Twenty-four months. That is how long it has been since I began writing this blog. And by pure coincidence, this is my one-hundred-and-twenty-fourth post. A great deal has changed since I began–my child has grown from a toddler to a preschooler–but other things are comfortingly familiar. The second post I ever produced was about the 168th Lorain County Fair; the 170th fair kicks off this weekend.
I wrote recently that I was considering how best to proceed moving forward with this work. When I began writing two years ago, I had a backlog of research from which to draw. Consequently, I could produce multiple posts each month. That is no longer the case. I have written up all the research I had completed, and every new post requires starting from scratch. That means more time between entries. It is hard for me to believe, but I began the blog with a string of sixteen posts in the span of eighteen days. Now I am producing about one per month.
For a few weeks, I have debated whether this ought to be my farewell essay. It seemed poetic to end on an anniversary. But I realized as the date drew nearer that I was reluctant to do that. I enjoy writing these stories and I especially enjoy interacting with all the readers. So instead, I am going to put the following questions to all of you: what were your favorite posts that you read here and why? Are there people or topics that you are particularly interested to learn more about? Do you have engaging stories from your own family history that you have always wanted to verify or disprove? Do you have local documents from the nineteenth century that you would be willing to share?
As always, I welcome your questions and comments. Just click, “Leave a reply,” under any post title.