17 April 2014

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...]

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