I’m way late to the party with the 15th week of Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog series but it’s such a good topic I couldn’t pass on it. The task at hand is to write a post which solves a problem that your readers (or potential readers) have. Tonia discusses six ways to identify such a problem:
Solve your own problems
Look for questions in search referrals
Analyze internal searches
Ask readers for questions
Look for problems on other sites
Get ideas from friends and family
I didn’t even have to look past #1 to find something to blog about today
My main genealogical problem these days is finding time to solve my own problems, at least ancestrally speaking! I’ve got no end of excuses. Lately, aside from the general joys, trials, and tribulations of every-day life, my time has been spent on:
ProGen13 – I LOVE it! this (…more)
Another great topic from 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!
The benefits of forward and backward linking of related blog posts:
Offers readers an easy way to navigate to posts with a similar theme- and navigation is everything
Or, in my case, links posts which are parts of a series (e.g. the never ending saga of my beloved Denchfields!)
Gives a sense of cohesiveness to blogs which cover a wide variety of topics
It is easier for the reader to click on an embedded link, than to select from tags or categories on a sidebar
Tags and categories are another way I connect related posts. For the most part, a post falls into one category, but often has a number of tags. I think of the category as a chapter heading, and the tags as a sort of index of ideas or themes.
When writing a post, I (…more)
(but would really rather not)
In no particular order–
Which John Denchfield married Elizabeth Brewer on 6 January 1736 in North Marston, Buckinghamshire? Was is John, son of John Denchfield and Elizabeth Purchas, baptized in North Marston on 19 Dec 1716, or John, son of Richard and Anne Denchfield, baptized in North Marston on 5 September 1714?
Was William Baker’s wife Ann Denchfield the daughter of John Denchfield and Mary Gurney? And if so, why did John leave her out of his will?
William Turner married Anne Wells in Caversham, Oxfordshire, on 10 February 1748/49, but his origins are unknown. When was William born, and where did he come from?
Where did Miss Sarah Collcutt (1750-1838), spinster from St Aldates Oxford, get all her money? Did she inherit from her mother Sarah, whose surname remains a mystery?
Was Hannah Eden the mother of George Meadows, hairdresser in Winslow? (…more)