01 March 2013
The Terrible Two's are Behind Me
I wasn't sure I would last for three months let alone three years. I have learned a lot during these past three years. I have wonderful readers who help me when I pose a question. My readers are always there to add information to what I have written. I am very thankful for all of you who have supported me in my blogging pursuit.
Another generous group is the geneabloggers group. Little did I know when I wrote that first blog post that I would find such a wonderful group of people to associate with. No matter what the question is, I have found supportive people to help me. I am truly grateful for that. I have met other geneabloggers at conferences, meet ups, and workshops. I am proud to be a part of it.
My blog has evolved through the years and I imagine it will continue to do so. The first year I was all over the place. I wrote my own family history posts, wrote about tips, technology, genealogy software, and local history. It was a hodge-podge of information.
The second year I tried to hone my writing skills and concentrate on telling family stories. I shared pictures and documents that I had found. I tried to concentrate on blogging about my ancestors. I didn't write as much about the other aspects of genealogy.
This past year I really paid attention to my writing and sourcing of family history material. I think I have finally found a balance between blogging and researching. Blogging has definitely made my research better. I even felt comfortable enough to start a second blog, "Journey to His Past". Ay yi yi! What was I thinking? I know what I was thinking and it was kind of selfish. I didn't want to share my blog with my husband's ancestors. I wanted a separate place to record the research I had done on his family.
What will Year four bring? I don't know, yet. I hope it will continue to bring new found cousins. I have been in contact over the past three years with a lot of cousins. I have gotten a family Bible, lots of pictures, stories, and more information than I dreamed possible. I only hope that I have been able to give back to those who have helped me. I hope it will bring more geneablogger friends that I can learn from and grow as a family history writer. Those connections are what makes blogging fun.
One of my worries that first week of March in 2010 was that I would not find enough to write about to keep a blog going. I haven't had that problem, yet. I look forward to sharing many more stories with you and thank you all for continuing on this journey to the past.