#31 WBGB ~ Week 6 ~ 27 Must Read Tips

I am following Tonia's Roots as she takes us through 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog which was originated by Darren Rowse. I have the actual information but have never found or made the time to go through these steps. I thank Tonia for originating the idea to do it a week at a time, and for bringing it front and center for all of us GeneaBloggers to follow also! Here is Week 6 per Tonia:


Welcome to Week 6 of “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!”

Our topic this week is learning from successful bloggers.

If you are following along in the e-book 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (affiliate link), Darren provides links to 27 blog posts by nine different bloggers.  I’ve included some of those links below, but I’ve also added in some different ones that resonated more with me.
You may not have time to read all 27 posts; if not, pick a few that jump out at you and bookmark this post to come back to at another time.  In fact, it may be better NOT to try to read all these at one sitting, lest you go into information-overload.


Entrepreneurs Journey



Seth Godin


PR Daily

Blogging Bookshelf

Social Media Examiner

Pro Blog Design

Reviewz ‘n’ Tips

A Last Bit of Advice from Me

A lot of these posts were written by professional bloggers, which most of us are not.  Don’t get overwhelmed by all of these tips and by the amount of time the writers seem to spend on their blogs.  Take the advice that speaks to you and temper it to fit your timeframes and blogging style.

Action Item

  • Jot down 3-5 key points from the reading that you want to apply to your blog.

If you are just joining us, then “welcome.” You can read the kick-off post about 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog here.  Feel free to start with this week’s reading and action items – you are not behind.


I have decided to choose three items to work on at this time and no more. If I choose to many ideas, I may not follow through with any one item, so I will start small. Here are three items I will work on~ 

1. Under "How To Write An Article 20 Minutes", I was intrigued by the statement that said not to hold those best ideas until later, write it now! It says:

 "It’s tempting, when you look through your list of ideas, to save the best ones for later because you think they’ll be easier to write. You don’t want to save time later, you want to save time now. Do the articles you know will come easily and make the most of that time."

2. A couple of different areas talked about making posts brief, paragraphs brief, points brief. I have issues with this at times, feeling I have to write every detail about everything!

3. This is something I don't do enough of! There are so many genealogy blogs now that there is absolutely no reason I shouldn't be doing this more...linking to others blogs and their posts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved


  1. Great post, Cheryl! I agree with you in that trying to do too many things at once can be overwhelming. I need some type of 'things I want to do later' management system so that I can list everything and get to it eventually -- and maybe by doing three per week it will happen. :)

  2. You picked three good ones, Cheryl. The one about writing the best ideas NOW, is something I need to work on, too.

    Good luck!

  3. Tonia, I am amazed at all the wonderful ideas! Thanks!


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