Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Blogger Recognition Award
On Thursday Elizabeth O'Neal nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award. Beyond thanking her, I've been told that there are rules to follow after accepting one's nomination.
• Thank the blogger who nominated me.
• Write a post to show the award.
• Write a brief story on how my blog started.
• Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
• Nominate seven other bloggers for the award.
• Comment on each of those seven blogs to let them know they have been nominated and provide a link to this post.
I thanked Elizabeth once already, but you can never say thank you enough. So thank you again, Elizabeth!
How My Blog Started
My blog began after I attended a class through the California Genealogical Society in 2011. Craig Siulinski, who has been blogging for several years about his family, encouraged everyone to jump in the pool. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while, and his class was the extra push I needed. You can read my introductory post from January 15, 2011 here.
Advice for New Bloggers
1. Commit yourself to writing on a schedule and put it on your calendar. It's really easy to tell yourself, "Oh, I'll get to that tomorrow." Then you'll find that it's been one, two, three, or even more weeks since your last post. And if you don't write regularly, people will think your blog isn't active and move on to others that are.
2. This is my advice for anyone who wants to start writing: Don't be afraid to write, but take the time and effort to look over your spelling, grammar, punctuation, flow, etc. I can't tell you the number of blogs I have read once or twice and then abandoned because of fractured grammar, misspelled words, and incoherent logic. Every word processor has a spellchecker function, and there are grammar and writing guides available online and in print. With all the blogs out there, I'm much more likely to read one when I don't have to reread every sentence to figure out what it was supposed to mean. (Can you tell I've been an editor for a long time?)
My Seven Nominees
Since I'm coming along later in the chain, several of the blogs I read have already been mentioned. Nothing in the rules says I can't renominate someone, but I bypassed some of the bloggers I read regularly in order to highlight ones I haven't seen mentioned.
Schalene Dagutis - Tangled Roots and Trees
Banai Feldstein - Ginger Genealogist
Emily Garber - (going) The Extra Yad
Lisa Gorrell - Mam-ma's Southern Family
Xiaoming Jiao - All of a Sudden Part Jew
Kenneth Marks - The Ancestor Hunt
Nicka Smith - Who Is Nicka Smith?, Atlas Family
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