It’s the little things… an evaluation of blogging’s “seedlings” on the Web

Posted on February 28, 2013 by


English: Drawing of Jonathan Chapman, aka John...

English: Drawing of Jonathan Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some folks obsess on numbers; some way too much.

Some even write to score numbers.

That’s fine. To each his/her own.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to see that folks are visiting the blog, but I’ve moved on from the “obsessed by numbers phase”. In my first year or two of writing the blog… oh, yes; I was so there… but not now.

These days I’m more of the “build it and they will come” philosophy… not that “they” will come to each and every post, but… at least to some. It might be that the philosophy ranks something along the lines of a “Johnny Appleseed” mentality of blogging… setting seedlings along the way, and then moving on to another day and another topic… finding the most satisfaction in feeling contributions were something of content… something of substance… something of value… and hopefully, something that will endure. I’ve written about my desire for the longevity of content before, and I might do so again. Nonetheless, different people have different philosophies as to why they write, and that’s part of mine. Ultimately, really… I gain little to nothing – materially speaking – from it… and that’s really o.k. To be honest, if anything material is gained from these efforts, it shouldn’t be surprising that I turn it around and put it right back into “the cycle” to do more for the “propagation” of history.

Still, once in a while, someone taps me on the shoulder, and points to a “planting”… or a few… to let me know that a it has developed into something greater than a seedling.  Of course, as the “seeder”/writer, I can’t help but be excited that the seedling grew and that someone took note, and took time to let me know.

Last night, I received an email from Steven Smith, the Chair of the Darien 150th Commemoration Committee

We are planning an epic event this year that involves a variety of activities that include a lecture series, town festival, living history encampment, educational activities for our students, and a small museum in the town’s  civic center.  We came across your incredible article.  We would like to make Elizabeth Geary’s story a part of our museum.

Steven is referring to my post, “Georgia on my mind… and a different sort of Southern Unionist“, which appeared on January 18. Of course, I’m only to happy to help, and conveyed that in a response email this morning. What a rewarding treat!

First and foremost, I’m thankful that the story of the Geary family gains traction… well, frankly… it gets on the radar altogether. After combing through 55 pages of the Claims Commission application, I developed a story that made for (what I thought) was a good post. Apart from the claim itself, I found nothing of detail about the family and their part in the story of the burning of Darien. So, really… the story emerged from raw content. It received comments, for which I was appreciative, and then I moved on, on another day, to another post. But then… this! It’s great to think that my post – only secondary in overall importance to the larger part of this – brought the story of one family’s experiences to the attention of another, especially when the commemoration of the event is coming up this year, and that person has a significant part in making the event worthwhile.

To me, this is a significant part of what makes blogging rewarding. It’s effective propagation of a thing two of the things (history… and, of course, writing about history) that I love doing, very much.