The last 18 months for me have been very difficult. They have been hard for my personal life, for my research, and my blog. My father passed away last November (click HERE to read more), and the six months leading up to his death were stressful to say the least. The months following his death have also been stressful. 2020 was the year of COVID-19 (click HERE to read more), so that caused uncertainty and stress as well. The summer of 2020 was also filled with social justice protests in the streets of America that made me worry about my teenage Black son even more than I already did. With everything going on in my personal life, the United States, and the world as a whole there wasn’t much time for me to research. So I didn’t have much to write about since I wasn’t actively researching. But I wanted to continue to post something. So I decided that my Wordless Wednesdays would play a bigger part of my blog until I got back to researching.
I would use a Saturday or Sunday to go through family photos and plan out my Wordless Wednesdays three or four weeks at a time, and schedule them to automatically post on Wednesday mornings. Now I have always loved going through old photos, so for me this was very therapeutic. But I must admit that I felt a little guilty that my subscribers were only getting photos and not actual blog posts that they had signed up for. Then one day my husband asked me, “what exactly is Wordless Wednesday?” I gave him the best answer I could, but he still looked at me like I was crazy and didn’t understand it. We talked about it for another 30 minutes or so and finally he understood. After that discussion, I thought well maybe I should explain what Wordless Wednesday is all about. That was the first blog I wrote in 2021 back in January.
Sometime in early April, I was looking at the stats of my blog posts, and I noticed that one particular blog, What is Wordless Wednesday, was getting quite a few views almost everyday. At first I didn’t really think anything of it, but the more I checked my stats the more views it was getting. If you didn’t know, I only write this blog. My husband (and my IT guy) does all the behind the scene stuff and troubleshooting. So I mentioned this up tick in views to him, and he looked into it for me. As he explained it Wordless Wednesday was very popular in the 2010s and has gained even more popularity during these COVID-19 times. So now there are a lot of people searching for; wordless Wednesday, what is wordless Wednesday, or wordless Wednesday meaning on Google. Since the name of my blog post explaining it is named ‘what is wordless Wednesday, it has probably always shown up on the first page of results. As more and more people clicked on the link and read my blog, the higher it got on the result page. And now my blog post is the number two result on Google.
I say all the time that I have no idea what direction this genealogy journey will take me. All this time I’ve been thinking that I was using Wordless Wednesday posts as a crutch, so I could have some kind of content on my blog during a time when I didn’t have much to write about. Only to learn that my ‘What is Wordless Wednesday’ blog is my most popular blog post ever with over 550 views since January 2021. My second highest blog post has 246 views and it was posted in 2017. What started out as a way to get my family and friends more involved with my genealogy and reading my blog has actually allowed hundreds of people to read about the two things I’m most passionate about, family history and family photos. I have been able to reach more people than I ever thought was possible, and for that I am truly thankful.