There is no greater motivation than knowing that others are reading your blog. Better yet, is that family members are reading it. I was so thankful that someone I didn't know took the time to contact me and send me a picture. I was ecstatic as I had never seen a picture of my great grandmother. I will be posting more on her later this week.
Here are a few ways that I try to make blogging easier.
- I use an editorial calendar. I print, or you could keep it electronically, a blank calendar page to plan and write blog posts on.
- I use my Roots Magic software and prepare a monthly calendar report to check for upcoming anniversary (birth, marriage, death) dates to blog about.
- I use geneablogger daily themes to prompt me for blog posts. I try to do prompts such as Sunday's Obituary, Military Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wedding or Workday Wednesday, and Those Places Thursday to name a few.
- I use recent research finds and look in my genealogy folder on my computer for pictures, stories or documents to share.
- I try to read other genealogy blogs to stay up on trends in genealogy and gather ideas for future blog posts.
- I keep a notebook where I jot down ideas as I come up with them. I have a few blog posts that I do as a series (ancestor biographies, Hattie's Bible, Civil War Pension File, etc) and I list what I have posted to keep track of it. This helps plan for next steps, too.
- I try to blog 2 to 3 times a week, but that isn't set in stone. I sometimes accomplish more and sometimes less.
- I accept that I am not writing a book, I only need to share what I know. It can be a couple of paragraphs or just a picture with explanation.