Saturday, 12 August 2017

Staying Active

No this post is not about exercise (not in the true sense of the word anyway). I might say it was about a different type of exercise, one that requires the use of the brain, writing blog posts.

This year has seen a dearth of posts on this blog. One can speculate as regards the reasons why this has happened. Basically though it is down to the simple fact that other things in life often have to take priority. For most of us genealogy is a hobby which we do in our "spare" time and the amount of time we can devote to pursuit of our family will depend on the circumstances of each individual and their passion for what they do. Professionals may have even less time to devote to activities which do not bring a financial reward (though many do participate as a way of getting themselves known to those who may require their services). That being said for many years the number of blogs about genealogy have been growing. Some months ago I read a post by Julie Cahill Tarr on this topic James Tanner wrote about this on his Genealogy Star blog and Amy Johnson Crow then did a nice follow on post . If you have not seen these take a look and check out the comments below each post.

So lack of posts is not specific to this blog. However this blog differs from most of the others in that it has posts from genealogists across the globe. 
As genealogists know with the growth of the internet it is becoming easier to do research for some records without having to travel but this can mean we are less familiar with the records or they need translating. Being able to approach others more familiar with those records or seeing them discussing that type of record can be extremely useful. This blog has the potential to be the place to come for collaboration from both a reader and writer perspective.

How can we get bloggers to contribute more?
Does this blog need support from Geneabloggers Tribe (Many of the contributors past and present are members of Geneabloggers Tribe and several are part of the admin team)?

I don't know the answer and ultimately it has got to be something that Julie Goucher who had both the idea and organised the set up of this blog is happy with since it is still her blog.

Please leave any constructive comments you might have as this blog is all about collaboration. I am sure that the other 4 bloggers that have posted this year will agree that we would love for more bloggers to be contributing.


  1. I guess as a past contributor for me it is a matter of commitments to other organisations, I am webmaster for a local history society and for AAGRA (Australian professional genealogists), I am a gallery guide and in charge of the education program there and I have my own blog plus I curate a group on Facebook to do with cemeteries. I am not sure I have anything left to say or the energy to say it. I have another blog that I have not maintained and would like to. Excuses excuses :( I wonder if the growth of comments on Facebook has in part exhausted the composition of blog posts. It is easier to react than compose an original post. But for the most part, if I have something to say then I air my views on my own blog.

    1. Anne Thanks for your input much appreciated.
      I posted this to try and gauge whether there was anything which would encourage more of us to post. My own blogs appear quite neglected though I have started to write something for one of them and another is likely to be receiving posts when a new study group starts in the autumn.
      Facebook does seem to be where most communication goes on but blogs still have a place for sharing more detailed things that we or others may want to refer to at a later date. I know I have gone back to old blogs for information or posted updates.

  2. Hilary, I know it seems like overload for many, and they feel the need to slow down. Unfortunately the clock is ticking and if we do not continue to strive even when and may because we are overloaded, then the momentum is lost and special things go to the wayside. I believe in what Judy started. I know I am not the professional many of you are, but I have the heart that says don't give up.
    I serve as President of the local society in my county, Representative for the State organization in my region, a FamilySearch missionary, Social Media specialist for a Family Association, and cheerleader for many, as well as striving to pull my personal family members together on maternal and paternal sides in groups on FB (which has worked fairly well) ... just saying I am not a sideline person, but in the trenches with each of you. Never give up, Never surrender


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