Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy anniversary to us!


© 2015 Christy K Robinson

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:
Page views from 2011 to 2015
Surprise! There’s still a large file of ideas to develop, to bring you many more posts about the Dyers and their culture.

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.”
Sparking juice, wine, or
whatever you like--
CHEERS!

A hearty thank-you to everyone who has shared these posts in social media, commented, or “followed” this blog. You've become friends, and we've discovered distant cousin relationships between this blog and Facebook pages. That's a fantastic side effect I never anticipated.

1 comment:

  1. I am so very excited to get MY VERY OWN Mary Dyer letter!! As I type it is on MY WALL and I am in absolute awe! Thank you so very much for the opportunity to own this precious part of my heritage!! Not only am I excited to get it so quickly, but I was impressed with the quality. It is not just on "poster" type paper but on thick photograph style paper.It truly DOES look EXACTLY as presented in your photo. There is no need for a mat. It looks as though there is already one. My furniture is simple, so I went to our local Art /Craft Supply Store and bought a plain medium oak frame. It looks perfect! Blends perfectly with the tone of the writings, etc. I just LOVE it! Again, thank you so much Christy! I cannot begin to express my excitement or tell you how much this means. I would highly recommend this! Charlotte Knight Watkins (9th Great Granddaughter of William & Mary Barrett Dyer)

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