Last week-end I set up Google Reader and added LOTS of genealogy blogs to it. I read many in the process of selecting ones for Google Reader; and I learned several things:
1) The title matters!
A generic title just isn’t going to cut it. I found myself looking for titles that sounded like the blog would be a) Tips, especially organizing or writing; b) about a location I am interested in; c) about a surname I am interested in; or d) by a “famous” person (i.e. a blog I already knew or from the Top 40).
2) The topic matters!
See #1. The title drew me in to try out a blog, but the topic kept me there. I wasn’t interested in the blogs that combine genealogy with cooking, and I wasn’t all that interested in just someone’s angst over their search. I needed more.
3) I think I found my niche!
Reading all of these blogs gave me an idea. Before starting on the path of “cousin bait,” where I might blog about my lines, I can write about my experience in “surviving” the recession without my subscriptions.
My husband calls it “genealogy on the cheap.” I’d like to come up with a classier term for it — and talk about my experience in going from someone who never thought she would be without a subscription to Ancestry and probably not without fold3 (I still think of it as footnote) or the NEHGS.
But (after the initial mourning stage) I have learned to appreciate the free things in the genealogy world — and also to work around not having easy access to the Ancestry databases. No, this doesn’t always work, but I’ve been surprised how often I can continue my research and fill in the blanks.
I’ve also found out lots of things I might not have known about: free webinars, lots of things that I can write about as I go along.
So now….on to that title!
P.S. Yes, I know that I have a title — but bear with me, pretend if you can; I want to take you through my thought process. And let you know a little more about me!