Sunday, May 17, 2015

Update - My RootsTech 2015 Presentation on One-Name Studies

Where did the time go? Wasn't it just February? The time flew by and other tasks took precedence - looming deadlines, other conferences and webinars, April's blogging challenge, as well as family matters.

I finally got the chance to finish recording (and editing) the presentation I did for RootsTech 2015 - Who Does That? An Introduction to One-Name Studies. The video is now "live" on my YouTube Channel TessaWatch (also linked below). I wanted to share this presentation with my fellow Guild of One-Name Studies' members, those who watched my Legacy webinar on Specialized Studies (including one-name studies), and those of you in the genealogy community who expressed an interest in learning about surname research. Whether you simply want to learn a bit more about the surnames in your direct line, study a particular surname in greater detail, or decide to look into starting a one-name study - I hope this introduction proves helpful.

You can click on the live link for the worksheet I refer to in my presentation and follow along Who Does That? Handout/Worksheet. I gave a copy to each of the attendees and hope that you find it useful (links to some great resources).

To those who attended my presentation - thanks so much for the terrific reviews (very much appreciated). Thanks again to the FamilySearch team that put together RootsTech 2015 and provided me with the opportunity to share my passion for one-name studies.Those of you who filled out surname cards should watch your email in the coming weeks as your surname information will be winging its way to you (sorry for the delay).


Sunday, May 3, 2015

What Was I Thinking?!

looking back at a month's worth of posts
About halfway through the #AtoZChallenge, the thought going through my head was "What possessed me to take on the challenge of posting each day during April about my Legacy software (using the theme events/facts)?"

Hmmm ... thinking back, part of me wanted to join a group of other bloggers who spent the month focused on their blogs and making that "team effort." Another part of me thought if I just stayed on top of it, I would be able to post short and sweet posts about Legacy and share them with the LVUG Community, no worries. And that final part of me thought it would get me back into the habit of writing for my blog. So how did that work out?
  • Team Effort - I enjoy projects where you can do your own work but also be part of a team. I made a point to visit 3 other blogs each day (usually over my morning coffee) and I went outside my own interests to read along with bloggers who are working on crafts, writing books, studying history, keeping up with politics, reviewsing technology, and sharing their images. It was great to be part of the larger team of bloggers (I think we ended up with a bit over 1500) and it was great to complete the project with these fascinating individuals. 
  • Short & Sweet Posts - It took more time than I thought it would because I always had a title/image for each post (we are constantly told that our medium is more and more visual and I thought it would be a "calling card" for my blog). I also wanted to share an image or two of what I was blogging about since so many times, a picture is worth a 1,00 words. That process doubled my workload as I was going through my Legacy family file or looking for just the right image to use with my posts (note to self - plan ahead next year!).
  • Back in the Habit - I learned that if you give it some thought, you can always find something to write about. And it helps to have a theme. I also learned that I need to give some more thought to my schedule and posting on a regular basis will be easier. Setting aside a specific time to write also helped (although I got tired of the 1/2 hour earlier alarm clock!). I don't want to be one of those bloggers who posts every day just to do it - I still believe in quality over quantity. And I am not a blogger who feels the need to share every little thing (good or bad) that happens to me - isn't that the point of Facebook? If I take the time to find blogs that claim to be about subjects that interest me - whether that is politics, history, photography, food, genealogy, or travel - that is what I want to read about, not someone's personal angst or rants. I follow certain people on Facebook for that - and only the ones who do it with humor and humanity (I'm talking about a certain little red wagon blogger!).
Will I do it again next year? Yes, I think so because it was fun, interesting and helped me shake out the cobwebs on this blog. Now I just have to think of a theme - good thing I have 12 months! How about you? Did you participate in the #AtoZChallenge? If so, congrats and welcome to the club. What are your thoughts on the experience?

Thanks for reading and from now on, I am going to try to keep this to a manageable weekly post. Cheers!