The Bloggers’ Geneameme for NFHM

August 31st, 2013

For National Family History Month, Geniaus compiled another one of her popular geneamemes as a cyber activity. As usual I can’t resist her geneameme challenges so here are my responses to her Bloggers’ Geneameme.

  1. What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s? I have two blogs – my first is on my website and is called SHHE Genie Rambles which is fours years old this month and the second is Diary of an Australian Genealogist which was two years old last month.
  2. Do you have a wonderful “Cousin Bait” blog story? A link to a previous blog post might answer this question. I became total believer in blogs as a means of finding long distant relatives after I wrote my Letters Home: My Irish Families in March 2010. This one post allowed me to make contact with descendants of my gg grandmother’s siblings who I would never have found without them reading my blog after doing a Google search on the family name and place they came from in Ireland. The comments say it all.
  3. Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging? When I retired after 35 years working in government I set up a small part time research and consultancy business with a website and a blog facility in August 2009. I didn’t know much about either but I soon came to see the advantages to blogging both in business and also for my own family history research. Now I can’t imagine life without writing blogs or reading other blogs. They’ve almost replaces newspapers and magazines for me!
  4. How did you decide on your blog/s title/s? Deciding the name of your blog is the hardest part I think. SHHE is the acronym for my business name and Genie Rambles is short for my ramblings on all things genealogy. Diary came about because I was showing people how easy it was to use Blogger and I created Diary as an example which took on a life of its own. I always liked reading Anthony Camp’s Diary of a Genealogist in the UK Federation of Family History Societies print journal (back in the last century) so I thought why not an Australian version.
  5. Do you ever blog from mobile devices? What are they? No only from my laptop as I much prefer a full keyboard to work with. It’s much quicker and easier for me.
  6. How do you let others know when you have published a new post? I use various social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and there are regular subscribers and sometimes my blogs are on shared by cyber friends.
  7. How long have you been blogging? Oops I answered that question in question 1.
  8. What widgets or elements do you consider essential on a genealogy blog? I think letting people make comments is very important, especially if they are long lost relatives. It should be easy for people to sign up to follow your blog and also to share it with others. I also like to see something about the writer and who they are and why they are doing it.
  9. What is the purpose of your blog/s? Who is your intended audience? There are two real purposes – the first is to share my knowledge of genealogy and family history with others and the second is to connect up with others researching my families.
  10. Which of your posts are you particularly proud of? I’m fortunate to go to many genealogy conferences, expos, cruises and I like writing up reports of these events for those who can’t get to these events. I include information and links so that they can get some idea of what I learnt and experienced.
  11. How do you keep up with your blog reading? I used to use Google Reader before it went the way of the dodo, now I have a reading list within Google Blogger. My old list was very ambitious so my new list is more selective but it does depend on how busy I am.
  12. What platform do you use for publishing your blog/s? Diary is on Google Blogger and my website is WordPress. I haven’t tried anything else.
  13. What new features would you like to see in your blogging software? I’m not very techno but I would be happy to adapt any new technology that was useful and suggested by my blogging friends.
  14. Which of your posts has been the most popular with readers? These are usually related to genealogy expos, conferences or cruises that I have attended. I find they have the highest reader statistics.
  15. Are you a sole blogger or do you contribute to a shared blog? Sole blogger although I am a member of Geneabloggers.
  16. How do you compose your blog posts? It depends eg during National Family History Month my posts were mostly related to that or I contribute to specific challenges like ANZAC Day or other bloggers’ theme challenges. Diary is more an ongoing record of what I am doing with genealogy events and my own research and genealogy news that I want to share with others.
  17. Do you have any blogs that are not genealogy related? If you wish please share their titles and URLs. No my whole life is genealogy (sad but true)
  18. Have you listed your blog/s at Geneabloggers? Yes it’s a great way to find out what other blogs are out there.
  19. Which resources have helped you with your blogging? I’ve always liked writing and don’t really use any resources as such. Reading other blogs often gives me inspiration and ideas re style and use of images etc. I probably should use more photos.
  20. What advice would you give to a new Geneablogger? Just do it! Blogs are searchable by Google and you are almost guaranteed that some relative will find you one day. If not, at least you have written up some of your family stories and shared them with others.





Blog of the Year Award

January 8th, 2013

I am honoured to have been nominated for Blog of the Year Award 2012 from Geniaus for my My Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog.  Jill wrote that she read the Diary for the ‘news, views and a slice of life’ which is a nice way of saying that sometimes it’s not always genealogy related. My change of abode (in 2 weeks time) and a more settled lifestyle should see a return to more genealogy time in 2013 (I hope) but the Diary will always include my travels as getting out there and seeing where our ancestors lived can sometimes help us to know them better.
I’m grateful that Jill and others enjoy reading the Diary and this recognition makes it all worthwhile when I sit there thinking what to write about next. Thank you Jill for the nomination, it is most appreciated.
Geniaus (aka Jill) nominated some of my favourite Aussie blogs along with a UK and a US blog. You can see the full list here.
Nominating blogs for this award is difficult as there are so many fabulous ones out there in the blogisphere. My five nominations for today are:
Lone Tester HQ - Alona Testerfor her family history through the alphabet challenge which inspired many to tell their family stories
British GENES (British Genealogy News and Events) – Chris Paton – for keeping us all up to date with news ‘over there’
From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard – Helen Smith –  really interesting stories about her family through participating in various blog challenges throughout the year
Inside History Magazine – Cassie Mercer – for their news, great competition prizes and blogs on their weekly Facebook Q&A sessions
‘Genealogists for Families’ project – Judy Webster – Details the progress of a brilliant geneaproject (this was Jill’s nomination but it deserves a 2nd or more nominations)

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
5. If you choose, you can now join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… For further information on collecting stars, just click on the link provided in Rule 3.


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