Thursday, January 5, 2012

Abundant Genealogy - Week One, Blogging

One of my goals for 2012 is to blog at least three times a week.  So in seeking topics to blog about, I'm trying Amy Coffin's 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, posted on Geneabloggers, as inspiration.  And this week, Week One, the topic is Blogging: 

The questions:  For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it? 

Well, I'll tell you: 

The first blog I followed was that of my Genealogy Discussion Group friend, Deb Ruth, of Adventures in Genealogy

Deb posts frequently on a variety of topics regarding research and discoveries in both her own and her husband's family.  When she takes a well-deserved break, I miss reading her posts.  Deb's Follow Friday Gems are nothing short of spectacular.  So, what's special about the blog and why should others read and follow Adventures in Genealogy

Not only are Deb's posts wonderful, but her resource lists are comprehensive and helpful.  Follow because you will enjoy reading her posts, and more importantly, you will learn something every time! 

There are many other blogs that I follow, enjoy, look forward to the next post.  I'll call them my Honorable Mentions.  I'm grateful for them, and what I learn from them, and what they share with everyone.  They include all of the old photos and old postcards blogs that I have found.  I'm fascinated with ephemera and follow many of these blogs, hoping that eventually I'll see a family member.  So far the closest I've come is some children from the Michigan area, on Forgotten Old Photos; their surname was Lord.  I have a friend from Michigan with the same surname; I sent the link to him hoping he can identify the photo. 

Another Honorable Mention (HM) is Corn and Cotton: My Family's Story.  Stephanie is great.  Her posts are wonderful, and her new idea for a geneablogger group buddy program is just what I needed this January!  Speaking of Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee is another HM; I don't think I need to explain the many reasons.  I will wrap up with A Family Tapestry.  There are lots of good blogs out there; heck, there are lots of great blogs out there.  But A Family Tapestry is, well, literature.  In a very good way!

But I'm additionally grateful to Deb at Adventures in Genealogy for another reason:  she is my personal genealogy blogging prompt.  What I mean by this is that Deb urged me to start my blog.  She explained the process and the templates; she told me about Geneabloggers (one of my above-noted Honorable Mentions); she told her friends about my blog once I finally set it up.  She explained how I can follow other blogs using Google Reader.  She invited me into Google+ (now I just need to learn how to navigate it).  These may be second nature to many bloggers, but it got me on the road to where I am now, having some understanding of how to function as a beginning blogger.  Deb once told me, I think with tongue only partially in cheek, that she sleeps only a few hours a night.  Well, I don't know how she manages to accomplish all that she does, but I am ever so grateful! 

Take my advice, if you don't already know Deb's site, visit it today.  You will be hooked and you will love following along!


  1. Thank you for the mention. I hope you enjoy the Abundant Genealogy series.

  2. All those mentioned in your post are favorites of mine too. I'm so grateful for their contributions in the genealogy world :)

  3. Jenny, I am humbled! Thanks for the wonderful comments. It has been a pleasure to watch you take flight in the genealogy blogging world.