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Our great-grandmother's advice applies when it comes to "old school" technology like hard-copy genealogy books, hand written letters, bible entries, email (the 21st century snail mail). genealogy mailing lists, message boards, internet radio podcasts, blogs and the like.
WHAT PROMPTED THIS THINKING, MYRT? Randy Seaver created a compendium of posts about #NGS2014gen (The National Genealogical Society’s annual conference), this year held in Richmond, Virginia. In one version of this continually updated post, he questioned the lack of entries when he knew a number of bloggers were in attendance -- in essence "where are all the bloggers?"
Gone to class, I'd say.
Thankfully Randy noted Ol’ Myrt’s VIDEO-blogging, listing them one by one as Cousin Russ posted them from YouTube to DearMYRTLE’s Facebook and Google+ groups.
MORE THAN ONE DOOR While Ol’ Myrt here now finds it easier to produce video instead of typed blog posts, we should remember that genealogists are a varied lot. Some will take better to the written word. Others will prefer short video clips, like those produced by Cousin Russ. Still others may revel in hour long webinars and 90 minute study groups in Hangout on Air format.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT To borrow a term from Mr. Myrt’s military background, “rules of engagement” to me means regardless of the tech, follow best practices for accurate reporting. So, YES, there is room for blogging in a YouTube world.
This means giving credit where credit is due, citing sources with links to documents in question and quite simply getting past the myth.
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