Book Review: The Big Genealogy Blog Book, by Amy Coffin

Prepared by Gena Philibert-Ortega.

There's no doubt that social media has become an important part of genealogy. Web 2.0 tools help genealogists connect with researchers and family, share their information and learn. As genealogists learn to navigate this new technology, those who were early adapters are starting to publish guides on how to get the most out of this medium. The Big Genealogy Blog Book by genealogist Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog helps bloggers with one of the biggest questions, what do I blog about?

Amy is well known in the genealogy blogging world; her blog, "We Tree" was awarded one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs by Family Tree Magazine (2011). Amy has been known for her weekly blogging prompts that are shared through Geneabloggers. Her "52 Weeks of . . . " series have provided bloggers with ideas for postings and reflections. This book provides the reader with these lists, including "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy" and "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History." It's a mistake to think this book is just for beginning bloggers. With a chapter on writing prompts for professional genealogists and another on how to get more readers, even the seasoned blogger will take something away from reading this volume. Not a blogger? Even non-bloggers might want to read through the 52-Week prompts for ideas about increasing your genealogical education and writing family history narratives that your family will want to read. The "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History" prompt is a good one for ideas on writing your family history, even if it's not posted to a blog.

What I like about this book is that it's not just for the individual looking to blog, but it also has ideas for societies as they launch their own blogs. Blogs can help a society attract new members, keep in touch with current membership, and provide valuable local history information. Amy includes a specific chapter for societies with "25 Great Topics for Genealogy Society Blogs."

With more genealogists purchasing eReaders and tablets, it's important to have access to genealogy books addressing current topics available in different formats. I appreciate that Amy took the time to make her work available on the Kindle and as a PDF through the self-publishing website Lulu. Her blog promises that other formats will be coming including availability on the Barnes and Noble Nook. This 72-page book is a quick read, and at $2.99 it is an affordable way to get some great genealogical blogging advice .

The Big Genealogy Blog Book, by Amy Coffin (Kindle Edition) .

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