Okay, so I’m a little behind on my updates. I wish I could say it was because I found a clue that broke down a brick wall or added 9 generations to my tree … but alas, I cannot. It was a BSO (bright shiny object) that caught my attention and wouldn’t let go. Lesson learned. Probably.
So let’s see how I’m doing now.
Objective: Review Social Media Options
I’ve tried many social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Unfortunately, running all those platforms is a full-time job – and I only have time for one of those and that social media one doesn’t really pay the bills. So I had to narrow it down.
I primarily use Facebook as my go-to site for social media, but when I write a blog post, I make sure it’s simultaneously posted to Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I’m currently testing out a couple of tools to help me manage all my social media, and right now Buffer is winning. I am able to schedule my blog posts from WordPress to go to Buffer and then I can schedule the times I want each social media platform to publish the post. For example, this blog post is being scheduled to post on Wednesday, April 8 at 8:37 a.m. Once the post is “public” on my blog, it is sent to Buffer, where I have pre-set times for posts to publish to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Facebook has many (upwards of 4,500 I think) groups related to genealogy. You can find that list here. I belong to about 21 of them. I am also a member of about a dozen genealogy groups on Google+.
Now if I just had time to spend READING what’s on those social media platforms …
Objective: Build a Research Network
By being on social media, and particularly in all those groups on Facebook and Google+, I’m already part of a very large research network. Heck, just by being acquainted with Thomas MacEntee, I’m part of a GINORMOUS research network. But it’s not only about a virtual network.
As the editor of my genealogy society’s quarterly publication, I come in contact with many other genealogy editors and writers, and they become part of my network because we SHARE ideas. I even offer to trade content with smaller societies like ours so we both benefit from fresh names and content in our publications. I like to go to conferences and meet new people because you just never know when one of your family branches might end up in that area! I even have a very good friend here in town and we get together frequently to discuss our research (mostly hers because mine is pretty boring right now during this do-over), which has led to a LOT of new information on one of her relatives.
Another good way to build a network is with a blog. I put a lot of information out in the universe through my blog – some of it not very helpful to anyone but my family, but some is applicable to the genealogy community at large – and that connects me with people I might not ever have a chance to meet in person or on any other social media platform.
There is no limit to the number of ways you can build your research network! In this regard, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. If it ain’t broke … right?
Next week’s objectives: (1) Share Research; and (2) Review Research Travel Options
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