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Hard to believe it has been two years since I started this adventure in genealogy. There have been many amazing and frustrating moments along the way.
For the last six months blogging has been put on the back burner as life has interrupted in a big way. Health issues and unforeseen events have pulled my focus away from my favorite pastime, family history.
On this blogiversary several thoughts are swirling around inside my head. How important is this blog to my research? Do I want to continue writing?
Answering the first question is by far the easiest. The act of blogging has taught me that connecting with fellow bloggers is of vital importance. The responses elicited by posting a discovery or discussing a thorny issue has been incredible!
Additionally, the feeling of camaraderie from the wide range of genealogy blogging friends can't be overstated. They are by your side from celebrating a major "aha" moment to commiserating when hitting a brick wall.
Over these two years I learned priceless lessons from some of the brightest genealogy stars. Having access to people who have graciously offered new paths to travel and nuggets of wisdom.
Now the question of continuing to write this blog.
Life has a way of sneaking up on you and making you reevaluate your priorities. That is where I landed the beginning of the year. During this time I decided to step away from writing to focus on these many issues.
Recently a semblance of normalcy returned bringing with it the desire to continue genealogy research. Also came the realization that writing was something I greatly missed.
The act of stepping away for a period has allowed me to reflect on what I wish to accomplish with this blog. Here are several thoughts that occurred during this process.
1. Blogging should be fun - By setting rigid goals we can steal some of the joy from writing. Sometimes I would get so wrapped up in the process fun disappeared from view.
2. Listen to your inner self - Many times we write what we think others want to hear. Finding your own particular style and staying on course is the key to making your blog personal.
3. Don't be afraid of making a mistake - Now this is a very hard truth for a perfectionist! There were many blog posts that I spent half the day editing. With all the wonderful tools such as Spell Check writing is less of a chore.
Writing should not create a feeling of anxiety that someone will search out that one mistake! Especially if you let this fear stand in the way of creativity. If my facts are correct what matter is it if I miss a comma? And, if my Baltimore accent somehow sneaks into an occasional post is the end of the world?
The answer for the second question? YES! I'm back! This year will be about having fun and making discoveries. No more self imposed rules and regulations that nobody else expects me to fulfill.
Time to rock this genealogy writing!