Saturday, August 31, 2013

Acknowledging Marion

Two posts in less than a six-month time frame!

One of my genealogical forays this summer was into DNA testing.  (I'm not sure I'll post about this - I'm still trying to wrap my hear around the science of it all.)  But anyway, while filling out my profile on one of the testing sites, I flipped back to check a "fact" in the Greenleaf genealogy (1896)

Regular readers will know that one of my favorite ancestors to write about is Marion Constance Greenleaf, my great-great aunt who died of typhoid in 1900.

While flipping through the preface, I found this little acknowledgment:


I like this.  For several reasons.  I like knowing that Marion took the time to contribute to this publication - that it meant something to her in some way.  I am comforted somehow knowing that she had ready access to the family portraits, too, and was somehow able to obtain photographs of them.*

All of this was only a few years before her death, as the genealogy was published in 1896, and I like knowing that too.


* I note that the portraits don't seem to be reproduced in the version on the Internet Archive.  Either they're missing from the book or weren't included for some reason.  At least the first few portrait pages I looked for had only a caption - no illustration.  Disappointing.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Bloggers GeneaMeme

Believe me, the irony is not lost on me that the first post from me in some months is about blogging.  But I saw this on Jill's blog the other day and was tempted to post it on my blog then, but when Randy pegged the meme for tonight's SGNF, I had no choice but to follow through!

1.  What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s?   
My Mouse is Broken - mymouseisbroken.blogspot.com (watch the typing - a simple transposition error in a particular part of the URL takes one to a Bible studies site) 

2.  Do you have a wonderful "Cousin Bait" blog story? A link to a previous blog post might answer this question.
I've got two - (1) my cousin Sylvia reached out to me after reading a post and we developed a correspondence that got me hooked on researching my Bridge family ancestors, kept in touch to solve some puzzles with this family, and have continued to stay in touch and share information; (2) my friend Jim emailed me after reading this post (I think) and whose story is told in part here.

3.  Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging?  
No one person inspired me to start blogging.  I'd reached a point in my research where writing was an outlet for both frustrations and successes.

4.  How did you decide on your blog/s title/s?  
I actually created the blog for work-related purposes, to post handouts for a workshop I was teaching, and every title I tried was already taken (usually by someone who abandoned the blog after snagging the title).  It was after midnight when my mouse froze, so I picked that as my title.  Over time, I've morphed that into my genealogy presence.

5.  Do you ever blog from mobile devices? What are they?  
I sometimes compose posts on my iPad, but don't think I've ever posted from it.

6.  How do you let others know when you have published a new post?  The blog's RSS feed, comments on other blogs (usually for SNGF), and I usually tweet new posts.

7.  How long have you been blogging?  
Almost four years (wow!)

8.  What widgets or elements do you consider essential on a genealogy blog?   
Archives, search tool, something about the author, permalinks, RSS feeds, and a copyright statement.

9.  What is the purpose of your blog/s? Who is your intended audience?  
I really started this for myself - to get stories, problems, and the like out of my head.  I'm consistently amazed by the people who I discover are readers, take the time to reach out, and who give me encouragement - thank you!

10.  Which of your posts are you particularly proud of?  
So many, as so many of these have their own stories which have lead me to cousins, new friends, and other connections that it's hard to choose, but I particularly like the Washington Roebling Titanic series (starts here).

11.  How do you keep up with your blog reading?  
Currently Feedly for traditional reading and Flipboard on my iPad for Twitter.

12.  What platform do you use for publishing your blog/s?  
Blogger.  I keep thinking I might give WordPress a whirl, but Blogger gets the job done.

13.  What new features would you like to see in your blogging software?  
Not sure - I'm generally satisfied, though any aggravation usually comes from posting, resizing, and captioning images.  And I find the font formatting a little frustrating.

14.  Which of your posts has been the most popular with readers?  
My top five as of today are:



15.  Are you a sole blogger or do you contribute to a shared blog?  
Sole blogger.  

16.  How do you compose your blog posts?  
In Evernote, and then I copy them to Blogger.  This way I have a log of posts that doesn't reside solely on the blog - though I only started doing this last year with the Titanic series.

17.  Do you have any blogs that are not genealogy related? If you wish please share their titles and URLs. 
Not at this time, no, though I've dabbled with blogging in the past.

18.  Have you listed your blog/s at Geneabloggers?  
My blog is listed at Geneabloggers, and I'm extremely flattered that someone other than me (no idea who) suggested it for listing.

19.  Which resources have helped you with your blogging?  
Geneabloggers daily themes, Randy Seaver's SGNF, and Lisa Alzo's Fearless Females prompts all got me started and gave me great ideas when first starting out


20.  What advice would you give to a new Geneablogger?  
Stick with it and don't stress over it.  I post when my research inspires me to do so.  I feel guilty when I go for a long time without posting, but I also know myself well enough to know that unless I'm really inspired, I won't turn out as decent a post.