Friday, May 2, 2014

Follow Friday

Today's blogging prompt comes from the fabulous 
Thomas MacEntee's GeneaBloggers Daily Blogging Prompts.

I follow nearly 300 blogs - not all of them Family History ones, mind.  

Some of them are about knitting, quilting, sewing, retro-cooking and books....all my favourite things in life.  

So how can I choose just one or two to recommend to you?

Well a few stood out for me this week.

In no particular order of merit... here they are:

Number 1
The Pharos Blog

I love Pharos Tutors.  I've completed a couple of short genealogy courses with them online and have been very happy with the quality of teaching and delivery.  I was really pleased to see them venture into blogland.  It's not easy writing a blog, particularly from a professional or academic point of view and they have grasped the bull by the horns and contributed a thoughtful, reflective voice to our world.  This week's post reminds us of the wealth of academic resources available online about population studies or demography.  It's well worth looking at it and the great links provided.

Number 2
One Rhode Island Family

Half the battle with writing a blog I reckon is writing something that is actually useful for other people and not just self-indulgent (which I suspect is what my blog tends to be).

A big thank you to Diane particularly for her last tip in the post 10 Genealogy Things I do with My Smart Phone - I never noticed that microphone icon on my keyboard before and I will now be using it much more often for transcribing - particularly when I discover stuff on Trove.  

Thank you.  Thank you. Thank you.

Number 3
We're All Relative

It was this particular post that impressed me and the use of paintings by the author to illustrate the story being told.  Whilst it would be nice to always use your own photos/pictures, the reality is that we won't always have an appropriate photo in our collection. I think seeing colour in a blog helps to add some life to blogs that are often a bit dry and dusty and old looking with facts and figures, charts, certificates, census forms and black and white photographs.  My only criticism/observation/suggestion would be that it would be nice to know who painted the pictures or where they were found.  Cite your sources!  But that aside, I was really impressed by how they added to the story being told and vowed to remember it for my own future use.

What about you?  Have you had some fabulous finds this week?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mention Alex! love your blog. It's my first visit, but I'll be back. all the best, Diane

Alex Daw said...

Diane thank you so much for dropping by! I do look forward to seeing you again and thank you for the inspiration for this blog post.