I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I plan on doing with my blog. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything and I really want to get this all going again. I am committed to keeping my blog and web site going. My domain is registered through 2012 and my hosting was recently renewed until almost 2012.
I think the problem that I have run in to is that I have allowed my research to become stale. When you first start out you are so excited about all the new information you are obtaining and you find it easy to blog about just anything. After a few years the information is not as easily obtainable as it was before. I feel that perhaps I have allowed myself to think that I don’t have anything to write about because my research has “dried up” or, at least that is the way it seems to me.
After reflecting upon this for a while, I have come to the conclusion that I simply need to breathe new life into my writing. There was a time that I wrote what was on my heart and how I felt about my research. That made my writing seem real. Lately, I feel I have to write something just to make sure my readers will have something to keep them coming back. It’s not always from the heart. It’s mostly just like reading some boring history book that has no “soul” to it.
So, I am ready to start writing again. What will I write about? Well, after all this reflection, I have come to the conclusion that my ancestors would be more interesting if I tried to bring them to life more. Instead of writing about them moving to this place, why not write what might have prompted that move. When writing about my maternal grandmother, why not write about what it must have been like for her 8 children to see her die at such a young age and why, because of that, most of the Stevenson history has eluded my family for so long. There’s more to write about than just dates and names. Yes, that is what most of genealogy is about but what about the life that our ancestors lived?
In the next few weeks I will begin to revisit some of my past posts on my Stevenson research. Instead of the dull, drab and lifeless posts I have served up I will try to breathe a little life into them by sharing a little more of what might have prompted certain situations and what might have been the fallout of certain situations. I may not always be right but at least some of what I write might stir someone to remembrance of something. It might also help my family to see things in a way that they may have never seen them before.
Am I setting myself up for a fall? Well, if you have followed my writings long enough then you will know that I will probably never be satisfied that I am doing a good enough job. I want to always push for more than what I should be doing. Unfortunately, I have allowed myself to fall into a rut in the last couple of years but I am ready (so ready!!!) to come out of that rut and begin to bring my family research to life.
I thank all my readers who have helped me out along the way. I’m thankful for such a wonderful support group as I have been able to obtain in the last few years.
Here’s wishing you all the best of luck in your research and wishing my family the best of luck in all their endeavors. I ask you all to please be patient as I try to get things together.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the start of the NFL season!!!!