Happy Anniversary to Karen’s Chatt!

This is the one year anniversary of Karen’s Chatt. It is hard to believe that one whole year had passed since Jeff created this website for me. I have read that the average life of a website is 100 days. I think we have done pretty well considering this is primarily a family-specific website.

Below are some statistics for Karen’s Chatt during the past year:

  • There were 4,358 visits to the website.
  • There were 1,718 unique/different visitors to the website.
  • There were 13,638 page views.
  • Visitors viewed an average of 3.13 pages per visit.
  • Visitors spent an average of 4 minutes and 50 seconds per visit.

There were visits from 69 different countries. Some of the more unusual countries were Moldova, Burma, Russia, Ethiopia, Qatar, and Slovenia, to name a few. I am even not sure where some of them are located.

It is no surprise that most visits were from the United States, with a total of 3,961 visits. The top ten countries were US, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Russia, Ireland, Brazil, US Virgin Islands, and India.

There were visits from every state in the union except one. There were no visits from Maine. That’s ok. I have never been to Maine either.

Most visits came from Ohio, a total of 2,054 visits. Indiana came in second with 534 visits. Rounding out the top ten states were California, Illinois, Colorado, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Arizona.

The most popular static pages on the website were the gallery/photo pages. The Schumm Gallery was the most viewed. Following that were the Brewster Gallery, Links page, Schinnerer/Scaer Gallery, Photos page, and the Miller Gallery.

The most popular blogs were Ten Tech Tools and Tips, Tombstone Tuesday: Jacob Miller, Changes in Technology over the Years, and Dropping Pennies.

Many people found Karen’s Chatt by entering specific words or phrases on a search engine. There were 899 various search terms that were used. Here are just a few:

  • Nicholas Headington War of 1812 (93 searches. I guess I really need to blog about him!)
  • Marie Kessler (19 searches. There was a lot of interest in my great-great-grandmother.)
  • Changes in Technology over the years (19 searches)
  • Dropping Pennies song, Hear the Pennies Dropping, etc. (40 searches! Who knew this catchy Sunday School song is so popular!)
  • My interest is Chatt (Mine, too!)
  • Scary Santa (6 searches. Did others find my Uncle Kenny/Santa scary?)
  • Schinnerer clan
  • Van Wert, Georgia destructed (Is there a Van Wert, Georgia?)
  • Christian Hoffman and Maria Schinnsler, Van Wert, Ohio (Were they looking for Schinnsler or Schinnerer?)
  • Who does the Bluetooth lady’s voice? (I don’t know. She stopped talking to me several months ago.)
  • Flip Pal Memorial Day (A Flip Pal scanner is handy on any holiday.)
  • Hide Schumm zeugen jehovas (I’m sorry. I can’t help you with this one. I do know that Zeugen is a witness/sponsor at baptism.)
  • The last two search terms on the list appeared to be in Russian.

Karen’s Chatt is still a work in progress. I would like to put more genealogy on the Family pages but I haven’t decided what format I want to use. I have more photos to upload. It would be a great asset if I had a faster Internet service to upload photos. I refer to our wireless service here as “glorified dial-up”.

I have accomplished several things I had hoped to. I am writing about my family history and sharing the information in my blogs. I am doing more cemetery research and as a result posting my weekly Tombstone Tuesday blog.

I was able to help a couple people with their family research and I even met some distant relatives. We shared photos and information and I gained some new information, too!

And I joined the great group of Geneabloggers! Geneabloggers wear those colorful beads at conferences. If you haven’t already you should check out the vast number of family history blogs in this group.

My readers are great. In fact one kindly gave me some advice for self improvement. She suggested that I need to “lighten up”. Her comment was in response to me asking her to correct some misinformation she had published about one of my ancestors. I also asked her to give the source of a group of photos that she took from this website without my permission. She had put those photos on her Ancestry page. I asked her state where the photos came from by labeling each, “Photos courtesy of Karen Miller Bennett” and my URL.

She wrote to me:  I do not need your permission to use those pictures. If you don’t want anyone to have those pictures make them private! You need to lighten up and realize that mistakes are made, I try to research and I add and delete things all the time. First thing you should do is make your site private then nobody will bother you. Please don’t contact me again.

Well, I guess she told me! Hmmm. Let’s see. She doesn’t need my permission to take and use photos from this website? Even photos that I personally took myself? Does the word copyright mean anything anymore? I wonder if she realized what she was writing. Think about it, Missy. If this website were private you wouldn’t have all those nice photos, now would you???

All in all it has been a fun and interesting year. I have learned a lot and I plan to continue writing blogs and adding additional items to Karen’s Chatt. I hope you keep visiting and reading.







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    • Cathy on January 27, 2012 at 4:33 am
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    Congrats on being a year. Just think when you were having issue with site and thought about not continuing it. Aren’t you glad you did. It is wonderful.


    • Joe on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 am
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    Go get’er Tiger!

    • Miriam on January 27, 2012 at 10:10 am
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    Congratulations on your one-year birthday! Good job! it’s wonderful of you to furnish photos for everyone else to copy (not!)

  2. Happy Blogiversary, Karen . . . looking forward to many many more!

  3. Happy 1st Blogiversary, Karen. I hope you have a great 2nd year of blogging.

    • Brian Brewster on January 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm
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    Congrats, glad you stuck it out.

  4. Congrats on your first blogiversary, Karen! Those search terms are a hoot, aren’t they? I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to many more. Hope to see you at OGS and NGS!

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