This week marks six years since Geneablogie went online. It was an inauspicious start; I had no idea what I was doing or what I really wanted to do. I just let it flow. Then after a few years it became very good (or least fairly good). That was a great feeling! There were actually readers and subscribers and commenters. Then came 2010.
2010 has been one strange year. I’ve had to manage my health (back surgery in February) and a new job (which is terrific.). I’m keeping a close watch on parental health, as are a lot of people my age. And in the midst of it all, I haven’t yet figured out the new rhythm of Geneablogie. So the time between posts has gotten longer. The train on the Grand Genealogy Tour, for example, has been more like a slow boat. To me, having been raised in radio, a day or two or three without a post on a blog is like dead air in broadcasting: the mark of an amateur; a fireable offense if severe enough. (It has occurred to me to fire the editor-in-chief of Geneablogie, consult the marketing experts, do some focus groups, bring in a whole new management team and revamp the format. Oh yeah, that’s what ruined radio.) But then I’ve realized that I’m not being fair to myself or to the Loyal and Constant Reader(s) (I think there’s still at least one). There was no management failure here. What It Was Was (to use Andy Griffith’s classic syntax)…Life! And life is what happens. As the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius said, everything happens just as it’s supposed to.
I do have some new ideas for Geneablogie and I like them. I’m not going to put any timetable on the rollout and I’m not going to tease them either. But you’ll know them when you see them.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate this blogoversary by toasting some of those who consistently are doing the best work in this field; “this field” being that of the independent family historian/genealogist blogger. (There’s a risk to doing this I understand; that being that I will miss or forget someone that I intended to put on the list. Please forgive me if that happens. Or let me know; one thing that has also suffered in 2010 has been my ability to keep up with the 1000-plus items that turn up in my reader on a daily basis). Since I don’t intend to rank order these in any way (having only a vaguely subjective methodology to do so), I’ve organize them along the lines of Major League Baseball. But like the NCAA basketball tournament, the organizational scheme may have nothing to do with geography!
I’ll probably do an NFL version with different folks later in the year.
So to celebrate our blogoversary, please join me in a toast to the major leagues of the Geneablogosphere! [Note that the list does not include certain Hall of Famers!]
American League East
Denise Olson, The Moultrie Creek Gazette (and more)
footnoteMaven, Shades of The Departed and footnoteMaven
Bill West, West in New England
Mark Tucker, Think Genealogy
Denise Levenick, The Family Curator
American League Central
Julie Cahill Tarr, Genblog
Taneya Koonce, Taneya’s Genealogy Blog
Tamura Jones, Modern Software Experience
Thomas MacEntee, GeneaBloggers (and more)
Amy Coffin, We Tree
American League West
Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist
James Tanner, Genealogy’s Star
Schelly Talalay Dardashti, Tracing the Tribe and MyHeritage.com
Jasia, Creative Gene
Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast
National League Central
John Newmark, Transylvanian Dutch
Pat Richley-Erickson, DearMYRTLE
Blake Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist
Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist
Martin Hollick, The Slovak Yankee
Natioal Leauge West
Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings
Kathryn Doyle, California Ancestors (blog of the California Genealogical Society & Library)
George Geder, Geder Genealogy
Elizabeth O’Neal, Little Bytes of Life
Miria Midkiff, Ancestories
Steve Danko, Steve’s Genealogy
September 6, 2010 Monday at 5:39 pm