17 September 2014

Too many blogs

I have four active blogs, and it is too many. I originally thought that having multiple blogs would allow people to get everything they need on a single topic in one place, and that is still true. My Fiji Genealogy blog is separate from my personal blog and my Social Media and Genealogy blog and my business blog, and so readers can go to one place and not be bothered by unrelated topics that do not interest them. This reasoning is still valid, I think, but after all these years four blogs is … [Read more...]

Why a blog is more attractive than a website

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you are better off publishing parts of your tree as separate articles in a blog than as a full family tree website as produced by most family tree programs. My reasoning will be demonstrated by searching for a name and a place that I am interested in for my own family history: The very first result in this list is a blog post:  Compare that page with this one:  Which one looks more interesting? Which one would look more interesting to … [Read more...]

Family history societies using social media

I have written previously about how family history societies can use social media and why I think they should. Social media is a great way to connect with people and let them know what you offer, especially people you may not otherwise reach. I would love to start a list of societies that use social media - Facebook, Twitter, a blog, Flickr, YouTube, and so on - and put it on this site somewhere. Currently the list is so small that it seems almost counter-productive, but I am willing to try … [Read more...]

Blog overload

There are a lot of great blogs out there, and I try to follow as many as I can. I usually learn something new in every one of them - sometimes about genealogy sources or methods, sometimes about the person writing the blog or the family they are writing about. Blogs are a great resource. Sometimes, though, if I haven't been reading them for a while, it's difficult to catch up. The bigger that number of unread posts gets, the less I feel like going in there and tackling them. It becomes … [Read more...]