Let me begin by saying, I don’t care what you do with your genealogy blog. I only care about what I do. That’s not meant to sound mean. I just don’t want to have you think I’m “instructing” you on how you have to promote your articles. What I am asking is…
Are You A Blog Snob?
I had an interesting discussion with some genealogy folks on Facebook last week about leaving comments. It’s no secret that I find it very frustrating to write a comment on someone’s blog, only to discover they have no way to leave a comment using the Name/URL choice. One person even said, “I don’t care if anyone leaves comments or not”, and “I just tell them to get a g-mail account”. I found that a bit callous and unfriendly, but also made me ask the question in the title of this post: What Is The Point Of Your Genealogy Blog Then?
Obviously, this is mostly an issue with Google Blogger hosted blogs. Of course, Google is going to promote their platform and other Google based applications. Fine, I get that. But isn’t genealogy and blogging about sharing information and ideas? What if you wrote a really great post and actually wanted to share it with other people?
My Reasons For Writing This Blog
First, and foremost, I write articles here because I want to share our family histories with everyone. I also want to preserve my articles for the grandkids and beyond so I use Tabbloid because it turns them into PDF files that I can then put in a folder. Tabbloid is a wonderfully FREE service by Hewlett Packard. They can turn any favorite feed into a magazine and then they will email it to you promptly. Yes, even including the photos and graphics in your post.
Recently, I began another free way of sharing genealogy and history based articles using Small River’s paper.li and created The Genealogists #Genealogy Daily. Because I already had created a list of genealogists with my Twitter account (find me as webduck on Twitter) I used that particular @webduck/genealogists way to incorporate like-minded writers into the (twice) Daily publication. It was so easy, free, and helps by promoting genealogy and history blogs all in one place. It’s not a popularity contest like the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs, but a way to put us all on an even playing field. That’s not sour grapes by me, I just think there are MORE than 40 top blogs.
The thrust of all this is that while I certainly do promote my own genealogy blog, I want to help promote yours too. If you write some great content I want to be able to hit the share button and post it to Twitter or any other social networking site. Please help me help YOU!