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Liveblogging the Genealogy Blogger Summit

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

I’m in my seat for the Blogger Summit here at the SCGS Jamboree. There’s room for 75, and with about ten minutes before things get underway there are about 30 in attendance. Other sessions at the Jamboree have been SRO… wonder what that says about the popularity of genealogy blogs?

At the panelists’ table (left to right) are Dick Eastman, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, George Morgan, Stephen Danko, Shelly Talalay Dardashti, and Randy Seaver. Leland Meitzler of Everton will be the moderator. There’s a projector and screen set up, so perhaps the panelists will be sharing examples of posts from their blogs?

So far, there’s lots of joshing back and forth between the panelists, including comments on the re-enactor types wandering the halls of the Jamboree in medieval garb holding “sharp pointy things”. Wish I had a camera!

At the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

One of coolest things I get to do as founder (and thus chief evangelist) at Genlighten is man our exhibit booth at various genealogy conferences. Today I’m at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, put on by — who else — the Southern California Genealogical Society. The exhibit area is jammed, and quite a few people are stopping by the booth. (Of course, the bowl of Dove chocolates probably doesn’t hurt traffic any.)

My mood at these events tends to vary not so much according to the level of booth traffic per se, but with the number of people who read our flyers and seem to “get it” — who understand the value we can offer to both lookup clients and providers. By that measure, we’re doing pretty well today.

Since I’m manning the booth alone this time, it’s going to be difficult to get away and attend any of the conference sessions. But I definitely plan on attending tomorrow’s Genealogy Blogger Summit. I hope to learn lots about how to make a genealogy blog interesting, relevant and personal. I need help with all three!