Blogger Buzz is Announcing the Blogger app for iOS. “With the Blogger app, you can write a new blog post and publish it immediately or save it as a draft right from your iOS device. You can also open a blog post you’ve been working on from your computer and continue editing it while you’re on-the-go. Your blog posts are automatically synced across devices, so you’ll always have access to the latest version.” Awesome!
I started a new diet this week, so I hope you will forgive my grumpiness. I seriously think I’m having carbohydrate withdrawals, and it’s starting to affect my mood.
That being said… I will be taking the next 2 weeks off from writing “Best Bytes.” Next Friday, I’ll be busily enjoying the SCGS Jamboree, along with about 70 other geneabloggers and thousands of genealogy enthusiasts from all over the country (dare I say WORLD?). The following Friday, I’ll be in San Mateo at the N.S.C.A.R. Western Regional Meeting, enjoying the sights and sounds of the lovely California Bay Area.
Hopefully by the time I return, I will have experienced an attitude adjustment.
Note to my husband: Please do NOT remind me ONE MORE TIME that today is National Donut Day. It’s a bad idea to mess with a woman having carb withdrawals.
The FGS Outreach Committee is accepting nominations for the FGS 2011 Youth Award, which honors volunteers under the age of 18 who have made a significant contribution to an FGS member society. Submit your nominations by July 15, 2011.
It appears that source citations passions are “blooming” like spring flowers again. Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings does his best to fan the flames round up various bloggers’ posts on the topic in Inflaming Source Citation Passions.
Another hot topic this week has been self-publishing your genealogy. By Kimberly Powell of the About.com Guide provides some resources in Self-Publishing for Genealogists.
And… not really genealogy-related, but still a great story: How Twitter made a believer out of me by Shelley from A Sense of Family. I’ll be keeping an eye on TweetDeck the next time I fly!
Well, it’s just after 5:00 p.m. PDT, and I’m still here. I’m guessing you are too, or you wouldn’t be reading this. Hopefully the fact that we’re both still hanging around is a good thing, so, I offer the following for your reading enjoyment. After all, you didn’t have any plans for tonight, did you?
Jenna at Desperately Seeking Surnames asks: Musings On A Monday Lack of Courtesy or Lack of Common Sense? In other words, is lifting/borrowing/coping documents and photos from one Ancestry.com tree to add to one’s own – without contacting the tree owner first – a lack of courtesy or a lack of common sense? (I say both.)
So I’ve been a little reluctant to post this today, afraid that it would go into the Blogger Black Hole, where sad, little blog posts unlucky enough to be published on Wednesday vanish into the ether. Although Blogger claims that nearly all posts have been restored, I’m still waiting for my post about the ProGen meet-up at Jamboree to magically reappear.
[taps fingers impatiently]
But in the spirit of peace, cooperation, and the understanding that every free product will have it’s occasional hiccup, I offer this lovely poem: Bad Haiku Friday: Be Nice to Blogger from Twinfatuation by Cheryl Lage.
Know of any endangered or forgotten Historic Family Cemeteries in Virginia? Preservation Virginia would like to know about them (via TCasteel of Tangled Trees).
How do you balance your “real” life with your genealogy life (I don’t)? Nancy at Family Tree Firsts has realized there are So Many Trees, So Little Time, and would like some time management advice (there’s a ProGen lesson for that).
This week, my favorite story was again about young people doing good things. This time, they’re learning about their ancestors, and developing a sense of pride in their heritage.
Several Berkeley Technical High School teens are taking classes at the Family History Center in Oakland, California, as part of the Family Journeys Ancestry project started during Black History Month in February.
As one teen in the program discovered, “You don’t just come from any old thing. You come from a rich history.”
A seasoned genealogist couldn’t have said it better.
How did you celebrate Earth Day today (or this week)? Sadly, I spent most of the day with a cold, adding to the landfill by using almost an entire box of tissues. I’ll try to make up for it by putting them all in the recycling bin tomorrow (can I recycle used tissues?).
If you’re like me and can’t keep your great-greats and twice-removeds straight, you’ll want to check out Vickie’s lovely Tech Tuesday :: Kinship Chart at BeNotForgot. Thanks for the PDF, Vickie!
The Last Byte(s)
Yes, I’ve read the “posts-that-everyone-is-talking-about,” and yes, I have an opinion. But after wading through more than 1,000 blog posts this afternoon, I don’t think I have much to add that hasn’t already been said, and I’d just rather not go there right now. For those of you who do want to go there, Greta Koehl did a nice summary in her Follow Friday Newsletter today on Greta’s Genealogy Blog, so I encourage you to check out the posts there.
I will, however, say that I’m disappointed. There’s room for everyone in the genealogy sandbox, folks, and there’s no reason not to play nice. In the words of the infamous Rodney King, “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”
If you’ve ever been blasted by the “Anonymous” nasty commenter, visit WHY I OUGHTA!!! by Lori E. at Family Trees May Contain Nuts. You go, girl!
Finally… in honor of Easter, you won’t want to miss Genea-Rabbits Rock! by none other than The Educated Genealogist Sheri Fenley.
Hello, I'm Elizabeth! I'm a genealogist, writer, and educator, and I've been looking for my descendant's ancestors for 3x's longer than she's been alive. I tell some of their stories here, but I also share tech and blogging tips, news, and other stuff I like. I am the host of the Genealogy Blog Party, which I hope you will join! Find out more right here.