My Blog of the Year 2012 Award
When I started this blog (Lonetester HQ), it was simply created so that I can have my own place to share my own genealogy, as opposed to the genealogy blog posts I write for work (Genealogy & History News). So when I received advice from Shauna Hicks (who just happens to be one of Australia’s top genealogy experts) nominating my blog for a “Blog of the Year Award” I was simply blown away.
Shauna writes: “Lone Tester HQ, Alona Tester – for her family history through the alphabet challenge which inspired many to tell their family stories”.
Well, never in a million years (ok, minor exaggeration) did I expect to receive an accolade like that … I’m blushing. But thank you Shauna, I am truly honoured.
The ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ blog challenge was fun, a little challenging at times (fort some letters anyway) and a whole lot of learning. And it’s exciting to see people still discovering the Challenge even now, and taking it up. Through the challenge I have met a heap of wonderful bloggers from around the world who shared amazing stories about their families, and learnt a lot about different countries.
I’m thankful for Shauna and everyone who reads my blog, for taking the time to do so. And while I always find it fun to write posts, and a bonus to get comments, an award like this is simply the icing on the cake (which by the way has to be chocolate icing … the best icing there is!!). Thank you Shauna for the nomination, it is most appreciated.
- Geniaus (Jill Ball) – as one of Australia’s leading geneabloggers, Jill keeps readers up to date with everything from events, to book reviews, to letting readers know how she’s going with new genealogy software or a new tech toy. And you can guarantee that there’s always plenty of tips along the way.
- Family History Across the Seas (Pauleen Cass) – Pauleen was a participant in the Family History Through the Alphabet blog challenge, which is what initially took me to her blog. However I found that everytime I went to read her latest Alphabet posts, I kept browsing my way through other fab posts that she had written (really love the Beyond the Internet series too). If you get a chance read her Alphabet posts, they are an amazing collection of ‘genealogists attributes’.
- The Legal Genealogist (Judy G. Russell) – This would be the newest blog that I’m following, having only done so for the past few months. But I have gained a lot from it. Judy is a Certified Genealogist with a law degree, and has a knack for knowing how to discuss legal matters in an easy-to-understand way.
- Clue Wagon (Kerry Scott) – I find Kerry’s blog posts are inspirational. I love her topics, and I love her “writing-as-I-talk” casual manner. They are a pleasure to read.
- Geneabloggers (Thomas MacEntee) – The subtitle on the Geneabloggers website, says ‘the ultimate site or your genealogy blog’. Thomas has created a place for thousands of geneabloggers worldwide, and not only that, his influence throughout the genealogy industry (including social media) has helped probably thousands more.
- British GENES (British Genealogy News and Events) (Chris Paton) - I swear that Chris sits at his computer waiting for news, and has a knack at announcing it to the world 2 minutes later. Seriously he is so up-to-date with news it is good (but also a little scary, but mostly good). So if you want really-really-hot-off-the-press genealogy news, Chris is the guy to follow.
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple: