I set up a blog on blogspot.com in 2005, intending to write about my graveyard excursions. But after a few months, I became busy with other things; there were few updates to graveyards.com, and I wrote little on the old blog.
I’ve now set up a new one, hosted here on my own server, and more integrated into the rest of the site – as I’m actively working on graveyards.com regularly again, I hope to have more to report.
The site has grown tremendously in the past year. My focus has shifted from the “featured sites” section to the “cemetery list” section.
At the end of December 2007 the site contained 3209 photos.
Today, one year later, it has 6211 photos.
Early in 2008, I invited others to contribute photos of graveyards I had not yet been to, so that each record in the “cemetery list” database might be illustrated. Many responded to the call! Volunteers throughout Illinois have covered entire counties, some submitting multiple photos of each of dozens of graveyards.
I’d like to think the most prolific contributors: Angie Johnson, Al and Carole Martin, David Habben, Joan Blood, Carol Slingo, and all the others who have sent photographs of Illinois graveyards.