It starts out innocent enough this family history thing. We’re just ordinary everyday people exploring our family histories. But suddenly, we realize that there is an untapped world online that we need to access. The next thing we know were writing a blog, and we have been swept into the online world of blogging.
Family history bloggers are family historians who have stumbled their way online, learned to write, share their stories, find distant cousins, and connect their families to their ancestors.
It’s a scary step, making the leap into the online world. There are new skills to learn that leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. We need to invest time in making a family history blog come to life and for sticking with it even when you don’t think anyone is reading.
Over the past six months, I’ve had the pleasure of helping a couple of dozen new family history bloggers learn to write and develop their blogs at The Family History Writing Studio. These family historians have found their writing voice, learned the ins and outs of creating content for their blog and bringing their family history online through our online course Family History Blog Writing.
7 Years and Counting
I remember publishing that first post. Oh, the fear! I’m sure many genealogy bloggers can also remember posting their first blog installment, wondering if anyone would read or even comment. Last week I celebrated my 7th year blogging. Wow, time flies. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the supportive members of the genealogy industry, I would have missed it…too busy writing and coaching. But that’s a good thing. I would never have thought this is where it would lead me.
Some of the students from these two courses have taken that leap and gone on to publish their blogs. I felt it only right to give them a little shout out because I remember that day.
So, here they are some of the newest members of the genealogy blogging community.
Please drop by their blogs, leave a comment and welcome them into the fold.
A Guthrie County Retrospect by Janelle Keith
McCune & Cousins: Southern Roots and Front Porch Stories by Christine McCune Ellington
The Mommy Genealogist by Camille Mecham
Shelley’s Family Histories and Mysteries by Shelley Farr
Behind the Cupboard Doors by Kim Chambers
Digging into Roots Together by Denise Doyon
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks by Margaret Demick