GeneaBloggers Celebrates Eight Years!

GeneaBloggers, the community resource for genealogy and family history blogging, turns eight years old on January 18, 2017

GeneaBloggers Celebrates Eight Years!

And then, we were eight.  Back in 2009, GeneaBloggers started with a listing of 400 genealogy and family history blogs. We now have over 3,400 blogs listed as we celebrate our 8th blogiversary today!

GeneaBloggers History

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing genealogy and family history blogs from all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history.

Why Blogs?

Well very often as genealogists we need a way to write the stories of our ancestors and to write our own stories about how we found them.  Each day there are close to 500 articles created by our members who write up their research finds, post photos and documents, share the latest resources (online and offline), publicize webinars and events and generally just share their infectious enthusiasm for genealogy and family history.

Facts and Figures About GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was started on January 18, 2009 by Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional, author and educator who realized the need for a community of genealogy bloggers.

In addition there have been over 6,300 different articles posted at GeneaBloggers and the GeneaBloggers site averages 1.5 million views each month, including those reading via RSS feed readers.

How Can You Use the Resources at GeneaBloggers?

Even if you don’t have your own blog, you can search for your surnames across all 3,400+ blogs by clicking Search All Blogs at the top of the page. Also, check out Blog Resources which lists over links to sites about starting your own genealogy blog, managing your blog, and more.

If you are a blogger, click Suggest A Blog to submit your blog to be included at the GeneaBloggers site.  In addition, check out the About page for info on how to participate in various GeneaBloggers events such as the Daily Blogging Prompts.

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

GeneaBloggers – Member Mailing List

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GeneaBloggers – Member Mailing List

I’ve been pondering the creation of a special mailing list just for member bloggers who have their blog list here at GeneaBloggers. 

The list will be used to update you on genealogy conferences and social events where bloggers are meeting up, blogging issues esp. technical issues and any changes to the GeneaBloggers website. In addition, if a vendor has a special offer for bloggers including affiliate marketing, I may pass these on to you via email. The intent of the list is to make sure that you have the tools to succeed when it comes to genealogy blogging.

Use the form below or click here. Remember to add your blog topics separated by commas!

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Recent and Upcoming Changes at GeneaBloggers.com

Starting in October 2016, GeneaBloggers,com will begin experimenting with template and feature changes to better serve its readers!

Recently you may have noticed some slight changes to the GeneaBloggers.com site. Most bloggers understand that over time you will “tweak” your blog to add or remove features or to try new things. One goal for every blogger should be to communicate change to readers so there are no surprises. If your loyal readers suddenly pull up your blog one day and the template has radically change, they may believe they’ve landed on the wrong site and/or they may have trouble finding resources.

Changes at GeneaBloggers.com

Starting in October 2016, here are some of the changes anticipated over the next month:

  • Advertisements at the top of page (aka “top of fold”) and sidebar, related to genealogy and family history. These are needed to cover website hosting costs. My goal is to keep such ads to a minimum and to make sure they are always relevant. If you see an ad that doesn’t sit well with you, please contact me!
  • Content relevant ads at the end of each post. This is a work in progress and you may see this feature come and go over the next month. My initial foray into this area resulted in ads that were not related to genealogy and family history. As I’ve said above, there will be a few tests until it works or else I will drop the feature.
  • A new template!  I’ve been using this same template at GeneaBloggers.com for over five years now. Back then, many readers did not like the condensed “magazine” format and wanted a “less clicks” environment.  Much has changed in terms of blog templates and the way users interact with websites. Look for a new templates and your feedback is needed!
  • More resources and downloads. Many readers have told me that they have trouble finding all the freebies that I hand out including cheat sheets, recordings, handouts etc. So I’ll be pulling all these items from across several different websites into one Resources area.
  • More industry-related posts. While sometimes I believe I blather on about the genealogy and family history industry, many people want my insights into the latest happenings at Ancestry.com or new products in the DNA area. I hope to get more posts up that you’ll want to share with others interested in researching their roots.

GeneaBloggers.com and MyHeritage

You may also notice that GeneaBloggers.com is no longer sponsored by MyHeritage. In no way does this reflect a “break up” or “falling” out with MyHeritage – after more than two years, I wanted the freedom to carry advertisements, to review different products, etc. I still strongly believe in MyHeritage and its ability to expand my genealogy research . . . so much so that I have a 50% off discount offer (click here) available through October 9th.

Change Agents Wanted

Finally, if you have suggestions for features, resources and formats at GeneaBloggers.com, please use the comments below or contact me at geneabloggers@gmail.com.  As blogging continues to evolve in both the genealogy market and in the world of social media, new ideas are needed to keep the art of blogging relevant especially for genealogy and family history.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.