Liveblogging the Genealogy Blogger Summit — #4

Posted On: June 28th, 2008 | Posted by: Dean

Leland asks about the news focus. What do the different bloggers cover?

Shelly maintains her focus on all things JewishGen… that’s what her audience is looking for from her. George uses his society blog to get the word out about all genealogy events nearby in Florida. Wants to put together a blog for regional west coast genealogy societies. Steve’s is most focused on a particular family. He wonders why he gets so many visitors? He thinks some come just to follow his translation/transcriptions as a template for their own. Dick navigates to Steve’s blog so we can all see it. Or tries to, since the network connection is not working.

Steve also keeps a calendar of local genealogical society events on his blog, which brings a sizeable amount of traffic. From talking with people at the California Genealogical Society, he thinks there’s a real need for this service. Megan mentions how helpful she finds Steve’s blog as a source of Slavic info — “someone’s blogging about my people.”

George points out that blogging isn’t that hard. He taught a workshop, and in the lobby afterwards, several mentioned to him that they had just launched their own blogs based on his tutorial.

The room is now closer to full — about 60 in the room. Shelly mentions how she gets lots of questions addressed to her at her blog. She’d love to discuss their questions publicly, but most are reluctant to have her do that.

Dick and collaborators have got the Internet working, and we’re looking at Shelly’s blog. Her posts reflect her journalistic background — they’re well composed and show a great deal of polish.

Randy suggests that genealogy blogs are like a cafe — you can pick and choose: Jewish, French-Canadian, Italian, African-American, etc.. One of the things he uses his for is to write down his own memories. Touts the Carnival of Genealogy. A group of 40 bloggers take a prompt, and post about their own genealogy in response. By viewing the Carnival, you can get to know new bloggers. 200-300 are probably posting on a daily basis.

Leland asks if Randy gets feedback on his personal family history posts… do relatives contact him? Since his blog is on blogger, Google finds his content quickly. Sometimes within hours of a post, distant relatives will respond to what he’s put up about his family.

Steve points out that when he searches for his family history online, he now often is pointed to his own blog! But it’s an advantage that blogs are searchable, whereas family info on Rootsweb is not.

George had an experience when someone posted a death certificate of one of his ancestors on his blog in response to a post. Cried sitting at the computer. Powerful.


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