Monday, April 14, 2014

Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Pardon the dust and cobwebs flying around as I do a bit of Spring cleaning!
Image courtesy of ID-1004852

My name is Tessa and I neglect my blog. There I said it. I've heard that admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. But all kidding aside, I have been so busy on Google+ (and please I know that Blogger works with Google+ - I just have not worked out the best way to share) and with three great groups - the Guild of One-Name Studies, Society for One-Place Studies, and Legacy Virtual Users' Group Community - that I was not tending my personal family blog. How does everyone else get it all done?

It is so quick and easy to engage in the Google+ Stream, Communities, and Hangouts-on-Air either with my laptop or my mobile that I was simply forgetting to get back to my blog and post some of my comments right here at home. As a result Scandia Musings resembled that dilapidated house at the end of the street with broken shutters and an overgrown lawn. Well it was time to make a decision - did I want to continue with my blog or put it out of its misery? I thought about it why I started blogging in the first place and gave myself a good shake. Then it was time to roll up my sleeves and start cleaning, painting and moving the furniture around here at my blog.

I also gave some serious consideration to my time constraints as well as what I want to do with my family history and genealogy. I know that blogging is the best way to find those unknown cousins and share stories with my own extended family members who (for some reason) do not enjoy going through family group sheets or pedigree charts but love stories and photographs. I need to give a bit more focus to my own family history and remember to make time to blog. That said I am making no grand resolutions (those usually crash and burn in a few months' time). I am going to start small and build up those unused blogging muscles.
  • You may have noticed that I have spent some time sprucing things up here and my blog is a bit more minimalist. Although I am not quite finished, Scandia Musings is definitely headed in the right direction.
  • I plan to focus on my family by using a family history calendar (an idea borrowed from Linda McCauley and Cheri Hudson Passey - thanks). Using a birthday and wedding anniversary calendar I will be able to blog at least once a week and scatter that cousin bait at the same time!
  Okay baby steps - see you back here next Sunday when I start publishing the calendar.

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