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 yoursitename.wordpress.com, or a paid site that would be at at a site such as yoursitename.com or yoursitename.net. 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 yoursitename.com 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?