First off, rumors of my demise have been premature. I may be preoccupied with the dead, but I still occupy a place among the living. More on my silence in just a moment.
Second off, rumors of the demise of Internet genealogy are also premature. Yes, I know that most of you have heard no such rumor. The news has been restricted to personnel at new genealogy sites experiencing their first December. I have a private message for you newbies. The rest of you can tune out for a couple of paragraphs if you like.
When you experience it for the first time, it's pretty scary. Ever since Thanksgiving site traffic has been dropping like a rock. The worst is yet to come. Hang on tight. The trend continues until the big day. Last year no more than a peck of us did online genealogy on Christmas day. I could hear echoes of my keyboard tapping as I wandered alone around Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org last year.
But don't despair. New Years resolutions are just around the corner. Come January your traffic will come storming back. You may even exceed your pre-Thanksgiving numbers. So tighten your belt. Celebrate the season of the year when the powers of light put an end to the encroaching darkness. We celebrate the turning of the tide--as Jack Sparrow might say--"astronomically and spiritually."
P.S. Thirdly, part and Christmas parcel with decreased time to do genealogy is decreased time to write and read blogs. Commensurately, I haven’t been writing much. What I do write I will keep short and inconsequential. My gift to you for the holidays... ;-)