Today I’m talking about blogs as part of the Seniors’ Month activities.
Different people tell me the very word “blog” makes their eyes cross and sends them to sleep. My goals for the talk are:
- Not to go blank when someone mentions blogs
- to be able to recognise one when you meet it
- not be afraid to interact with one.
Can I convince other family historians of these benefits of blogging?
- Learn new research strategies
- Cousin connections
- Regional history and information
- Get ideas for your own family history writing
- Build a network of good bloggers and be part of their support team
- News bulletins and information
Let’s hope I can persuade a few listeners to jump on the blogging magic carpet around the world, either as readers or writers.
How did the talk go? Not sure – there may be a few converts to reading blogs and one or two interested in writing them, but hopefully those who attended will at least feel they know more about what blogs actually are. Thanks to all those who came along to hear this talk, hosted by the Northern Territory Archives and the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory.
13 thoughts on “Learning about blogs”
A short, pithy summary of all that blogging is about. I like the logo as well. .
Thanks Susan, I prepared the text beforehand from my slides so I could show anyone who was interested in writing a blog, just how easy it can be.
By blogging about my family, I learned so much from readers!
I agree currentdescendant, blogging gives us so much more than we anticipated when we started.
Thank you for inspiring me Pauleen. I was terrified of blogging, but after your talk I am determined to give it a go!
Great news Jessica! Do give it a go, and list your blog with Geneabloggers -you’ll be amazed by the support you’ll get. Also do let me know as well so I can follow along. Look forward to seeing what you write.
Also happy to provide further advice if it’s useful.
Thank you so much, I am quite sure I will need it! And just while we are on the topic, do you have any advice for choosing a blog name and/or username?
hi Jessica, Not an easy question and perhaps best answered by reflecting on how you see genealogy/family history, and any particularities of your own family history. I’ll email you as well. Cheers Pauleen
I started blogging after listening to a presentation at my local genealogy group. I hadn’t even been reading any before that. It changed my life! I hope you’ve inspired someone to take the plunge! It’s not as hard as it seems. And you meet so many interesting people and cousins.
Isn’t it interesting Kristin how one small thing can change what we do. The community aspect of blogging has been a highlight for me though I admit to having been haphazard lately.
I’m sure your talk was a great success. You have a couple of super exemplars in your blogs to demonstrate what a fine medium blogging is.
Thanks Jill…let’s hope blogging is less mysterious at any rate.