May I Introduce To You . . . Carol Bowen Stevens

Carol Bowen Stevens

I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Carol of the Reflections From the Fence blog, “A blog about this and that from my world of family research, Yorkies, photography, RV’s and traveling.”

Carol blogs about her family history, traveling in her recreational vehicle with “Man” (her husband), her Yorkies, nature, and whatever else comes to her mind.

Carol’s interest in her family history started thru some very difficult times in her life. Carol’s son and his grandmother spent a summer recording her family information. He went back to school and handed the project off to Carol.

Carol had lost her job, her social structure, lost three very important men in her life and was abandoned by her church and other affiliations. Carol needed something different in her life and family history research was it. As in Carol’s own words, “the rest, as they say, is history…family history!” Carol has been researching her family history since 1991.

Carol’s Family and Her Blog

Carol’s family appreciates and very much likes her blog. She has actually overheard several family members brag about it to their friends!

Carol’s husband “Man” reads it all. If he has to, he will read several posts to catch up. Carol’s Mom also reads her blog. She will email Carol mentioning something that Carol had shared on her blog that was not mentioned in any other way.

Carol’s sons are at that place in their lives that they are just very busy. They are lucky to get six hours of sleep at night, so, they depend on Carol to send them links to posts she may feel important, such as birthdays and anniversary celebrations.

Carol’s cousins, Anne from GeneNotes, and Karen from Genealogy Frame of Mind, also genealogy bloggers, are regular followers and readers. Several of Carol’s RV friends also follow, some do so daily. Carol knows this because they write to her frequently commenting on her latest posts. Carol very much appreciates her followers and loves comments that are left on her blog.

How Carol Follows the Rest of Us

Carol uses Google Reader to stay connected and up to date with fellow bloggers. When Carol leaves a comment on one of the wonderful blogs, she will go directly to their blog. At one time Carol did use her email to stay up to date but prefers Google Reader to email any day.

Carol follows about 90 blogs on a typical day. If they post that day, Carol reads them that day. She is thankful that not all post at the same time everyday!

Carols Thoughts on Blogging

Carol never had any concerns when it came to blogging. Her cousins Anne and Karen and a good friend “Wild One Diane” encouraged and pushed Carol to start blogging. Next thing she knew, she was a blogger! Since Carol barely knew what a blog was, she felt no knowledge was a blessing, she just jumped in with both feet and started running.

Carol had web pages at GeoCities (no longer available) and thought that was sufficient to share parts of her life and research…she now knows different. In Carol’s words “when GeoCities went to where ever it is that defunct Internet web pages go, I transferred most of my web pages to a blog format.”

Carol encourages all researchers to try blogging. She feels that blogging has given her the opportunity to look at all of her research in a different way. It almost always sends her looking at her database, her research, facts, and an understanding with a fresh approach.

Carol will usually do additional research during the writing process and finds new information, increasing her knowledge and her family history. For Carol’s family history, blogging has been a very “good thing.”

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Please take a moment to head over to Carol’s blog, leaving her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Carol.

© 2010, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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