Thomas MacEntee from Geneabloggers posed this question the other day and I think it’s a good one.
- to share knowledge: I wanted a place where I could securely upload my Gedcom file and share the results of 30+ years of research while still maintaining control over the data. Although I’d originally planned on using Rootsmagic4 to create static webpages of my genealogy reports which I could then upload to a page on the blog, Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation (TNG) software turned out to be a much more fluid and functional solution. TNG is a database which allows users to search my data and filter it any number of ways to create unique reports and see exactly what they’re looking for. With some effort, and Darrin’s infinite patience, WordPress and TNG work seamlessly together. It’s pretty awesome!!!!!
- to hone my writing skills: I love to write and I love conversation – what blogging is all about!
- to connect with others: of course there was the fear that no one would read what I write, let along follow my blog, but discovering Geneabloggers helped to get the work out (thanks Thomas!!!!), as did submitting some posts to carnivals of genealogy and participating in some daily blogging prompts. I have to say the geneablogger community has been wonderfully welcoming and encouraging and it’s been great connecting with others who share my interest in family history. Were it not for my blog, I’d never have met Marilynn, Jenny from Australia, or Peter Turner – to name just a few. Greta, Alex, Vanessa, Fran, Julie, Tonia, Anthony, Carol, Thomas, Kathryn, Nancy, and all – thanks so much for your support!!! Connecting with others is without question the nicest aspect of blogging