Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers posed the following challenge for this week’s 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy blog prompt: “When it comes to genealogy events, our cup runneth over lately. There are so many fabulous family history events being held across the globe. For which one are you most grateful? Is it an annual event or a one-time thrill? Who runs the event? Why is it special?”
While I haven’t actually attended any genealogy conferences in person yet, I did attend Rootstech 2012 via the Internet earlier this year. I watched some of their virtual classes online and it was great! I learned a lot and found it very worthwhile.
One of the classes I watched was Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke. I was one of those genealogists who had never heard of Genealogy Blogs before. I'm so glad that through this class I discovered the Genealogy Blogosphere! I know there are more genealogists out there who are unaware of Genealogy Blogs. I found this out firsthand. I was speaking to our local genealogical society the other night (my topic was Indexing) and I brought up genealogy blogs. I asked how many of them had heard of genealogy blogs and it was crickets! I saw one lady nod her head. So, what did I do? Why, I took the opportunity to spread the word about Genealogy Blogs! In fact, in my handouts I included a couple pages of links to various genealogy blogs, webinars and podcasts (no, mine wasn't on the list, ha ha! I listed some of the "heavy hitters" in the genealogy blogosphere). I've also started including the topic of webinars, podcasts and genealogy blogs in my Family History Class that I teach at my church.
So, why am I most grateful for Rootstech? It was because of Rootstech that I discovered genealogy blogs and webinars, which have helped me to expand my knowledge of various genealogy topics. And now I've even started my own genealogy blog, which I never thought I would do. But it's been a fun experience so far, if not a bit intimidating. I mean hey, I'm not a writer or genealogist by profession, so the self-doubt can start creeping in (what can I say that hasn't been said before, what if it's not good enough or well-written enough, etc.). There's also the added pressure, especially with a genealogy blog, of trying not to look like a total moron or an inept researcher if you post something that isn't genealogically sound, if you know what I mean. But hey, my mom and brothers appreciate my little family history blog, so it's all good! And maybe someday my husband and kids will become regular readers too. (One can dream, right?)
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