Genealogy & Technology

Alltop. I don't know how I got there either.

For the past week or so, I’ve noticed in my SiteMeter stats that a some visitors were coming to Little Bytes of Life not via the traditional route: by Googling “Blackthorn walking stick,” “favorite Slovak dish,” “momsense,” “ankleversary” (weird), or by accidentally stumbling across it from a link on another blog.

A few visitors were coming over from a site called Alltop.

I had visited Alltop before. One of my Twitter buddies announced a few months ago – very excitedly – that her site had been selected as one of Alltop’s top military sites. I could see why she was excited: some really terrific and eclectic sites were (are) listed on Alltop.

Here’s how Alltop describes itself:

You can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. To be clear, Alltop sites are starting points—they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In other words, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.”

I’m all for less aggravation.

Yesterday, footnoteMaven announced that Alltop has recently added a category for genealogy. I am so honored to say that Little Bytes of Life has been included as one of the top sites for genealogy.

My first reaction was – and still is – “Seriously? Should someone go back and check his math?”

But I think I’ll just accept the compliment and say THANK YOU.

Thanks to footnoteMaven for the heads-up, and to Alltop for considering my little blog worthy of inclusion… although I still think they should check their math.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, writer, and web developer who has been tracking her ancestors for nearly three decades. She began writing the blog "Little Bytes of Life" in 2007 as a means of “communicating with humans over the age of 1,” though now her writing is mainly focused on genealogy and technology.

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