Confessions of a Geneablogger

24 Jan

I have a confession to make, don’t get excited, it is nothing scandalous or salacious and probably won’t come as a surprise to some of you, but I am pretty appalling at communicating. I appreciate that blogging is not just about publishing content, but also about community involvement and building relationships, and I am just not very good at those.

If you were to ask me why I would probably lay the blame on a lack of time, and whilst there is an element of truth to this it is more of an excuse rather than the reason. I guess the real reason is a cross between laziness and not being that outgoing a person.

So let me take this opportunity to apologise for my lack of involvement in the community and slowness to respond to emails and comments, and tell you that I am going to try harder in the future.

Starting today I am going to put aside some time each day for commenting, replying to comments and dealing with emails. It is true that I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I am sure that I can spare 15 to 30 minutes a day, it is after all part of the whole genealogy process, so I will still be able to count it as doing my family history.

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4 Responses to “Confessions of a Geneablogger”

  1. dianar9999 January 25, 2011 at 1:21 am #

    No need to apologize ~ there’s room for the chatty and the not so chatty :-) I go through times when I barely READ blogs let alone comment or respond. Since I’m currently working and going to school time can be short. I do know where you are coming from as I am definitely an introvert -

  2. John Gasson January 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Time is always a problem. I really want to take part more, not just in blogging but in many aspects of family history (so many indexing projects I could be helping with!). I am going to do my best to be more involved, but there may be times when things just run away with me, or I just run away!

  3. msargena January 27, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    Don’t be so hard on yourself John … I’m amazed you manage to keep a daily blog going, let alone anything else. I would have fallen by the wayside a long, long, long time ago. Hence I feel the recognition in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine is well and truly deserved. In my view, and with all bias as to the subject matter put aside, your blog is the most interesting of all the ones I know relating to family history. So certainly no apology due.

    • John Gasson January 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

      Thanks Mark. It is hard work at times, but in the long run it has been worthwhile and on the whole enjoyable. In fact since I have started being more communicative I have found it even more enjoyable!

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