GeneaBloggers New Year’s Resolutions

Here is list of my goals for GeneaBloggers for 2010:

I always use the exercise “If an alien spaceship were to land and take a look at . . .” when analyzing a blog or website – meaning, what would someone totally unfamiliar with genealogy blogging and GeneaBloggers think if they visited the blog? Is the message clear that it is a resource site on how to get started blogging your ancestors as well as how to keep the blogging momentum going?

Right now, I think I can do better in terms of organizing

1. Utilize a Web Toolbar

Just like some blogs and websites have developed a downloadable toolbar to make their sites more useful (see the March 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine), I need to develop one for GeneaBloggers. I want to include a search function so users can search across all 800+ genealogy blogs. I also want to include a link to GeneaBloggers resources pages on PDFs, photos, data backup and more!

2.  Make “Getting Started” More Prominent

Those who are new to genealogy blogging or who want to know how to get started should be able to find a series of “how tos” quickly. This is not happening right now.

3. Separate Area for Blogging Prompts

While I continue to stress the importance of the Daily Blogging Prompts as well as carnivals and memes, I think right now they take up too much room on the GeneaBloggers site.

I need a better way to organize these posts as well as the roll-up widgets that display the posts from members of GeneaBloggers.

4. Create Podcasts and Webcasts

People learn through various methods and I think that having step-by-step instructional videos would greatly help those who have questions on how to set up a blog, how to add widgets etc.

In addition, a regularly scheduled podcast would be geared more towards discussion of topics rather than instructions or how-tos. One idea is to have a monthly call-in type radio program where there is participation from the genealogy community.

5. Seek More Guest Posts

Following the example set by Gini Webb and her series of May I Introduce To You posts about new genealogy bloggers, it would be great to have other genealogy bloggers contribute periodically to GeneaBloggers as guest authors.

6. Develop a Mobile Version of GeneaBloggers

Make GeneaBloggers more mobile app friendly as well as develop a mobile app to assist genealogists with their research.

7. Larger Conference Presence

Currently, GeneaBloggers is scheduled to have a presence at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona on January 22-23, 2010 as well as the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree June 11-13, 2010.

Investigate attending at several other conferences including NGS, FGS as well as others.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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Treasure Chest Thursday December 31, 2009

Today is Treasure Chest Thursday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Treasure Chest Thursday. What is it?

Treasure Chest Thursday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Treasure Chest Thursday simply create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. You can read more about Treasure Chest Thursdayhere at gene@pedia.

A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

Here are the latest Treasure Chest Thursday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

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Wordless Wednesday December 30, 2009

Today is Wordless Wednesday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Wordless Wednesday. What is it?

Wordless Wednesday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Wordless Wednesday simply create a post with the main focus being a photograph or image. Some people also include attribute information as to the source of the image (date, location, owner, etc.). Some have begun doing a “Not So Wordless Wednesday” with the main focus still being an image but there is a backstory to the image. You can read more about Wordless Wednsday here at gene@pedia.

Here are the latest Wordless Wednesday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

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