Writing my first post last January 2nd for this genealogy blog wasn't difficult. What was challenging was clicking the orange Publish button. It took me several reads and re-reads before I mustered the courage to put my thoughts out on the web.
I was concerned that I would run out of ideas for posts. And while I wanted to post weekly, I wasn't sure I'd be able to do that. Those turned out to be unwarranted concerns: I published 48 blog posts and have another seven in draft. So, not quite weekly, but pretty close.
My only regret has been that I've been a tad sporadic. I had a couple of long silences. The most recent one being from about mid-November to today (!).
I've found that some of my researched posts take a long time to prepare. One of the problems of doing complex research posts is that doing the research and citing sources takes time. However, I feel that citing my sources is important and I will continue to do so. What I really like about preparing the citations for my posts is that I am forced to prepare a properly formatted citation (a la Evidence Explained). After that, my source is forever formatted and I can find it and use it as is. So, in essence, my blog posts also become nicely tuned research logs.
My plan for the future is to create some shorter posts based on records in my possession that will be easy to complete and publish while I'm working on more complex family history issues. I will then be able to link back to these records when they support a particular post.
I do expect to have much more time to blog this year - although I'm not making any promises to myself (or others). I have just retired after 30+ years of work and I am now ready to devote more time to my other interests. Time will tell how this all plays out . . . but I figure I will be less sporadic in posting and easily publish weekly, maybe more.
Thank you for indulging my passion and reading my blog posts. I like to see that posts are read and I love to receive comments!
Do you have any suggestions about family history posts/genealogy themes you would like to see addressed on this blog? Leave me a message. Thanks so much!