GeneaBloggers New Year’s Resolutions

Here is list of my goals for GeneaBloggers for 2010:

I always use the exercise “If an alien spaceship were to land and take a look at . . .” when analyzing a blog or website – meaning, what would someone totally unfamiliar with genealogy blogging and GeneaBloggers think if they visited the blog? Is the message clear that it is a resource site on how to get started blogging your ancestors as well as how to keep the blogging momentum going?

Right now, I think I can do better in terms of organizing

1. Utilize a Web Toolbar

Just like some blogs and websites have developed a downloadable toolbar to make their sites more useful (see the March 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine), I need to develop one for GeneaBloggers. I want to include a search function so users can search across all 800+ genealogy blogs. I also want to include a link to GeneaBloggers resources pages on PDFs, photos, data backup and more!

2. ¬†Make “Getting Started” More Prominent

Those who are new to genealogy blogging or who want to know how to get started should be able to find a series of “how tos” quickly. This is not happening right now.

3. Separate Area for Blogging Prompts

While I continue to stress the importance of the Daily Blogging Prompts as well as carnivals and memes, I think right now they take up too much room on the GeneaBloggers site.

I need a better way to organize these posts as well as the roll-up widgets that display the posts from members of GeneaBloggers.

4. Create Podcasts and Webcasts

People learn through various methods and I think that having step-by-step instructional videos would greatly help those who have questions on how to set up a blog, how to add widgets etc.

In addition, a regularly scheduled podcast would be geared more towards discussion of topics rather than instructions or how-tos. One idea is to have a monthly call-in type radio program where there is participation from the genealogy community.

5. Seek More Guest Posts

Following the example set by Gini Webb and her series of May I Introduce To You posts about new genealogy bloggers, it would be great to have other genealogy bloggers contribute periodically to GeneaBloggers as guest authors.

6. Develop a Mobile Version of GeneaBloggers

Make GeneaBloggers more mobile app friendly as well as develop a mobile app to assist genealogists with their research.

7. Larger Conference Presence

Currently, GeneaBloggers is scheduled to have a presence at the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona on January 22-23, 2010 as well as the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree June 11-13, 2010.

Investigate attending at several other conferences including NGS, FGS as well as others.

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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