How to get started the easy way!
Do you want to leave a legacy for your family – the history of your ancestors? Then blogging is an easy way to get started!
A blog does not pressure you for perfection! A blog waits for you to compose your posts! A blog is not on a publishing deadline! A blog does not demand a certain number of words! A blog does not care how frequently on infrequently you post!
A blog is your friendly ancestral story publisher! You have control over when, what, and how you choose to publish about your family history.
3 Cool Tips!
Tip 1: Freedom not Pressure!
When you own and manage a family history blog site, you are in the control seat. You decide what you will write and how you will structure your blog posts about your ancestors. Everything about your blog site is under your control, from its visual design to the elements you place in its pages and posts. Your family history blog posts can be designed around themes, ancestral names, ancestral places, occupations, migration, military exploits or any other aspects of your family history that you want to share.
You can create your family history blog posts every day, each week or month, or sporadically during the year. You may even neglect your blog site for periods of time whilst you focus on other aspects of your lives. The blog does not mind – it will wait.
Tip 2: Style not Perfection!
Writing your family history stories as blog posts enables you to explore your writing style without the need for perfection!
These three main writing styles; expository, descriptive and narrative, may appeal to you at different times as you gain confidence with your ancestral storytelling.
Expository writing, as its name implies, is writing that exposes facts. In other words, it’s writing that explains and educates its readers, rather than entertaining or attempting to persuade them.
Descriptive writing is writing in which the author’s intent is to create a vivid image of what he/she is describing in the mind of the reader.
Narrative writing can be broadly defined as story writing – a piece of writing characterized by a main character in a setting who encounters a problem or engages in an interesting, significant or entertaining activity or experience.
Tip 3: Profiles not Biographies
Writing about your ancestors in blog posts can help you to ‘reduce’ the stress of writing a whole book. Each blog post may display just pertinent details to profile your ancestors one by one.
The blog post does not have to be of a certain word count. It can be short or long. In fact you can plan to write blog posts in a sequential manner, revealing specific details about one ancestor as you research them, one by one. For example, you may find over time that the facts you unveil about your ancestors change as you correlate them. The blog does not care if you repeat, correct or verify these ancestral facts. The blog structure enables you to refer the reader to previous posts. And most importantly the blog posts can be edited over time.
No-one is looking over your shoulder to spot the genealogy mistakes.