Yesterday morning, I received an unexpected gift.
Let me tell you one of my guilty pleasure secrets.
I read Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings on my phone laying in bed every morning. It’s my way of getting my day started off on the right foot.
When I received the e-mail saying that yesterday’s article included “Selected Genealogy Website Traffic Rankings” as of December 29th from Alexa.com, an international website traffic monitoring site, I was excited to see who was on the list and what Randy had to say.
I always look forward to discovering new resources and what they might produce for my genealogy. I was hoping to find a new gem hidden here. I did, but not exactly what I was expecting!
Randy divided his results into two categories, companies including websites and then blogs. Blogs offer a different type of content than websites.
I wasn’t the least bit surprised to see the top 5 in the company/website category.
I was, however, shocked to see the #1 genealogy blog.
That’s not just GENETIC genealogy blogs, but ALL genealogy blogs.
If you would have told me back in July 2012 when I first started DNAeXplained that New Years just 5 years and a few months later would be celebrated by not only ANY genetic genealogy blog being #1, but DNAeXplained being that #1 blog, well, I would have wondered what you were smoking.
Of course, being curious, I checked to see where DNAeXplained ranks with the websites.
It fell just after Steve Morse’s stevemorse.org and just before…are you sitting down…Rootsweb.com. I have to tell you, I feel terrible that Rootsweb isn’t getting more hits. Rootsweb is a wonderful genealogical resource, often neglected today in favor of social media.
That puts DNAeXplained at about number 58, which isn’t bad at all considering that I’m not selling any products nor have any database lookup functions like Steve Morse’s free searches.
To say I’m thrilled is an understatement.
Genetic Genealogy Leads the Pack
The not-so-subtle message here is that genetic genealogy is no longer the undervalued step-child of genealogy. My blog and other resources that help people understand and utilize the messages carried from our ancestors and found in our DNA today are clearly some of the most popular genealogy sites on the internet.
First and foremost, a huge, and I do mean HUGE thank you to all of my readers who visit DNAeXplained, subscribe (the “follow” box in upper right hand corner of the main page) and search for answers to your questions.
Needless to say, this blog wouldn’t be #1 without all of YOU. I’m extremely humbled by your confidence and support. It’s sometimes awfully quiet sitting alone at my keyboard, but these numbers make your presence felt in the most wonderful way. Thank you.
I try to find innovative ways to make this blog super-useful.
In addition to the 52 Ancestors series, I’ve also begun both a Concepts and Glossary series in an effort to make finding answers easier and more understandable. Take a look and remember, I’m always open to suggestions. In fact, many articles originate with your questions and comments.
If you’re not already aware, this blog is fully keyword searchable in the upper right hand corner search box. I see so many questions on social media that I’ve already answered in an article.
Speaking of questions, I want to be sure that you know that it’s perfectly fine to share the link to any blog article I’ve written on Facebook or anyplace else. Please DO post links to articles! Copying and pasting the actual content is another matter and violates copyright, but posting the link is quick and easy. You can even post to your own pages by using the Facebook and Twitter links at the bottom of each article.
If you’re interested in copyright law, dos and don’ts, please read Judy Russell’s articles on this topic. You’ll notice that Judy’s blog, The Legal Genealogist, also placed in the top 5. Judy’s blog is pure enjoyment and every Sunday is DNA day. Congratulations Judy!
Speaking of other bloggers, I want to congratulate each and every one, including Randy himself. Lots of effort is invested in blog articles that are shared freely with all.
Please take this opportunity to read Randy’s article (subscribe to Genea-Musings if you haven’t already) and find a couple sites or blogs on his list that you’re not already familiar with. Get a mug of something hot (here in the VERY FRIGID USA), put your feet up by a nice warm fire and enjoy!