There is cause for a bit of celebration as today marks one year since I started this little foray into the blogosphere. Occasions such as this are worthy of a vintage conga line!
My aim was to post at least once a week for a year and with seventy posts I’ve managed to exceed that. Along the way I’ve met some fantastic people, been welcomed into an inspiring community of bloggers, made national headlines by sharing the story behind this ferret pinching and heart stealing rogue and bantered with several radio hosts.
Learning the ropes of setting up and running a blog has been an interesting learning experience. It has also been entertaining seeing what search terms people have used to find my blog. Here are a few highlights:
history of the sick bag
will new zealand be invaded
how to stay safe during a bombing raid (this one made me a little worried…)
what do you do after a bombing raid (yay, they survived!).
men wearing aprons
spying on wife on beach (thanks to this post I’m guessing)
silly geeks (guilty as charged)
Besides the beautiful Daniel Tohill, the most sought after subject I’ve blogged about is this post on the recent combat history of T-34 tanks. Scarcely a day goes by without many international visitors looking for information on where they might still be in service and the post has even resulted in my being invited to a tank museum in Moscow (an offer that I really should take up when I can afford it!). However the most satisfying visits for me are those by people who find my blog while searching for information on extremely specific snippets of New Zealand history – often subjects that have little other internet presence. I like to think that I’m helping fuel other people’s interest in our fascinating past.
So what is on the horizon? Well I’m pleased to announce that I have no intention of ending History Geek anytime soon. There are plenty of stories still to share from my own collection of historical ephemera, plenty of previously unpublished photos, some war stories to share from the front-lines of archival research and some big historical centenaries are just around the corner. Yes, I’m looking at you Kaiser Wilhelm. And also a particularly big bi-centenary the year after that. See, I haven’t forgotten you Napoleon.
This year also marks 150 years since the British invasion of the Waikato so I’ll be dedicating some time to sharing some stories from the New Zealand Wars. On top of all that there are also a few special surprises in store.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the past year – especially my regular readers.
© Lemuel Lyes