Second anniversary of my blog – sharing and learning in community with other genies around the world.

The world is your family tree oyster with blogging. Edited image from Office Clip Art.Today is my second anniversary of blog-writing. It’s been a fascinating journey and one which has taken me on a different path from what I originally anticipated. When I began I wanted to share information on “my” Dorfprozelten immigrants, try to attract anyone with Broadford or East Clare ancestry and share some of my family history research and a little bit about living in the Top End of Australia. I was totally naive about genealogy blogging and didn’t even know Geneabloggers existed or how many genealogy bloggers were out there sharing their research, skills and knowledge.

My first year was a “toe in the water” year as I was still working full-time, unsure about my posts, and not devoting much time to the blog. After finishing work this time last year I ramped up my blog presence and thanks to people like Geneabloggers came to realise just how many fascinating blogs were being written. Tips from other bloggers like Geniaus and then RootsTech 2011 also expanded my techno skills in this area. In those early days, comments from fellow bloggers like Carole Riley inspired me to keep writing and let me know I wasn’t writing into a vacuum.

After two years, I’ve found that it’s the comments from fellow bloggers that I value most of all and so I also make an effort to comment on the various blogs I read. I’m not sure Google Reader is such a good idea because I now have a long list of blogs I look at in varying detail and some I read faithfully every post. 🙂

My most popular single post has been my Dorfprozelten page about the immigrants from that small village on the River Main in Bavaria, Germany. It’s been a great meeting place for people with ancestors from there, and there’ve been wonderful times when I’ve felt a bit like a match-maker connecting linked families. A big bonus! I’m considering splitting this theme off into a separate blog in 2012 and adding more of my research.

I’d love to have heard more from people with ancestors from anywhere in East Clare (from the Limerick/Tipperary border across to Ennis) and especially Broadford, but this hasn’t been as productive as the Dorfprozelten page.

This year I’ve participated in the series designed by Amy Coffin, 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History as well as the Geneabloggers Advent Calendar of Memories. The topics have made me dredge my memory for things that have been mentally filed away for years, so it’s been a great opportunity to revisit them and document the history. My main motivation for posting on these topics has been to leave my own history for my children and descendants so I will be combining these posts into book form (Olive Tree Genealogy has some tips here). It’s also been great fun to do some of the geneamemes that have come through…inspires me to think about what I might do differently, what skills to add to my repertoire and consider which things I want to include vs which I don’t. I also had a crack at a geneameme myself, Beyond the Internet, with the goal of highlighting just how much genealogy information is still off-line and what can be found there.

A while ago I posted on Open Thread Thursday about The Benefits of Blog reading and Why I blog, based on my experiences over the past two years. It’s been a great journey and I’ve gained so much from being part of the online genealogy community – even more valuable to me as I live away from many of the resources and learning opportunities others take for granted.

To all my followers and occasional readers, a HUGE thank you! You have become my online community and it’s your visits and especially your comments that make blogging so interesting and keep up my enthusiasm levels. I look forward to “speaking” with you again in 2012.

25 thoughts on “Second anniversary of my blog – sharing and learning in community with other genies around the world.

  1. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I don’t think I’ve commented but I’ve enjoyed following your Advent Calendar series about Christmas in a far away (to me) part of the world.


    1. hi Kristin, Thanks for visiting and reading the Advent Calendar series. It’s fascinating to read about differences but equally importantly, reading how much we share no matter how distant.


  2. I’m pleased that Silver Voice from Ireland led me to you… and it’s great to be building friendships all around the globe. Ironic though that I would ‘meet’ an ex Brisbane lass who now lives in Darwin through an Irish friend from Limerick! Don’t we live in an incredible and fascinating age… sometimes, I want to put the clock on pause, so I never have to leave this earth. There are so many things to learn and try, so much to do and no strangers, just friends I have yet to meet. I’m hoping to meet Silver Voice in a few months time, perhaps we will also get to meet..

    We are an ever growing community, the village of the future and the past combined… how special is that.


    1. Thanks so much Crissouli. Yes it’s wonderful links like this that make blogging so enjoyable. I’m also pleased that I’ve gained new links into Clare through your posts. Perhaps in 2012 I’ll put my time into Irish research again and yes, perhaps we’ll also get to meet in person one day.


  3. Thanks for the mention, Pauleen.

    I love reading your posts from the “Top End” – they give geneabloggers from all over the world a unique perspective on genealogy in Australia. You are doing a great job to promote Australian genealogy to the world with thoughtful posts of wide appeal.

    Warm Blogiversary wishes from one of your faithful flock.


    1. Thanks Geniaus for your kind words and Blogiversary greetings. It’s the mutual support like this that makes blogging such a great experience and your role in linking Aussie genies is pivotal, for which many thanks.


  4. Congratulations on such a great blogging story. I can echo from my own experience. so much of what you say. I enjoy in particular reading about your Bavarian links and also the light you shed on a very different part of Australia from the more usual south and east perspective that reaches most of us. I shall look forward to reading about your project to combine your postintgs into a book form.. Good luck for a happy third year of blogging!.


    1. Thanks Susan for your kind words. I’m pleased that my blog shares some of a different part of Oz and that we have a common interest in Bavaria. Thanks for your support!


  5. Have been chilling out over Christmas and catching up on posts – loved your Advent diary; loved hearing about your traditions and am just so envious of your wonderful writing style! Happy 2nd anniversary… and I hope to enjoy your writing over your next year! -Angela


    1. Thank you for your very kind words Angela (blush)…compliments are always nice. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2012. I look forward to learning more about Ireland and the Irish from your base in Limerick.


  6. Happy blogiversary! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. I’ve been amazed how similar your experiences in mid-20th century Australia were to mine in a rural area of the US. It’s a small world. Keep up the good work.


    1. Thanks Sheryl. I think one of the benefits of blogging is that we learn how similar we are, even when there are differences -like being upside-down weather-wise.


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