is becoming sexy via celebrities such as Martin Sheen and Kim Cattrall. With all the beautiful people discovering their roots before our very eyes we are now viewed as relevant, interesting, and yes, even sexy!
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 five years I still have anything to say, or at least anything to say that others will read.
This last year real life fell on me like a ton of bricks. This blog has suffered, but I love it no less. I've gained a new appreciation for the time I was afforded to speak on this blog and I look forward to regaining that time in the next year. A year where I will return to my roots, writing.
May I never find what I'm looking for:
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, tomorrow and forever.
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.
Whatis.com 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."