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    Put Another Candle on the Blog Birthday Cake

    Has it been three years already? I was blogging on various subjects when The Family Curator was launched July 4, 2007, but I never imagined that my student family history project would start a long-term affair with genealogy blogging.

    Anniversaries are a good time to reflect on highlights of the year past, and this year I want to thank some of the special bloggers I have been honored to meet in Real Life after a first acquaintance began online.

    On The Family Curator’s First Blogiversary in 2008, I was excited to announce the publication of my guest column, “Reading Women’s Lives,” for footnoteMaven’s Shades of the Departed. This was be the beginning of a wonderful new friendship with the Belle of the Blogs. footnoteMaven has been a model of professionalism, generosity, courtesy, and kindness. Truly, she is a lovely light in the genealogy blogosphere.

    By my Second Blogiversary in 2009, I had met several bloggers in Real Time, and counted myself fortunate indeed to be the beneficiary of their experience and advice. At first, I was surprised to find that Randy Seaver was a living, breathing person; his ability to write well, research thoroughly, enjoy his grandchildren, and dote on his lovely wife seemed like more than any one person could accomplish. Randy defies all limits, however. He really is a Genealogy Blogger Extraordinaire.

    I also met Thomas MacEntee, a GeneaBlogger genius ready to lend a helping hand with my tech questions and blogging conundrums. What fun to discover that we both shared a love of the New York countryside, and even more fun to work together on the blogger welcome bags for Jamboree.

    Then, there was Amy Coffin of WeTree and Craig Manson of Geneablogie whose passion and persistence motivated me to keep digging when I was ready to throw in the towel. Kathryn Doyle and Elizabeth O’Neal who opened my eyes to Twitter and Facebook; they made it look sooooo easy. Sheri Fenley, Cheryl Palmer, and Susan Kitchens who made it all sooooo fun.  And so many more bloggers…  

    Each person I met online long before we met face-to-face, and those meetings did not disappoint.

    In 2010, I have been able to shake hands, share a meal, and swap tales with even more genealogy bloggers and readers. I loved getting to know Miriam Midkiff, the brains behind the monthly Scanfest, as well as organized pros like Steve Danko, Canadian blogger and fellow-welcome-bagger Joan Miller, travelling blogger Becky Wiseman, enthusiastic young bloggers A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger, and many more...  These are only some of the wonderful genealogy bloggers I have been able to meet in person.

    It’s a fine journey, and the best part is that there is still so much more to come. Thank you, friends, for three great years. Happy Blogiversary !

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    Reader Comments (13)

    Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations on three years and looking forward to another great year!

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTonia Kendrick

    Congrats on 3 years! I look forward to reading more of your wonderful posts.

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina Lyons

    Denise, congratulations on your 3 year blogoversary! Looking forward to more posts and your beautiful publication the Blogger's Almanac!

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna


    You're one of the best bloggers around Dahling Denise and am proud to have you as my BFF in SoCal!

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Fenley

    Happy Blogiversary, Denise!

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBill West

    Congratulations on your blog's third bloiversary Denise! Looking forward to reading so much more from you in the upcoming years! It has been a pleasure to meet you, and I have to say, you are so much fun too! Congrats and Happy 4th too! ;-)

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Palmer

    Happy Blogiversary and many happy returns. Look forward to reading your posts. Jo

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJo Graham

    Blogiversary wishes from downunder. Hopefully one day soon you will have the opportunity to meet your blogging mates from the southern hemisphere. Keep up the good work.

    July 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeniaus

    Congratulations on your 3rd blogging anniversary!! It has been a pleasure getting to know you too!

    Oh, goodness. Just home from a weekend getaway and found so many nice comments. Thank you, friends, for sharing the celebration cake with me! Here's to another year, and many more blogger meet-ups.

    Geniaus, Down-Under -- I may not be south of the equator yet, but do say "g-day" if you see a tall, skinny red-head towing a duffle and wife... he's my ambassador son on his own downunder adventure...


    July 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Levenick


    Belated blogiversary congrats on 3 years - they go by fast, don't they?

    When do I get to meet Penelope Dreadul in person? Seems to me you could do talks with the PD stories - in costume of course. Kinda like tableaus or something. Maybe with bloggers playing the parts? Think about it!

    Hugs -- Randy

    July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Seaver

    Randy, Yes, the time sure does go by quickly these days.

    As to Penny D... you may be on to something there... a geneablogging version of Laguna's Pagaent of the Masters? We will have to get fM linked into this one!

    Tx for stopping by, Denise (aka Penny)

    July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise Levenick

    Sorry to be late to the party! Congratulations and happy blogoversary. I so enjoyed our lunch with mom (and fM & Miriam) at Jamboree. I've been thinking a lot about your wise counsel. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Here's to three more great years (and thirty more after that?)

    July 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Doyle

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