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Planning Your Family History Blog to Book

If you recall, at the end of 2011, I mentioned a project I was going to start in the New Year; The Family History Blog to Book Project. I apologize, I am a little later getting it started due to other commitments. However, it now time to get started.

To refresh your memory, The Family History Blog to Book project is to assist those of you wishing to write a family history blog and ultimately turn it into a book. You can read all the reasons why this is a perfect approach for a a family history book in my post Blog to Book: Transforming Your Family History.

If your already writing a family history blog this series will help you cultivated your blog posts in a book. If you haven't considered the possibilities of turning your family blog into a book you may want to fall along, it just may be the way to your family history book.

If you recall I gave you a small job to do back in December to get in the right mindset for this project. I asked you take a look at your family history research in order to define the scope of your project. the purpose of that exercise was t

Going forward, I am going to address our project in 6 parts. These stages include:

Stage 1 - Planning Your Family Blog to Book
Stage 2 - Creating a Family History Blog
Stage 3- Creating Content for Your Blog
Stage 4- Writing Your Blog
Stage 5- Promoting Your Family History Blog
Stage 6 - Transforming Your Blog into a Book

We are going to start with the planning stage of our blog to book project. All books and blogs work best when you have a plan. So there is no reason we should deviate from that now.

If you're still not sure what you want to blog about within your family history research that's ok. The planning part of this project will help to map our your story.
 Planning is going to take place over several posts. Inthe upcoming posts, we going to address three questions, they include:

Why am I writing this family history blog?
Who will ready my family history?
What is my family history blog's larger purpose?

By addressing these three questions you will be able to create a focus for your blog. If you are already writing your family history but feel lieke you're lost and wandering , these exercises will help you to re-evaluate and create a plan that will enable you to become more focused on your family history blog and ultimately your book.
If your writing a family history blog but haven't considered turning your posts into a book you may want to follow along.and consider the possibilites

I would suggest you start a file on your computer, or pick up a notebook for yourself. In it you can collect your ideas, we will use it to answer questions, it will be your workbook of sorts for your family history blog to book project. It will become your map to planning, organizing, creating, writing and publishing your family history form a blog to a book.

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6 comments:

  1. I started 2 family history blogs about a year ago. I've ground to halt with the writing, realizing that the task is monumental-30 years of research is a long time. Life gets in the way, even if you are retired. I am hoping that this will give me a needed kick in the pants! Also, I downloaded John Paul Godges's book, and am inspired.

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  2. Wonderful Ellen glad to have you aboard, I hope this will help you focus in on your blog and your story. And yes Oh,Beautiful is absolutely inspiring!!

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  3. Sounds great. I will be very interesting in following along. Please, lead the way!
    Colleen

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  4. This will be so valuable to everyone of your readers, Lynn. As you know, my blog is well on its way. At some point I want to turn it into a book, so I eagerly await your thoughts on services to use. A few of my posts don't really feed into the family history. Is there a way to remove some posts from the book without removing them from the blog?

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  5. Linda, your blog is a perfect example of the blog to book project. And to your question yes, we will be discussing more of this in upcoming posts but the use of categories and tags is crucial to separating and grouping what will be in and out of the book.

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  6. Interesting idea - will be following what you have to say. Have mentioned your post on my 'British and Irish Genealogy Blog' at www.bi-gen.blogspot.com
    Best wishes, Mick.

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