Tim’s was among the first blogs I subscribed to via RSS back when I first started blogging in July of 2008. I figured with a title like “Genealogy Reviews Online“, his blog would be a good model for what I hoped mine might eventually become.
Since then, though I’ve written the occasional genealogy-related review, I’ve mostly ceded that blogging topic to better-qualified writers like Tim who are willing to spend the time it takes to really explore a website or software package and give it an in-depth treatment.
Giving “Contrarian” a Good Name
Tim’s blog isn’t just about reviews. He spends a fair amount of his posts talking about his own research efforts, and as a result talks a lot about military history, Italian records, and DNA/Genetic research.
What keeps me coming back to his blog, though, is his willingness to take a somewhat contrarian view on genealogy-related topics. Most of the geneabloggers I encounter (Tamura Jones and Randy Seaver being the obvious exceptions) post reviews of new genealogy sites or services (or reality TV shows!) that they like, but Tim’s quite happy to write about resources and commercial entities that he *doesn’t* like and offers well-articulated reasons for his opinions.
Credibility and Authenticity
Tim also writes about blogging as a source of income and offers a tasteful selection of advertising/affiliate links on his site. That’s not something I see myself doing, but his implementation of it is one of the most innocuous I’ve seen.
Something about his writing and his content selection gives off an air of credibility and authenticity that is common to the best blogs I’ve found. Others seem to think so too… he’s got way more RSS subscribers than I do and he gets a consistent stream of thoughtful comments on his posts.
If you don’t already read Genealogy Reviews Online, I’d recommend you do — Tim’s unique take on genealogy and the web in general will leave you better-informed than you were when you came.