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May I Introduce To You . . . Elizabeth O’Neal


I have the pleasure of introducing you to Elizabeth O’Neal of the Little Bytes of Life blog!

Elizabeth’s Little Bytes of Life blog has a dual personality – what she calls a “genea-mommy” blog, an expression coined by one of her readers.

How Elizabeth Started Blogging

Elizabeth started out as a “mommy blogger” and eventually the love of genealogy gave her the opportunity to combine both blogging and genealogy. She feels that genealogy is the study of our ancestors, and mommy blogging is the study of our descendants – generations connect and intertwine without a clearly defined line between them.  Elizabeth’s hopes are that she will have put enough information together to pass onto her daughter and to generations to come allowing them to stay connected at some level.

Genealogy and blogging are extremely important to Elizabeth. When her paternal grandmother passed away in 1987, it became painfully clear that many members of her family were passing too quickly.  Elizabeth felt it was important that someone become the “keeper” of her family’s history – a job her aunt had been doing for many years.  Elizabeth felt that her aunt could use a back-up and stepped up to the plate.  A few family group sheets later and she was hooked!

Over the years while genealogy has become her passion – whether it is researching her own family or the families of others –  Elizabeth says she truly enjoys the mystery aspect of family history.

Elizabeth’s Blog and Her Family

At first, Elizabeth’s family thought she was a bit “crazy” for getting involed with blogging.  Her family pretty much thought, “only crazy people blog, right?”  Now, two years later, as long as she doesn’t talk to them about it or show “unflattering” photos, they are okay with it!

Elizabeth does know of a couple family members that check her blog occasionally to read about family history or see old photos. She feels the majority of family and friends who visit just do so to see the photos of her three year old daughter – she is actually the star of Little Bytes of Life!

How Elizabeth Follows the Rest of Us

Elizabeth mainly uses Google Reader via her iGoogle home page.  Occasionally when she is in a hurry she will click on the RSS button in her Internet Explorer toolbar and add the blog feeds.  When time permits, she will transfer them over to her Google Reader.

Elizabeth tracks a few technical blogs thru her email but prefers to us Google Reader so that she can keep track of how many hundreds of posts she may be behind on in keeping up with other blogs.  I can totally relate to that one Elizabeth, you are not alone!

Depending on how busy her daughter is or on a particularly chaotic day she may keep up with maybe one or two blogs, other days maybe 20.  Elizabeth says she has 200+ blogs in her reader that she subscribes too.  As she says, being a “genea-mommy, there really is no regular routine because there is nothing regular about life with a toddler!”

Elizabeth’s Fears and Hesitations About Blogging

At first, Elizabeth’s biggest fears were that someone would actually READ her blog! She thought, “really, who would want to read anything a boring old mommy would have to say!”  Her biggest fear now is that Blogger will lose her content, or block her for no apparent reason.

Elizabeth hesitated about blogging because she was a bit nervous sharing her real identity, having an extremely rare surname and using it on the internet makes her very easy to find.  She even considered using a nom de plume, perhaps something royal sounding such as “The Queen of North Santa Barbara County.” Elizabeth finally decided it that it’s too difficult to write about genealogy using a fake name.  She still wouldn’t mind being called “The Queen of North Santa Barbara County” if you care to do so!

I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at the Southern California Genealogy  Jamboree at Burbank, California in June 2009.  My favorite post from Elizabeth’s blog describes how she viewed our Genea-bloggers dinner “JAMSTOCK ’09: Massive Recycling Effort Underway at the Burbank Marriott”– an extremely creative post which had me laughing and smiling for a long time. There’s also a video of our dinner in her post “JAMSTOCK ’09: Exclusive Video of the Geneablogger Dinner!”

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Little Bytes of Life is one of several blogs I first followed prior to starting my own blog for quite a while and so very much enjoyed reading all of her posts.

Please take a moment and check out Little Bytes of Life.  You are in for a real treat.  Also join us in keeping her little girl in our thoughts and prayers during and after surgery – we wish you a speedy recovery little one! Please leave Elizabeth a comment to let her know you stopped by.

© 2009, copyright Gini Webb

Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, working full-time, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her six (soon to be seven) grandchildren!

Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.

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8 thoughts on “May I Introduce To You . . . Elizabeth O’Neal

  1. Gini – Thank you so much for the write-up! I appreciate your kind words!

    fM – I’m speechless. It was so sweet of you to leave such a sweet comment!

    Thanks to all for the prayers and words of encouragement during this difficult week. My daughter is doing much better, but there is seriously nothing worse in the world than a child who is hurting. It’s been a rough few days.

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