Cow Hampshire Blog Celebrates 12 Years

Partial screenshot of Cow Hampshire
blog in 2011.

It is amazing even for me to realize that I am celebrating this history blog’s 12th Anniversary (or Birthday or Creation Day) on March 16, 2018.  New Hampshire is a rich state–its residents make it so.  Their stories are varied and fascinating.  I have so many more people, places and events that I hope to have time to write about.

I also focus on New Hampshire women who have been left out of the history books.  If we don’t tell their stories, no one will tell ours. In the past year and a half, my primary work has been to research and document the heroes of World War I.  I hope I do their story’s justice, and shine a light on their faces, deeds and sacrifice.

In the past 12 years my blog name has not changed, though the general look and color scheme has been altered slightly (see an early view of how my blog looked in the screen shot at the top of this page).  I am deeply grateful to my readers, new and old, who visit and read.  Special thanks to everyone who has helped me research, or left a comment of support, a question, or a criticism.

Pine Island Park Ticket, circa 1951, Manchester
Historic Society Collection. Used
with permission

I have detailed in the past what the “reader’s favorites” and most popular posts have been. My stories about odd deaths, ghosts, and unusual events seem to be the most popular topics, the natural result of my research into the rare and unusual stories of local history and people.

The most read top 5 stories on this blog are (in this order):
1. The Darker Side of Manchester NH’s Pine Island Park
2. The Ghost of Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods NH
3. New Hampshire’s Native Americans: Hiding in Plain Sight
4. Manchester New Hampshire’s Restaurant Innovators: Richard “Dick” and Maurice “Mac” McDonald
5. New Hampshire’s Castles

Blogging (basically this means writing regularly scheduled articles on specific topics with the ability for readers to comment) is a wonderful way to connect your family genealogy, and local history stories with others. The blogging process is not dying out as some imply, but rather the news media sites now imitate this process.

If you are a genealogy or history blogger, and you have a FaceBook account, please join the Genealogy Bloggers group to share your creativity with other bloggers, obtain their feedback, and hopefully become a better writer in the process.



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10 Responses to Cow Hampshire Blog Celebrates 12 Years

  1. Congratulations on your 12th blogiversary! I enjoy reading your well-researched and thought-provoking posts.

  2. Firelands says:

    Congratulations, Janice, on a great achievement!

  3. Amy says:

    Congratulations! Twelve years—you must have been one of the first genealogy bloggers! I didn’t even know what a blog was back then. 🙂

  4. emptybranches says:

    Congratulations on your 12th blogiversary! I enjoy your stories and have a few ancestral ties to New Hampshire myself. Hope you enjoy many more years of blogging.

  5. balinagra says:

    congratulations!! I may not comment on each blog, but I sure enjoy seeing them in my mail folder when they come in! Always love the touch of genealogy!!!

  6. Virginia Penrod says:

    Congratulations and looking forward to many more years. You’ve tickled my brain and warmed my heart ❤️ in ever so many ways. I love you, not just because you’re my favorite cousin…sorta Sister…. but also precious forever friend . You are the GIFT on this,special day

  7. heatherrojo says:

    Congratulations on a dozen years! That’s quite a milestone. It’s amazing how many fun stories you come up with from our beautiful state of New Hampshire!

  8. Congratulations on your 12th Blogiversary, Janice and Cow Hampshire Blog. Best wishes for many, many more years of wonderful posts.

  9. Jill Reynolds says:

    Thank you for your efforts. I found out about the Blog at our Historical Society Meeting, we were following events from the Spring of 2017, and the US entrance to WWI.
    I will continue! I really enjoy the blog

  10. Michael says:

    Congratulations, Janice! I enjoy your blog and the community you’ve fostered on Facebook. Here’s to another dozen years.

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