Nine Years and Future Plans – Happy Blogiversary

Completely satisfied Blogiversary!

Sure, blogiversary is definitely an actual phrase for a weblog’s birthday.

It’s DNAeXplained’s 9th birthday and I almost forgot.

How might I???

What do you get a weblog for its birthday anyway?

Historical past and Modifications

I bear in mind the 4th of July vacation again in 2012 – though that looks like about two lifetimes in the past now.

I used to be making an attempt to discover ways to use WordPress, my chosen running a blog platform, and to turn into acquainted sufficient with how every thing labored so I wouldn’t embarrass myself.

On July 11, 2012, I printed my first very short blog article, simply saying hiya and alluring individuals to subscribe and are available alongside for the journey. And what a journey it has been as we start our 10th 12 months collectively.

I used to be explaining DNA subjects so typically that I figured if I wrote the reply as soon as as an article with footage and graphics, I might save myself (and plenty of different individuals) a substantial amount of effort. I might simply hyperlink my weblog article and never should retype every thing.

Appeared like an incredible thought…proper?

That labored then and nonetheless does, effectively…apart from a few issues:

  • More and more, individuals don’t appear to be all in favour of studying, simply in receiving “a solution.” In different phrases, they typically don’t trouble to really learn articles. Or, in a single lady’s phrases, “You didn’t reply my query. You simply gave me one thing to learn.” Sigh.

I’m mortified after I learn a number of the solutions supplied to individuals on social media – particularly realizing that the individual asking the query has no thought how one can discern between an correct reply and one thing else.

Doubt that? Strive an experiment. Choose any subject the place you’re an professional. Go to a social media group about that subject. Overview the questions and ensuing solutions. Bash head on desk.

  • Issues change over time. We’ve discovered a WHOLE LOT since 2012 within the genetic family tree area. Each vendor platform has modified a number of occasions. New merchandise have been launched which out of date older merchandise and their articles. Some distributors and instruments have disappeared and new ones have emerged. DNA has turn into a family phrase.

The Surprising

Running a blog has resulted in a number of issues I didn’t anticipate:

  • Typically, bloggers turning into targets. That is particularly painful when it comes from inside the neighborhood. Largely, I refuse to present any of that oxygen. Their hatefulness is basically not about me. Nonetheless, it was surprising and painful at first.
  • I obtain between 500 and 1000 emails each single day. Sure, EVERY SINGLE DAY. That’s along with weblog feedback and social media communications. It’s overwhelming, even after deleting apparent spam. This additionally signifies that I don’t catch up, am chronically behind, and by no means actually get a break. (It is a massive cause why bloggers burn out.)


Communications fall into a number of classes:

  • Some emails/communications are individuals reaching out about my (our) ancestors. Clearly, these emails are at all times welcome and infrequently make my day. 😊
  • Some persons are saying thanks or providing recommendations that I typically make the most of as future article subjects. I admire these too.
  • Some individuals remark or take part in a dialogue. These simply require a fast approval and I’m at all times glad to see individuals participating.
  • Some individuals inquire about consulting providers. At this level, I don’t settle for personal purchasers and now not write Y and mitochondrial DNA reviews for individuals. That would change sooner or later, however proper now, I merely refer individuals to others who I do know are certified primarily based on the subject of the request.
  • Many emails are from somebody who desires one thing. For instance – “I’d like to jot down a visitor publish on your weblog.” Translated – “I’d like to make use of the platform you’ve developed over the previous 9 years, and your followers, to profit myself.” The reply is a convincing “NO”! Honestly, I now not reply to those. The delete key suffices. However I nonetheless should learn them.


Some issues have NOT modified:

  • I nonetheless love to clarify and educate in regards to the marriage of DNA and family tree.
  • I nonetheless like to chase my ancestors.
  • No advert coverage – you gained’t see embedded adverts in my articles. When bloggers permit adverts, the adverts present income, however the blogger additionally dangers a substandard product being exhibited to their subscribers and guests. There are typically related, curated, affiliate hyperlinks inside my articles for merchandise that I exploit, however they by no means seem as an advert. I’m not criticizing bloggers who do undertake the advert mannequin – merely explaining to you why I don’t. And sure, I do know I’m foregoing income with this resolution, however I really feel it’s the precise factor to do.


Nearly each side of genetic family tree has improved over the previous 9 years:

