After a lunchtime chat with some other genealogists (a fabulous idea, Jean!) it occurred to me that in the genealogical societies to which I belong, members who regularly read and follow genealogy blogs are almost certainly a minority. There is so much out there in the genealogical blogosphere to be read and learned – it’s a shame that many people don’t utilize them.
Since I know a least one society newsletter editor real well (he happens to be me), I thought I would write an article about the value in reading blogs, and for help, I am turning to the subject of the article – blog readers and writers. I’m appealing to the blogging community to share some tips they’ve found useful for beginning blog readers as they try and wade through and filter the overwhelming amount of information available. Being fairly technologically-literate, it’s sometimes hard for me to take a step back and not make assumptions about what a typical society member might know about using the internet (or even the computer itself) – browsers, RSS feeds, readers, etc.
If you’re so inclined, drop me a line about a tip you’ve found that worked, or even a success story – a brick wall that fell because of something you read in a blog, a new cousin found, or other item of interest. You cam email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it in a comment below. If I use your tip or story in the article, you will win an amazing prize package consisting of a heartfelt thanks, an atta-boy, and a free issue of the newsletter in which your tip appeared. And you thought Ed McMahon showing up at your door with an over-sized check was exciting?