Friday, December 31, 2010

The Most Popular Posts for this Blog: 2010

Okay I admit it, and whether or not Carol (at Reflections From the Fence) would like it to be so, I am often inspired by her. Prompted by Carol's post "2010's Most Popular Posts, Bloggers and Mine", I decided to take a look at my own Blogger Stats to see which blog posts emerged as the most popular of 2010. Here they are; I've added my own commentary about each.

7. Desperation

This post was particularly meaningful for me because the research for it gave me some insight into what my paternal great-grandmother may have experienced.

6. Matrilineal Monday: A mother lost: Mary Fitzpatrick Ball

One of my personal favourites.

5. Tuesday's Tip: An opportunity to own a piece of Irish history

I'm glad readers see value in this tip. I think it's important to be able to contextualize the history of our ancestors.

4. Tombstone Tuesday: Cruciform City: Glasnevin Cemetery

Photographing tombstones in Irish cemeteries is an fascinating pursuit, and I am very grateful to have had the privilege of doing so. It is interesting to note that when I photographed this group of cruciform tombs, I was not yet aware of the fact that one of my Geraghty ancestors was among them.

3. Tombstone Tuesday: A different take: graves without tombstones

This post was the culmination of a very emotional journey for me.

2. Probably General Debility

I still think about little Joseph and would like the opportunity to find his grave in England. This post is from July and I am very glad to know that people still want to read his story.

1. Peter Hart, PhD. Memorial University, Newfoundland (1963-2010)

I was both surprised and pleased that the post for this man was most visited. I greatly admired both the man and his work, and had hoped to one day pursue Ph.D. studies under his tutelage.


  1. MMMM, blush blush blush??? Oh, my, well, thank you so much Jennifer for the nice comments. You know so many of your posts move me deeply, I still think I must have an not-yet-discovered lineage of ALL Irish.

    If I knew a good ole Irish wish for you, I would say in in Irish, but, mmmmm, I don't and I cannot.

    SOOO, Happy New Year,

    will just have to suffice.

  2. Hi Carol, Thanks for your comments, now and the whole year through, and thanks for your inspiration. Happy happy New Year to you and Al, and all the best in 2011. Cheery Be, Jennifer

  3. Hello Jenn,
    Reading your blog is my highlight for the week and have enjoyed reading all of them. the one that touched me the most was number 2, little Joseph. Thank you for sharing this story.
    All the best,

  4. I have not been reading lately, that should have been on my goals list. I agree Carol is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your insights and feelings.
    On old Irish quote...If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough. Happy New Year.

  5. Stellar posts! Your research illuminates the struggles of your family and encourages me to keep digging. May 2011 bring you more successful researches and us more of your wonderful posts!


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