Is there ever enough time?

I tend to delve into too many projects at once, and in keeping with that theme, I decided this morning to start the genealogy blog I have been wanting to write since I started my family history research. Thanks to a recent blog post by Tonia at Tonia’s Roots, I am finally here.

I am going to follow Tonia’s “31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog”. This week is “Week 1: Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog.”  However, for someone brand new to genealogy blogging, I would append the 31 weeks to include ‘Week 0: Start a Blog.”

For those who may be considering starting a blog for any reason, I’ll expand on my experience with getting to this point. There was a lot more involved in “Week 0: Start a Blog” than I expected when I read Tonia’s post this morning. I thought within minutes I would have my free blog set up on a site such as WordPress or Blogger and I could start working on my elevator pitch. Not so.

I chose to start at WordPress because I have already worked on a WordPress site in my volunteer work for USGenWeb. However, that site was set up for me and all I had to do to get started was click on “Add new” and start writing.  In this case, it was a matter of setting everything up before starting to write.

When I put in my selected site name to WordPress I soon discovered I could opt for the free wordpress site such as, or a paid site that would be at at a site such as or That started an entire morning of researching the pros and cons of the different options, and a long thought process into which way to go.

Honestly, the free site seemed like it would be better for a newbie with very little technology experience such as myself, but since I already have a website (that I never use) with a host, it ended up being simple enough (if you have the time to figure out how) to add an extra domain name onto it and establish the address.

So here I am.  Please stay tuned (and patient!) as I begin my blogging journey. With a little luck, 31 weeks, and some hard work, I hope to meet the goal of having a “better genealogy blog”. Who wants to join me on this adventure?

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  1. Amy Coffin

    Welcome to the world of genealogy blogging! You’re really going to enjoy the experience. I can’t wait to read more.

    • 1ancestry2littletime

      Thanks, Amy! I’m really psyched to get this going. Now I just have to figure out what to do next! :)

  2. Tonia Kendrick

    Looks good! I think you’ll be glad you went with self-hosted WordPress. You have much more control. I really like your header image, btw.

  3. Dana

    Welcome to blogging! It looks like our blogs were born almost the same time and in very similar ways! I’d been meaning to start a blog for a while, but it was Tonia’s 31 weeks challenge that finally kicked me into gear, too. I also had a long process (a week, I think!) of setting up my own blog after deciding to go with self-hosted WordPress. I’m very happy with the decision so far, since it gives me so many options to tweak and do as I like. I look forward to reading more!

    • 1ancestry2littletime

      Hi Dana thanks for the comment. I spotted your blog on geneabloggers…it looks great! I’ll add you to my reader… Maybe we can inspire one another to keep up with it.

  4. Heather Wilkinson Rojo

    Hello, we met on Blog Talk Radio Friday night, August 19th when we found we had a common Mayflower ancestor. I don’t remember which one because I have about a dozen MF ancestors. I started my blog in July, too, of 2009 and I’ve learned a lot over the past two years. Always remember it is YOUR blog, and there are no real rules, just have fun. Before you know it you’ll have a hundred followers and people commenting every day!

    • 1ancestry2littletime

      Hi Heather – thanks for visiting. Our connection was in the Frost branch. Thanks for the advice on the blog – I’m still working out my ‘niche’ but hopefully in time it will develop into something that people are interested in. I’ll get in touch with you directly with more info on our connection!

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