Today is the fourth anniversary of going live with this William and Mary Barrett Dyer research blog in 2011. I’d been writing articles for a year before that, so I’d have material with which to make a splash. My desire is to share with you not only the extraordinary people the Dyers and their friends and enemies were, but give you a new take on what their motivations might have been in light of 21st-century research.
A snapshot today shows that this blog has passed 167,000 page views, and visitors are clicking in from 148 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil, Netherlands, India, Ireland, and Italy.
Of the 131 posts published, the top stories are:
- Top 10 Things You May Not Know About Mary Dyer 11,064 views
- Mary Dyer’s “monster” 7,777 views
- Puritan baby names of the 17th century 3,729 views
- Anne Hutchinson's monstrous birth 3,293 views
- The 1630 Comet of Doom 2,275 views
- Grandparents-in-law: the Quaker connection 2,034
- Dyers' family timeline
- Those heathenish liquors, chocolate and coffee
- Where Paths Diverge: The Great Quaker Debate
- Something fishy about William Dyer
|Page views from 2011 to 2015|
I’ve found numerous articles copied and pasted into other people’s ancestry blogs and in newsletters as diverse as an astronomy site in southern England. Though I’m a little bit flattered that readers liked them, this is not cool. Flattery does not pay my bills. It’s a violation of my copyright. I did the research and the writing and polishing, and I haven’t been paid by anyone or any publisher. If I advertise my books and letter reproductions in the blogs, it’s a small way of recouping my expenditures. But my products are not being copied along with the purloined articles. If you borrow or steal my copy instead of linking to MY web pages, you’re doing me no favors. Some articles were graciously written by guest authors, and I’ve noted that in every copyright byline and the author tag at the end of the post, along with links to their sites or products. Please respect our rights and ask permission. Simply asking to use the articles will probably result in pleasant chat and a “yes.”
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