Blogging 101 Day One
So, here we go, day one! Today’s assignment is ‘Who am I and Why I’m Here’. Now at first reading this was a little alarming, very philosophical and deep, I thought. But it isn’t about the meaning of life at all – it’s merely about my blog!
It actually resonated with me, because one of the things I have been meaning to do is to update my ‘About’ page. It’s one of the pages people click onto when they arrive at my blog, and I haven’t actually looked at mine for a while.
I was almost afraid to revisit it, thinking it would be so irrelevant and very amateurish. When I began, two and a half years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. I wasn’t even sure what it was. But I thought it would be a good place to base my family history search. It seemed to be somewhere I could put things, and be able to find them again at a later date. Somewhere I could write bite size pieces of information as I found it.
Looking at my ‘About’ page, at it’s most simple, I wanted to go through what I had regarding my family history and put it in some sort of order.
I’ve left it as it is, so you can take a look if you want to.
Basically it’s just your average family history blog, but as I have an interest in creative writing I was hoping to fill it with good writing!
Who am I, and Why Am I Here? I am Jackie Dinnis, and I am here to find my grandfather.
That’s it in a nutshell. It was why I began looking. And no, I still haven’t found my grandfather. But, as I’ve searched, the journey has given me many cousins and other relatives I had no idea existed. So, I am ‘About’ learning how to be a genealogist! Learning how to do all sorts of things I didn’t even know were out there.
I blog publicly, I also keep a private journal. Through my blog may of my family have found me, which has been an absolute delight and never fails to excite me. Beginning my search, I thought I had one auntie and one cousin (and her two children). Now I have found many, many relations. My family has grown. I’m not so alone as I thought I was. Even the one cousin I have has become so, so much closer to me as we’ve shared photo’s and memories.
I love connecting with anyone via my blog. The ‘Comments’ section always excites me, and I also hope I have made my email and Facebook presence obvious, so that people can contact me in many ways.
More than anything, I would love to get a message from someone saying ‘I know who your grandfather was, and can put you in touch with his family’. He must be long dead now, but I would love to get to know what sort of man he was and what he was ‘like’, to see if I am like him in any way.
That will continue to be my goal, no matter how long it takes.
To get to know my grandmother (Queenie Cockett) go to my blog and look under the Search button.