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New Genealogy Bloggers....Who Are You?



Each week I check out the list of new genealogy bloggers created by Thomas at Geneabloggers. I love this list, first because it keeps me abreast of new genealogy blogs, and secondly it helps new bloggers get started and get some much needed attention. I was there once, and giving back by visiting these new blogs is the least I can do.

Each week in my own post Monday Morning Mentions, I generally choose one of those blogs to spotlight besides other blogs that provided some epic posts that week.

 My choice is usually personal; they speak to me on some certain level. Generally, the one I pick seems to have the right combination of a great blog title, interesting blog concept, nice blog design and more importantly great writing.  However, with that being said, 90% of these blogs are not doing something..... they do not tell me who they are, more specifically their name.

A name would be nice, even if only a first name. Nine out of ten new blogs I visit forget to include their name somewhere on their blog. Please, don’t make me look for it. I know if you are a new blogger (remember I’ve been there) that putting your name out into blogosphere can be a little intimidating. Please don’t let it stop you.  If you really want to make some quick inroads into this community, then don’t be afraid to share your full name (we don’t bite, well most of us...most of the time).

Secondly, a picture always goes a long way to making your website personal. I know another scary prospect. No, you can’t wake till you lose that last 10 lbs. Grab a camera, get a friend or family member to take a picture and get it up there. It nice to put a face to the name and the writing.

When I spotlight a blog, and no name is given, I usually like to know whether I should at least reference them as a ‘him’ or ‘her’, sometimes even that is difficult. Sometimes I have to pick it up in their about page, if they reference a husband or wife, then I can generally make an assumption. Really, should I have to be putting my genealogy detective skills to work on your blogs just to find out whether you are male or female? Should I have to work this hard to find out who you are? Most won't. 

I have chosen your blog because you’ve got it going on right out of the gate, yet your still missing one key element, a great ‘about page.’

Many of you have an about page, which is an important start, now make sure your utilizing it to its full potential.  If you’re not sure what to include on your about page here are some suggestions.

Who are you?
What do you do?
When did you start doing what you’re doing?
Where are you?
How are you accomplishing what you claim to do?

Your about page should be a couple of paragraphs, and should address your audience.

 Who is your audience? An about page targets your first time visitors who want to know who and what your website is about, regular visitors who want to know more about you and visitors who may be interested in doing business with you. These are the people who will read your ‘about page’, give them what they are looking for.

 Here's a few examples of 'about pages'  from some genealogy bloggers. 

(Julie is a new genealogy blogger, Marian and Kerry have been kicking around for awhile.) 

New genealogy bloggers, spend a few minutes on your ‘about page’, let us know who you are, so we can welcome you to the fold with open arms.

17 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I am definitely no professional genealogist, researcher (in this life) or blogger, and have only ever posted 3 pieces. But none the less, I have heeded your advice, and explained why I don't add much to the world of genealogy / family history blogging, but follow other such posts so intently

    Thanks for the advice

    Linda

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  2. Linda, you have a lovely blog and your off to a great start. Just keep writing. It does get easier, like everything in life it takes practice and you will find your voice.

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  3. Linda, thanks for the good advice. I started a new photography blog so now I have to go and "fluff it up."

    I think people who are new to blogging are a bit reluctant to post their name.

    http://foundatanauction.blogspot.com/

    Check it and any constructive criticism is welcome.

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  4. Thank you for the mention. I definitely agree...I like to know whose work I'm reading.

    I agree, t oo, that it takes practice. The first couple of months of blogging were really hard for me. It felt like writing term papers. When I finally relaxed a bit, it got SO much easier...and SO much more fun. Hang in there!

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  5. @Kerry that's hard to imagine, your writing seems so effortless. I've always thought you should teach writing humour, and your great at writing blog titles that grab your attention.(but of course you already have a new job so you don't need my suggestions)

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  6. Thank you! Some require more effort than others, but none are effortless. I've been blogging for almost three years, and it's taken a long time to get to the point where I've found my "voice." In fact, my first year of blogging was on an entirely different topic, and switching to genealogy was part of that process.

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  7. I agree completely. When one of my society members shared her blog at a meeting, the first suggestion I made to her was to put her name and a bio on the blog. She had no identifying information, but the blog was specifically to make connections to a family. If she didn't identify herself, why would anyone else?

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  8. Great points! I do have to mention that Julie Tarr has been blogging longer than both Kerry and Marion, though. The blog you mention her at is a newer one for her, I believe.

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  9. I agree with your points in theory, Lynn, but as one who started blogging with a nom de plume and still doesn't have a current photograph up I'm not sure one's real name and current photograph are needed- especially for personal, rather than professional, blogs. What is needed is some introduction and description of one's goals.

    Many of us start blogging for our families rather than a broader public and may be startled to realize others are interested.

    My greatest wish is that all bloggers would include an email address or link so one could communicate privately.

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  10. @Banai Lynn, point well taken, I was thinking of my own needs in wanting to address the blogger in a more personal manner, but certainly if you wish to make connections with cousins a name is critical.
    @Miriam, not aware of her other blog, but regardless, her About page was simple and clear, and it stands as a great example to new bloggers.

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  11. @Susan, great point, I realize not everyone wishes to engage the larger community, my comments speak to those who do. I think for the most part it is an over-site for new bloggers. I've seen plenty of blogs with beautiful pictures, a well thought out bio but still no name. Just hoping bloggers go back to their 'about page' and ask themselves is it accomplishing what I want? If it is carry on!

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  12. Thank you for the helpful info! I just tweaked my blog to reflect your suggestions.
    I appreciate it!
    Cindy
    Genealogy Circle
    http://cindyfreed.com

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  13. Well...I don't know if SUSAN will see this or not but I must say to you my friend, I was SO glad when you finally gave me a name to go by! Much of the time, even on Facebook, people refuse to put a real (and current) photo out there and it really makes you wonder....

    This was a very good post with great points. I try my best to support the new people and to encourage seasoned genealogists to join in on the fun of blogging!

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  14. Sorry to frustrate you so! I've added a name to my About page. :)

    -Eliza

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  15. Guess I should jump in the conversation...lol.

    Lynn, my main blog, GenBlog, has been around since 2008...in fact, I just turned 3 in late July. I recently developed a new blog, Writing Your Way to the Past (formerly GenWriter). This particular blog is geared to my professional life, whereas GenBlog is more my personal research and such.

    Thanks for mentioned my blog and bio. I totally agree with you on the "who are you" issue. I understand some people are shy or worried about privacy issues, but I feel like if you want to be out there and have something to say, I'd like to know who you are and why I should care. I'm also not a big fan of pseudonyms, but I suppose it's better than no identity at all!

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  16. Thanks Julie for clearing that up. I did see the name change this week for GenWriter.

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  17. Excellent Points...Now Let me check and see if I have done the same.

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