I am relishing the blog experience of telling my family history stories to a wider audience (instead of boring my family), discovering this different style of writing, coming up with a title and content that appeals - and making new contacts with fellow enthusiasts.
My initial target was one posting per week. I thought I would soon run out of material, but the prompts from www.geneabloggers.com and inspiration from other bloggers has been so stimulating, Retirement helps!
What hasn't worked?
- Some postings I know were written more for my own satisfaction and evoked little interest e.g. my Stop Press series. With my reviews of WDYTYA (UK). I failed. Response was, apart from the first episode, virtually nil. Having started, I persevered through the whole series, but I must admit even I was flagging in coming up with comments - so perhaps it is not surprising that others felt much the same.
What have been the milestones in my second blogging year?
- Making contact with two distant (third) cousins) Stuart and Bonnie who have been a wonderful source of photographs, stories and inspiration for more posts on my Danson and Rawcliffe families.
Florence [Rawcliffe] Mason and Charles Urstadt - New Jersey, 1919.
- Finding new information on my father's Weston and Matthews families, an area of my family history which has taken rather a back seat uptil now.
- Testing my brain power with two very enjoyable A-Z challenges, which brought me more followers, particularly in Australia.
- On a more serious note, writing about research tools as I followed the series Beyond the Internet on Family History Across the Seas and Amy''s 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy.
- Discovering the importance of Personal Memories - recording my own memories had never struck me until I started following various prompts. These have proved great fun to write e.g. Hair Days, and evoked interest from readers.
- Participating in Sepia Saturday which give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history through photographs. I am amazed at the ingenious interpretations of the weekly themes, and the supportive comments from fellow contributors. Posts such as A Village Gala Day and Riding's In the Blood resulted in my highest number of page views.
- Having one of my suggestions taken up by www.geneabloggers.com as a daily prompt i.e. Travel Tuesday.
- Being contacted by a history teacher who is researching the men who fought in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment during the First World War. He had found my blog and the postings on my grandfather William Danson who was awarded the Military Medal for "conspicuous gallantry and determined devotion to duty in action at Givency on 9th April 1918.
- Being approached by Thomas at Historic Newspapers to write some reviews in return for giving a link to his website which sells original newspapers as gifts. I was delighted to accept this opportunity to look through and write about old newspapers.