Friday, May 12, 2017

Bloggers united! We'll never be defeated!

Or words to that effect.

There has been a bit of debate in the geneablogging community about whether our blogging days are over.

Julie Cahill Tarr's post here got the debate going, although James Tanner says he has raised this issue before and been howled down.  Thomas MacEntee announced recently that he's changing the way he's doing business on Geneabloggers.com.

For the affirmative, Amy Johnson Crow has weighed in and said it's not dead it's just different.  And the lovely Alona Tester has identified the pros and cons of Blogging versus the suggested villain of the piece Facebooking.

It's a very interesting and important debate and I don't begin to pretend to know the answer. What I will say is that 25 people turned up to attend a QFHS seminar this morning where we talked about how blogging your family history can maximise your research and why you might consider doing it. 

The social media landscape is a crowded one and it will probably have more players in the future.  I'm flat out maintaining my Instagram account, still trying to get my head around the value of Snapchat and monitoring Facebook, grieving the wasted hours but acknowledging that it is, by and large, my news source for both my own personal community and the world. Pinterest anyone?

And yet I still want to blog.  Why? 

Because I want to leave a legacy to my descendants and a legacy that can be found.  Have you tried searching Facebook for that post you saw, thought you didn't need and then two days later decide you need it?  Frustrating.

Because I have met so many great fellow researchers virtually and or in real life just through blogging - and some of them are even related to me.  Bonus!

Because by committing to writing stuff down AND publishing it, I am more conscientious about exploring every angle, thinking about how I go about my research and acknowledging my sources. 

Because the dialogue I have in response to the comments on my blog and on other's blogs expands my knowledge about this fascinating hobby.

At the beginning of the seminar this morning three participants told the group they had blogs. By the end of the seminar many participants expressed a desire to join them in the blogosphere. Make them welcome won't you and tell them what you love about blogging and why they should jump in.

Long live blogging! 

PS Family History Month is just around the corner.  Anyone up for another blogging challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

15 comments:

Sandra Williamson said...

I read this recently on Tony Proctor's Blog "Parallax View - A different view on things" his definition of "A blog is basically a serialised publication."
I love this definition and he goes on to say "Posts are made if-and-when the author(s) deem appropriate." which can be quite empowering when you think about.
A Challenge you say - sounds interesting.

Alex Daw said...

Dear Sandra...that's a great quote...thank you so much for sharing !

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Totally agree with you about blogging though sometimes the frequency drops off. Mostly something for posterity aka descendants, partly to think "out loud" and it has been a great way to meet new fiends and cousins.

Jenny said...

Great post Alex and thankyou for championing blogging. Hopefully the three bloggers you met and any new starters will join the Australian Local & Family History Bloggers Facebook page. :)

Kerryn Taylor said...

I haven't worked out Instagram yet, not even tried snapchat. I love my blogging but suffer a bit with blogger's block and life has a habit of getting in the way.

Alex Daw said...

Pauleen I think you've just perhaps unintentionally invented a new term for people like us family history fiends! Jenny yes ...I recommended this group to them all..Kerryn I get Instagram and almost like it better than Facebook.

Fran Kitto said...

Glad you wrote is as it saves me doing it. I think that many forget the fleeting nature of social media and with digital photos having the potential to be lost on out of date technology ancestors with bloggers could become most grateful. Thank heaven for pandora. I have set up an IFTTT that automatically posts my Instagram to a draft to my blog if I hashtag it #genealogyphoto. Easy to bin or adapt to a post.
And yes I'm always up for a challenge or I would hardly write a post without one.

Alona Tester said...

What a great turnout you had at the talk. That's 25 new (or potential new) bloggers, and that's exciting. I'm love blog challenges, though could never cope with a daily one. Weekly, maybe. While the genie community is great, the geneablogging community is such a great group to be a part of.

JenniferAlison Jones said...

I agree with all your points here. I think blogging and social media can work together. Would love another blog challenge for NFHM

diane b said...

I have had a break from blogging but I wouldn't want to give it up all together.

crgalvin said...

Excellent as always Alex. The longer potential form of blogging compared to the other social media channels provides the platform for considered and detailed posts that can then be promoted using the other channels. Well done for promoting blogging. I see Pinterest as bookmarking for blog posts, Instagram for current updating, Twitter, G+, and FB as promotional and two way information channels but only blogging has the long form factor. Phew, I'm still recovering for April A-Z but have had such good response from immediate family that by August a weekly challenge may fire up some some neurons.

Kathy D. said...

This seems like such an odd debate among genealogists. Quilting blogs are proliferating with growing numbers of followers. Not many in that sphere seem to doubt the value of blogging although many use Instagram. The bigger question is why don't more genealogists see the value of blogging?? Through blogging I have been able to share reams of information as well as make valuable new contacts.

Shauna Hicks said...

Great post Alex and thanks for mentioning National Family History Month - August is fast approaching and will there be a blogging challenge?

Sharon said...

Well said Alex!

I am up for a blogging challenge (with advance notice so I can write in advance).

Jill Ball said...

You've said it all (while I was on the beach in Fiji) Alex et Al.

BTW Please let me know if you'll be at #congress_2018 - I'll supply our Blogger Beads.