Be sure to see: It’s not just about blogging…
What began in 2007 as Jasia Smasha’s Carnival of Genealogy morphed into the GeneaBloggers group supporting online genealogy writers. In Jan 2008 Kathryn Doyle and LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) wanted to produce a style guide for the term “GeneaBloggers” because at the time various genealogy bloggers were referring to the fledgling organization as genea-bloggers, GeneBloggers, genealogyBloggers, etc. This was to avoid confusion and similar to the AP style guide for journalists and was long before bloggers in general began to wield power.
GeneaBloggers itself is a volunteer organization created by a core group of bloggers dedicated to advancing those who blogged genealogy. Back in the day, WikiPedia did not wish to add a GeneaBloggers topic not seeing it as an “entity” and footnoteMaven said “Let’s make us one.” Jasia Smasha, Kathryn Doyle, LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven), Miriam Robbins, Randy Seaver, and Terry Thornton aka The Graveyard Rabbit (deceased) were part of that core group. The Facebook group provides an outlet including distribution of the GeneaBloggers logo and the GeneaBloggers Facebook Group logo created by LindaRae Palmer (footnoteMaven) that she has graciously donated to the group. Though a 1995 weblog-er, DearMYRTLE didn’t enter the GeneaBloggers group until this point.
The expressed purpose of GeneaBloggers is to:
- support genealogy bloggers including content-providers on a variety of platforms
- share information on resources
- permit free use of fM’s several logo graphics among members expressing solidarity
- exclude commercial advertising
- disallow corporate ownership
Thomas MacEntee joined the group in the summer of 2008, and by Jan 2009 reserved the domain. He wrote:
“Out of an abundance of caution I have decided to reserve the domain name geneabloggers.com (as well as genea-blogger.com, geneablogger.com and others – they all forward back to geneabloggers.com) in trust for the good of the Geneabloggers group. I am fronting the domain registration fees as well as the website hosting fees. I’ve also taken care of the gene@pedia website hosting (more about this exciting new feature soon).” Source: Thomas MacEntee’s “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” posted 22 Jan 2009 at GeneaBloggers. (http://www.geneabloggers.com/inquiring-minds-want-to-know : viewed 21 May 2017.) In January 2009, Thomas began robust community building around conference attendance, blogger beads and a website of resource assistance. In June 2017, after years of community building service, Thomas has stepped down to focus on his other genealogy interests.
This team at GeneaBloggersTRIBE will continue the providing helpful resource links, daily blogging prompts, blogiversaries, spotlights with an eye to new and emerging content-providing technologies. So expect to find support at GeneaBloggersTRIBE.com for vlogging (video blogging), podcasting, content curating, micro-blogging in addition to traditional blogging. Who knows what is next for content developers?