10 Year Blogiversary


Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of my first post on this blog. Little did I know at the time how much it would become part of my life, or how many friends I’d make through it.

Over the years I’ve followed various prompts and written up stories as I’ve made discoveries about individual members or branches of my families. From these 858 stories I’ve had contact from different people with interest in the people or the events. Sometimes the friendships I’ve made have led to other discoveries like this recent one.

Some years ago I wrote a series called Beyond the Internet which was very popular and while some sources and strategies will have found themselves online, much remains as a useful process to work through.

Each year I’ve written a post to commemorate Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, trying to ensure those who served are not forgotten.

Part of my own learning over the years has been through attending presentations, seminars and conferences. After each I’ve tried to write a post summarising what I learned. One of the things I’ve learned – and thoroughly enjoyed – is the delight that comes with meeting friends at these events.

While I’ve not written as much in recent years – a combination of retirement distrations and relocation – there have still been things to share as I’ve made discoveries. If you want to read some of the posts from the past, you can search by category in the box in the right or peruse the Archives by month, also on the right.

For those contemplating a blog, just do it: not only is it an easy way to write up your family history, but you will gain new friends and make new discoveries as you go along. Don’t worry about how to write – use your own “voice” and it will be a true reflection of you.

Thank you to all my readers and genimates who’ve kept me company along the way. It’s been fun sharing with you.

22 thoughts on “10 Year Blogiversary

  1. Congratulations on your 10 year blogging anniversary, what an achievement. Apart from the friends and family made along the way, think of all the stories you’ve preserved by recording them, let alone inspiring others to blog as well. CONGRATS Pauleen. Looking forward to many more from you in the future.

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  2. Congratulations, 10 years is quite an achievement..looking forward to learning even more from you over the next ten years..and enjoying the great stories. As well as all that, I truly appreciate your friendship, along with that of Mr. Cassmob, all thanks to The Silver Voice who asked me if I ‘knew a great Aussie blogger called Cassmob?’ I didn’t, so went looking and here we are..

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  3. Hi Pauleen, I’m so impressed that you’ve kept it up for 10 years and that you’ve managed over 800 posts in that time. That is a phenomenal effort. I’ve been following your blog since I heard you speak on a UTP cruise in Feb 2014 and a year or two later, I dipped my toe in the water with my own blog which I occasionally add to.

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    • Thanks so much for your comments! Blogging takes time and I don’t think it has to follow a particular timetable. After all we’re writing the stories of and for our families.

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  4. Congratulations Pauleen on your 10 year Blogiversary. I love reading all your stories and I’m sure your family will be so grateful for all the memories you’ve created. I’ve only got as far as thinking of the stories!

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  5. Hi Pauleen, Congratulations on your 10th blogiversary. A decade is a huge achievement. Best wishes for many more years of fun blogging. I enjoy your stories.

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