Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Genealogy Blogs: Read, Comment, Repeat!

Recently, blogger Mish Holman posted a poll on Twitter, asking "Do you think people actually read your #Genealogy blog posts?

The final results from 83 participants: 

  • YES - 50.6%
  • NO   - 32.5%
  • THEY SAY THEY DO, BUT THEY LIE - 16.9%

I answered yes, people actually do read my blog. How do I know? Because some folks leave comments...and some get in touch via my "contact me" gadget on the blog's home page. Plus site statistics show me the number of views per post and page, another indicator that people are stopping by. 

Why I 💜 blogs 

Personally, I love reading genealogy blogs! Many bloggers post about new developments in the genealogy community...the latest database improvements by big genealogy sites...tricks and tips for technology...using specific resource sites/repositories. I learn a lot from these bloggers, and I leave a comment of thanks now and then. 

Blog entries about personal family history adventures are also fun and informative. Posts about creatively sharing genealogy with the next generation...finding ancestors in the most unexpected places...connecting with a long-lost cousin, all can teach me something. Again, I comment every so often to let the blogger know I've stopped by.

Finding genealogy blogs

One good place to find interesting blogs is at the GeneaBloggers site. You can also see bloggers in action on the Generations Cafe Facebook page where Amy Johnson Crow posts weekly blog prompts. Then there's the Genealogy Blog Party, which has a different theme every month. That's just for starters. 

A few bloggers list their picks for "best of the week" blog posts with links for easy access. To name just two: Linda Stufflebean posts her weekly roundup on Fridays on her blog, and Randy Seaver posts his weekly roundup on his blog

Of course, there's not enough time in the day to read every blog or every post, let alone comment every time. Just dip in and out, and have fun.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Marian. There's so much to learn from everyone's blog posts, whether family stories, methodology or great resources.

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    1. I always find an interesting blog to check out on your Friday finds!

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  2. I try to comment when I have something to say and enjoy getting comments on my blogs. But I don't think I have many readers.

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    1. I read your blog but I don't comment on every post. Do you check your Blogspot statistics now and then to see how views are going?

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  3. AnonymousJune 22, 2022

    This is an interesting topic Marian. I love reading blogs and read yours often. I get comments and have reasonable view numbers so know my blog is being read.

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    1. Even when I or others don't comment, often we do take a peek at the posts!

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  4. AnonymousJune 22, 2022

    I too love reading genealogy blog posts...I try to get to my favourites every week, but also do depend on both Linda and Randy to alert me to ones I've missed, along with Gail Dever (Genealogy à la carte)...I've learned so much from fellow bloggers!

    As for whether people read mine, I believe at least some do, based on comments, people following me on FB, and on the occasional email contact.

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    1. aack - I thought I was logged in - didn't mean to post anonymously!

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    2. Thanks for reading and commenting! There are a few "best of blogs" roundups each week, and I also read Gail's.

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  5. Genealogy Girl TalksJune 23, 2022

    Thank you for this wonderful post! You’ve inspired me to begin blogging my own family history research again.

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    1. So glad you stopped by, left a comment, and feel inspired to blog again! Have fun.

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  6. Thanks for the list of resources for genealogy bloggers. After 15 years of blogging I still enjoy making cousin connections. I especially love comments and email on old blog posts from over a decade ago - which goes to show you the power of web searching!

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