Sunday, June 30, 2013

Why I may give up blogging

In case you haven't noticed, there have been a lot fewer posts from Ol' Myrt lately. While it's true taking Elizabeth's course at Samford University's IGHR, wrangling with internet connectivity issues, and unpacking have taken their toll, fewer blog posts are also the result of what's happening elsewhere:

LIVE DearMYRTLE's Hangouts on Air - also archived on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel where you'll find lively conversation during:
  • Mondays with Myrt - A great way to start out your genea-week! You may JOIN the panel or VIEW via DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel as we discuss genea-news that comes across Ol' Myrt's desk. Usually 90 minutes, Mondays beginning at Noon Eastern (New York) time.
  • Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group Sessions - see description and schedule posted here. Usually 90-120 minutes, Sundays beginning at 8pm Eastern (New York) time.
To VIEW a live event, first check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for the latest info about the specific dates and times. Then a few minutes before the appointed hour, go to DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel and click the small down arrow to the right of the home icon, and select "Feed" from the drop down menu. With certain browsers you may need to hit the refresh button if the live Hangout on Air doesn't begin for you.

To WATCH an archived video or Hangout on Air, merely go to DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel and click the "Videos" tab to find an entry that interests you.

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on Google+

It's free to join, and is as easy as activating a G+ account from your Gmail menu bar. If you click:
the screen will prompt you to log in to your Google+ account, or to create one. Then click to join DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, is where comments about our Hangouts on Air and my blog and content curating posts are listed.

DearMYRTLE's Facebook Page
My March-May 2013 experiment comparing interaction on FB and my newer G+ Community concludes with two thoughts:
  • Currently there are more family and genealogy friends on Facebook.
  • There are more responses to my posts on Facebook than on Google+.
  • Responses to posts on Google+ appear less frivilous.
For these reasons I'll continue to (usually) cross post items on both Facebook and Google+. The exception is that my Facebook postings may refer people to my Google+ community, where the more "in depth" discussions are going forward.

The DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog located at was once the main method for publishing my original works - Ol' Myrt's thoughts on various genealogy, organization and technology topics. The goal has always been to "get people talking about how to do research."

But as you can see, technology advances have changed things, and blogging seems somewhat usurped by conversations during my Hangouts on Air. (I put in several hours of prep work for each hour in a hangout.) My DearREADERS may still follow my blog though you'd only be getting 1/10th of the content I curate. Here are recent examples of posts I made to Facebook or Google+ that didn't make it to my blog:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. Dear MYRTLE,

    Almost looks like some of the topics we might be taking about on Mondays with Myrt. I'd though in one more. Old Search vs New Search.

    Hope you are keeping to your 5 boxes per day schedule. They'll keep ... never mind. Chat with you later.


  2. Remember you and your health come first. We appreciate all you do. I understand the decrease in the blogging; I agree with you that life gets in the way. Thank you for all you and Russ do. I have learned so much in such a short time that I have been part of you universe.

  3. +Russ Worthington, you are right about's switch to a new search option.

  4. Hi Pat,

    I agree, it seems that blogging might be put on the back burner. I am still blogging stories about my ancestors if/when I have time, but sometimes, I'd just like to throw up a nice old photo of my ancestor and be done with it! (And see what conversation transpires about it on FB!)

    I hope to get back to genealogy soon when I'm not working two jobs and moving as well...I'm slowly catching up with all of your new Myrt platforms ;-)

    Keep up the good work!