I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Marian Pierre-Louis of the blog Roots & Rambles. Marian describes her blog as, “Genealogy community, book reviews, interviews, and whatever random thought crosses my mind.”
How Marian Got Started in Genealogy
About eight years ago, Marian started doing genealogical research while taking care of very small children. It was having her children and seeing the “connectedness” that got Marian started. Marian shares her thoughts and how she came to love genealogy in her post: How I Got Here – The Path to Becoming a Family Historian. Marian also shares the incredible role her parents and family played in shaping her and the love she has for genealogy.
Marian’s Family and Her Blog
Family members rely on Marian for updates on her finds. Every once in a while she will send them an individual post or two. “They just haven’t caught the blog reading or writing bug yet.”
When it comes to sharing her family history with relatives, Marian usually needs to get on the phone or bring it up at gatherings. The family is interested when Marian discusses her finds with them, “ . . . but I don’t think they want to have to read it for themselves. My dad is my #1 genealogy buddy. We discuss family history regularly. We also love to debate the truth of certain family facts and legends.”
How Marian Follows the Rest of Us
Marian likes to use Google Reader to keep up with her blog reading. She can organize the blogs into various categories and can tell easily what has been read and what hasn’t. Marian also loves the interface for the Android smart phone. Marian spends a lot of time reading blogs when she has “underutilized” time such as waiting in a doctor’s office or hanging by the soccer field. “The only thing I don’t like about the Android is that I can’t leave comments easily. I like to actively engage with other bloggers, so it does slow me down if I can’t comment easily.”
Marian reads about six blogs daily, “ . . . I have about 600 others I try to keep up with more on a monthly basis. I don’t get to read as many blogs as I like on a regular basis. I go in spurts.”
Marian’s Thoughts on Blogging
Marian loves to write, and blogging seemed to be a natural way for her to be able to express her thoughts about the genealogical community and trends in a more immediate way.
One of Marian’s biggest concerns with blogging was that it would feel like work and she wouldn’t enjoy doing it, “That hasn’t proven to be the case with me. I think my biggest fear now is getting off course and not staying true to my own content. I want the focus of my contents to come from within not externally.” Marian felt a bit shy about the commitment, “It takes consistency and frequency to build up a blog. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to deliver that.”
Marian recruited her Facebook friends and asked them for suggestions in coming up with a blog title, “I am really terrible at coming up with names for things! The end result – Roots and Rambles – was a combination of a suggestion from Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and one other person. Ultimately, I put Marian at the front so that it would be more easily recognizable.”
What Marian Loves the Most About Genealogy
“I love everything about doing genealogical research (except the citations of course!). It’s one of the few activities that I can respond to both on an emotional level and an intellectual level. Emotionally I feel a deep sense of connectedness to my ancestors through discovering my family history. Intellectually, I love the challenge of thinking creatively to solve difficult research problems.”
Marian’s Time Capsule Message
“My message to future generations would be that if you want to make informed decisions about the future you need to have a strong understanding of the past.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Marian’s blog. Leave her a comment letting her know you stopped by. Welcome Marian, it’s great to have you here!
© 2011, copyright Gini Webb
Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!
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