I have the pleasure of introducing Vickie Everhart of the BeNotForgot genealogy blog!
BeNotForgot is rich in family history that is creatively displayed in each and every post. Vickie’s site is a potpourri of stories and images documenting the lives of “kith and kin” who make up Vickie’s extended family.
Vickie has a unique method of posting at her blog: she schedules a post to coincide with a significant date in the life of an ancestor. As Vickie chooses one of her kinfolk, she also takes the opportunity to tidy up that person’s information on her family tree and check the Internet for any additional information she may have missed. Vickie is very organized to say the least!
If Vickie has any photos of an ancestor, she collects related images and creates a trademark collage (using Picasa), which then becomes the focal point for her post on the anniversary of their birth, death, marriage or other significant date.
Vickie has also created a companion blog featuring a daily listing of the births, deaths, and marriages of her ancestors, including those who are featured at BeNotForgot. This list is generated via a free program from GeneWeb that she came across while looking for a way to figure out the percentage of shared DNA between any two individuals.
How Vickie Got Started Blogging
Vickie loves working with timelines and fell into blogging by accident as a method of sharing the timeline of her ancestry with the rest of the family. She had tried various “vehicles” – including Google Calendar and Google Groups, but Blogger quickly became her preferred home base. One advantage is the ability to post clips about her family from Google Books directly to her blog.
Vickie’s Blog and Her Family
Vickie looks at the timeline as a method of spoon-feeding information to her family members who are very involved with just living life. She often reminds herself, as many of us do, to not overwhelm family members who may have little or no interest in genealogy! Vickie has been involved in her family history for more than a half century. Growing up, she was always asking questions and remembering the answers regarding the history of her family. Her parents did not actively pursue knowledge about their ancestors and her grandparents were not willing participants in her pursuing obsession. Vickie’s first questions were about her maternal grandmother whom had died when Vickie’s mom was only 3 days old. Vickie grew up living next door to her paternal grandmother so information was always available for the asking.
Vickie’s Fears and Hesitations About Blogging
Vickie’s only fear about starting her blog, was the possibility of putting erroneous information out there which someone else might take as “the gospel truth.” But there has never been any hesitation about blogging for Vickie. Vickie felt she was taking something she had already been doing on a daily basis and simply putting it into a different format. She very much prefers the blog format to any other format she has tried – and one of the best things about being a genealogy blogger is the family that comes with the territory, I agree Vickie!
How Vickie Follows The Rest of Us
Vickie uses Google Reader to try and keep up with the 987 blogs she currently follows (not all are genealogy-related). Vickie has folders set up within Google Reader for different topics so she can select a folder to browse through. If there are time constraints, she does admit to having a few favorites that are checked on a regular basis. Vickie admits that she would like to leave more comments when visiting her blogging friends. She loves when others leave a comment for her, even if it’s a quick note to say hello. Vickie also receives posts via her email.
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Stop by to check out Vickie’s blog and leave a comment to let her know you were there. Vickie’s collages and posts are wonderful and I look forward to each post with great anticipation. I think you will too!
© 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!
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