As those of you who have a website know, you can track statistics in almost every imaginable way through Google. I don't get an overwhelming amount of traffic, especially when compared to my brother's blog, Rhythm Connection. Though stats can't tell you who is looking at your blog, they can tell you the countries, states, and cities of the people who viewed your blog – if you wanted and had the time to review the information. Since this is my 100th post, and it's less then three months from my "Blogoversary" (yes, they really call it that), I thought I would share with you, my readers, what stat I find to be interesting: how people found my blog. Whether by accident or by design, I find it amazing that someone searching with some little nugget of text found deep within my 100 posts, Google would send them my link and they would enter my blog, Unshoveling The Past.
Since this is the end of the year, I also wanted to share with you some of the topics that I will try to cover in 2012. I have a few more stories in the Life In Botswana series, including my second trip to visit my parents. Also the new movie, War Horse, has made me feel guilty that I haven't shared any of my grandfather's World War I diary or stories. Carl O. Ericke put together an incredible war scrapbook which I will share with you over the course of the year. Research into the family tree is still ongoing, and I am hoping to post much more about my Norwegian ancestors as soon as I get confirmation on the photos from my Norwegian relatives. And if I can fulfill my scanning duties, I will start to post my father's photos and recollections of his many trips around the world. Peppered with a few more recent family tales and sagas, I hope to keep this blog interesting and informative.
I have learned a lot about my family and about the remarkable history and stories that have brought forth my generation. I am looking forward to continuing to learn and share more about my Norwegian, Swiss, and German ancestors.
I'd like to thank everyone who has visited my blog this year and found it engaging. I would also like to thank my family and friends who have encouraged me to continue writing, and a special thank you to those who have taken the time to write to me, either here, on Facebook, or by email. It means a lot to me that you have taken the time to send me your comments, and it inspires me to go on. If you haven't remarked on my blog, please do so, whether publicly or privately. I really enjoy the feedback.
Some of the Unshoveling the Past Google searches in 2011: