Blogging for Genealogists (revised)

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Blogging for grenealogists is useful whether reading, writing or both.

Genealogists can benefit by blogging either as a reader, writer or both. It is a way to share your family's story, genealogy news or tips.

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Blogging for Genealogists (revised)

  1. 1. Blogging for Genealogists Reading and Writing Blogging for Genealogists Reading and Writing Janet Iles BA, PLCGS
  2. 2. Blog <ul><li>We b log = </li></ul><ul><li>blog </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogs vs Websites <ul><li>Comparing -- </li></ul>Blog Website
  4. 4. Blog – Administration
  5. 5. Blog – New Post (editing)
  6. 6. Posting - closeup
  7. 7. Profile Page in Blogger
  8. 9. Sample themes in Wordpress
  9. 10. Blog – New Post (editing) Wordpress sample
  10. 11. Website prep with software
  11. 12. Underlying html code
  12. 13. File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  13. 15. Reading blogs – Why? <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
  14. 16. Google Blog Search
  15. 18. http://genealogy.alltop.com/
  16. 19. http://blogfinder.genealogue.com
  17. 21. http://www.cyndislist.com/blogs.htm
  18. 22. R S S R eal S imple S yndication
  19. 24. Feeds with Internet Explorer
  20. 28. www.bloglines.com
  21. 29. www.netvibes.com
  22. 32. NetworkedBlogs
  23. 35. Why blog? <ul><li>Have fun </li></ul><ul><li>Share what you know </li></ul><ul><li>Make contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in a special community </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve family history </li></ul>
  24. 36. Types of Genealogy Blogs <ul><li>Personal & Surname </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cemeteries </li></ul><ul><li>Mixture </li></ul>
  25. 46. Shades of the departed
  26. 77. Genealogy related Carnivals <ul><li>Smile for the Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Carnival of Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>Cabinet of Curiosities </li></ul><ul><li>Central & Eastern European Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>Irish Heritage & Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Carnival of Genealogy </li></ul>
  27. 78. Carnival of Genealogy
  28. 81. Writing your own blog - tips <ul><li>Read before you write </li></ul><ul><li>Get Ready – Who, What, Where, When, Why & How </li></ul><ul><li>KISS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Write </li></ul>
  29. 82. Get Ready – Who? <ul><li>audience </li></ul><ul><li>comments – set up </li></ul><ul><li>topics </li></ul><ul><li>privacy/ethics issues </li></ul>
  30. 83. Get Ready – What? <ul><li>Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Name (for address) – once accepted can’t be changed </li></ul><ul><li>Title of Blog </li></ul>
  31. 84. <ul><li>Blog address </li></ul><ul><li>http://researchergal.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>Blog Title </li></ul><ul><li>Janet the Researcher </li></ul><ul><li>http://researchergal.wordpress.com </li></ul>
  32. 85. Get Ready – When? <ul><li>How often? </li></ul><ul><li>Time commitment </li></ul>
  33. 86. Get Ready – Where? <ul><li>Platform – Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad or ? </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted </li></ul><ul><li>Own Site – Own Domain name </li></ul>
  34. 87. Blogging Sites <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Typepad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  35. 88. Get Ready – Why? <ul><li>Reasons </li></ul>
  36. 89. Get Ready – How? <ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Bootcamp for Geneabloggers </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Group – Geneabloggers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Geneabloggers.com </li></ul>
  37. 90. Geneabloggers Group on Facebook
  38. 96. Writing tips <ul><li>Title – catchy, useful </li></ul><ul><li>Opening sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Length – not too long </li></ul><ul><li>Headings or bullets, white space </li></ul><ul><li>Type size / colours on page </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Proofread </li></ul>
  39. 97. Thank you to --- <ul><li>Thomas MacEntee </li></ul><ul><li>FootnoteMaven </li></ul><ul><li>Apple </li></ul><ul><li>DianeR </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Tucker </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Lake Hogan </li></ul><ul><li>M Diane Rogers </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Hawkes </li></ul><ul><li>Brenda D. Merriman </li></ul><ul><li>Evelyn Y. Theriault </li></ul><ul><li>Emily Aulicino </li></ul><ul><li>Lorine Massey </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Lorentz Coffin </li></ul><ul><li>George Geder </li></ul><ul><li>Terry Thornton </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen J. Danko </li></ul><ul><li>Elyse Doerflinger </li></ul><ul><li>Bill West </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa (Smallest Leaf) </li></ul><ul><li>Jasia </li></ul>
  40. 99. © 2009 Janet Iles, PLCGS http ://researchergal.blogspot.com http://graveyardrabbitgrey.blogspot.com

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