Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Geneameme was the brainstorm of Jill Ball at Geniaus (http://geniaus.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-bloggers-geneameme.html) in honor of Family History Month in Australia.  Here is my response:

1.            What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s?

The Art of Genealogy (www.theartofgenealogy.com)

2.            Do you have a wonderful "Cousin Bait" blog story? A link to a previous blog post might answer this question. 

I received an e-mail from a Jim Bowie descendant in response to my post entitled “The Search for Jim Bowie” (www. http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2012/11/the-search-for-jim-bowie.html). He had a fascinating website (http://www.jamesbowiefmc.com) where I learned more about Bowie and his family.

3.            Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging as a way of preserving and communicating my research with family and friends. Lisa Louise Cooke inspired me to blog with her podcasts about blogging.

4.            How did you decide on your blog/s title/s?

It was a process of trial and error. I wanted a domain name that was available on Godaddy.com. I also wanted it general enough so that I wouldn’t be limited to just one surname.

5.            Do you ever blog from mobile devices? What are they?

Usually I blog from my desktop. However, I have released pre-written blog posts from my phone or iPad.

6.            How do you let others know when you have published a new post?

I send them a link. I also notify my Google + group. Eventually, I will learn Twitter.

7.            How long have you been blogging?

One year

8.            What widgets or elements do you consider essential on a genealogy blog? 

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9.            What is the purpose of your blog/s? Who is your intended audience?

My blog has many purposes: as a backup for my pictures and research, to inspire my family to be interested in their history, to find others interested in the same surnames, and to educate others about genealogy. My intended audience would be family, friends and anyone interested in genealogy.

10.         Which of your posts are you particularly proud of?

I am most proud of my Wordless Wednesday posts—in particular, the ones that contain my mother’s artwork. I wanted to share her talent so the world could enjoy it too.

11.         How do you keep up with your blog reading?

I subscribe to the ones I like and read them whenever I have a chance, even on my phone.

12.         What platform do you use for publishing your blog/s?


13.         What new features would you like to see in your blogging sosftware?

More ways to jazz up the page—fonts, etc.

14.         Which of your posts has been the most popular with readers?

“Death by Smallpox” (http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2013/01/death-by-smallpox.html) leads the pack followed by “Don’t Get Bowled Over by Name Variations” (http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2013/01/dont-get-bowled-over-by-name-variations.html). Next in popularity was “Finding Clergy in the Your Family Tree” (http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2012/12/finding-clergy-in-your-family-tree.html) and then “Pictures will Light Up their World” (http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2013/02/pictures-will-light-up-their-world.html).

15.         Are you a sole blogger or do you contribute to a shared blog?

I am a sole blogger.

16.         How do you compose your blog posts?

I compose them in Word and then drop them into Blogger. 

17.         Do you have any blogs that are not genealogy related? If you wish please share their titles and URLs.

I also have a travel blog called Touring the Beautiful USA (www.touringthebeautifulusa.com)

18.         Have you listed your blog/s at Geneabloggers?


19.         Which resources have helped you with your blogging?

I have found Susan Gunelius’ Blogging Guide at about.com to be very helpful.

20.         What advice would you give to a new Geneablogger?

Try to release at least two posts a week, and don’t get discouraged if it takes some time to build up your readership.  Also, speak from the heart. Don’t just recite names and dates.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Karin for responding to the geneameme and for your wise advice.
    Also thanks for sharing the link to your travel blog, I will look to it for inpiration for future US travels.