This has been a good couple of days for genealogical blogging. Three new blogs turned up on my radar last night, and today I see that Cyndi's List has a new Blogs for Genealogy category, and Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter has adopted an even bloggier design, which looks great.
I encourage every genealogist to start up a blog—free and easy to do at Blogger or WordPress. Before you decide that you have nothing to write about, consider these possibilities:
- Personal Research Blog — Keep an online journal of your genealogical life. Share both your successes and your failures, because everyone will want to learn from your successes and laugh at your failures.
- Transcription Blog — Do what I've done with Oxford County Genealogical Notebook and start abstracting and transcribing offline info.
- Family Blog — Instead of writing for the whole world, write for your extended family. Post pictures and stories. Invite your cousins to collaborate—after all, there's no reason a family can't have more than one genealogist to hide secrets from.
- News Blog — There are plenty of blogs that cover national stories of genealogical interest, but we can always use more narrowly focused sites, like OhioGenealogyBlog.
- Single Surname Blog — Every researcher has a surname he's especially fond of—and it's not always the one printed on his library card. Set up a blog about an obscure surname and you might become an Internet authority overnight.
- DNA Project Blog — Follow the example of the St*r**v*nt Genetic Project Blog and coordinate a DNA project.
- Humor Blog — Write lame top ten lists and phony news articles to conceal your self-hatred and lack of marketable skills.