It’s a New Year (yikes!—we’re already three weeks into the New Year!), and I thought I’d take a break from researching and note-taking for quick look back at our 2021 year of blogging at Clark House Historian. The blog is about to celebrate its seventh anniversary (on March 29), and 2021 was our most productive year so far, sharing more posts, documents, and historic maps and images with our readers than ever before.
The author, hard at work. For full photo credits, see below. Click to open larger image in new window.
Clark House Historian: the 2021 blog stats
As the blog’s About page explains:
As the volunteer historian for the Jonathan Clark House Museum in Mequon, Wisconsin, I like to investigate and share the stories of the Clarks, their relatives, neighbors, friends, and the world in which they lived. From time to time I write about current events in light of historical precedent and circumstances.
To that end, our blog stats for 2021 include:
• 130 posts published
• 139,700 total words posted (both my thoughts and quoted material)
• 1,091 average words per post
• 8,362 total views
• 2,533 visitors
• 3.30 views per visitor
• 123 comments from readers (and replies from me)
• 102 Likes from WordPress readers
The vast majority of our readers (7,833) were from the United States, followed by 105 views from India, double-digit viewings from another dozen countries, and single-digit views from a dozen other places. Based on the contents of my WordPress spam filter/folder, a fair number of those international visits were spam attempts. On the other hand, I was in contact with at least one reader from Canada, and the 70 Canadian views and 44 United Kingdom views probably represent several actual overseas readers. (And if you are a non-spamming overseas reader, please say hello! Send me a note via our Contact link. I’d like know what you think about the blog and our Clark House history.)
One other caveat for the stats: I use the blog as a reference and filing system for much of my Clark House research. When I am writing a new post that builds on previous CHH essays and visual materials, I will often return to the blog for information and to link to earlier posts. So a non-trivial percentage of the “Total Views” number probably includes my return visits to the blog.
Popular posts and series
Not surprisingly, the blog’s home page/archives was the most frequently visited page, with 2,815 views in 2021. The most popular single post—by a landslide—was How’d they get here? – early Erie Canal images with 1,208 views. The next five most-popular 2021 posts were:
• Erie Canal – the Bonniwell Family 1832-39, mapping the migration of one of Mequon’s preeminent settler families from England to Wisconsin Territory
• Lesen Sie Kurrent?, our introduction to 19th-century German cursive handwriting
• Monday: Map Day! – How’d they get here?, the first installment in one of 2021’s biggest projects, the ongoing “How’d they get here?” series. This is a great place to catch up on some of the key players in the Clark House story, illustrated with some outstanding early maps.
• JMC in the U.S. Army Register is an older post, from 2016, but got a lot of views in 2021
• Henry Clark’s last days rounds out our Top 5 most-read posts of 2021
New family photos!
Perhaps my favorite discoveries in 2021 were two fabulous, previously unknown photographs of the eldest and youngest of the Clark family daughters, Caroline M. (Clark) Woodward and Jennie M. (Clark) Morrison
For full photo credits, see below. Click each photo to open larger image in a new window.
The photo of Caroline M. (Clark) Woodward (left) was made around 1890 and is the earliest image of her that we know of. Many thanks to our new friends at the Frances Willard House Museum and Women’s Christian Temperance Union Archives, Evanston, Illinois, especially their expert and friendly archivist, Janet Olson, for help in finding the photo and for giving us permission to publish. For the full story, see our post Another family portrait! Caroline (Clark) Woodward, c. 1890s
The photo of young Dr. Jennie Clark Morrison, DDS, (right) is the first photo of this Clark daughter we have ever found. It dates from about 1882. For details—and an introduction to Jennie’s career as a “Lady Dentist,” see our post A family photograph! Jennie Clark Morrison, 1882.
I’m finally getting back to writing after the unfortunate events of last November, and the busy—but considerably more pleasant—family time around the holidays, and I look forward to getting back online again with regular posts of new Clark House information. We will add new posts to our various occasional series such as “How’d they get here?” and “Monday: Map Day!” as well as our ongoing quest to solve nagging family mysteries such as Henry Clark’s alleged Civil War service, Jonathan Clark’s Vermont and/or Lower Canada roots, and more.
Last year I began an Index for the blog. The index still needs a lot of work; I’ll see what I can do about that later this year. I have also updated the blog’s Copyright & Disclaimers page. Take a look when you have time.
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Send me your questions, comments, and suggestions. And if you have historic photographs, drawings, maps or other documents that you’d like to share, send them along! I’d love to look at them, discuss them with you, and possibly share with our CHH readers.
- [Editor], daguerreotype with added color highlights c.1855 (slightly cropped, and color adjusted), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Charles Isaacs, (link), Creative Commons CC0 license. (Look familiar? See our May 28, 2021 post, The work continues… for details.)
- Caroline M. (Clark) Woodward, inscribed “Mrs. C. M. Woodward, Supt. Work among Railroad Employes, N.W.C.T.U.”, photograph, Townsend Elite Studio, Lincoln, Nebraska, circa 1889-1900. Photo courtesy Frances Willard House Museum & WCTU Archives, Evanston, Illinois.
- Jennie Clark Morrison (“Mrs. F. S. Morrison”), detail from composite photograph “Class of 1882, University of Michigan School of Dentistry; UM_DDS_1882.” Public domain, courtesy of University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed: September 15, 2021.