Blog of the Year 2012 Award Updates

I’m delighted to have been nominated again for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award by Aillin from Australian Genealogy Journeys and also Helen who writes From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard. It’s been very special to be nominated by bloggers whose work I really enjoy, not just Aillin and Helen but also Crissouli from The ‘Back Fence’ of Genealogy, Susan on Family History Fun, and Alona from Lone Tester HQ.

As I’ve nominated so many bloggers for awards in the past week I’ve decided not to offer more names. Instead I refer you once again to my blog links page where you’ll find many of the blogs I follow (I do need to update it though).

When I made the first nominations for the award a week ago, I was concerned at offending the many bloggers whose posts I enjoy so much. What I didn’t know was that there was a negative attached to making these awards. Aillin has written a warning post here in which she has provided a linked story which warns on the impact of blog awards on your stats and Google searches to your blog. So if I’ve played havoc with your search engines and stats, I do apologise…it had seemed like a nice way to give some recommendations to my blogging colleagues. I’ll certainly be far more cautious in the future…live and learn.

This is an extract from Aillin’s post and I recommend that you read the link to see why awards are a mixed blessing, or indeed none at all

Blogging Genealogy: Blog Awards & SEO –
Caroline Pointer has very recently posted an interesting post at her Blogging Genealogy blog regarding the negative  hidden search engine optimisation effects of blog awards.

Blog the Year Award 2012

Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpegI’ve been very privileged to be nominated twice for the Blog of the Year Award 2012, by Crissouli on The ‘Back Fence’ of Genealogy and Susan on Family History Fun, both blogs which I love to read for every post. (This morning I was delighted to learn that Alona from Lone Tester HQ has also nominated me). The most special aspect of the award is that it’s been given by my peers and it’s the icing on the blogging cake. Just knowing that people make the time to read what I write, and to comment on it, is so fantastic. The interaction and comments back and forward make for a dynamic genealogy community, and friends who quickly cease to seem at all “virtual”.

You may have read my initial post about this award in which I took the plunge and nominated five blogs for the award. Receiving it myself gives me the bonus of adding to the list, and this time I want to recognise those who inspire our genealogy community in different ways.

Michele Goodrum from The Turning of Generations for her 21st Century Organised Family Historian (21COFH). Michele also completed the 365 day photo challenge!

Julie from Anglers Rest for the many challenges and diverse posts and topics she shares with us all.

Lorine from Olive Tree Genealogy for all those wonderful Sharing Memories prompts that help us write our own, or our family’s, stories; and also for the honesty of her own stories.

Arlee from Wrote by Rote for his thoughtful posts on memoir and especially for co-coordinating the huge A to Z challenge in April (are you going to join in this year? If so, a top tip: start writing early).

Alona from Lone Tester HQ for her innovative Family History through the Alphabet challenge which produced such great reads from everyone (who would have thought we could come up with so many options).

Merron from Western Districts Families for her commitment to documenting the pioneers from the western districts of Victoria, Australia, not just her own families.

The narrator for Essex Voices Past for her skilled writing on medieval English history in Essex. If you’ve managed to get your family back this far, or want to learn about the types of medieval records that might be available, you can’t go past this blog.

I could go on and on, but look at my original Blog of the Year post, and the Award to my wonderfully supportive and prolific commenters and readers, and you’ll see just some of the people who I read regularly. Don’t forget to check out the nominees on the other Blog Awards as well.


1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Blog of the Year 2012 Awards – my nominations

We all have blogs that we love to read and like many of us I keep the blogs I follow in Google Reader…about 150 of them. Fifty of them I classify as my “must reads” and on which I try to comment fairly regularly.

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

I read about the Blog of the Year 2012 Award on The Thought Palette blog a few weeks ago and have been thinking about it ever since.  So before we leave 2012 too far behind, I’ve worked up my courage to nominate five of my favourite genealogy blogs from 2012. When I decided to choose from all those I love to read, whose writers offer me new ideas, great stories or images, themes, memes, learning opportunities or adventures, I felt like I was “defriending” my other genimates….rest assured I value each and every one of you.

.My choices for Blog of the Year 2012 Award are based on either a long-term feeling for each one, or for a particular post that brought me up short. They are:

Jennifer from On a Flesh & Bone Foundation. I’ve been reading Jennifer’s posts for a couple of years and never been disappointed in a single one. Each post is carefully crafted, well written, sometimes emotional and always evocative.

Catherine from Seeking Susan~Meeting Marie~Finding Family. Catherine has reduced me to tears more than once this year which I think ensures her position here. I also love her use of colloquial Australian expressions.

Kristin from Finding Eliza. Kristin’s posts are always inspiring as are her family photo collages, her life story, and that of her ancestors.

James Tanner’s Genealogy’s Star blog certainly ends up with lots of stars in my Google Reader as I flag posts to revisit for further thought.

Crissouli has several blogs but it’s her own poetry that so often captures my imagination as well as her commitment to County Clare research, a topic near to my heart.

Please grab the copy of this image from the linked page above, and proudly add it to your blog.

To all my geneablogging buddies, I value your posts and your inspiration every day…you’re all stars in my eyes! You’ve also given me a genea-community around the world so that it no longer feels isolating to be stuck away in Australia’s tropical north. THANK YOU ONE & ALL. You can see many of my favourite family history blogs on my  blog links page. If there are any you haven’t come across why not have a look.