07 May 2009

Read and follow Blogs?!

Wikipedia (other topic for later) says that a blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries.

So lets narrow this down to our area of interest -- genealogy blogs. There are hundred's, if not thousands of genealogy related blogs out there -- some better than others. Some are written by various genealogy related businesses, some by professionals, and some by avid everyday genealogists.

Some bloggers have specific areas of interest and may write about internet genealogy, news, specific locals, cemeteries, photo's, tips for beginners, military, or specific surname studies. You can find just about anything you want. The trick is knowing what you want to find and then narrowing down the best ones. Then you can "follow" the blog(s) you are interested in.

You can follow blogs in a number of different ways. For instance, if you already have a Google account you can follow other blogs from your Blogger reading list or in a reader you can create on your home page, like iGoogle.

You can also subscribe to blogs using a site feed. This is what I have done with the blogs in the column to the right --->, entitled "Genealogy Blogs - News Feeds". I have set up a news feed to display a link to each blog, and to display the most current post or article by the blog author. I added some of the best ones for overall interest.

Each blog post will bring that blog link to the top of the feed or list. So if you look at the top listing to the right you will see at the bottom of that feed how many minutes, hours or days ago the posting was made. Clicking on the title of the feed will take you to the full blog. Clicking on the title of the article will take you directly to that article.

So you can come back to this blog every day and see new postings in the blog feeder. Scroll down through the list to see articles that you may be interested in.

Now go out and create you own feed and follow the blogs that are of interest to you!.. Especially this one!