Thursday, March 03, 2011

Got Blog?

DearREADERS,
Thank-you for the positive feedback from yesterday's MORE Blogging for Beginners Webinar, now available in archive and CD format. (Hint: The CD version has the handouts.) Here's a sampling of comments from attendees:

  • I am creating my first blog and have the courage to do it now. Thanks for the push.
  • Excellent follow up to DearMYRTLE's previous blogging webinar. Learned lots of new things.
  • Enjoyed the presentation, very clearly presented.
  • I was too intimidated to blog because I didn't understand how to do it, now because of DearMYRTLE's webinars I am starting a blog today! Thank you for the opportunity to learn.
  • Thanks! I learned a good deal of helpful material today.
  • I viewed "Blogging for Beginners" yesterday, setup Google reader and subscribed to 5 blogs. 
  • Today's More Blogging...was fantastic. Looks very easy to get started. I am amazed at all the options to personalize your blog. You can keep it very simple or use the many tools for customization. DearMYRTLE makes it easy. Thanks to Myrtle and Legacy. I've got to go setup my blog.
  • What an excellent format. I love that I can participate from home, but it won't stop me from attending expos and Jamboree!
  • So many helpful tips. I've tried out two other blogging platforms, came back to Blogger, and didn't realize this webinar would talk specifically about Blogger. I'm so glad, because I learned many tools to use that I've wondered how to do. - many I did not even know about. The tip about creating a tab just for my Disclosure Statement, and where to come up with that info was excellent! Thank you for that!
So NOW you've Got Blog? Sweet music to my ears! Blogs are a great way to:
  • honor your ancestors, one blog post at a time
  • distribute your society's newsletter for free
  • chronicle your research process
  • share ancestor photos
  • spotlight unusual documents encountered in your research
  • build excitement for an upcoming family reunion
  • share family recipes 
  • interact with cousins, siblings and grandchildren.

Order your set today!
During both DearMYRTLE webinars about blogging, we focused on using the free services provided by Blogger.com, a Google property. If you missed the live webinar, be sure to order the 2-CD set, complete with handouts in .PDF format, so all the links are clickable.

During yesterday's live webinar, a blog was born! YUP! One of the participants switched windows and set up her blog while Ol' Myrt here was answering questions at the end of the webinar. It was amazing to imagine being there as brand-new genealogy blog was born. Gramma Myrt here couldn't be prouder!


SETTING UP YOUR BLOGGER BLOG

1. Go to Blogger.com (There is no cost for this service.)

2. Sign in with your Google user name and password. (This is the same as your Gmail account. Remember Google owns Blogger!)

3. Click "Create" and follow the screen prompts.

You'll also want to follow the tips and tricks Ol' Myrt has outlined in Blogging for Beginners and MORE Blogging for Beginners. Be sure once you've set up your blog, and have made a few posts, consider using the Networked Blogs App over on Facebook, so it can automatically place your blog posts to your Facebook wall.




THANKS again to our friends at LegacyFamilyTree.com for sponsoring the two webinars in DearMYRTLE's Blogging for Beginners series!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

7 comments:

  1. Myrt,

    Really enjoyed this webinar and will get blog started soon.

    Marie

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  2. This old dog learnt a couple of new tricks. Job for today - add Print Friendly Buttons to my blog. Thanks, Myrt.

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  3. I'd already started my blog soon after RootsTech, but watching your first archived webinar and the live one yesterday were helpful. Like you, I can't usually write an entire post in one sitting. There are only a few posts online so far, but about three times as many in various stages of draft.

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  4. MNFamilyHistorian wrote:

    Actually it is! ~laughs~ I am enjoying this very much. I am trying to learn Picassa along the way so that I will have a compatible way to download pictures. I am looking forward to more posting on my family and hope to hear from relatives out there, known and unknown! Thank you for the "push"

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  5. Myrt, I really enjoyed the webinar yesterday. I learned so much. I have added a "Search this blog" widget, the Print Friendly button, the GeneaWebinars logo and the "Subscribe To" widget! I also changed the font of my title. All I have left to do is write my Disclosure Statement. Thanks so much! If you get a chance, check out my changes at http://gatapleytree.blogspot.com.

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  6. DearLIZ,
    I LOVE your blog! Cheerful and inviting, I see a good mix of scanned images of old photos and the "tabs" across the top for your major surnames. I think your "research tool box" will not only help others but will also save you lots of time when traveling. (You'll be able to recall the websites in questions using any library computer with internet access."

    THANKS for sharing your view of your family tree.

    I can just hear the clicking of the clock on the wall!

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  7. I started my blog a couple of weeks ago and have only completed a couple of posts. My problem is settling on which story to tell next and then sticking to it.
    But after reading this, I promise to post another one tomorrow!
    Jan

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