The Genealogy Blog Party – FAQs

How do I join the Genealogy Blog Party?

 

When the GBP collection is open for submissions, a little, blue button that says “Add your link” will appear on the page. Click the button, fill out the form, and click DONE to add your link to the collection. It will automagically appear in the collection (after it is moderated)!

When should I publish the post on my blog?

You can publish your post anytime before or during the period when the collection is open. The only requirement is that you add your link during the submission dates.

Can I use a post that I wrote before the GBP theme was announced?

Of course! If you have already written a post that fits one of our monthly themes, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. You are welcome to link a post that you wrote earlier, or to “repurpose” an older post.

Why are the posts moderated?

Since GBP participants add their own links to the collection – rather than being added individually by me – the only way to prevent spammers from linking is to moderate the posts. In fact, the one time I tried leaving the collection unmoderated, weird links started showing up within a day. So please be patient; your post will be added as quickly as possible!

Can I submit more than one post to a GBP?

Sure. You just need to add each link to the collection individually.

How often can I participate?

You are welcome to participate in as many, or as few, Genealogy Blog Parties as you would like.

Why does my post have to include an image?

Because if you don’t include an image, your post’s thumbnail will be empty (and nobody likes an empty thumbnail). Besides, potential readers will be more inclined to click on your post if you include a cool image.

Is there a maximum number of participants for each GBP?

Not at this time.

Why do I have to visit other blogs and leave comments?

The short answer: Because parties are meant to be social. And you can’t be social without talking to the other guests.

The long answer: When we visit another person’s blog, read what s/he wrote, and leave a comment, we validate that person’s hard work and encourage him/her to keep going. Your comments don’t have to be long and inspirational or offer constructive research assistance. Sometimes just saying, “Hey, good job!” is enough. Think of it as taking a walk in the genealogy blogging community and saying hello to your neighbors.

Some of your themes are really goofy and about TV shows I don't watch. Will they always be like that?

Probably not. But I like TV, and I reserve the right to be goofy. 🙂

Seriously though, most of the “TV themes” include a modification for non-show-watchers. Hopefully there will be a little something for everyone.

Can I suggest a topic for a future GBP?

 

Yes, you are welcome to send your suggestions to me, but I cannot guarantee that your topic will be selected.

 

I have a question that is not answered here.

 

Drop me a line, and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.

 

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