Thomas Takes a Vacation – The World Does Not End


Just a quick note to let you know that I was out of town for almost a week and am now home in Chicago catching up.  I spent a few days a the SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California and then headed east to Palm Springs for a few days of vacation.

During this entire time I had little or no Internet connectivity and guess what? My world did not end and it was a good thing.  It gave me time to think through a lot of issues that have come up lately in terms of administering the GeneaBloggers site and also how I approach making money in the genealogy field.

I’ve reached some preliminary conclusions which I’ll share with you over the next few days. Don’t worry – while some will affect how GeneaBloggers is run, especially now that we have maxed out Google Reader with its 2,000 blog limit, some changes will be minor.

And some changes are personal and involve lifestyle changes – all for the better and when I feel comfortable sharing them with you, I will.

I strongly encourage that at least once a year, you take a “total disconnect” vacation as I am calling it.  While I did this unwillingly in the beginning of my absence, by Sunday I was able to take a “let go and let G_d” attitude which has been very peaceful, and surprisingly productive.

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Let’s make this an Open Thread Thursday! What are your thoughts on “disconnecting” – do you find it difficult to do? Do you actually ever disconnect at least once a year? Any tips or advice for someone who feels the need to be totally connected?

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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