05 May 2014

Why Blog? - Motivation Monday

Why blog?

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I get this question all the time from non-genie friends and family members (and a few genie friends as well). Why did you start? If you haven't received a lot of feedback or my favorite, if you haven't found all your relatives, why continue to blog?

So why do I blog? Well it comes back to podcasts, websites and blogs! I listen to a LOT of podcasts on my daily commute.  There are also a lot of websites and bloggers I follow on a regular basis.  There was a period where ALL mediums were talking about creating your own blog to share information and if you are lucky you will have people share with you. I always kept in the back of my mind but always had "something" else to do.  Finally, I just DID it. I went online and a few clicks later....blog created!!

I do not blog on a regular basis.  I usually have great ideas and then when I finally get to "pen and paper" so to speak, I draw a blank.  But I am trying to get better and one day I will finally get into the routine.  We all have something we should strive for daily!! (I also hope to redesign and/or add more to the blog.  It's on my list :) )

And to answer my friends about what I get from the blog.  Some of my family members read this blog and have made comments about not knowing something or thanking me for sharing information.  So that is good. Currently I have been contacted by a few previously unknown distant cousins, some more helpful than others.  One helpful distant cousin in particular is trying to break through our common Coughlin brick wall.....where in Ireland did brothers Daniel and Thomas Coughlin really come from???? We have emailed and spoken on the telephone (so 20th century I know but it works too!!) and I am confident that one day, ONE DAY, we will be successful!!

I also get the satisfaction of sharing what I may or may not know about my relatives.  I have TONS of photos that I am continually in the process of scanning and labeling with the hopes of putting them online so I can share what I have with family and friends.  I hope they are enjoying them as much as I am.

I also want to give credit and much thanks to the following folks, podcasts, websites who inspired me (aka gave me that nudge) to finally create a blog.  In no particular order they are:
I say if you have ever thought about starting a blog, genealogy related or not, JUST DO IT! Check out the folks I mentioned and I know you will come away with some inspiration. 

The one piece of advise I would give is do what feels right for you.  Some blog daily and others, like me, when the spirit hits you! You can always tweak your blog as you get more comfortable with it.  The blog is how YOU want it to be not how anyone else wants it...just you.


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  2. Thank you for the shout out Denise and you have hit the nail on the head as to why we blog in the genealogy community!

  3. Shout out appreciated! "just do it!" Sums it up perfectly.

  4. Denise, I enjoyed your post and agree with every word. One suggestion when you think of a great blog idea, write it down and perhaps jot a few prompts that will help you remember why you thought of it. I do this in OneNote, I've set up blog notebook and one section is devoted to blog post ideas. I created a table and when I think of something that I would like to blog about, I type it into the table on OneNote with a box icon next to it so that it can be checked off when completed. If the title of the idea isn't something sufficient enough to remind me later what I wanted to blog about, I also include a prompt or two under the future blog title so that I am reminded of what I wanted to share.

    I too often lament that I am not posting daily, but I have found that posting no matter the frequency has worked and I am happy with that. And, who knows, I may someday work up to that daily post.

    Enjoyed your blog and look forward to seeing more.

    1. Thanks Tracy! My problem is when I write these great posts in my mind I'm usually on a bus or a train and without my netbook or paper!!

      I've just started to use OneNote and hope to start using it more for research thanks to the great information put out by Caroline Pointer.

      And yes, one day, a daily post!!

  5. We really appreciate the credit, but know that you had something to tell others about and that it your real motivation!

    George & Drew
    The Genealogy Guys Podcast

  6. Denise,

    I want you to know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/05/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-may-9-2014.html

    Have a great weekend!