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    Setting Genealogy Goals With Blogging Buddy Amy Coffin

    Amy denise 2014

    Almost every holiday season since 2009 blogging buddy Amy Coffin of the WeTree Blog and I have met up in the real world for a genealogy break. We set aside the gift returns, Christmas cleanup, and dirty dishes to review the last year and set out a few objectives for the months ahead. One year we even managed to sneak in a few memorable hours researching city directories at the Los Angeles Public Library. It's great fun to look back at 2010 and see what we accomplished.

    This year, we picked a rendezvous spot midway between Amy's family in Riverside and my home in Pasadena. We pretty much decided that we had done a fair job meeting our goals for the previous years, and should try it again in 2015. Amy came prepared with paper and pen, but I had to make do with the Notes app on my smartphone. Once again we each set goals in three areas. The only rule is that is has to be something actually doable, which eliminates "finishing" our genealogy by December. 

    My goals are:

    Organizational -- To move my blog to WordPress and create a reference archive of articles that is easy for readers to access. [Right now I'm a bit stuck on the tech part of this goal, but I'm working on it.]

    Research -- To finish my D.A.R. application at last! And, then, to work more on my Brown line.

    Writing -- To write a short e-book. I just finished a new print book due out in April, How to Archive Family Photos, and I'm looking for a shorter project that will let me learn the whole ebook process. Since Amy's Big Genealogy Blog Book grew out of our 2011 Genealogy Goals, I know I have a mentor when I run into a snag and need help. 

    Amy will be sharing her 2015 goals over at the WeTree Blog. I can hardly believe that we've been doing this for over five years, but if our progress is any indication, setting goals with a friend really works! I'm fortunate indeed to have met Amy a few years ago at the SCGS Jamboree, and have to echo her question:

    So genealogy friends, are you up to the challenge in 2015?


    2012 Genea Blogging Buddies on your Mark...

    It's not a competition, unless you count aiming for your Personal Best, but these buddy-teams have joined up to work towards their own set of Genealogy Goals for 2012. Amy Coffin  and I discovered it helped to have a blogging buddy to nudge us along now and then, but several folks are going solo too. We all know there's more to achieving goals than writing up a grand ToDo List. Determination, motivation, and that good old-fashioned stick-to-it-iveness.

    Becky Jamison will be organizing her "small family archive."

    My Idaho pal Milda Simaitis is organizing photos, CDs, slides, and movies. (I wonder if I'm in any of them?)

    Donna Pointkowski and Lisa Alzo are staking their claim to a buddy project, but I wish SCGS was on Donna's 2012 list too! They each list an ambitious 12 goals for the year

    Gayle Wolcott is joining in with New Year Goals.

    Terri O'Connell and Steph are teaming up for 2012

    I know there are more buddy-teams out there and hope we'll be hearing from you once in a while.

    Good luck and Happy 2012!


    Ring in the New 2012 Genealogy Goals

    As we turn to the first page of our shiny new calendars, I am toasting the health and happiness of my friends and family in 2012, and looking forward to all that a new year brings. New opportunities, new friendships, and the reminder to be grateful for our many blessings (yes, Dad, I am making my Gratitude List!). The best part about blogging is meeting people who share a passion for genealogy, research, families, and even technology.

    Amy Coffin and I had a great few hours considering how much we did (or didn't quite) get done in 2011, and now we're stepping into 2012 with a short list of we-can-do-it genealogy goals. You can read about Amy's list here, and her 2011 progress report here. You can see my 2011 report and compare it to my initial goal list and January 2011 update.

    My Genealogy Goals for 2012:

    Research Goal -- I want to do some colonial era research on my grandmother's line to learn more about the early family roots. I confess my motivation here is to find an ancestor somewhere in our family tree that might interest my sons enough that they get bitten by the genealogy bug. I don't know what I'll find, but I'd like to know more about these shadowy ancestors.

    AND, I want to work with my Chamblin/Chamberlain/Chamberlin line and try to make some progress with the Real Sam Chamblin.

    Oh, one more research goal (but this one should be fairly easy) -- I learned that my great-grandfather's grave right here in Southern California does not have a marker; I need to confirm his birthdate and take care of this omission. That's really three goals, but as researcher's know... you never want to run out of objectives!

    Organization Goal -- It's time for a little Blog Beautification. I have some ideas in mind to get my blog posts reorganized for easier access and more content I'd like to write and post.

    Writing Goal -- I would like finish the transcriptions for Aunt Mercy's beautiful genealogy book, and work on the layout and design of this project. This is beginning to be a top priority because the interested family members are getting older (me too!) and I really want to put this book in their hands.

    2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year for genealogy, and I am looking forward to making even more progress on my family research and with my writing. Three goals seem pretty manageable, and even though I wasn't able to fully complete my 2011 goals I am pleased with my progress, and I'm sticking with the magic number 3.

    Drop a note if you'll be joining us with your Blogging Buddy in working toward  your 2012 Genealogy Goals. If you don't have a buddy (yet), leave a comment and join in anyway. You don't even have to share your goals; but write them down for yourself somewhere. It helps!

    Happy 2012, genea-friends.



    2011 Genealogy Goals: Year End Report 

    The Family Curator and Amy Coffin WeTree Blogger

    from the West Coast Partner --

    It's that time of year, to look back and see what progress we've made with our annual genealogy goals. For the third year, I was able to meet with Amy Coffin of the WeTree Blog when she was in Southern California during the holidays. Last December, our usual afternoon chat turned to research and blogging and we challenged each other to complete three genealogy goals. Now it's time to report on our ultimate progress. You can read Amy's report here.

