28/07/2014 at 10:23 AM #5350
As I am compiling the long list for Inside History Magazine’s 2014 ““50 blogs you need to read” I came across your forum.
I was thrilled to see that the list and my subsequent blog post started up a conversation here.
Most of the blogs mentioned above were on the list of several hundred that were considered for last year’s list. Pruning down a list of several hundred blogs to just 50 is a daunting task, unfortunately many worthy blogs do not make the final list.
I will certanly add the few I wasn’t aware of to this year’s list and would appreciate hearing of any I have missed and any new personal or institutional history or genealogy blogs. Please let me know ASAP so that they can be added to the list.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, catch me on Google+ as Jill Ball, on Twitter as Geniaus or through a comment on my Geniaus blog: geniaus.blogspot.com.
I need your help to make sure that the long list is as comprehensive as possible.
Regards, Jill28/07/2014 at 10:31 AM #5351
What an amazing list this is growing into. Do not forget the very impressive new kid on the block:
Fighting the Kaiser: Coburg and the First World War
Linda28/07/2014 at 2:22 PM #5352
I see there is a new one to me out there too, from Murchison. Looks Good!
Linda28/07/2014 at 9:25 PM #5353
I have used the previous posting to create a list of history blogs for Victoria, and have posted that list to the RHSV News Blog. I have also put a link to that post in the sidebar so it can be readily re-located, and any notifications for further blogs can be added to the original post.
So check it out, and see who is missing.
Lenore28/07/2014 at 10:47 PM #5355
Thanks for compiling this interesting list. Just for an update – the Port Melbourne Historical Society has moved their blog to their website at http://pmhps.org.au
It supersedes the pmhps.blogspot that you have listed.
Cheers28/07/2014 at 11:42 PM #5356
Good, a correction in the first two hours! But it shows someone is paying attention, which is great to know. Thank you.29/07/2014 at 7:26 AM #5357
Really Ripper blog from Port Melbourne!
I had forgotten one other obscure blog we have, which is quiet at the minute. Stratford has a blog just to abstract its Bulletin (which is alos currently quiet). The idea was to build it up to a good, online index. I still like the idea, and may yet do it for Maffra, where we do the same thing, but in the body of the normal blog.
Good-looking new template for the RHSV blog – must do mine
Linda29/07/2014 at 4:52 PM #5386
Yes you must. And when you do, do the “Add Gadget” think and add “Search this blog”, which is handy for picking up names.
The bulletin blog is a great idea.
Lenore29/07/2014 at 6:15 PM #5387
There are a number of individual local history blogs that people may also be interested in
Carol’s headstones http://carolsheadstonephotographs.blogspot.com.au/
Geelong and District http://geelonganddistrict.com/
Regards Liz29/07/2014 at 9:14 PM #5388
Thanks, Liz, you’ll find them at the bottom of the list.
Lenore03/08/2014 at 2:46 PM #5621
Thanks for input everyone.
I am up to over 200 Australian and New Zealand genealogy and history blogs to consider for the Inside History list.
I hope to publish the long list on my blog after the Inside History article in their next issue.
Regards, Jill (GeniAus24/09/2014 at 4:49 PM #5787
To blog or not to blog, that really is a vexed question!
I’ve been champing at the bit to start a Coburg Historical Society blog but with my other commitments to the Society, my own ‘Fighting the Kaiser’ blog and other volunteer tasks for other organisations, I just can’t see it happening any time soon. Coburg has a website and a Facebook page but I feel comfortable working with a blog and having looked at some of the ideas of Linda and others I think it could be a really smart way to reach out to more people.
BUT I’d hate to start something new and not be able to give sufficient time to it. Oh dear. What to do?!
Cheryl24/09/2014 at 7:47 PM #5790
The answer to the vexed question is – Blog!
Possibly because I am not an avid Facebooker, I probably don’t know how to get the best out of Facebook – which seems to be a way of getting fast responses, but once you have been posting things there for a few years, how do you find all the treasures that are there without tediously scrolling down page after page?
It seems to me that blogging does a slightly different job – you can organise your posts with tags, or use a search box to make older posts more readily accessible. You can have your discussions about photos or events there – though I am the first to admit that the traffic on a blog is going to be slower than facebook. On the other hand, people will do general web searches and find your posts on particular topics.
I think there is still plenty of room for blogs. And I would say that I think we should all be attempting to help the traffic flow through blogs by linking up with other blogs of a similar theme. You can “Add a gadget” to your sidebar – look for “Blog List”, and select some blogs to feature there. The most recent post from those blogs goes to the top (and Linda from the Stratford Blog uses that to full advantage!)
Lenore25/09/2014 at 2:54 AM #5791
I am running both at the minute, and each has its place. Definitely like the longer form of blogging, and that you can easily find old work.
However facebook is reaching a different group of people and needs to be used in a different way – example being we just threw up a photo of an unidentified railway station (well, part of it, with dairy factory in the background) and asked where it was. Think we went all over Gippsland, before finding it was at Yinnar (the photo was at Stratford, about two hours’ drive away).
We found some really interested people, and some others who would just suggest anything. Got a few claiming it was in towns that did not even have a railway. But it was fun.
The trick was, once we had the post up, we shared with the local ABC and local paper. The paper posted it to their main page, and it was on. I think we got into 40 or 50 discussions there in about 12 hours. Probably only got five or six on our own page, but collected eight new members of our own page from the paper.
We did a similar thing a month or so ago with an unknown paper (people seem to like asking rellies where something was). and we have now picked up two new potential volunteers from that flurry of activity.
So facebook is turning out to be good, but you need to work out what to feed the chooks, and you then need to go out and shamelessly promote your posts elsewhere.
https://www.facebook.com/gippslandtimes/photos/a.10150345930297578.406573.204300977577/10152793684297578/?type=1&theater will take you to the fun, if you want to have a look.27/09/2014 at 2:12 PM #5801
I’ve just added an inyourFacebook plug-in to the Aust Inst of Genealogical Studies website (see what it looks like at http://www.aigs.org.au or go direct to https://www.facebook.com/AIGSpage ) and on the strength of that, I raised the issue at Walhalla’s last committee meeting. I can see its appeal to people who exclusively do their “computing” on a telephone, or on a tablet; or who don’t (or don’t yet) have the attention span for anything broader or deeper than such a feed, but it strikes me that it will live or die on activity, to a far greater degree than a website does, and that’s a problem most of us will be acquainted with already — it’s a big, ongoing commitment of somebody’s time to keep it going. (It’s for exactly that reason that it’s usually seen as a very good idea for Somebody Else.) Unfortunately, it’s also very attractive to a demographic that simply won’t consider anything more demanding. One that’s growing, and one which, for that reason, we can’t altogether ignore.
It looks to me to be perfect as a vehicle for “what’s going on” posts, whether that’s in your society or in the community that you represent. If you can think of someone with time on their hands most days who’s keen to have a crack at something like that, by all means have a go — but choose very carefully, because you too can probably think of people who might not be able to resist the opportunity to advance their own agenda, or to pay out on people they didn’t particularly like, in ways that could conceivably find you on the wrong end of a writ …
Remember, though, that it’s an ideal kid’s game, so if you’re ever lucky enough to have one who accidentally brushes past and gets caught in your web, or stumbles into a meeting by mistake, consider offering them the gig, assuming that you can adequately explain to them the tone and the type of content that you’re looking for.
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