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Thursday, May 4, 2017

GeneaBloggers is up for sale

No, my blog is not for sale, but is for sale. For the past couple of years or so I have been commenting on the movement of the genealogical blogging community and bloggers in general to social networking sites, mostly on One of the best know bloggers, Thomas MacEntee is now moving from blogging and has put his blog up for sale. You can read about the sale and the new websites he is developing in a post entitled, "Major Changes At GeneaBloggers.Com."

Thomas does make the following observation:
Over the past two years I have been able to document a notable decline in genealogy blog traffic while at the same time a greater increase in social media traffic by genealogists and family historians. Here is what the data tells me:
  • More genealogists are becoming comfortable with Facebook and sharing family history stories and genealogy successes there. Our demographic has learned how to handle privacy issues and to focus on just genealogy on the largest social media platform in the world.
  • A huge growth in Facebook groups related to genealogy means this is where queries and lookups have moved. Any genealogy society that is not at least managing a Facebook page or group is seriously short-sighted.
He makes some additional comments you may wish to read also.

Some of you out there probably realize that all of my blog posts are re-posted to, Google+ and to name a few of the social networking websites I use to broadcast my posts. When I first mentioned the dramatic move of bloggers to social networking, as I have mentioned before, I got a huge blow back from the genealogical community. Since that time the trending move to social networking, primarily Facebook, has continued unabated. However, as I very recently noted, genealogy blogging is not dead. Facebook and especially Twitter are very limiting venues. I am not going to have my writing reduced to sound bites and lost among the cats and dogs.

There is a vast difference between carrying on a conversation with the world and merely waving a placard or sign. Signs are for freeways. I work in and practically live in a library.  When I go on vacation, I visit libraries and museums. I may end up being the last non-commercial blogger in the world, but so what? I have also co-authored over 25 printed books over the past two years. I think that indicates that I choose substance over fluff.

If you want to know what is going on in the larger world of genealogy, then stay tuned. I will keep writing until they carry me away to the funny farm.


  1. I may be with you. I just returned to blogging about my family history. I too feel limited by social media and prefer substance. I do use social media for my genealogy, but I do not think it replaces blogging.

  2. This non-commercial blogger from below the equator is with you James. Long live blogging.

  3. James. I'm with you and will continue to share my family stories on my blog. I use FB, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest to promote my blog. I also use many of the wonderful FB groups for sharing questions and helping others. However, social media is not a replacement for our blogs. I can't tell my ancestor's stories in 140 words or a post on FB. Imhave no plans to quite writing and I think most bloggers feel the same. I don't use my blog for financial gain, but it's priceless to me.