  • Autosomal check matches have elevated and are sometimes of a better high quality on account of tens of millions of individuals having examined on the 4 main distributors: FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, and Ancestry. We in all probability had an industry-wide complete of about 2 million testers in 2012, and now I’d wager we’ve greater than 40 million. Extra and higher matches for everybody!
  • Y DNA testing (for males solely) has improved by leaps and bounds, with a mixture of SNP testing with the Large Y-700 check and STR testing with the ability to refine relationships at a really granular degree. This paternal line check plus matching is barely out there at FamilyTreeDNA.
  • Mitochondrial DNA check numbers lag behind different exams, however the Million Mito Challenge will encourage extra testers and refine mitochondrial match leads to a significant means as effectively. We merely want extra testers, identical to we did with autosomal again in 2012. The mitochondrial DNA full sequence test is on the market at FamilyTreeDNA.
  • Each main DNA vendor has added state-of-the-art, modern instruments over time.
  • Each main DNA vendor has been offered/acquired and we’ve all managed to outlive, regardless of teeth-gnashing and predictions of doom.
  • FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage each settle for transfers/uploads from different distributors, making swimming in all of the genetic family tree swimming pools simpler and extra reasonably priced for customers. Click here for step-by-step download/upload instructions.
  • Public consciousness about DNA testing for family tree, well being, and traits has elevated dramatically. We see TV and social media adverts frequently at this time.
  • Methods like triangulation, clustering, and numerous flavors of tree-matching have revolutionized what might be completed with genetic family tree – each confirming and discovering ancestors. Newly found new cousins could also be researching the identical ancestral traces.
  • Folks seeking the identity of parents or other close relatives routinely resolve these puzzles at this time, due to the tens of millions of people that have examined. That was fairly uncommon in 2012.
  • We’re attracting a complete new savvy technology of testers who grew up with and perceive know-how.

The Future

What does the longer term maintain for me and DNAeXplain? To be clear, DNAeXplain is the underlying enterprise/web site and is the weblog, however I typically use them interchangeably since each URLs resolve to the identical location at this time.

At the beginning, I don’t have any intention of stopping. I’m enthusiastic about genetic family tree, have been for 21 years now, and love to jot down articles and share with you. In truth, in the previous couple of months, I’ve added the Y DNA Resources one-stop instructional web page in addition to Mitochondrial DNA.

I’ve had the chance to get to know and meet so many weblog followers. A few of you turned out to be cousins. After all, we’re all associated finally, someplace again in time.

I sit up for in-person conferences once more, however don’t fear – I’ll proceed researching, writing, and protecting subjects on this superb {industry}.

Cousin Bait

I by no means thought of that I’d discover cousins by way of running a blog however that’s labored marvelously – each after I publish the articles and later too.

On a private degree, my 52 Ancestors series has been extraordinarily profitable for a few causes:

  • Every article forces me to confirm and replace my analysis.
  • The articles act as cousin bait. Not solely are they findable utilizing Google, or the weblog search function, I publish the article hyperlinks at WikiTree, MyHeritage, and Ancestry on the profile card for that ancestor. I have to do the identical at FamilySearch as effectively.

Upcoming E book

I’m very excited to have the ability to share with you that I’m finishing a manuscript.

I can’t talk about extra in regards to the e-book simply but, however I ought to have the draft to the editor shortly.


The e-book of our life is written in chapters, identical to the lives of our ancestors had been.

I’m starting a brand new chapter shortly – a transfer to someplace the place it’s hotter.

I don’t know the place simply but (I believe a villa in Tuscany might be out of the query), nor precisely when.

What I do know is that I’ve gathered a HUGE quantity of stuff over the many years that I’ve lived on this home. My mom handed away, so I’ve her issues too.

Family tree books are heavy and require a number of area.

So does paper, as in file cupboards and packing containers of paperwork.

As most of you understand, I’m a quilter – and material is heavy and requires area too.

Movers cost by some mixture of distance, how a lot area your possessions require of their truck, hourly charges, weight and prep required.

Let’s simply say that getting ready to maneuver is proving difficult!

Why am I telling you this?


Over the interval of 9 years, I’ve written and printed 1442 articles. That equates to at least one article about each 2.25 days.

That’s even onerous for me to imagine.

My aim has at all times been to publish:

  • One technical article in the course of the week. Subjects embrace issues like DNA ideas, gross sales, new options, and numerous “how-to” articles.
  • One 52-Ancestors article every weekend.

I’ve exceeded that aim.

For sure, each of these varieties of articles take hours-to-days to analysis, compose and publish.

Throughout these subsequent few months as I’m migrating from one a part of the nation to a different, and one chapter of my life to the following, I could miss my aim of publishing the 52-ancestors article every week. I’ve already compiled the simple ones provided that the following one shall be quantity 338.

These articles require a big quantity of analysis and proper now, I have to give attention to lowering the file cupboards and bookshelves of stuff. And naturally, like several genealogist, I’ve to sift by way of every thing one paper at a time to make certain I’m not disposing of one thing I’ll remorse – like, you understand, my highschool report card. 😊

It’s very troublesome to not run down each rabbit gap! Hey, what’s my good friend in that image beside me on the soccer recreation so far? Oops, an obituary. What about my co-worker that I had a crush on? What do they appear like? Who was sitting on the picnic desk in that household reunion image anyway? I don’t bear in mind them. You get the drift.

The message for you right here is “don’t fear.” A few of these emails and messages are from individuals who care about me and are checking in to make certain nothing is mistaken after I miss publishing an article on my long-established schedule. I actually admire their concern and have been extremely lucky to attach with so many great individuals.

A 12 months from now, we’ll be celebrating DNAeXplain’s 10-year birthday. I hope to be fortunately settled and writing prolifically once more in a brand new workplace in a yet-to-be-selected distant location, experiencing an thrilling new chapter of life. Possibly I’ll simply take you alongside on that journey by way of the facility of storytelling! Don’t we want our ancestors had finished that?

It’s going to be a really, very fascinating 12 months!!!



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