    Our goal was to accomplish three genealogy-related goals, one each for organizing, research. and writing. We decided to break it into categories for variety and to challenge ourselves in areas we needed a bit of a nudge.

    Amy really kicked-off the Year End Report season with news of her first published e-book! Last year's dream is now a reality with The Big Genealogy Blog Book, and I am excited to think that I was there at the beginning when Amy said something about wanting to write "a little e-book." Little e-book, indeed! The Big Genealogy Book is eleven chapters filled with great ideas for blog posts, encouragement for stalled bloggers, and topics for improving your genealogy expertise. It's proof-published that goal setting works. Congrats, Amy!  She finished her other big goal too, and you can read all about it at The WeTree Genealogy Blog.

    I would like to say that I was able to make it to the finish-line on all my goals, but life has a way of happening. In all kinds of ways.

    My goals for 2011:

    Organization Goal -- To get my digital life in order. My move from PC to Mac left my digital files in a turmoil and I am pleased to report that I was able to successfully complete this goal and am now a happy and well-backed up Mac user. I have moved all my photos to an external hard drive that is backed up to a second external drive, and I also run the Mac Time Machine back-up system to keep regular back ups of all my ongoing work. No more nightmares.

    Research Goal -- To figure out the Chamblin/Chamberlain/Chamberlin link in my family tree. I was making pretty good progress with this and planned to do some onsite research in Springfield, Illinois at FGS, but then, life happened. Instead of going to FGS, I stayed home to say goodbye to my dear aunt who passed away August 30, and then to say hello to my new grandson in early September. The Chamblins have been waiting for a long time, they just have to wait a little longer.

    Writing Goal -- To reproduce Aunt Mercy's beautiful genealogy book and share it withe the extended family. It's a gorgeous hand-painted and hand calligraphied work filled with narrative, pedigree charts, and a good deal of "speculative family history." It's too good to be kept in a box in the dark. My plan was to incorporate it in a larger family history and reproduce the artwork, but instead, I think I might like to transcribe the pages and print text opposite a full page reproduction. A short biography of Mercy might round out the book.

    Although I didn't complete this goal, I am pleased with the progress I made. I was able to scan and photograph each page and begin transcribing some of the more dense narrative. The pedigree charts are very creative and will be a more of a challenge.

    My Big News

    Oh, and did I add that my biggest goal (not appearing on the list, but drifting around my head) is also in progress? Yes, I'm writing a book!

    Organize Your Family Archive will be out this summer from F+W Media. It's packed with practical ideas for working with family stuff, organizing your inherited treasures, and preserving memorabilia for future generations. I am madly writing every day and loving every minute. It's a lot of work, but great fun to spend time thinking and writing about my passion. Right now, I'm working toward the final manuscript deadline, so I'd better get back to work.

    Join Us in 2012

    P.S. -- Yes, Amy and I did make a few Genealogy Goals for 2012 and will post them in the new year. We are anxiously waiting to hear a Year End Report from our greatest challengers, the Northern California team of Sheri Fenley The Educated Genealogist and Cheryl of Heritage Happens. Well, team NoCal?

    If you want to join us in 2012, find a Genealogy Buddy, set three goals, and write about them on your blog. Add a comment and link to your post in the Comments of this article; I will post a round-up of the buddy-teams in January and Amy and I will do our best to keep the up the momentum in 2012.

    There are no rules for this challenge! It's not a competition. Do what works to give yourself the nudge and encouragement to accomplish something you want to do genealogy-wise in the next twelve months. If you want to keep your goals private, try writing them on a piece of paper and sealing them in an envelope. You know what they are, and your blogging buddy can still send you a little nagging email once in a while to remind you to check the envelope.



    The Big Book That Could: Announcing Amy Coffin's New Blog Book


    Goals really do come true could be the 2011 motto for Amy Coffin who is the author of a brand new, hot off the presses e-book on genealogy blogging. My preview copy arrived this morning and delivers everything you might expect from the author of the WeTree blog -- great ideas, lots of encouragement, witty language, and clear direct style.

    The Big Genealogy Blog Book: 201 Topics Plus Tips and Tricks for Your Genealogy Blog presents just about everything a genealogy blogger needs to write better articles, connect with readers, encourage comments, and come up with new ideas. The book also includes a helpful encore of Amy's popular 52 Weeks... series on better genealogy and blogging.

    It hardly seems like nearly a year has gone by since Amy and I met for our ritual holiday meet-up while she was in town visiting her in-laws. We must have been feeling spunky, or bored, or both, because our happy-hour conversation shifted from current research to "So, what are your New Year's Genealogy Resolutions?" After some amount of head scratching we each came up with three things we wanted to accomplish in the next twelve months: a research goal, an organizational goal, and a writing goal.

    Amy has completed all three goals with nearly two months to spare. Lucky us, because her latest project gives the rest of us lots of ideas to get through these holiday weeks with fresh ideas for our blogs.

    Congratulations, Amy! I am looking forward to our annual meeting and your goals for 2012.

    What You Will Find in 
    The Big Genealogy Blog Book:
    201 Topics Plus Tips and Tricks for Your Genealogy Blog

    • Why Start a Genealogy Blog?
    • 6 Blogging Myths
    • Tips for Writing Good Blog Posts
    • How to Get More Blog Readers
    • How to Get More Blog Comments
    • Quality Control: A Blogger's Checklist
    • Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog: 52 Ideas, 52 Weeks
    • 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy
    • 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History
    • 25 Great Topics for Genealogy Society Blogs
    • 20 Blog Topics for Professional Genealogists

    Now available as an e-book download through Lulu and Amazon Kindle PDF and EPUB

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