I remember feeling this way not to long ago, should I stop blogging?
The genealogy blogging world has grown immensely since I first started.
GeneaBloggers is over 3,000 bloggers, and I was here when this group came to fruition, thanks to Thomas MacEntee.
One of my readers brought to my attention the phrase "cousin bait." Those words made me stop and think. Why have I been blogging? Was it to have my posts read by all GeneaBloggers? Was it to be popular? Was it to get known? Was it to find cousins? Why did I start blogging?
I have never had the desire to be a professional genealogist. I do enjoy webinars, conferences, classes and doing whatever it takes to keep abreast in the field. I feel there is always something new to learn, and honestly, there are times I feel overwhelmed and tired of learning. Always "learning something" takes time away from working on my family tree.
Because this field has grown so much in the last few years, the blogging market has changed. I find it difficult to read all of the blogs I once read, let alone add new ones to the list. Most GeneaBloggers probably feel the same way.
It was difficult for me to accept that it was OK if I didn't read everyone's posts, every day. But...it sure makes me feel disloyal! The interaction online, leaving comments on blogs has really diminished. I am just as guilty as anyone, not leaving comments as I used to.
Which brings me back to why? Why am I blogging? Why did I want to quit blogging?
I miss the genealogy community of a few years ago. I do realize growth is a great thing, so why would I want to quit? In all honesty, I didn't have the time to write blog posts for awhile. I believe I lost a lot of my following because of the lack of posts. So of course I felt like I should quit blogging.
And...what about cousin bait? Well, that gave me something more to think about.
When I started blogging, I did it to document my thoughts, notes, research and data which I felt would help me to see my families lives better. I wanted to share my experiences, especially what I was learning along the way. I don't believe I ever expected to meet cousins though when I first started this venture.
The cousins who have found me, mostly found me through this blog. Sure, a couple I have connected with on Facebook, but most have been through my blog. I am now keeping a log of the cousins that have found me, with their important information, which line they descend from and of course how we are related. I have a solid 35 cousins now on this list. Two others I need a bit more information though to be certain if they really are my cousins. I have personally met a few of these cousins and have intentions of meeting many more of them.
I can not give up blogging!
I do it for fun, organization, even challenges. I gain information from the new cousins who find me. I am told they are grateful for the information I have and share. They are just as happy they found me as I am that they found me.
Ecstasy...that is what it is to connect with new cousins.
Whether I blog every day or once a month, it doesn't matter. Whether my posts are perfect in every way, is not important to me. What matters is getting my ancestors names out there, so my posts are found in Google and cousin connections can be made. Treasure awaits with every new cousin found.
Thanks to my newest cousin who found me a couple of days ago, through two posts on my blog. She is a second cousin, a much closer connection than most. She has a container full of family paperwork (treasures) that has been given to her, and she lives within about a hour drive from me. She has not been involved in genealogy, and is just getting started. She made a couple comments on my blog, (thank you so much for making contact) I gave her an email address, we wrote a couple of times, and I called her today.
I look forward to meeting her, helping her organize her documents and perhaps watching her get the genealogy bug. If genealogy doesn't grab her as it has me, that is ok too, I have another cousin!
We have made plans when her mother comes to visit her a little later in the year. I will take them both to visit my father. He is very excited about meeting this cousin and seeing her mother again. I already warned all, the tape recorder will be there, I can just hear the stories flowing!
Give up blogging? I think not!
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