We’re supposed to be tracking our progress in the Genea-Blogger Games, so it’s time to chime in with what I’ve been doing. I think I pulled a muscle already, but hopefully I can keep going.
1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
Create proper citations of sources for as many events possible. I didn’t think I’d be competing in this category at all, but as it turns out, I’m citing many sources for my biographical sketch that’s still in process. The work isn’t complete, but I’ll probably take home a high medal in this one!
2. Back Up Your Data!
Backup data to choice of formats (flash drives, CDs, DVDs, online) or storing hard copies properly (safety deposit box, safe, etc.). Thus far I’ve backed up all of my digital photos and genealogy data on an external hard drive. And the thing STILL has room! It’s great! I also spent my Saturday scanning family photos to help a friend with a family history project – 313 photos, to be exact. I don’t even think I own that many family photos!
3. Organize Your Research!
Take time to review your collection of documents and photos, both hard copy and digital, and work to organize those items for easy access. I’m working on it…
4. Write, Write, Write!
B. Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival. My post to the Smile for the Camera Carnival has duly been submitted. I’m also busy writing my post for this weekend’s Carnival of Genealogy.
C. Prepare several posts in draft mode (if possible with your blog platform) and pre-publish. My platform doesn’t allow pre-publishing, but I’m working on several in a word processor.
D. Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors. I’m having a blast on this one and I’m planning to publish my masterpiece next week.
E. Sign up to host a future carnival. Hopefully the fact that I’d already volunteered to host the COG this weekend counts!
5. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!
A. Comment on a new (to you) genea-blog. Today I commented on Midge’s Granite in My Blood, which was a new one for me.
B. Join another genea-blogger’s blog network on Facebook Blog Networks. Today I signed up for 100 Years in America and All My Branches on the Blog Networks. I’m already fans of both and subscribe in Google Reader.
That’s all for me so far. Time to get back to writing and citing sources. After I put some ice on my muscle…