Blogger Recognition Award

I got a huge surprise when I found out that Barb from the Decluttering The Stuff blog had nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award. To say I was blow away is an understatement. Thankyou Barb, I’m truly honoured.

So to accept the Award, there are some ‘Rules’:
– I must thank the Blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog.
– I must write a post to show the award.
– I must write a brief story on how my blog started.
– I must give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
– I must select 15 bloggers to pass this award on to.
– I must comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.

So a brief history of how I started … well I started genealogy blogging for work back in 2009, but was finding I was wanting to write more about my own family, and experiences in genealogy, and having my own works far better than mixing it with my work one. So in 2011 Lonetester HQ was born, and I’ve been writing ever since.

Two pieces of advice … hmm narrowing it down to two, that’s hard, so I’m going to make it five.
– Write in your own “voice”, then it sound like you.
– Have share buttons. Never underestimate the usefulness of them. If someone can’t share your post easily, they won’t.
– Photos. They are important as people do like graphics (ie. Instagram, Pinterest and a decent portion of Facebook).
– Have categories. As your blog grows add categories, and file them into them, because it’s ridiculously hard to find something on someone’s blog if it’s just one l-o-n-g stream of posts.
– Don’t wait until it is 100% perfect to post. If I did that you’d be lucky to get a post a month. Just write it, check it for grammar and typos of course, and let it take its course. If you’re writing about your research everyone knows it’s a work in progress, so it’s ok to not have every single piece of information yet. (Keep an eye on future posts of mine, I have some of these comping up). Besides if you “put it out there” cousin bait might do it’s thing, and relatives might find you who can then fill in the gaps. IT WORKS!

Selecting 15 bloggers to pass this award on to … Well I might be breaking the rules here, but I’m not going to pass it on. Not because I don’t think there’s worthy blogs. But blogs awards did the rounds a couple of years ago, and my blogger friends all got numerous times. So instead I’m going to direct you to a listing of over 200 Australian History & Genealogy Blogs that I have compiled. Feel free to browse through those, and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of interesting ones to read and/or follow.

So again, a big thankyou to Barb for the Award. It was truly unexpected, but I am honoured that you thought of me. And also a thankyou to my readers. I will continue to keep writing, telling my families stories, and sharing advice along the way!


One Response to “Blogger Recognition Award”

  1. Barb says:

    You are welcome! I truly enjoy your posts and wanted you to know with more than a like.

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