Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

Learn From Other Tribes and Drink Upstream

There is a saying "don't drink downstream" and if you've ever spent any time outdoors you know why. When you want good information, you need to go to the source. I wanted to find out what "real" writers where doing,  so what did I do? I joined a professional writer's online group. It's called Tribe Writers. I have just started and I'm not much into the community sharing part, but I want to glean what I can from this course. Results to be shared later. Next, I attended the 2014 Build Your Blog Conference, a professional bloggers conference. Taught by bloggers who have page views in the millions, who shared their expertise and knowledge on how to create a better blog. Do I want to become a full-time professional blogger? No. But, I do want to glean ideas on how to maximize the time I do spend blogging and to create a better blog. Was it worthwhile? Yes, I did learn a lot. Enough to keep me busy tweaking, adjusting, and learning how to implement what I learned for the rest of the Continue reading

Technology and Genealogy, a Marriage Made in …?

Well, I attended Rootstech last week in Salt Lake City. It has taken a few days for me to process all the information and to sort out all my thoughts and feelings about the event. What is Rootstech? Rootstech  is a new conference spearheaded by FamilySearch along with other genealogy organizations and companies who were joined with top companies in the technology industry “designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges we face in family history research today.”             Here are my conclusions about the experience:*  Being a good genealogist with limited technology skills may have been sufficient in the past, but in order to fully access newer resources, databases and online information in the future we will need to become more technology mature.        *  Every field has its own language and way of defining things. I think many genealogists who are new to technology are resistant due to the lack of Continue reading