An Invitation: We need more genealogy news bloggers. (What, really?)

Yes, we need more people telling us about what’s going on in the genealogy world (especially online).

This invitation may sound a little funny, because you might be thinking, we already have enough people telling me what is going on with FamilySearch and Ancestry. We don’t need more.

But that’s not…exactly…what I’m talking about.

I spent most of 2013 learning how to follow many different sites, then letting you know when they updated. It didn’t take a ton of time, maybe 30-60 minutes a day, many days less. Towards the end of the year, I found myself duplicating the work that a lot of others were doing as well. (And I don’t like duplication, I want to do something that is unique.)

So I changed focus. Instead, I want to support those of you who are interested in doing the same thing and building a loyal blog following – but by focusing on a specific niche.

Because the genealogy world needs more genealogy news bloggers.

No, we don’t need more Dick Eastmans. And don’t get me wrong, he fills a vital role. But if I am researching in various counties in West Virginia, how do I learn about all the awesome things going on in the (online) genealogy world there?

We need them to report on specific areas.

Right now, I would have to follow lots of websites to be aware of everything happening where I am researching. It’s a lot of work, and while anyone can do it, there is a great opportunity right now for those who are willing to put in a little extra time to follow these sites, and then share the news with the rest of the genealogy community.

Would you like to develop a loyal following on your blog?

You may be trying to figure out how blogging can support your professional work. Or you may just be interested in adding something valuable to the genealogy world in an area you are passionate about.

Follow this blog to learn more over the next couple months. (Or sign up for email updates on the right.) 

Because this is so needed, by all of us.

A Warning

Before we get started, I do need to warn you – this isn’t for everyone. It takes dedication on your part. It’s not hard, and it doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does require you to put in the time on a regular basis and share what you know. But if you really want it, if you really dedicate yourself, you can provide a valuable service that will be greatly appreciated by the entire (online) genealogy community.

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