This blog is back!

I abandoned this blog for awhile and tried blogging at Blogger instead. I wanted to try a different platform. I discovered that I get more engagement and activity at WordPress, even when I’m not actively updating.

So now I’m back. I updated the Hegarty page and moved the links to a Resources page. It’s good to be home.

What you missed if you missed my brief sojourn at Tumblr: not much – plus a Friday link

Ancestry has their Sticky Notes blog on Tumblr, but microblogging just didn’t seem to fit with genealogy blogging for me. In my head, my blog is the chatty current front matter to the family history information I put on separate pages. Tumblr has pages but the blogstream is completely separate from them; no one even sees your pages unless they leave the Tumblr stream and go directly to your blog. It’s easy to forget that Tumblr pages exist. Tumblr also has complicated and confusing commenting. So I’ve returned to Blogger.

My ongoing Blogger issues: I am in the process of updating my family history pages from my old WordPress blog; the pages area will populate eventually. I’ve started linking to PDFs of my research on each family because it’s easier to update my research document with all its footnotes than it is to update a webpage and figure out the formatting workarounds. I have chosen to stick with Blogger comments for now rather than turning on Google+ comments because G+ comments require all commenters to have G+ accounts, and I’m not sure everyone does.  [ Edit, Nov. 2013: I have abandoned Blogger and returned to WordPress, so the struck-thru comments are no longer accurate.]
My Friday link is an old (2001) but interesting essay about the myth of the “Black Irish” by T. P. Kunesh. I got a comment on Tumblr where someone (perhaps from Ireland?) said they had never heard this term. I heard it many times growing up in Boston. It was used to refer to people of Irish descent with black hair. The Spanish Armada myth was invoked. Very often, the term was used jestingly to refer to a racial situation, such as a Black person with an Irish surname or a Black person patronizing an Irish bar.  I like the article at the link because it talks about the survival of cultural memories in an otherwise fairly nonsensical term.

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.