The new year caused me to explore my 2016 blog statistics. I decided to post the top ten stories just for fun. My blog is not monetized, so I check my stats just out of pure curiosity.
Here are the top ten blog posts for Nutfield Genealogy – in reverse order. I’ve provided the links, just in case you missed these stories the first time they posted.
1. "Ten Things to Know About Researching A Witch in Your Family Tree"
The 1692 Salem Witch trials are always a popular event in American history, and it seems that many people want to know if there is “witch” in their family tree. Personally, this episode makes me very sad, and finding a witch in my tree was not a happy occasion for me.
2. "My Mayflower Passengers"
I’ve published this list a few times over the years, and it is always popular, especially near Thanksgiving time. I’ve also made a lot of cousin connections this way!
3. "Ten Things to Know About Researching a Pilgrim in Your Family Tree"
This story posted in 2015, but it made the top ten list for 2016. See #2 on this list.
4. "Fruitlands Exhibit of “New England Portraits”
This story posted in 2013, and it was not very popular at all. Then it was picked up by social media knitting groups and it went viral for a few years. It still made the top ten list this year. Apparently one of the nineteenth century portraits of a woman knitting is of particular interest to knitters. Check it out for yourself to see what all the hoopla is about!
5. "Surname Saturday ~ FOWLE of Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts"
I have no idea why this story is so popular. FOWLE is not a very well-known surname in New England, and it is not attached any famous figures in history. I have written over 250 Surname Saturday stories, and this one consistently makes the top ten list every year since it was written in 2012. Is there a FOWLE in your family tree, too?
6. "Ten Ways to be a Good Ancestor"
This story was my attempt at a bit of humor, and I guess I pulled it off!
7. "10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online"
This was one of my first “Top Ten” stories, written nearly two years ago, and it is the most popular of all.
8. "University of Durham Team is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners"
This story went viral for a few days when this event was happening in Saugus, Massachusetts just a few months ago. I usually don’t blog much about current events, but since two of my ancestors were Scots Prisoners of War I was very interested in this story and attending the lecture. I guess a lot of other people were interested, too.
9. "Flora Stewart – Black History Month in Londonderry"
Over 10,000 people have read this story over the past five years. I have no idea why this story is so compelling to readers, although the photograph of Flora Stewart is interesting and her story is quaint. But I’m glad that a story about a minority figure from New Hampshire has captured the imaginations of so many readers, because New Hampshire has a dearth of minority and African American stories.
10. "A Favorite Christmas Gift! You might want one, too!"
This post is my top most popular of all time. The story was posted in 2012 and immediately went viral on Pinterest and Buzz Feed. I was a bit resentful at first because I would have preferred that a history or genealogy story was my most popular. However, according to my blog statistics, there have been over 210,000 hits to this story. I’m hoping that all the crafty people who read it also clicked on a few genealogy posts, and maybe a few of those readers became hooked on genealogy, too.
Top Ten Traffic Sources for 2016
5. Mobile Facebook
6. All Created
9. “Family Tree Maker User” a blog by Russ Worthington http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/
10. “Nutfield Genealogy”
Other odd facts
First blog post - 27 July 2009
Total blog posts - 2362
Published comments (minus spam)- 4781
Page views all time history (as of January 4, 2017)- 1,930,145
Top Five Search Keywords (phrases)
1. “White Horse”
2. “Maria Del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa…”
3. “Flora Stewart”
4. “Kilcher Family Tree”
5. “Thanksgiving Proclamation”
Total Blog Posts by Year
2009 - 75 posts
2010 - 337 posts
2011 - 341 posts
2012 - 346 posts
2013 - 349 posts
2014 - 309 posts
2015 - 291 posts
2016 – 286 posts
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Top Ten Blog Posts for 2016", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 9, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-blog-posts-for-2016-and-other.html: accessed [access date]).